So, to expand a little on the title, this is a list of links I've collected over time, on anything and everything to do with or about fanfic. These are not links to fic itself, but rather issues of copyright, discussions of fic conventions and etiquette, and writers' forums -- all the things that I, as a reader and writer of fic, have found intriguing.

I've been told that it's time to impose a little order here, and I've decided to go by content/category. Let me know how this works for you!

If you know of any you think I'd like to include here, be sure to let me know. And if you would like your links removed, let me know that too. I'm doing this out of personal interest, not to incur wrath, lol.

As always, red links take you offsite. (Oh, and look for the "New!" for recent additions.)


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Writing Resources
The Legality of Fanfiction
In the News


Writing Resources

Writer's University
Note: According to their own mandate, "Writer's University seeks to help people connect through fan fiction," and I'd say they do a tremendous job of it, too. This site is huge, contains dozens of resources anyone who writes or reads fanfic would benefit from reading, and (always a major personal interest for yours truly) is set out in a user-friendly format with solid links and navigation. I especially recommend their section on Mary Sues.
Writers Resources: Fan Fiction
Note: this isn't so much a site, as a sort of shortcut to one search engine's results given a search query of "fanfiction". Some useful sites, some I've never checked.
Resources for Medical Fanfiction Writing
Note: Exactly what the title says, this has definitions, descriptions, procedures, and useful links for anyone who's interested in writing believable medical fiction, not just playing doctor. *g* (A Stacey find.)
Minotaur's Sex Tips for Slash Writers
Note: Be warned, Minotaur is EXTREMELY graphic, although of course that's why it's helpful for the slash writer who knows her characters, knows emotion, and knows what she wants them to do -- but hasn't the faintest idea about the mechanics of male-on-male sexuality.
Dr. Merlin's Guide to Fan Fiction
Note: A web classic, actually. One of the oldest resources I know of, and it's still around for a reason. Check it out.
How to Write Almost Readable Fan Fiction
Note: Again, I just love self-explanatory titles! Lol, seriously though, there are some good tips in here for any ficwriter.
The World of Fanfiction
Excerpt: "Welcome to The World of Fanfiction--an extension of Only Time. Here you will find all kinds of information on the subject of fanfiction, tips and hints for writing fanfiction, and many links to what I consider to be some of the best fanfiction sites on the Internet." I've read this author's work, and I think I can say she knows what she's talking about.
Miscellanous Angel/Buffy Fanfic Links
Note: Ironically, I was all set to update with a number of links, and then I stumbled on this site, and it has several of them (and my personal favourite, a link to one of the best interpretations I've read of "Restless", you know, the Buffy 'dream episode'). Just so you know, I'm technically pointing this one out for the 'badfic' links and fic writing sources.
Citizens Against Bad Slash
Note: CABS is irreverent but honest. Be prepared to be slightly taken aback, and then drawn in. These people discuss aspects of fic writing, feedbacking, and fandom attitudes, and they do it with style and humour -- and a sharp eye for slackers and ignorance. I'd be surprised if you didn't nod thoughtfully at least once. By the way, just in case you completely missed it, the site is slash-oriented (hell, that's an understatement, lol).
Fists and Fangs: Fanfiction Tips
Note: You read it, and you think to yourself, "Well, duh! It's just common sense." And then you stop and consider that horrible fic-experience you had the other night, shudder violently, and bookmark this site so you don't do it to anyone else, lol.
Blurred Vision
Note: True, it's pure Buffy-verse, but check out the Essays and the Opinions sections for some serious and good (and seriously good, lol) tips and cautions about writing. I find the points about staying true to character particularly poignant, if lofty.
Hoowee's Stupid Fanfiction Writing Tips
Note: Light-hearted but quite valid comments and cautions.
Advice to Aspiring Writers
Note: Jeffrey Carver offers some great advice for … you guessed it. Ooh, and he has a pretty decent list of links, although they’re aimed at writers of original fiction.
The Alternative Reality Writers' Zone
Note: The focus here is on community – particularly that between sci-fi/fantasy readers, writers, and variations thereof. Not fanfic-oriented, maybe, and (I think) still growing, but pretty cool. Useful, too; I’m looking forward to checking out some of the recommended links I’ve found in the forums.
The Grand List of Overused Science Fiction Cliches
Note: © 2002 by John VanSickle. I laughed, I cried. And then I laughed and cried again. Why? See for yourself. And then review your own work, and see if you don’t laugh and cry a little too!
The Language Construction Kit
Note: By Mark Rosenfelder, who says this is“intended for anyone who wants to create artificial languages-- for a fantasy or an alien world, as a hobby, as an interlanguage. It presents linguistically sound methods for creating naturalistic languages-- which can be reversed to create non-naturalistic languages. It suggests further reading for those who want to know more, and shortcuts for those who want to know less.” I admit that I’ve always (ahem) avoided having to do so, but if I ever get (another) opportunity to create an alien civilization, I’m here, bud!


