Fan stories, like midrash, give voice to characters who aren't front and center in narratives as we've received them.
Rabbi Rachel Barenblat, who blogs at Velveteen Rabbi
, has published an essay in Transformative Works and Cultures
on the parallels between fan works that fill gaps in pop culture stories and midrash used to fill gaps in the Torah.
anime-like characters created for the singing synthasizer program by the Yamaha Corporation, have been capturing the imaginations of Japanese fans for more than a year. They've inspired and starred in a large body of fan-produced songs and animated videos,2
ranging from macabre to sorrowful to dramatic to humorous. [Massive MLYTP] [more inside]