Posts Tagged ‘Fan Fiction’

I’ll start posting my fan fiction series on my blog here in a month and I was going to also post it on where I have an account and posted several of my fics. However, I’m running across the problem of not knowing where to file it on

X-Men: The (fan fic) Series is a proposed television and so far there have been no live action tv-series, only cartoons. The upcoming S.H.I.E.L.D. series is live action but not X-Men, in fact, no X-Men will ever appear in it since it’s Disney!Marvel.

So I’m left with either posting in the comic or movie sections of

This is an AU of the comic-verse, I’m trying to stay as close as I can to comic canon even though I’m taking from the movies, cartoons, etc.

This is a live-action treatment more akin to the movies and may appeal more to the movie-fans as it’s more in that style.

I have a month to decide what to do, but I’m at a bit of a standstill and could use some input and suggestions.

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Here is a sneak peak at the pilot episode of my X-Men: The (Fan Fic) Series which starts September 20th.

“Rogue,” Quicksilver called her name over the line when Avalanche didn’t answer.

“On it,” she said instantly, slipping the files she had taken into her brown leather jacket.

Running for the stairwell, she pulled off her gloves and tucked them into her pockets. The Boy Scout, though he liked to call himself Cyclops, had probably gotten to Avalanche and while Dom could take a hit from Cyclops optic blast, maybe even two or three, that was no reason to assume he was okay if he wasn’t answering.

Taking the steps two at a time, she made her way up to the ground floor but she was at the East end of building from the lobby, she’d have to take the long connecting hallway to get to him.


Upon exiting the stairs and hearing the distinctive sound, Rogue managed to duck just in time as a pair of Adamantium claws swiped over her head.

Rolling, she was back on her feet within seconds, facing down the man known as Wolverine. He was about her height and made up for his lack of stature with a very gruff and intimidating presence. The mutant’s gift was a healing factor that left most others in the dust, practically coming back from the dead on more than one occasion.

She would know, she had seen it in his head.

“Well, at least you’re learning,” Rogue frowned as she took in the high collar leather biker jacket he wore, with matching full gloves, leaving only the skin of his head vulnerable to her touch. “What we at now, 12-8?”

“I don’t keep track,” he said with a growl, releasing the Adamantium claws in his other fist.

“Sure ya do,” she grinned, then made her move.

Diving low, she kept under his first swing, then bought up both arms in a boxer’s defense to block his second attack. His entire skeleton had been replaced with the toughest metal on Earth and that meant he had a lot more weight behind his punches than his build would suggest.

She tried to reach up and grab his face but he was quicker than he looked, another swipe coming at her head. Ducking again, she managed to slip around him, trying to reach back behind her and grab his neck on her way. Sensing what she was doing, he lunged forward out of her grasp.

Frustrated, Rogue bounced on her toes as she turned to face him, the man laughing. “Same ol’ moves there, skunk,” he brought his claws up.

Practically growling as the voice of Wolverine taunted her both in person and in her head, she got ready to attack again, “Bring it, short stack.”

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I got quoted! And there is a lot of great points made in this article.

from Organization for Transformative Works

OTW Fannews: Pushback on Kindle Worlds

      Submitted by Claudia Rebaza on 8 June 2013 – 5:53pm

The first wave of Kindle Worlds press coverage mostly quoted from Amazon’s press release with a few reaction links.  Follow-up articles proved to be more critical and more aware of fannish perspective.

