Fan Fiction and Fan Communities in the Age of the Internet: New Essays

Fan Fiction and Fan Communities in the Age of the Internet: New Essays

by Karen Hellekson
     
 

Fans have been responding to literary works since the days of Homer's Odyssey and Euripedes' Medea. More recently, a number of science fiction, fantasy, media, and game works have found devoted fan followings. The advent of the Internet has brought these groups from relatively limited, face-to-face enterprises to easily accessible global communities, within which

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Overview

Fans have been responding to literary works since the days of Homer's Odyssey and Euripedes' Medea. More recently, a number of science fiction, fantasy, media, and game works have found devoted fan followings. The advent of the Internet has brought these groups from relatively limited, face-to-face enterprises to easily accessible global communities, within which fan texts proliferate and are widely read and even more widely commented upon. New interactions between readers and writers of fan texts are possible in these new virtual communities.

From Star Trek to Harry Potter, the essays in this volume explore the world of fan fiction—its purposes, how it is created, how the fan experiences it. Grouped by subject matter, essays cover topics such as genre intersection, sexual relationships between characters, character construction through narrative, and the role of the beta reader in online communities. The work also discusses the terminology used by creators of fan artifacts and comments on the effects of technological advancements on fan communities.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786426409
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
07/05/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
296
Sales rank:
872,166
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Karen Hellekson is a freelance copy editor and independent scholar. She writes book reviews for Publishers Weekly and lives in Jay, Maine. Kristina Busse teaches in the Department of Philosophy at the University of South Alabama and has published a variety of essays on fan fiction and fan culture. She is the founding coeditor of Transformative Works and Cultures.

Table of Contents

Introduction : work in progress5
Fan fiction : a bibliography of critical works33
A brief history of media fandom41
1Archontic literature : a definition, a history, and several theories of fan fiction61
2One true pairing : the romance of pornography and the pornography of romance79
3Intimatopia : genre intersections between slash and the mainstream97
4The toy soldiers from Leeds : the slash palimpsest115
5Construction of fan fiction character through narrative134
6Keeping promises to queer children : making space (for Mary Sue) at Hogwarts153
7The audience as editor : the role of beta readers in online fan fiction communities171
8Cunning linguists : the bisexual erotics of words/silence/flesh189
9My life is a WIP on my LJ : slashing the slasher and the reality of celebrity and Internet performances207
10Writing bodies in space : media fan fiction as theatrical performance225
11"This dratted thing" : fannish storytelling through new media245
12From shooting monsters to shooting movies : machinima and the transformative play of video game fan culture261

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