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Pulitzer-Prize-winning fanfiction

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Congratulations! You've just summarily dismissed as criminal, immoral, and unimaginative each of the following Pulitzer Prize-winning works:

  • Jane Smiley's novel A Thousand Acres, a modernized AU (Alternate Universe) retelling of King Lear and winner of the 1992 Pulitzer Prize for Literature. King Lear is itself a hybrid of multiple folk and fairy tales

  • Rodgers & Hammerstein's Tony-Award-winning South Pacific, which was based on James Michener's Tales of the South Pacific and is the only musical to win the Pulitzer Prize that is based on another work that also won a Pulitzer.

  • Geraldine Brooks' March, a parallel retelling of Little Women and winner of the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for literature

(And so on and so on and so on...)

Did They Have Fan Fiction in the Middle Ages?

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John Lydgate is the worst medieval offender that I can think of off the top of my head. For the prologue to his Siege of Thebes, he wrote himself into Chaucer's Canterbury Tales.

And so while the pilgrims were
At Canterbury, well lodged one and all,
I don't know what to call it,
Luck or Fortune -- in the end
That led me to enter into that town

Did They Have Fan Fiction in the Middle Ages?

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John Lydgate is the worst medieval offender that I can think of off the top of my head. For the prologue to his Siege of Thebes, he wrote himself into Chaucer's Canterbury Tales.

And so while the pilgrims were
At Canterbury, well lodged one and all,
I don't know what to call it,
Luck or Fortune -- in the end
That led me to enter into that town

My Own Kind of Freedom: Firefly fanfic novel by Steven Brust

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First time I've ever heard of an established author doing something like this.

My Own Kind of Freedom: Firefly fanfic novel by Steven Brust

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First time I've ever heard of an established author doing something like this.

Fanworks Finder

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Searchable index to fan art/fiction around the Web. Really great feature-set, but I wonder how easily it's going to scale.

Fanworks Finder

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Searchable index to fan art/fiction around the Web. Really great feature-set, but I wonder how easily it's going to scale.

Scrivener's Error on the legality of fan fiction

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Copyright concerns the right to control duplication of both exact original expression and derivative works based on previously existing exact original expression. It does not involve "ideas" per se. ...

Scrivener's Error on the legality of fan fiction

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Copyright concerns the right to control duplication of both exact original expression and derivative works based on previously existing exact original expression. It does not involve "ideas" per se. ...

FanLib wholly exploded

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Henry Jenkins has the best summary; the short is that the founders made a terrible mistake by trying to establish a business based on exploiting a demographic they don't understand.

FanLib wholly exploded

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Henry Jenkins has the best summary; the short is that the founders made a terrible mistake by trying to establish a business based on exploiting a demographic they don't understand.

The Mary Sue Project

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Getting students to insert themselves into the stories they're reading:

In the winter, our characters go visiting: each girl chooses a climactic moment from a favorite novel and writes herself into the story, in the third person, as one of the main characters. Neil Gaiman's Coraline becomes Coraline and Caroline, in which twin sisters face off together against the "other mother"; the feral cat clans of Erin Hunter's Warrior series flourish under the leadership of newcomer Snowfur, known in real life as Camille. (Student: "Should the same things still happen in the story?" Me: "I don't know -- will they be the same with you there?")

The Mary Sue Project

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Getting students to insert themselves into the stories they're reading:

In the winter, our characters go visiting: each girl chooses a climactic moment from a favorite novel and writes herself into the story, in the third person, as one of the main characters. Neil Gaiman's Coraline becomes Coraline and Caroline, in which twin sisters face off together against the "other mother"; the feral cat clans of Erin Hunter's Warrior series flourish under the leadership of newcomer Snowfur, known in real life as Camille. (Student: "Should the same things still happen in the story?" Me: "I don't know -- will they be the same with you there?")

Browncoat, Green Eyes

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Nonjon's excellent Firefly/Harry Potter crossover is now complete (~300,000 words).

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