  • The Millions asked Will Kindle Worlds Commodify Fan Fiction?.  “It is fitting, perhaps, that the same week as the Yahoo/Tumblr acquisition, Amazon announced a project entitled ‘Kindle Worlds.’ It feels like more of a broader trend than a coincidence, because the Kindle Worlds endeavor is about an organization inserting itself from the top down. ‘Worlds,’ we learn, are Amazon-ese for fandoms.”
    By contrast “There is an enormously freeing diversity in the world of fan fiction. I don’t mean that the writers are diverse — they are mostly female, and surely there must be socioeconomic implications in the ability to sustain such a hobby…The possibilities spin off into exponentially increasing permutations, spurring weird stuff and beautiful stuff, quite often fiction that’s better written than the source material that inspired it, creating fandoms that are so broad and varied and encompassing that a person can usually find whatever they’re seeking within. If not, well, that person may as well just write it herself. If that’s not the most accurate reflection of the rest of the internet — the organic, cultivated internet, grown from the bottom up, with no contracts, no exchanges of cash — then I don’t know what is.”
  • The Guardian again tackled the topic, this time declaring How Kindle Worlds aims to colonise fan fiction The “colonization” term seemed deliberately chosen.  “Fan fiction writers are, first and foremost, fans: passionate ones, sophisticated ones, and knowledgable about the culture they’re writing for and about. And while Amazon’s not-very-exciting payment terms might entice a few into the professional fold, many more will continue to write whatever they like online for the joy and social prestige of the thing itself. Nevertheless, the attempted legalisation and professionalisation of one of the weirder and most enjoyable subcultures of the internet marks a significant moment in the history of networked literature.”
  • Publishers Melville House decided to tackle the announcement in fanfiction form. “Jeff looked up from his arm screen to find that Damon had leaned in close enough that he could smell the cool death on his breath. ‘Glad to see you’re up to your usual business, Jeff—taking a happy and vibrant community and doling out a pittance to exploit and corrupt it.’ He placed his long-fingered hand on Jeff’s chest. Jeff heard himself whimper quietly from somewhere beyond his control. ‘And what about content, Jeff? I assume there are restrictions? You have to take the fun out of it somehow.'”
  • Geek Empire noted Amazon’s true target, professional writers. “In that regard, Kindle Worlds resembles nothing so much as another Amazon service, Mechanical Turk. There, business and developers commission small, iterative tasks that users can perform, often for remuneration as low as a penny. As Amazon would have it, Mechanical Turk gives businesses a “scalable workforce”—to which one might add, a workforce that is cheap and inherently disposable . That’s what Warner Bros. has gotten in exchange for the license to use its characters: a virtually free and disposable workforce.”
  • Investing site Motley Fool hosted a post which noted that the move was a way to create a longer revenue stream for content owners.  “Partnering with Amazon in its fan fiction program would not only help media companies, which are looking for ways to promote their television shows and movies, but it would also help laggard book publishers such as Scholastic, which need new ways to profit from concluded franchises.”
  • An article in Chicago Grid reminded people that books aren’t all Amazon may be after.  “And do remember that Amazon also has a TV production studio. The language on the Kindle Worlds page that describes the relationship between a Kindle Worlds author and Amazon is conversational; I’m certain that authors will be required to click through something more obtuse and comprehensive when the program goes live next month. But as-is, we can’t dismiss the possibility that Amazon (and its first-look production partner…yes, Warner Studios) is buying worldwide rights to exploit the author’s work across all media for the life of the copyright, for nothing more than the possibility of royalties for the ebook.”
  • A post at Tosche Station poked at all the problematic possibilities in Amazon’s announcement — such as rights granted upon submission, not acceptance, no legal protection if there’s infringement of non-partner brands, and “The net revenue is based off the customer sales price, not the wholesale price, which tends to be less.  That seems okay, doesn’t it?  It does until you read this: ‘Amazon Publishing will set the price for Kindle Worlds stories.’ Hm. So that means that your royalties and revenue could change in an instant, depending on how Amazon decides to price your story–and keep in mind, Amazon could decide to price it at zero, depending on how your contract is written.”
  • Another fannish blogger noted the problem with shared universes among fans — who really owns fanon?  “Lastly, what about plagiarism between Fan Fictions? Fan Fiction writers inside of fandoms can and will borrow from each other. Sometimes an idea is so great that one person reads it in a Fan Fiction, thinks it’s actually canon that they missed, and puts it in their story. I’m guilty of that because the idea that Tycho Celchu was talking to his fiance when Alderaan was destroyed was a beautiful idea and I honestly thought it was canon. When I asked the writer, they also had thought it was canon then realized it wasn’t and unfortunately I was never able to trace back to the person with the original idea. But at least in Fan Fiction, it’s free and we can call each other out on it without needing legal recourse. Now that we start making money off of the ideas? Oh boy…”
  • The UK’s Metro covered the bases with the pros and cons of fanfic as well as where best to publish it.  “Tastes may be changing – Justin Bieber and The Hunger Games have made way for One Direction and Star Trek in the past year or so – but demand remains high – fanfic story uploads to the site [Wattpad] have increased by 60 per cent from 2012 to 2013, and this year is only five months old…The other issue is control –- [novelist Sheenagh] Pugh suspects that better writers will opt out to preserve theirs, particularly as Amazon would take ownership of their ideas. ‘I don’t think the best of fic will find its way on to Kindle Worlds,’ she said. ‘If the standard does prove to be low, that in itself will put off writers who care about their work, in the same way that they often won’t put their work on the website because of its reputation for hosting acres of rubbish.’”
  • The Daily Dot also took note of the varied volume of content among fandom sites.  “However, there is also the possibility that Kindle Worlds is aimed at a new generation of fans—ones who are growing up with the assumption that it’s completely reasonable to want payment for your fanfic. While popular Tumblr-based fandoms range from crime shows to young adult novels, and participants range in in age from 12 to 60, many are simply unaware of the seething underbelly of Wattpad-style fanfiction.  On Wattpad, a One Direction fic written by a middle-schooler can receive upwards of a million hits. The fiction on traditional sites like Archive of our Own may be more tightly written, but the most popular story there only boasts a measly 360,000 hits. The question is, will the mostly teenage Wattpad audience have enough interest to pay for fanfic when you can already read ten stories on your smartphone every day, for free?”
  • At The Atlantic, Noah Berlatsky uses comic fandom to suggest that there’s little difference between official tie-in works and fanworks.  He asks “In terms of creative process and in terms of audience, does it really matter all that much if you’re writing about Kirk and Spock’s new adventures for free or for profit?”  Then he dismisses one obvious difference with “Admittedly there’s not a whole lot of gay sex in super-hero comics… but that seems more like a genre distinction than an existential one.”  Instead he suggests “If “fan fic” was the name of a genre and a community, it can now be the name of a marketing campaign and a marketing demographic. You could even say that Amazon is turning the term “fan fiction” into fan fiction itself, lifting it from its original context and giving it a new purpose and a new narrative, related to the original but not beholden to it. Dreams come out of the corporation and go back to the corporation, fungibly circulating. Your brain is just another medium of exchange.”

