Fanfiction is the most open-ended topic yet, so my ordinary method totally breaks down here. Since we’re going to be focusing largely on Austen, I’ve tried to find mainly resources that are specifically related to her work. But even so, the sheer volume of fanfiction is far beyond anything we’ve seen, so I’m just going to give some general pointers that will probably lead each of you to something different.
The Web site fanfiction.net has an enormous user base, and seems to house a rather large portion of the fanfiction community. It hosts more than half a million texts related to Harry Potter alone. If you want to find some examples of fanfiction for a particular work, this is a good place to start:
Even after looking at a lot of works that have been adapted time and time again, I was surprised by the length of Wikipedia’s “List of literary adaptations of Pride and Prejudice.” It includes well over 100 works by 77 different authors, almost all of them published in this century:
A lot of these are basically self-published, although some are supported by publishers with wide distribution. I spotted some myself in a Barnes & Noble:
And then there’s Emma. Besides Clueless, there is a 2010 Bollywood film based on Emma, titled Aisha. It is available to stream on NetFlix, for those of you who have it. The 1996 film starring Gwyneth Paltrow is also available to stream.
“Emma Approved” is an ongoing Internet adaptation of Emma, which tells the story in a series of video blog entries narrated by Emma. You can find it here:
It is made by the same group of people who made “The Lizzie Bennet Diaries”, which do something similar with Pride and Prejudice:
Fanfiction.net only has 257 texts for Emma (compared to over 3,100 for Pride and Prejudice), but there is more to be found elsewhere. Deep into the Austen fan site pemberly.com, there is a page from the old days of the Web (1998) that has a bunch of Austen fics, several of which are based on Emma:
The Web site strangegirl.com has an Emma page that lists “Sequels, Retellings, & Allusions”:
This site also has information about film adaptations—use the navigation bar on the left. There is another list of Emma sequels on pemberley.com:
Wayne Josephson wrote a “monster mashup” of Emma called Emma and the Vampires. Here is a (not very positive) review:
The Albuquerque library has a Web site that attempts to catalogue this sort of mashup, although I’m not sure how comprehensive it is:
Apart from adaptations of Austen’s novels, “Austenmania” has produced a number of fan publications that update regularly, such as The Everything Austen Daily:
There are also a bunch of Austen-related Twitter feeds. The most popular seems to be this one (Barack Obama follows it):
And finally, just a couple of weeks ago, the game studio 3 Turn Productions released a prototype of a 3D game called “Ever, Jane” that apparently includes fully-functional “gossip and […] invitation systems”. You can download it for free here: