Fan-fiction has made a place for itself on the Internet, and few people would be willing to argue otherwise. Websites like FanFiction.net offer a space where fans of any TV show, movie, or book can write and upload their own stories based on their favorite characters. With some stories gaining hundreds of thousands of views, we have to ask: What do the authors think about this?

Some of them are definitely aware of fan-fiction. Authors like Cassandra Clare have a strong presence on Twitter and Tumblr, and there’s no doubt that she’s come across a few fics. This idea is strengthened by the fact that she was once a fan-fiction writer herself.

Other writers specifically endorse fan-fiction, like MTV’s Teen Wolf creator Jeff Davis, who was involved with a contest a few months ago that MTV held in which the author of the winning story got to fly out to California to meet him and visit the show’s writing room.

Not everyone is so approving. Anne Rice and George R.R. Martin are just two of the many examples. These authors consider fan-fiction infringement, and they don’t approve of fans taking their characters, settings, or ideas and using them to create their own stories. While this is completely understandable, we can’t help but raise an eyebrow at the often blatant disregard for and disapproval of fan-fiction.


 
Authors should be grateful for both the fan-fictions and the writers. After all, this is their fan base – and not just any fan base, but often the most invested and most passionate. These are the people that buy the merchandise, reread the book dozens of times, and dress up like their favorite characters at conventions. These are the people that many authors write for – the ones who understand their works and will be forever faithful for their contributions. They’re so invested in the story that they simply never want it to end. The easy solution is, of course, to create new stories out of the existing canon.

Fan-fiction also creates a sense of community

Fans share their stories with each other in hopes of gaining feedback and an appreciation for what they’re doing. As fans connect across the world through the Internet, their passion for the fandom will grow. It not only encourages re-watches or re-reads, but also a passion for others who share the same interests as they do.

And what about that fateful day when an author possibly recognizes a story that a fan has written about his or her characters?

This gets fans excited when they acknowledge their works, and it connects the author with his or her fan base. One of the reasons why pop singer Lady Gaga’s fans are so dedicated is because she often goes out of her way to talk to and encourage them. An author or creator of a TV show could do the same just as easily, and the fans would soak up the attention.

But the number one reason why any author should be proud to see their characters cropping up in fan-fiction is that it means they’ve inspired others to write – and isn’t that sort of the point? Maybe being an inspiration to others was never part of the game plan, but it’s an awfully nice side-effect. It encourages others to write and practice the craft, and maybe one day they’ll become an author in their own right.

Considering all of this, we have to ask: Is fan-fiction really such a terrible thing to endorse?

Netflix announces new Bill Nye the Science Guy talk show

BILL! BILL! BILL! BILL! BILL! BILL!

11:39 am EDT, August 31, 2016

Warm up those microscopes — Bill Nye is coming back to television thanks to Netflix!

Netflix has announced Bill Nye Saves the World, a new talk show slated for Spring 2017.

In a statement, Netflix says “each episode will tackle a topic from a scientific point of view, dispelling myths, and refuting anti-scientific claims that may be espoused by politicians, religious leaders or titans of industry.”

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Warm up those microscopes — Bill Nye is coming back to television thanks to Netflix!

Netflix has announced Bill Nye Saves the World, a new talk show slated for Spring 2017.

In a statement, Netflix says “each episode will tackle a topic from a scientific point of view, dispelling myths, and refuting anti-scientific claims that may be espoused by politicians, religious leaders or titans of industry.”

“Since the start of the Science Guy show, I’ve been on a mission to change the world by getting people everywhere excited about the fundamental ideas in science,” said Bill Nye in a press release.

“Today, I’m excited to be working with Netflix on a new show, where we’ll discuss the complex scientific issues facing us today, with episodes on vaccinations, genetically modified foods and climate change. With the right science and good writing, we’ll do our best to enlighten and entertain our audience. And, perhaps we’ll change the world a little.”

