Fanfiction for the win!
Fanfiction gets the TIME treatment in The Boy Who Lived Forever by Lev Grossman (thanks to Michelle at GalleySmith for telling me about the article.) How much do I love that he begins the story of modern fanfic not with Star Trek but with The Man From U.N.C.L.E? (Oh, Ilya Kuryakin . . . sorry! Topic!) I enjoy “canonical stories from new points of view,” to quote Grossman, I like smart AU, and I love, love, love crossover. Don’t understand what I’m saying? Read Grossman’s article.
You may also want to check out Fandom as a Form of Social Networking by me, in Teens, Libraries, and Social Networking: What Librarians Need to Know, Edited by Denise E. Agosto and June Abbas, one of the books in the Libraries Unlimited Professional Guides for Young Adult Librarians Series. (Yes, Blatant Self Promotion!) I manage to include such diverse fandoms as Betsy-Tacy and Twilight, Hunger Games and Beautiful Creatures.