Posts Tagged: fan fiction

Annotated Rainbow Brite Fan Fiction

Have you ever read Rainbow Brite fanfiction made up by a three-year-old girl and narrated to her teenage babysitter? Well, you're about to. This is the first of five stories that I came up with in the year 1987. My babysitter Bret did the transcribing because I couldn’t hold a pen yet.

Below, I’ve annotated my story for you in the hopes it will make some kind of sense.

The Adventures of Leila in Rainbowland Leila Sales Publishing Co. By Leila Sales and Bret

“A true landmark in children’s literature. Stunning.”—New York Times Book Review

“Sales is at the top of her game. Remarkable.”—Los Angeles Times

[I’m sure [...]


A Bedtime Story

How’s that? You warm enough? Good. Sleep well, my angel. A story? Which story? One you haven’t heard? Yes, I think I can tell you a story you haven’t heard. But only if you promise to keep it a secret! Just between you and grandma. Can you do that? Can you keep a secret? OK. I knew you could.


10 Years, Actually: Sarah & Karl, Jamie & Aurélia

This is part of a week-long series celebrating the tenth anniversary of Love Actually.

Sarah still lived in the same flat in the winter of 2006, and it seemed to get a little messier by the year. There were old clothes she’d been meaning to donate piling on the backs of chairs she never sat in. Piles of books she thought would get her back into reading, but never even opened. She was sitting on the part of the couch uncovered by magazines and laundry when the phone rang.

“What is it, my darling?”

“Sarah,” a woman’s voice on the other end said. “It’s about Michael.”

Three hours later she was [...]


My Favorite Harry Potter Smut Summaries

Presented without comment.

-"Post-war Harry is surprised with a card delivered by a mystery man that reveals that not only is Draco Malfoy alive, he is rentable by the hour."

-"Sirius felt a twist of fear in his guts. 'Do you want to stop?' he asked. 'Just be friends again?' Could he go back to being "just friends" with Remus after knowing the taste of his mouth and the feel of his body pressed against him?"

-"For the rest of the Ministry, the interdepartmental challenge was merely a failed attempt to restore trust between workers. But for Draco Malfoy and Hermione Granger, it was the catalyst for an unexpected [...]


Romy White and Michele Weinberger Are 45

This is part of a week-long series celebrating the 45th birthdays of characters from Romy and Michele's High School Reunion.

After a year of steadily increasing sales at Romy & Michele, Romy and Michele paid Sandy back. Their store was such a success that he suggested they open another location, but the two thought a second store would affect their ability to provide personalized service to their customers. One store was enough, they thought. One store was good.

In 2000 they moved out of their apartment in Venice and found two adjacent units in West Hollywood. It took some time for them to adjust to being neighbors [...]


10 Years, Actually: Harry & Karen, David & Natalie, John & Judy

This is part of a week-long series celebrating the tenth anniversary of Love Actually.

David and Natalie married in 2004. They and their story were soon known around the world. And what a story it was! A regular girl. One of the most powerful men in the world. Charming, now famous photos of the two at a children's Christmas pageant. They were like Charles and Diana, but, you know, without the unpleasantness of royalty. Their wedding wasn’t elaborate, nor was it televised. David wore a suit. Natalie wore a simple red dress (as did many new brides the following season). After being re-elected in 2008, David announced that he wouldn’t seek [...]


The Last, Best Time We Met (!)

Today is National Punctuation Day, a day in which Americans should let their hearts fill with gladness over the rightful period, the stalwart semi-colon, the courageous colon, the occasionally overwrought exclamation point. Writing would be nothing without them and their kin. Truth be told, Punctuation Day, much like Mother's Day, is a holiday you really should celebrate every day of the year. But, as with Mother's Day, sometimes you forget to offer much in terms of appreciation the rest of the year.

Today is a day in which to remember, and honor, our dear marks. 

It was dark in the bar, and as she entered, she squinted her eyes in [...]


Romy And Michele Are 45. So Is Heather Mooney.


This is part of a week-long series celebrating the 45th birthdays of characters from Romy and Michele's High School Reunion.

Heather never told the Cowboy about the abortion. As he slept, she sat up and listened to the hotel’s air conditioner turn off and on until morning. She knew immediately, but didn’t make an appointment for two months. There’s a dull pain of something like regret but mostly like sadness that resurfaces at night, just before bed, but it’s never enough to keep her awake. It’s just there. A decision. A memory. She should have told him. All she would have done differently is make a phone call, but [...]


10 Years, Actually: Colin & Harriet, Daniel & Sam

This is part of a week-long series celebrating the tenth anniversary of Love Actually.

Colin woke up, turned, and stretched his arm to the other side of the bed. For the third time that week, nothing. He was alone again.

Harriet had moved in the day they returned to London. For the first few months, it was nothing but sex, sex, sex. Which was fine! Both seemed to enjoy it, at least for a while. Then, suddenly, it stopped. There was no kissing. No cuddling. No lazy afternoons together on the couch. They were merely cohabiters. It took a while before Colin allowed himself to recognize her lack of exclusivity, but, [...]


"You were the guy!"

Hairpin pal Mallory Ortberg envisions a different Harry Potter.