What other discussions have you seen about Kindle Worlds?  Write about it in Fanlore! Contributions are welcome from all fans.

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And here it is, the first full trailer for X-Men: The (fan fic) Series. This trailer encompasses the first episode (story) only. A larger trailer which will touch on the first half of the first season will be coming next month.

XMTFFS: Trailer #1

From the fan fiction writers who gave you X-Men: Among Thieves,
Squeaky and Stripes, and the Gym Class (Anti) Hero series,
comes an all new X-Men fan fic series unlike
anything you’ve seen before.

“Magneto will continue to escalate until he’s given the government no choice but to declare war on the Brotherhood,” Storm spoke with surety and sadness in her voice, “and that war will spill over into non-combatants both mutant and human alike.”

“We can’t sit idly by when we have a chance to do something to protect ourselves, our kind, and everyone caught in the middle,” Scott told the group gathered.

“I wish you’d let me deal with those trouble makers,” Logan emphasized his words with a snikt.

“As I have said many times, Logan,” Charles replied sternly, “I will not let you be party to murder on my account.”

“Truth of the matter is, Professor,” Scott spoke with a released fervor, “we’re out-gunned. Magneto’s Acolytes, this is what they do.”

“Well, at least you’re learning,” Rogue frowned as she took in the high collar leather biker jacket Logan wore, with matching full gloves, leaving only the skin of his head vulnerable to her touch. “What we at now, 12-8?”

“I don’t keep track,” he said with a growl, releasing the adamantium claws in his other hand.

“Sure ya do,” she winked, then made her move. 


Part of the floor gave way under Cyclops who dropped with it onto the level below. 

 “So, what, you’re creating ice out of the air moisture?”

“Yeah,” Bobby furrowed his brow in confusion at Pyro’s polite conversation, his eyes darting side to side as if he was expecting to be attacked, “pretty much.”

Pyro sighed and shook his head lightly, “That’s so not fair.”

Clicking at his control pad, the Australian grinned as a streak of green flame shot out from the nozzle of his flamethrower and he kept pumping fuel into a menagerie of mythical beasts of at least two sphinx, a Cerberus, a dragon, a couple of centaurs, and one drop bear…


Frustrated at her inability to land a strike on exposed flesh, Rogue let out an involuntary growl as she turned to face him.

“Same ol’ moves there, skunk,” Wolverine brought his claws up.

She raised her fists, “Bring it, short stack.”

Charles regarded the young man for a long moment, “What are you suggesting, Scott?”

“That we have a dedicated team as well,” he was expecting the Professor to say something. When he didn’t, Scott continued. “That we train together, learn how to work in-synch with each other, and how best to contain the Acolytes. Otherwise, we might as well stay home next time something happens.”

Again, the older gentleman was quiet before finally asking, “And who would be on this team?”

