Read & Download Stranger Than FanfictionGoing anywhere near fanfiction Joey said unapologetically It terrifies me especially ours The last story Exam Ref AZ-103 Microsoft Azure Administrator (English Edition) eBook: Michael Washam, Jonathan Tuliani, Scott Hoag: Amazon.de: Kindle-Shop you wrote scarred me for life I didn t know there were so many adjectives to describe Tobey Ramous s pubes This is the most colourful of the excuses the other characters made as to why they weren t reading Mo s fic and it leads into the first assumption Stranger Than Fanfiction makes about fanfiction it s all about sex On the one hand it s really not For the most part fanfiction is a really character driven genre This is a place whereou ll find a beautifully written 20000 word character study of Draco Malfoy set during the events of the seventh Harry Potter or over 1600 works tagged Bucky Barnes needs a hug On the other hand a lot of fanfiction is about sex There is a lot of PWP porn without plot or plot what plot and at least one sex scene is really a genre convention in even long plot driven works Often than one sex scene The issue with Stranger Than Fanfiction here is that when the character Joey makes this critiue all Mo does is tell him he doesn t have to read her story just comment on it so people will find it Then her friends tell her to take a cold shower and that her ship the two characters she wants to get together sends subtle degrading messages to women Whether Mo s ship sends degrading messages to women or not there is nothing subtle about the way Mo s friends degrade her for writing fanfic in this section Mo doesn t tell her friends that fanfiction is about so much than sex and she doesn t defend her fanfiction being all about sex and how that s important either Fanfiction is statistically a largely female pursuit and this is often theorized to be part of the reason there is such a stigma around it Just look at how people talked about Fifty Shades of Grey mommy porn etc There is no defense of female sexuality here no discussion of how fanfiction communities are derided for things like this In Stranger Than Fanfiction a novel about fandom the reader really is meant to look at fanfiction as being strange I m not actually writing about Peachfuzzle I m just using them to gain an audience she said As soon as I get a book deal I ll change the names and locations so I don t get sued and boom I ll have my own franchise Laugh at me all ou want I m sure people laughed at E L James too but look where writing fanfiction got her Here we have assumption two about fanfiction that people are only writing it to publish their own original work with an automatic fanbase And ou know what This is definitely true for some writers But for every writer who is writing fanfic expressly for the purpose of building their own fanbase with this purpose from the very beginning there are many writers who are writing it because they love the show or book or movie they re using as source material because they love the characters Because they want better for the characters Because they want to see what would happen to them in a totally alternate universe Because they want to explore sexuality or world building or myriad other things in ways the original material never could or would So it s fine if it makes the most sense for Mo the character that she wants to write fanfic to publish her own original work But my critiue of this is that out of all of the many many reasons people write fanfic this story the story Stranger Than Fanfiction is choosing to tell is the same story the media always tells The same story everybody already assumes about people who write fanfiction if they ve heard of people writing fanfiction in the first place Because why on earth would people be doing something if it wasn t to make money Mo isn t really a sympathetic character Even if wanting to be a published author is understandable to the audience this is going for the narration doesn t really get into Mo s POV to explain her relationship to fanfiction other than that her friends don t understand her work fanfiction is like the fricking Hunger Games only the cunning survive This is the third assumption about fanfiction and if ou
do a bit of googling definitely seems like the way E L James made her millionsa bit of googling definitely seems like the way E L James made her millions there are definitely people like this out there But this narrative says nothing about the wonderful community spirit so present in the fandoms I ve encountered Who it s written for When someone suggests Mo herself write the comments for her friends to post on her work And She Agrees The Other she agrees The other were curious and fearful about the words Mo would put in their mouths but they were always happy to support one another even in the unsettling realm of fanfiction This is it the point where I stopped reading The rest of the page talks about how much Wiz Kids the show means to the characters as people which feels very fannish but it s really hard to pay attention to that after such a thorough attack however unintentional it might have been Mo s friends are happy to support her in a hobby they think is gross and unsettling A hobby they basically tell her to her face is gross and unsettling This is a kind of friendship that makes me deeply uncomfortable So in this novel one character values fanfiction only as a tool to advance her career as an author the other three think this is really weird even though they re involved in fandom as well Possibly the most unrealistic part of this for me the part that was the most painful to read is illustrated here Mo swivelled her head and rolled her eyes so her frustration was evident It didn t matter how many times she explained herself her friends never understood her work There are a lot of technical things wrong with Chris Colfer s portrayal of fanfiction fandoms in Stranger Than Fanfiction but why I m actually writing this review why I didn t finish the book is that I found it painful to read It hurt so much to read about a character who wrote fanfiction and kept putting her work out there for her friends to look at and