The Weird World of Fan Fiction

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News Media Commentary
Title: The Weird World of Fan Fiction
Commentator: Alexandra Alter
Date(s): June 14, 2012
Venue: print: Wall Street Journal
Fandom: media
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The Weird World of Fan Fiction is an article by Alexandra Alter published in the Wall Street Journal in 2012. It bears the alternate title: "The Fan-Fiction Roots of 'Fifty Shades of Grey' and Other Best Sellers": They're amateur writers—with millions of readers. After years in the shadows, they're starting to break into the mainstream.

The article does a fairly decent job explaining fanfiction to the most mainstream of audiences. It mentions Twilight fandom, the inevitable Fifty Shades of Grey, Meg Cabot, Cassandra Clare, Naomi Novik, various professional authors' attitudes to fanfiction, FanFiction.Net, crossovers, crack!fic, slash, Supernatural, the legal basis of fanfiction, and more.