Netflix also promises that “In Bill’s unfiltered style, he will bring in special guests, conduct experiments and demonstrations, and ultimately let the facts lead the argument.”

Bill Nye is best known for Bill Nye the Science Guy, the half-hour PBS show that ran from 1993 through 1998.

The theme song is iconic. Science RULES!

The new Netflix series seems like a continuation of Bill Nye the Science Guy, so we’re very excited for the new show to launch in 2017.

Sherlock’s official social media channels have released a portrait to promote series 4!

The new Sherlock series 4 photo depicts Mr. Holmes (played by Benedict Cumberbatch) working that mind palace as Watson (Martin Freeman), sporting some plaid, looks to their left. Quite frankly, the boys are looking great here.

Sherlock series 4 photo Benedict Cumberbatch Martin Freeman

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Sherlock’s official social media channels have released a portrait to promote series 4!

The new Sherlock series 4 photo depicts Mr. Holmes (played by Benedict Cumberbatch) working that mind palace as Watson (Martin Freeman), sporting some plaid, looks to their left. Quite frankly, the boys are looking great here.

Sherlock series 4 photo Benedict Cumberbatch Martin Freeman

The first Sherlock series 4 trailer premiered last month at San Diego Comic-Con, where Cumberbatch teased that “a lot comes home to roost this season… it’s ballsy.” Indeed, the trailer suggests that the characters have a lot to be concerned about. Check it out below:

The new season of Sherlock doesn’t have a premiere date, but it’s expected to launch in late 2016 or early 2017. Perhaps today’s portrait release suggests that some more news is on the horizon!

The last season of Sherlock aired in early 2015, but the busy schedules of Cumberbatch and Freeman have left the show with production challenges.

Netflix announces ‘Stranger Things’ season 2, adds first cast member

Back to the upside-down!

8:52 am EDT, August 31, 2016

Coming as absolutely no surprise whatsoever, Netflix is bringing Stranger Things back for a second season!

Can we get a YAAAS?

Netflix’s hugely successful ’80s horror series Stranger Things has been renewed for season 2. The news hit Wednesday morning, and fans are already losing their minds (as well they should).

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Coming as absolutely no surprise whatsoever, Netflix is bringing Stranger Things back for a second season!

Can we get a YAAAS?

Netflix’s hugely successful ’80s horror series Stranger Things has been renewed for season 2. The news hit Wednesday morning, and fans are already losing their minds (as well they should).

Here’s Netflix’s official announcement video:

The video plays the show’s eerie theme, over what appears to be the season 2 episode titles: “MadMax,” “The Boy Who Came Back to Life,” “The Pumpkin Patch,” “The Palace,” “The Storm,” “The Pollywog,” “The Secret Cabin,” “The Brain,” and “The Lost Brother.”

Netflix has confirmed that there will be nine episodes of Stranger Things season 2. Writers/creators Matt and Ross Duffer will return, along with executive producers Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen. No news of cast changes yet, although we know that four new characters will be showing up.

Related: You need to be watching Netflix’s new series Stranger Things

We’re stoked to see this awesome series return for a second season. No spoilers, but Stranger Things season 1 kind of ended on a major cliffhanger, which needs to be resolved.

While we’re glad to have official confirmation that the show is returning, there never really was a question, considering the series’ popularity. In fact, we’ve already compiled a list of 60 questions the show needs to answer.

The Duffer brothers have also been pretty candid about their future plans for the series, hinting that season 2 will pick up at least a year after the first season ended. They’re further implying that the show could continue for as many as seven seasons, to mirror Harry Potter and allow us to watch the kids grow up.

“I think we talked like a larger time jump where the kids are older now and it’s a different decade,” Ross Duffer tells EW. “That’s something we batted around from the very beginning. But for us, there’s still more story here, there’s still things that are unresolved.”

But first, let’s wait and see if Stranger Things season 2 can maintain the momentum of season 1. As much as we love Netflix series, they’ve been kind of hit-and-miss with their second seasons.

‘Stranger Things’ season 2 premieres in 2017