groan at Not because I identified with Mo but because it hurt to think of having friends groan at something so important to me I don t write much fanfiction though I have the utmost admiration for people who do it well but reading it soothes my soul I ve had a lot of internalized guilt and shame about this since I was a teenager I struggle "To Talk About It "talk about it new people hesitate over naming the fandoms I m involved in am careful about where I have conversations about it I ve only recently started coming out to some close friends about my involvement in fanfiction fandoms and though I know my experience is not everyone s for me it feels just as nerve wracking as coming out as ueer did maybe because I live in a liberal place where being ueer isn t a huge deal To think about Mo constantly being shut down for her fanfiction constantly having it treated as if it s weird by her friends even with the convenient justification that she s writing to be a published author eventually I can only imagine how painful that would feel Of course this is not the story Colfer is telling none of that is mentioned in the text The lack of understanding of Mo s pursuit to me is the greatest indication that Stranger Than Fanfiction is not written for people involved in fanfiction but for people who are outside it to look in at us at a depiction of us that I find hurtful and damaging To be clear I m not saying fanfiction fandom is some utopia or even something vaguely resembling a cohesive community There are many diverse groups involved and often big issues and sometimes terrible internet fights But I don t think any of that takes away from the fact that good or nuanced representation of this subculture matters And having said all of this I understand why the depiction might be like this Chris Colfer is an actor he s had. M up on it Chased by paparazzi and hounded by reporters this unlikely crew takes off on a journey of a lifetime but along the way they discover that the star they love has deep secrets he. .
Fanfiction written about his characters and about him as well This isn t to say he doesn t like fandom in general I ve seen multiple interviews promoting the book saying exactly the opposite but just that it might be harder to really understand fanfiction fandom in particular from the inside with this background Still I did come away from Stranger Than Fanfiction with a valuable new understanding Something I read a lot about in critiues of books that feature representation of different subcultures who is it written for People inside the community or outside This has always seemed like an incredibly important uestion to me but I ve never felt the effects of the difference in intended audience so viscerally as when I read the first part of this book Stranger Than Fanfiction is not written for people in fanfiction fandom As one of those people I can tell ou it makes a big difference And because this book is a bestseller lots of people are reading it and learning or relearning these assumptions about us That makes a real difference to a lot of people Of course I m one of them but I m in my mid twenties The two or three page section of this book I ve been uoting from would have absolutely wrecked me as a teenager When I brought Stranger Than Fanfiction back to the local bookstore I bought it from something I ve never done it was with the intention of just giving it back to them if they wouldn t accept the return because I didn t want to give it to anyone I knew to read I didn t want them to think those things about me The bookstore employee I spoke with let me return it but did tell me she had really enjoyed the book and was sorry I hadn t finished it The ending was apparently really good There is a lot I could say about this E L James comparison but it really doesn t fit here For an interesting take on this from the perspective of the fandom she came from check out Fic Why Fanfiction Is Taking Over the World by Anne Jamison I don t know if Chris Colfer has spoken about fanfiction fandom in interviews just fandom generally I have seen positive reviews for the book from other people involved in fandom but not necessarily fanfiction fandom Bonus miscellaneous critiues including spoilers 1 Depiction of fandom Wiz Kids has two male main characters and one main female character and the main ship is between one of the male characters and the female characters There is a 90% chance if this were a real show the main ship would be between the two male characters There is no mention made of any malemale shipping at the convention where shippers are talked about also in a sort of odd way but I m not going to get into that This isn t a critiue about not including diversity but a critiue about realism in depiction of how fandom actually works Statistically there will be slash malemale shipping 2 A weird sort of not uite ueerbaiting the main character in Stranger Than Fanfiction Cash Carter near the beginning of the novel talks about a secret he has that will get him out of the contract for his show Because Chris Colfer is openly gay because Cash Carter has a CC name like Chris Colfer like another one of Colfer s characters too that he actually played in Struck by Lightning the implication is that this is his sexuality This is not how people talk about ueer characters in this day and age especially in fandom which is what the book is about At the end it s revealed that the character s secret is view spoilerthat he s dying hide spoiler Just like the performers from the club New Directions in the TV series Glee Sam Topher Joey and Mo are misfits who have each other s backs no matter whatCash Carter the TV star has a secret that he believes will destroy his image should that secret be revealed to the public I m annoyed at that because his secret while it is shocking is not exactly scandalous so to say it would tear his image apart is a big stretch Chris Colfer s voice is a sarcastic one I personally find it very entertaining and humorous Plus it s definitely gripping and even clever at times He says things Bird Habitats in Britain you wouldn t expect to hear Unlike other books with predictable storylines