Articles by Elizabeth Minkel

March 25, 2015

From the Internet to the Ivy League: Fanfiction in the Classroom 6

Fanfiction will be taught and studied in future classrooms across the country — the only question is how.

January 27, 2015

A Future for Books Online: Tumblr’s Reblog Book Club 6

It’s the kind of community that forces me to talk sappily about the power of the web, how people thousands of miles apart can find each other and build friendships based on a single book.

December 21, 2014

A Year in Reading: Elizabeth Minkel 0

I’m kind of done glossing over this major part of my reading life: for every good novel I read this year, I read a fantastic novel-length fic as well.

April 21, 2014

The London Book Fair: Many Tote Bags but Few Industry Solutions 7

This old, sad debate talks about print and digital books as if they weren’t two sides of the same coin. Worry about book sales dropping more broadly, and start to think about the real ways that digital can reshape books.

March 12, 2014

Can #TwitterFiction Transcend Gimmickry and Become Art? 6

One afternoon in early January, I started to notice something curious happening on my Twitter feed. A series of seemingly — bafflingly! — connected retweets were popping up, a few of them from people I know but most of them from strangers, and they appeared to be telling a story.

February 18, 2014

The Author Sends Her Regrets: J.K. Rowling and Other Writers with Second Thoughts 4

Is a writer allowed to have regrets? Certainly. Is she allowed to air them publicly? I mean, yeah, it’s a free internet, why not? Do I want to hear a single additional word about the world of Harry Potter from J. K. Rowling that is not in the form of another book? No, not particularly.

January 30, 2014

Fangirl 5

This is the story of one person in one fandom, but it’s likely got hints of your story, too, if you’ve ever been involved in this sort of thing. I’d hope that it resonates if you’ve ever really loved something that you haven’t created — the I’d-kill-for-you kind of love of a work of art that inspires others to say things like, “Whoa, whoa, slow down, it’s just a book.”

January 22, 2014

One Fixed Point: “Sherlock,” Sherlock Holmes, and the British Imagination 4

We are not revisiting these characters and conceits because we are out of new ideas. A very old idea resonates; it comforts and entertains. In the case of Sherlock, even after all these retellings, it still manages to surprise.

December 12, 2013

A Year in Reading: Elizabeth Minkel 0

It helps to root myself in the books I’ve been reading over the past 11 months: they have carried me across the ocean, as I have carried them.

September 9, 2013

Racetrack Diary: Down the Home Stretch 3

On Labor Day, my first customer looks as weary as I feel, and I ask him how he’s doing. “Oh, you know, just another day in paradise,” he says with a sigh. “It’s the last day in paradise,” I remind him.