Rob Ford in 2011. (Photo by West Annex News). When you hear the words “fan fiction” it might call to mind scenes of a pudgy programmer in a questionable fedora imagining a different outcome for Boba Fett. Or a shy teen in a “Hello, Kitty” t-shirt conjuring a new love interest for Harry Potter.
It almost certainly doesn’t extend to the image of beleaguered Toronto mayor Rob Ford, but a short fictionalized series narrated from the point of view of the man often referred to as “Crackmayor” is earning a devoted fan base.
“High Times at City Hall” now has six short chapters. The raunchy sections have names like “Basically, You’re Maggots” and “Crystal Light”.
“I do not use crack cocaine, nor am I an addict of crack.” I’ve practiced this line in front of my mirror so I can say it with a straight face. My Bill Clinton lie that’s not a lie,” begins a chapter called “Honest Like Bill Clinton”.
“I speak into the microphones, look squarely at each camera so they can broadcast this to voters across Toronto. I ignore the reporters who shout, Mayor Ford, have you ever smoked crack cocaine,” it continues.
The author of “High Times at City Hall”, Robin Spano, says a series of questions motivated its creation.
“What motivates him? Why does he party so hard? Why does he say such horrible things that make him look like an idiot?”
Founded in 2006, Toronto-based Wattpad is one of the world’s most popular social publishing platforms. The site, which aims to be the “YouTube of writing”, recently closed a $46 million Series C round of funding, led by OMERS Ventures, with participation from August Capital, Raine Ventures and Northleaf Venture Catalyst Fund.