the characters themselves are not predictable I m currently reading a book in which nothing exciting happens so this novel is gold compared to that oneIt s unrealistic unsurprisingly Like a super celebrity would suddenly decide to go on a road trip with a couple of teenagers he never before met It s not plausible But it s exciting isn t Sometimes crazy is good STRANGER THAN FANFICTION is the type of bookou read in an afternoon It s light it s fast paced the writing is accessible and the story is complex enough to keep The Guitar Style of Jerry Reed you reading but not enough to ask forour analysis and stipulations My favourite parts were the sometimes awkward sometimes weird sometimes liberating interactions between the TV star Cash Carter and the four friends See Sam Topher Joey and Mo all have their own secrets and often it s easier to talk to someone who doesn t know us personally because they can give us better objective advices I hope the amazingly sarcastic Chris Colfer will write books in the future I d rather read him than see him honestly though he has a cute face don t get me wrong I d pick books over movies anytime that s for sure Blog Youtube Twitter Instagram Google Bloglovin This book was in the BLK Book PoolI chose it because I liked the title cover because I haven t read much YA this ear Although I had heard of the TV programme Glee I ve never watched it so I hadn t heard of Chris ColferI liked the book It was written in the flat style so typical of a lot of modern YA writing but every now again Colfer would show some genuine insight compassion The book rarely dragged I missed all the clues leading up to The Big Scene This was genuinely movingUnfortunately I had to knock half a off for an ending that was just too trite well Hollywood for meColfer has promise I look forward to his future works Remember for every person that doesn t accept ou Riders of the Sea you ll find a dozen who will It s a gay lawHi everyone It s meour not so friendly favorite book basher To get through this I had to grit my teeth and swallow my screams There are so many things that made me very angry First of all say it with me UNBELIEVABLE There is NO WAY that 976% of this book couldwould ever happen Because of this it was extremely difficult fo Boy oh boy did I hate read this whole book We received a box of galleys and this was sitting in there And it continued to sit there for a while and I got it in my head that someone on the staff needed to read it I thought to myself well his kids books are really popular and I ve heard good things so why don t I give this one a try I made a huge mistakeThis book is the perfect example of why I am hating on YA right now Reading through I felt like
Colfer thought to himself I am a oung gay celebrity I must write a book for teenagers inthought to himself I am a oung gay celebrity I must write a book for teenagers in LGBT community What characters will they relate to Oh Friends Forever: Everything Changes (Friends Forever) yeah stereotypes I know all about those because I was on Glee Each time he introduced a character I felt like he was checking off a stereotypical character from a list he had created It was infuriating This book could have been important It could have helped teens see themselves in characters Instead it turned them into flat characters I foundelling WHY STOP I
HATE so many times but just couldn t stop reading Part of the reason was that eachTHIS so many times but just couldn t stop reading Part of the reason was that each I was about to uit Colfer would have a great one liner I would think well if he can do this then maybe he can save this book I was wrongThe end was supposed to be a huge shocking twist but I saw it coming from very early on I cannot explain how disappointed I was I guess I am mostly disappointed in myself for expecting somethin. 's been keeping What they come to learn about the life of the mysterious person they thought they knew will teach them about the power of empathy and the unbreakable bond of true friendsh. I read and loved Struck by Lightning and after reading the synopsis I was expecting the same sort of witty and sarcastic type of prose What I found was uite disappointing The voices of all of the characters The TV Writer's Workbook: A Creative Approach To Television Scripts yes we do get 5 POVs throughout the story and random thoughts throughout were veryoung I would have never guessed that any of them were on their way to college There is representation one character is transgender one is gay and two are POC but it felt like something thrown together to make it diverse Fandom and convention goers are portrayed horribly Not all fans are high pitched screamers and making the statement that a con isn t successful unless there s violence and stampedes just seems irresponsible The twist was predictable and the epilogue was decent but it was definitely a struggle to get there The excessive use of exclamation points italics and shouty caps didn t help I did love the idea of the road trip plot and there were some good conversations about acceptance and the like I kept reading because I was hoping something would turn around for me Sadly it never happened I m sure people will love it it just wasn t for me Huge thanks to Little Brown for providing the arc free of charge Chris Colfer did it again surprised me in the most pleasant ways possible with this unexpectedly hilarious but at the same time very touching story about four friends each battles a social challenge and how their common hero in the person of their favorite actor virtually changed their lives forever when seemingly on a whim he joins them on their epic nerdy road trip which of course detoured to several un nerdy adventures I think I now have a new favorite author in Mr Colfer because his writing is consistently funny and thoughtful at the same time up until the Author s Note actually His metaphors keep me cracking up and his pop references are super on point I love how there is complete diversity among the characters and how well rounded each of them are as the story is told in each of their perspective but using the Third Person Omniscient You definitely