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The Legality of Fanfiction

Legal Fictions: Copyright, Fan Fiction, and a New Common Law
Note: By Rebecca Tushnet, for the Loyola of Los Angeles Entertainment Law Journal. This is quite possibly the best legal examination of fan fiction as a literary genre, a reflection of society, and its implication for online copyright law, that I know of. Tushnet cites numerous academic works on fan fiction and countless instances of (American) corporate and entertainment law used against fan fiction writers, archivists and communities in general.
Copyright 101: A Brief Introduction to Copyright for Fan Fiction Authors
Note: By A.T. Lee, for Whoosh! Online Edition. This is a U.S.-centric legal-minded article that delivers precisely what the title promises, without sacrificing accessibility. (In other words, it's useful and easy to read. What more can you ask for?)
10 Big Myths about copyright explained
Note: By Brad Templeton. The title's self-evident, don'tcha think?
The Fanfiction vs. Copyright FAQ
Note: By (no, really, lol). Includes some intriguing interpretation of US copyright law and Fair Use.
Canadian Intellectual Property Office
Note: copyright info according to the CIPO (basically, the Canadian government).
Chilling Effects
Note: Find out about fanfic, copyright, and trademark law from some people who sound like they know what they're talking about, lol. (Another great Stacey find. Thanks, Stacey!)
Fan Fiction and the Copyright Dilemma
Note: © 2000 by Ursula Renee. A PDF-download, this is a formally structured treatise on fanfiction and legality with a pretty decent bibliography. I approve of her stance, too; she claims that current law is insufficient and needs to be overhauled to make allowances for non-profit-seeking fans. Hear, hear!
The Internet and Electronic Copyright: Fanfiction and the unacknowledged use of copyright material
Note: by Olwyn Mitchell, , University of Aberystwyth, 1995. MSc dissertation. A reasonable examination of fanfic, historically, culturally, and legally, the main focus is on issues of ownership and copyright solutions. Nicely thought-provoking.
Web-based Plagiarism, Cheating and Academic Integrity
Note: for Web Tools Newsletter. A useful annotated bibliography regarding online plagiarism. Cool.
Harry Potter and the International Order of Copyright: Should Tanya Grotter and the Magic Double Bass be banned? New!
Note: by Tim Wu, for Slate. A look at the more daring and openly infringing world of international publishing -- forget the internet, there are print publishers in Russia, China, Belarus, Holland and India that promote thinly-disguised derivative works that mimic Harry Potter so closely it borders on the satirical. Wu provides a layman-friendly look into the realm of international copyright law and why it shouldn't be an absolute. (If nothing else, there are cultural considerations. Why *shouldn't* Russian children read about a hero they can identify with? And a female one, too; if I knew Russian, I'd probably read Tanya Grotter too.) Basically, there's an interesting line between justifiable protection and hindering fair competition.
Fan Fiction, Novels Copyright, and Ethics New!
Note: by Michaela Ecks, for Whoosh!. A heavily annotated list of fandom legal issues, with examples , illustrations, and pertinent discussion on finding a balance between the rights of authors (of "original work") and ficcers. The emphasis is on identifying and clarifying issues as opposed to offering an outright solution, and it works.
Copyright – Who Owns Your Story? New!
Note: by J. S. Levine, for A U.S.-centric overview of copyright law as relates to writers of fanfic. Contains a list of relevant legislation, summarized for your convenience (and mine! LOL), and is both cautionary and encouraging.