“I don’t think you quite understand what Scott’s asking,” of the three, John-Paul was the most reserved about the situation, “he’s wanting you to fight,” his eyes flicked over to Scott’s, “to be a soldier.”


“They’re watching their teachers train for what is essentially a war,” Wolverine gruffed, “and you’re worried about a little Canadian brew?” 

“I’m not sure about this,” Scott frowned as he stood fifty feet from Jean Grey out on the lawn.

“I’ve been successful in testing this.”

“I understand that, but,” he really didn’t like the idea of shooting his optic beam directly at the woman, “I don’t want to hurt you.”

“You’re not going to hurt me, Scott,” she smiled at him, one full of faith, “you could never hurt me, trust me.”

“Just ‘cause I’m a cryokinetic,” Bobby was standing in front of a row of Roman Candle fireworks, each one lit at a different time and shooting out the little balls of fire at random intervals, “why do I have to deal with the crazy pyrokinetic?”

Scott winced at the word ‘soldier’, “More like a policeman, or a fireman.”

“Ain’t much of a difference from where I stand,” John-Paul would be the one to know.

“I have no interest in creating an army,” Scott assured him, “but Magneto needs to be stopped, for everyone’s sake.”


“Excuse me,” a voice said behind them and they turned around to see the thin wisp of a figure that was Katherine Pryde standing with her hands on her hips. “I want in.”


“Logan isn’t a team player and John-Paul is a soldier. Both know you have more experience with dealing with Magneto and the Brotherhood, they’ll follow your lead as long as you don’t screw up,” Jean gave Scott a wink, “no pressure.”


“You might want to remind Charles that the Brotherhood is stepping up their game, the government is a tension line ready to snap in all directions.”


“This processor,” Kitty paused as she formed her words, knowing that at least one of them would yell at her to speak English if she said what she really wanted to, “it’s the core of a prototype lattice system to hold a unique A.I. software program. It takes the concept of the terrorist tracker and expands on it, like, a thousand fold. It’s an auto hacking, real time tracking, A.I. that will break into anything, private security, phone lines, hospital and doctor computers, you name it. Then it looks for patterns and specific tell-tale signs of mutations.” 

“Men like Magneto are exactly why Department H decided to go the way of the Weapon X program.”


“It feels like an arms race,” the regal looking Storm said bluntly, “but Magneto will continue his proliferation regardless of what we, or the government, do. I do not like it, but if we are to have any hope of protecting ourselves and maintaining some kind of peace, we have to be able to meet him head on.” 


“We all know what’s coming,” Kitty looked past Storm to the rest of the team, “Magneto intends to start a war and it’s my generation who are going to be the ones fighting it.”

“Not if we can help it,” Scott assured her.

“But you don’t know if you can, do you.”


“You think we’re doing the right thing?”

“I wouldn’t have joined your team if I thought otherwise,” Jean’s normally dazzling smile fell a few notches, “are you having second thoughts?”

“No, I…” Scott adjusted his ruby specs as he tried to put a voice to what he was feeling, “I still believe we need to do this, be pro-active, and I know it was my idea, but… when did this become my team?”


Bobby was running for his life, literally, making it out to the middle of the street as he was chased by a green fire-breathing dragon, amongst other things. He turned just in time to throw up an ice wall which the dragon slammed into, losing most of its substance, so it reformed into two smaller eagles.

Spotting Avalanche, Scott’s hand went to his visor and this time he led the target as the man attempted to dodge and struck Avalanche with his optic beam sending the Greek mutant against a nearby lamp post which buckled and fell over.  


Scott listened to Jean’s words but he couldn’t help thinking, “So I get to be the leader by default?”

“No,” she said softly, “you get it because you’re the right man for the job.” 


“Sentinel?” Scott asked.

“That’s the A.I.,” Kitty explained, “they named it Sentinel, and once it’s online… there’s nowhere we can hide where it can’t find us.”


“We’ll carry on with our plans,” Magneto told his gathered Acolytes, “you’ll simply have to be better prepared for the… Boy Scout troop.”

“X-Men,” Rogue blurted out as the name rang loudly in her head, “they call themselves the X-Men.” 

Tune in to X-Men: The (fan fic) Series, Friday, September 20th, 8e/7c,
for an all new fan fiction event, an ongoing fan fiction series
made in a faux-television style.

Follow the X-Men: The (fan fic) Series blog for information, updates,
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 “Ah, come on,” Kitty frowned, “I thought Canadians were supposed to be all nice and personable… and nice.”

