A beautiful girl is mysteriously murdered amid the winding canals of Venice. A handsome, arrogant anti-hero with unique powers of deduction is hired by a billionaire to investigate. No, it's not an upcoming book or movie -- it's the premise of "Moebius."
So these two writers walk into a bar, right? And neither of them is a horse or anything but both of them are complaining about fan-fiction, where "fans" write "fiction" based on another writer's works, then typically post them online for people to read for free.
Sex in fan fiction matters because it's a glaring representation of everything that's missing from mainstream porn, and because it stands as evidence of the wealth of female desire that's barely being acknowledged elsewhere, let alone catered to.
A native Angeleno, I've loved the Beach Boys from a young age, spurred on by a penchant for the band's creative front-runner Brian Wilson. Hometown heroes in both form and function, the band's music is their own personal fan fiction to California.
While we've come to expect wizard and vampire characters to lead immortal lives -- through official sequels, reboots, and fan-created sex romps -- what about a subtle romcom loved by Generation X and starring a young John Cusack?
Imaginary worlds, on the other hand, offer the comforting illusion of control: Middle-earth and the London of Sherlock Holmes are stable territories of the imagination, welcome refuges from the uncertainties of modern life.
J. K. Rowling excited her fans recently by hinting that she wasn't ruling out the possibility of writing more about Harry Potter. While Daniel Radcliffe may be done, what about his character and his story?
Fan fiction is what populated the internet with Kirk and Spock sex scenes, led countless people write themselves into the Harry Potter universe, and led me at age 13 to write a story in which Mulder puked on someone's shoes.