Fake Geek Girls
Episode 30


Melissa Brinks published on

We’re back with episode 30, and this time we’re discussing fanfiction! What is it? Why do we read it? What does it do that mainstream media doesn’t? What’s the deal with high school AUs? Is it disrespectful to professional writers? All this, plus excited shouting over Cullen, trash barges, and musing on present tense.

We also have a companion episode discussing the fanfiction we read more in-depth here. You don’t need to be familiar with any of the stories we read to listen to either the core or the companion episode, but a reading list can be found here if you’d like to get our specific references, and probably enjoy yourself a bit to boot.

Trigger and Content Warnings: There is some mild discussion of potentially triggering themes in this episode, particularly in regards to Life is Strange. This episode contains discussions of a sexual nature, and copious swearing as well. 

What Missy’s Been Up To:


  • Patsy Walker, AKA Hellcat by Kate Leth, Brittney L. Williams, Megan Wilson, Joe Sabino, and Clayton Cowles


  • Jane the Virgin

What Merri’s Been Up To:


  • Lost Stars by Claudia Gray


  • Jane the Virgin

What Stephani’s Been Up To:


  • The Black Tapes Podcast
  • Welcome to Night Vale
  • Serial


  • Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor
  • Deadly Class by Rick Remender, Wesley Craig, and Lee Loughridge


  • Vikings
  • Jane the Virgin

Some Links You Might Find Interesting:

Fran’s Tumblr, featuring cute Life is Strange fanart

The UnKiss in A Song of Ice And Fire 

Anne Rice’s statement on fanfiction 

Stephani Meyer interview on fanfiction 

Ursula LeGuin on fanfiction 

The Boy Who Lived Forever” by Lev Grossman

"Fanfic Authors Unhappy With Entertainment Weekly’s Fanfic Contest" by Jessica Lachenal

"Teen.com Bullies and Shames Teen Wolf Fanfic Writers" by Michelle Dawson

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