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10 Sherlock Fics Sadder than “Alone on the Water”

September 8, 2017 // 0 Comments

So, I read a lot of fanfiction. I’ve been reading it since the seventh grade. One time in high school I tried to read it while driving. Needless to say, I have a lot of experience (and therefore a lot of fic recs) under my belt. Some time ago, I was venting on Tumblr about what is usually considered the epitome of Sherlock angst fic, a oneshot called “Alone on the Water” by Mad_Lori. Sherlock gets cancer, his mind deteriorates, John’s there when he dies. It is widely known //

Fiction With a Telescope: The Harry Potter Universe Before the Statute of Secrecy

June 9, 2017 // 4 Comments

A beautiful witch holds a cup of wine in the dark woods
In the film adaptation of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, there’s some subtle yet telling character placement. Seraphina Picquery, the President of the Magical Congress of the United States of America (MACUSA), and Tina Goldstein, the disgraced but competent Auror, are women. So what? Big deal. As contemporary European or North American audiences, it’s easy to have a casual reaction to women in positions of power. It’s not so simple though when you put it into historical context. //

Fanfiction Writer and Literary Agent Leslie E. Owen on Star Trek, Reboots, and How to Write Great Characters

March 30, 2017 // 1 Comment

Part of our mission at FAN/FIC Magazine is to highlight amazing fan creators and pull back the curtain on their creative processes. For our fourth interview, I talked to Leslie E. Owen, a literary agent and lifelong Star Trek fan. In the following interview, we discussed the emotional impact of Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek, why the J. J. Abrams reboots are “eminently forgettable,” and how talking to people at the fishmonger’s can help you write compelling //

The Last Outpost of All That Is by gekizetsu

March 8, 2017 // 0 Comments

You could look at anyone or anything and know immediately whether it was alive or not, without waiting to see if the chest would expand with air again. The vibration of everything that lived was louder in its absence than in its full, unfurled hysteria. It was subtle from a distance, but terribly obvious all the same. The world, at first glance, was dead. The Last Outpost of All That Is by gekizetsu is a post-apocalyptic fanfiction that follows Supernatural brothers Sam and Dean Winchester //

Harry Potter and the Sacred Text

January 11, 2017 // 2 Comments

There’s a moment when you realize how deeply embedded the Harry Potter series lies within your soul. That moment when your words cannot express how much the fictional wizarding world – its characters, settings, moods – means to you. It is a moment of reverence, of joy, of love. It is, no doubt, sacred. What if we read the books we love as if they were sacred texts? This is the question Vanessa Zoltan and Casper ter Kuile attempt to answer in their podcast Harry Potter and the //

Fic and Fan Blog Writer Mr_Picard on Star Trek, Homophobia, and True Love

December 21, 2016 // 0 Comments

Part of our mission at FAN/FIC Magazine is to highlight amazing fan creators and pull back the curtain on their creative processes. For our third interview, I talked to Alexander (or Mr_Picard), a dedicated fanfiction writer and fan blogger who runs Patrick Stewart News. In the following interview, we discussed the Star Trek fandom, “low key homophobia” in comment sections, and falling in love with a fictional character. Get To Know Yous Malory Beazley: First of all, you refer //

Our Bodies, Possessed by Light by obstinatrix

December 7, 2016 // 0 Comments

Surely, Sam would be more agitated if he knew – really knew – what Castiel was thinking. But Sam only smiles, gentles Castiel’s anxiety with a flicker of something warm and reassuring. They learned this soon and easily, the non-verbal communication, little touches to each other’s minds. Castiel wants nothing more than to let himself be gentled, but he is afraid. God help him, but he is afraid. After purging Jimmy Novak’s broken body of millions of soul-sucking Leviathans, //

Bring Up the Deep by beenghosting

September 30, 2016 // 0 Comments

The marks on his back shine red against his sickly pale skin. They look dark and angry, deeper than Dean thought possible with blunt fingernails. The whole cottage smells of fish, and it’s not until Dean’s coming to stand next to Cas that he realizes his hands and arms are streaked with blood, his feet and legs covered in sand. “What the hell did you do?” he asks. Cas blinks at him, slow. “I—” he tries, his voice shaking. “I don’t know.” As a native of Nova Scotia, the ocean //

Fan Artist UpTheHill on Dramione, Erotic Art, and the Magic of Portraits

September 26, 2016 // 0 Comments

Part of our mission at FAN/FIC Magazine is to highlight amazing fan creators and pull back the curtain on their creative processes. For our second interview, I talked to UpTheHill, an incredibly talented fan artist whose work is lighting up the Harry Potter fandom at upthehillart.tumblr.com. In the following interview, we discussed Dramione, graphic tablets, the magic of portraits, and how we’re all shameless trash. Get To Know Yous Malory Beazley: Something on your Tumblr bio //

Fan Activism: The Harry Potter Alliance

September 19, 2016 // 2 Comments

It’s no secret that fan culture is a gathering place for individuals from diverse walks of life. Fan texts, particularly fanfiction, often house complex and rich concepts about representation: gender, sexuality, race, ability, and identity. Fan writers not only explore these issues through character and narrative, but often write academic theories, current gender debates, and feminist ideology into their fictional stories. These types of fics make contemporary debates about representation //