Unprintable: The LitReactor Podcast Episode 20 - The Wild World of Fan Fiction (Guest: Anne Jamison)

Every episode, Unprintable will take an irreverent look at books, the publishing industry, reading, writing, and more; featuring the know-it-all geekery of LitReactor Review Editor Cath Murphy, Education Director Rob W. Hart, and Managing Editor Joshua Chaplinsky.


Episode 20 - The Wild World of Fan Fiction (Guest: Anne Jamison)

Who? What? When? Where? Why? Unprintable is still a thing?

That's right, ladies and gentlemen, we're still here. It's been about three months since our last full cast, and we are just bursting at the seams with literary fact-nuggets and hastily formed opinions. We can only apologize for the radio silence, but what with the holidays, vacations, jail time, and mental breakdowns, personal life got a bit hectic there for a while. But never fear, we are back from sabbatical, convalesced and ready to pontificate with impunity once again.

News: People are moving up in the world. Kristen Stewart is now a poet and Rob is going to be a published author. Like, for realz.

Reads: Cath and Josh discuss the pros and cons of Doug Dorst's S., in both eBook and print format. Rob discusses how he has taken to reading sexy books on the train to see if anyone notices.

Topic: Fan Fiction. You think it's crazy and bizarre and is all about sordid sex—and it is. But it's also so much more. Anne Jamison, author of fic, is one of the foremost authorities on the subject and takes us on a guided tour of this fascinating world. Feuds, infighting, scandals, and social hierarchy based around the canine penis—you are not going to want to miss this.

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Cath Murphy writes for a bunch of literary and film websites (where “bunch” isn’t quite as many as it sounds), offering unwanted opinions on anything that appears in her crosshairs. She is a co-host of Unprintable: The Official Podcast of LitReactor.com, and along with the fabulous Eve Harvey she also podcasts very rude stuff on Sluttylemon.

Rob W. Hart is the associate publisher for MysteriousPress.com. His short stories have appeared in Dogmatika, Needle: A Magazine of Noir, Crime Factory, and Shotgun Honey, and he is the author of The Last Safe Place: A Zombie Novella. He lives in New York City. You can find him on the interwebz at www.robwhart.com.

Joshua Chaplinsky is the Managing Editor of LitReactor. He also writes for the popular film site Twitch and has written for ChuckPalahniuk.net.


Special thanks to Gordon Highland for the intro and musical cues. Visit him at gordonhighland.com.

Image of S.
Author: Doug Dorst
Price: $21.99
Publisher: Mulholland Books (2013)
Binding: Hardcover, 472 pages
Image of Alice Close Your Eyes
Author: Averil Dean
Price: $9.78
Publisher: MIRA (2013)
Binding: Paperback, 288 pages
Image of Fic: Why Fanfiction Is Taking Over the World
Author: Anne Jamison
Price: $11.78
Publisher: Smart Pop (2013)
Binding: Paperback, 304 pages

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SammyB's picture
SammyB from Las Vegas is reading currently too many to list March 4, 2014 - 12:10am

I was just chatting with a friend about fan fic. Every time we have dinner, I ask what she's been reading. She got really embarrassed and confessed she's been reading fan fiction for Once Upon a Time and nothing else. It's nice that people are passionate about their fandoms.

I use a sort of fan fic type writing in my classroom. In fact, I had students write scenes that are mentioned but do not play out in Gatsby. Some of the stuff that came out of it was brilliant. Some of it was terrible. Oh well. It's a mixed bag.

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L.W. Flouisa from Tennessee is reading More Murakami March 4, 2014 - 9:16pm

This is going to be fun. I always love these.

Here is where my own issue with fanfiction. If a work or piece were partially biographical in nature. There are very obvious reasons as mentioned in the podcast, why that's not the greatest idea.

Plus people like Edgar Allan Poe that never make a cent off their work, yet here is this person making this big 100 grand advance off of somebody elses property. So essentually they are making money on something the original author never did. This is of course why I would never buy Poe Fanfiction.

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NeilRo1 from Wales is reading The First Fifty Pages Jeff Gerke March 29, 2015 - 11:52pm

Why did the podcasts stop?