“How many Canadians do you actually know?” John-Paul asked dryly.

“Well, you…” she had to think for a second, “and Logan.”

The Wolverine was standing off to the side with his arms crossed, an annoyed look on his face, and a growl rumbling through his chest.

Kitty sighed, “Stereotypes suck.”

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Amazon put out a press release today unveiling Kindle Worlds.

Today, Amazon Publishing announces Kindle Worlds, the first commercial publishing platform that will enable any writer to create fan fiction based on a range of original stories and characters and earn royalties for doing so. […] Kindle Worlds will allow any writer to publish authorized stories inspired by these popular Worlds and make them available for readers to purchase in the Kindle Store.

Basically, Amazon gets licensing rights to the ‘world’, such as Vampire Diaries, so it can publish fan fiction under that license (so far only Warner Brother’s owned Alloy Entertainment is signed up, they are refered to as the World Licensor). Kindle Worlds can only publish works written for that license and no crossovers are allowed. People buy your stuff, then you get royalties off of it just as if it was an original work.

Sounds great, but there is a ton of catches that I think fans should really take note of.

In June, […] the Kindle Worlds self-service submission platform, where any writer can submit completed work, will also open.

It’s submission based, it’s not like or Archive of Our Own or any other world specific areas were you post for all to see. Your fan fiction will have to be submitted and if it’s an example of “a poor customer experience” then it won’t make it. Most fan fiction would fall under poor customer experience because, let’s be honest, this is how Fan Fiction breaks down when you go looking for it.

  • 60% – Straight out crap.
  • 20% – Serviceable. Has problems but it’s good enough to overlook them.
  • 15.5% – Good. Generally written well, perhaps a little basic or straight forward.
  • 4% – Excellent. The kind of stuff that is layered and well written.
  • 0.5% – Stuff worth paying for it’s just that darn good.

And I’ll be the first to say that most of my stuff falls under Good, a couple under Excellent, and nothing I’ve written I think anyone should pay money for.

Then we have to acknowledge the whole reason fan fiction exists. Dunc over at ClubJade says it best:

Part of the point of fanfic, to my mind, is the complete lack of tether. It rarely pays off, but when it does, those are the moments that make the whole enterprise worth it.

Having to go through submissions and following guidelines kinda kills the whole point of fan fiction. We write fan fiction because we want to see things that either haven’t, or won’t ever, happen in the world we’re writing. If that means going out on the deep end, then so be it. Sure, there is plenty of good fan fic that will fit under the submission’s guidelines but you’re still only looking at a small, very small, portion of what fan fiction has to offer (and I’m not talking about the PWP (porn without plot)).

Also, the cardinal rule of Fan Fiction can be seen at the top of most all fan fictions: “I do not own [Insert Fandom].” (I have it on the right hand nav-bar of this site.) Just because one company says “go ahead and play in our sandbox” doesn’t mean you have any more right to the source content. In fact, it says so itself: “the World Licensor will retain the copyright to all the original elements of the World.

This is why all fan fiction is free to browse on several sites. And people have a bad habit of not paying for stuff when they can get it free, legally no less. And I know we’ve all said to authors of our favorite stories “oh, I’d buy this if I could” but how many of us really would if it came down to it? Probably the same amount of people who actually buy their friend’s original book when they put it up on something like Create Space.

All of this kinda splitting hairs… the real alarm bell is this:

We will also give the World Licensor a license to use your new elements and incorporate them into other works without further compensation to you. [source]

Yeah, let’s say they sign Marvel in on this and I put up my fan fiction series where I make Sentinel an A.I. program instead of a robot. They read it, they like it, they use it in their comics. That’s the end of it. All I get is a little footnote in Wiki if I’m lucky.

Granted, being that Fan Fiction is not really copyrighted because the original Creator keeps their original copyright, this stuff could happen anyway (Gambit’s middle name for example), but at least if it happened then there could be some legal recourse depending on exactly what went down. Like my original characters for Mara Jade’s parents, they are mine, not theirs. This is why it’s a steadfast rule that authors and executives do not read fan fiction, they do not want to be accused of stealing someone’s idea.

Kindle Worlds absolutely circumvents that. In fact, it’s allowing the World Licensor access to loads of new content and stories without them having to actually pay authors for their hard work. The money only comes from other fans. So if you only get one person to buy your story, but the World Licensor love the idea/character and use it, they can make millions off of it and you only get those few sales. Granted, a character you made becoming famous might kick up sales… right until someone posts and it ends up free file shared…

To make matters worse, there is another rather blaring alarm bell:

Amazon Publishing will acquire all rights to your new stories, including global publication rights, for the term of copyright. [source]

I’m just going to quote John Scalzi cause he’s said best.