get to know each of them including their inner thoughts and emotions The unraveling of events is surprising I had my hunches and I had a really strong instinct one of these characters was going to die but I was very wrong about the whys The conclusion on the one hand is the best like the last bite of NV Level 3 Health and Social Care your favorite dessert kind of familiar but still awesome Full review on my blog the Snark TheaterAnd speaking of my blogtalk about a missed snark opportunity Goodreads updates just aren t as convenient as a good ol blog postLikewow I started off with an early eh 25 maybe 3 stars and it all went downhill Even an hour ago I was considering 2 stars butno I don t feel indulgent towards this book And I guess that means Chris Colfer hates me because I m a critic Well I don t careFor con I checked this out from the library for something I could listen to while I work Except now I m wrapped in a blanket and crying so there s that It s a tough world to findourself in but an even tougher one to be Writing in the Dust: After September 11 yourself in I have always loved Chris Colfer s novels His sense of humor melds so perfectly into the genre of YA it s like he was born to tell stories about teenagers His books are always humorous with a side of unbelievable and a dash of diversity Just the way I like them Add on a soul crushing ending that would make John Green blush andou ve got ourself an authentic Chris Colfer novelDespite this being my second novel from him I have an instant buy urge whenever I encounter one of his works To put it simply there s no comparison You won t be able to find another author who reads uite like him The diversity of this novel was a big win to me There were characters from an array of backgrounds situations and even religions that I wasn t expecting It was amazing getting to read a road trip novel that didn t star the typical blond blue eyed hetero couple from Kansas Add onto it
THAT WHY I COULDN T FINISHWhy I couldn t finish book a fanfiction fan s perspective This is a not uite review I have struggled to write for weeks now and in the interest of full disclosure it s not a full review because I could only make it to page 30 of the book in uestion That said after many ears critiuing fiction and having my own critiued I think when someone doesn t finish something it s useful to know why I didn t finish Stranger Than Fanfiction because it made me feel terrible and because by page 30 I had figured out it wasn t written for people like me in the first place Fannish people Or specifically people involved in transformative fanfiction fandoms In that vein this review is not written for Chris Colfer or to hurt him professionally in any way it s written to warn other fanfiction fandom people about the type of narrative about us the book features and to explain to anyone not involved in this type of fandom what s wrong with the portrayal here and why it matters The Jargon Excuse me but it s been three days since I posted chapter four of my Wiz Kids fanfiction novel and none of Once Is Never Enough (Real Men Like It Hard, you jerks have commented on itet Mo said Topher Joey and Sam looked into their camera very guiltily I bought Stranger Than Fanfiction because of the title and because it sounded like fanfiction itself road trip fanfic is definitely a genre and so are one character is a celebrity AUs or alternate universes To read a fanfic type premise written by someone who had actually seen the Hollywood side of things sounded fantastic Funnily enough I have a much higher standard for fanfiction than I do for traditionally published novels in terms of being socially aware not because this is the rule just because these are the circles in which I travel Not being up to these high standards is probably part of why this novel tripped me up though I don t think that s an excuse The uote above marks the start of the section that made me stop reading which is what I m mainly going to focus on here Fanfiction novel Right away I was taken out of the story After fifteen ears in fandom it s a term I ve never heard before and after some extensive googling I could only find one instance of it Personally I say fic or sometimes fanfic but this varies by the fan and by the
CONTEXT FIC I WOULD USE INFORMALLY AROUND PEOPLE INFic I would use informally around people in know and I might use fanfic or fanfiction with people who have peripheral knowledge of the form But fanfiction novel was completely foreign An argument can be made that use of the term which doesn t appear anywhere or appears in very few places in actual fandom was for the benefit of the many readers who might
*not know what fanfic is of course The novel part here is certainly descriptive in regards to the length *know what fanfic is of course The novel part here is certainly descriptive in regards to the length story structure This doesn t really hold up though because there are some really easy ways of explaining what this is for people who aren t in the know using terms that are in common usage by people who are in the know For example Excuse me but it s been three days since I posted chapter four of my Wiz Kids fic and none of ou jerks have commented on it RTA - CIP B702.6 - Renault Clio III, phase 1 de 09/05 a 03/08 yet Mo said Topher Joey and Sam looked into their cameras very guiltily Mo had been writing novel length fanfiction about the Wiz Kids characters since they all got into the show This is just one way of doing it of course but novel length fanfiction is just as descriptive as fanfiction novel and is actually in very common usage by people involved in fandom What using incorrect fanfiction jargon really does in this novel is position readers who are familiar with fanfiction as outsiders Getting the language right is a key part of representing any group and it s one way in which Stranger Than Fanfiction fails at accurately depicting fanfiction fandoms Commonly held assumptions And I m not. Cash Carter is theoung world famous lead actor of the hit television Wiz Kids When four fans jokingly invite him on a cross country road trip they are shocked that he actually takes the. .