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In the News

The Poachers and the Stormtroopers
Note: By Henry Jenkins, for Red Rock Eater Digest. H. Jenkins is a well-known academic defender of fanfiction, and this is a talk he presented at the University of Michigan in 1998. He uses anecdotal evidence to excellent effect, and makes very persuasive arguments in support of fandom.
Copy Catfight: How intellectual property laws stifle popular culture
Note: By Jesse Walker, for Reason Online. A descriptive and fairly comprehensive overview of some of the legal controversies surrounding fanfiction.
Luke Skywalker Is Gay? Fan fiction is America's literature of obsession.
Note: by David Plotz, Slate's Washington Editor. A humourous and fairly written (in my opinion) article on the fanfic phenomenon, examining fanfic as a reflection and outgrowth of modern culture. Not too bad a job deconstructing slash, either, in an intriguing little sidebar.
If Frodo loved Bilbo ...
Note: by John Allemang, The Globe and Mail. A Star Trek-heavy and fairly accurate article about fanfic, but more specifically, the prevalence of slash -- and more to the point, salacious slash. Mentions some well-known names out of fandom (I recognized them, anyway), including Thamiris and Mary Ellen Curtain, which adds credibility. It's a keeper -- and not just because it led me to another promising-looking DS author, lol.
Net Could Forge Era of Guiltless Plagiarism
Note: By Kevin Featherly, for Newsbytes. An interesting article examining how ease of access to and copying of digital content influences changing perceptions on what plagiarism is and means to new generations of writers. Oh bloody hell, it's disappeared. Well, I'll keep an eye out for a little while. If anyone desperately wanted it, I think I have a hard copy somewhere around here I could photocopy and forward ... guiltlessly? I'll never tell, lol.
Taking Liberties With Harry Potter New!
Note: by Tracy Mayor, for Boston Globe Magazine. A thoughtful examination of the Harry Potter fanfic phenomenon, tastefully interspersed with excerpts and art. (Although who the blonde is supposed to be is beyond me. Hermione's brown-haired, Ginny's red-haired, and Cho presumably has straight black hair ... 'shipping out of canon, are we? How very intriguing. LOL ...) Henry Jenkins gets a nod, as does Fiction Alley (whoo hoo! Go FA!), and the Potter Slash Archives. The author, evidently not a ficcer herself, does a witty but respectful job of deconstructing fanfic rationality and netiquette. It's interesting to look at an outsider's view, isn't it?
The Plot Thickens in Fan Fiction: Loyal Followers Find the Web a Magical Place to Spin Their Own Versions New!
Note: by Rebekah Denn, for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer Reporter. The primary impetus seems to be Harry Potter (with a few obscure fandoms for contrast value) and the impact of online discourse and internet-based publishing. There are some great quotes by Henry Jenkins, and -- this is a new one for me, at least in commercial journalism -- a surprisingly neutral acknowledgement of RPS. Good legal points and a creditable shortlist of sites to check out and fandom terms round out a fairly diverse and interesting article.
The Facts About Fan-Fiction New!
Note: by Wolfen Moondaughter, for Sequential Tart. A nicely laid-back defense of fanfiction enriched by extrapolations from cultural practice and big names in literature. (Oh, and psychology. Mustn't forget Jung.) I truly enjoyed reading this one, even finding myself nodding outright once or twice before remembering the process wasn't interactive. I wouldn't say the author provides any (to me) groundbreaking rationales or explanations for participating in fandom, but Moondaughter's enthusiasm, sincerity and ability to write insightful prose is definitely worth reading.
Working the Web: Fan Fiction New!
Note: by Michelle Pauli, for Guardian Unlimited. Pauli provides a quick peek into a "curious literary genre", offering some advice and useful site recommendations for the newbie interested in becoming either reader or writer.
Fanfic and Other Obsessions Part 3 New!
By Julie Houston for About (Sci/fi Fantasy). Part of a series posted back in the late nineties, this is a quick overview of what people find compelling about fanfic, with an emphasis on contributors' opinion and useful linking.
Homoerotic Fanfiction: Slashing Culture New!
By Lynn Reed, for Disinformation. Fanfiction as subversion and slash as an expression of female initiative in a traditionally male-oriented genre -- be still my heart, I feel the urge to go do something politically aware. (Don't worry, it'll pass. But it's kind of exhilerating, you know?) Look to the end for some great links to popular slash fandoms and authors.