Which is to say, once Amazon has it, they have the right to do anything they want with it, including possibly using it in anthologies or selling it other languages, etc, without paying the author anything else for it, ever. Again, an excellent deal for Amazon; a less than excellent deal for the actual writer.

Note that on its page Amazon makes a show of saying that the writer owns the copyright on the original things that are copyrightable, but inasmuch as Amazon also acquires all rights for the length of the copyright and Alloy is given the right to exploit the new elements without further compensation, this show about you keeping your copyright appears to be just that: show.

So, yeah, you do all the hard work and get a little money out of it while Amazon and the World licensor laugh it up.

It also brings up a very important legal question. When does your original work fall into that copyright? In the words of a post on tumblr I wish I could find again to link to… “there is nothing worse than a poorly written fan fiction with a really great plot”.

So let’s say my writing isn’t up to spec for Kindle Worlds but they love the idea of the A.I. Sentinel… if they don’t publish my fiction, can they still keep the idea?

I don’t know… there is nothing in the fine print that says either way.

That alone is worrisome enough.

Lastly, what about plagiarism between Fan Fictions? Fan Fiction writers inside of fandoms can and will borrow from each other. Sometimes an idea is so great that one person reads it in a Fan Fiction, thinks it’s actually canon that they missed, and puts it in their story. I’m guilty of that because the idea that Tycho Celchu was talking to his fiance when Alderaan was destroyed was a beautiful idea and I honestly thought it was canon. When I asked the writer, they also had thought it was canon then realized it wasn’t and unfortunately I was never able to trace back to the person with the original idea.

But at least in Fan Fiction, it’s free and we can call each other out on it without needing legal recourse. Now that we start making money off of the ideas? Oh boy…

So let’s say I publish a story with the event I just mentioned and it gets picked up for use by Lucasfilm. Granted, I’m still not going to get anything out of it but if the original person who came up with it read it in the canon they would probably not be too happy to find out that no only was their idea taken but they don’t even get credit for it. Would they have any legal recourse because they are the original creators of that unique idea?

Again, a nice big gray area there.

I’m not going to lie, the idea of getting paid for fan fiction is very tempting… and somewhat validating. After all, fan artists can make money off their work (to an extent) so why shouldn’t we? But the way it’s been set up here by Amazon isn’t the way to go. It’s got too many holes, way to dodgy, and really is set up to make the writers feel used and likely abused.

Maybe once it’s fully launched they will be able to work out these details and make something that is more workable to the uniqueness that is fan fiction… but considering the mega-giant corporation that is spear-heading this… I’m not holding my breath.

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Hyperion's Rogue TouchAccording to CBR and an official press release, Marvel and Hyperion Books will be publishing two novels. One about She-Hulk, the other about Rogue.

“both novels showcase strong, smart heroines seeking happiness and love while battling cosmic evil.”

And while that is all said and good because you can never have to much Rogue imho, take a look at this blurb for Rogue Touch.

The second novel, Rogue Touch, features one of the most popular X-Men characters, Rogue, a young woman trying to navigate the challenges of everyday life and romance—except that her touch is deadly.  After accidentally putting her first boyfriend in a coma, she runs away from home where, she meets the handsome and otherworldly James and sparks fly. Like Rogue, however, James’ life is hardly simple. To elude his mysterious and dangerous family, James shaves his head, dons all black. Stealing a car, they head out on the highway and eventually, Rogue has to decide whether she will unleash her devastating powers in order to save the only man alive who seems to truly understand her.


A) I know the idea of her putting Cody into a coma and running away is canon, but this blurb reads way to much like the start of many of Fan Fictions, like here and here, oh and this little naughty fan fic.

B) Check out this quote from Uncanny X-Men #337:

Gambit: So why’s everybody callin’ him “Joseph”? What is dat all about? … Maybe I should just start callin’ myself somethin’ different. James. “Gambit”? No, I’m James.

Need I say more?

UPDATE: This has come to my attention:

C) James… James Howlett? I doubt this is the same person from the book but considering his role in her life in the movie-verse it is worth mentioning.

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There is a neat little article on io9 that I thought I’d share: Learn to Be a Better Writer By Reading Fanfiction

I would have made some other points but this covered a lot of the basics. Writing Fan Fic can make you become a better writer.

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