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Alternative Universes: Fan Fiction Studies
Note: I can't say enough about this site. As a (more or less) fellow academic, I can appreciate the empirical and analytical studies M. Ellen has conducted in an effort to quantify and qualify various myths and perceptions about fanfiction as a global phenomenon. She includes papers she's given at academic conferences, commentaries about fanfic and the media, some statistical data, book reviews, and a stab at documenting the history of slash. Tremendous stuff. It's under construction, but really, it's such a great resource, I'm going to keep this here and hope for the best. And hope I don't lose the few pages I found fascinating enough to make hard copies of. Sigh.
Fanfic-Related Links
Note: By Kathleen Dailey. What I'm doing here? Well, it's been done before, lol, and here is a list I myself have referred to at times. There's some overlap, but she includes some links that I won't be featuring here, so I figure, why not?
Hijack on the Road to Xanadu: The Infringement of Copyright in HTML Documents via Networked Computers and the Legitimacy of Browsing Hypermedia Documents
Note: By Alex Morrison. Not about fanfic, exactly, but from an academic stance, and if the vagaries of online publishing are of interest to you, it's relevant.
Science Fiction Fandom
Note: Under construction. Will wait and see if I'll keep it on the list.
What is slash?
Note: By Nicholas. A short article looking theorizing on the prevalence of slash in fanfiction.
The Enchanted Duplicator
Note: By Walt Willis and Bob Shaw, serialized in Amazing Science Fiction. This enduring masterpiece defies description, really. It's a commentary on fandom and a SF/fantasy story all rolled into one. It's older, so some of the allusions might pass right over the heads of readers such as myself who were born after its creation, but it's well worth reading.
Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America
Note: It's a good site, accessible to the curious amateur, useful to the serious writer, and of interest to anyone in between. Check it out.
Red Inkworks
Note: some seriously kickass linkage on SF fandom (general, not fanfic) in here. Just scroll down! I fully plan to go through them more thoroughly myself when I get the chance. No, really.
UCSL - Unconventional Relationshippers List
Note: Maintained by Kate Bolin (yeah, thought that'd make you sit up, lol), this is a fascinating look at unconventional 'shipping, who does it, when, why, and how. Some degree of Buffy-verse bias pervades. I'm particularly impressed with the creators for articulating how and why UC fanfiction constitutes a safe and rational environment for exploration of sexuality and identity.
The Generic Slash Defense Form Letter
Note: Written/compiled by Susan Beth, this is a thought-provoking defense (but not apology! Hell no) for slash. I felt like cheering, and I'd never heard of the fandom constantly referred to in examples.
Paper on Fanfiction New!
Note: by USS ferryboat, under "Sentinel Misc" on her website. She writes: "I wrote a paper on Fanfiction for my English 102 class. I got an A." Well, I've read the paper and I'd give her an "A" too. Then again, I appreciate a well-written and accessible academic paper that doesn't sacrifice style for content. (Oh, and I should mention it's TS-centric, with a chuckle-worthy and eminently in-character minific to start things off.) Witty stuff all around, with a good grounding in copyright and cultural prerogative.
Rewriting Society's Future: Women, Star Trek and Slash Writing New!
Note: by Genevieve Petty. A thorough and careful examination of slash-writing by and for women. Petty begins with the traditional nod to Star Trek slashdom and online forums, expounds a bit on cultural perceptions about pornography (and why slashing is a far healthier and proactive pursuit than skin mags), and ultimately, offers a very encouraging and supportive message. Compelling, well-researched and soundly reasoned.
It's a Fan's World: How Devotees Blur the Boundries New!
Note: by Mary Borsellino. You know, it's odd -- I just realized that I'm a telecultist, and yet, I don't own a television. (I "loaned" my set and VCR to my sister back in the summer of '02, and, well, she just seems to get a lot more out of them than I do. Besides, I can watch DVDs on my computer, right? Right.) More to the point, Borsellino breaks down the nature and functionality of the obsessive (er, "devoted") fan, in light of the relationship and interaction between audience and industry. Ultimately, this is a defense of fandom from a unique perspective, and an intriguing one at that.

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