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Fic: Why Fanfiction Is Taking Over the World
     

Fic: Why Fanfiction Is Taking Over the World

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by Anne Jamison, Lev Grossman
 

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What is fanfiction, and what is it not? Why does fanfiction matter? And what makes it so important to the future of literature?

Fic is a groundbreaking exploration of the history and culture of fan writing and what it means for the way we think about reading, writing, and authorship. It’s a story about literature, community, and

Overview

What is fanfiction, and what is it not? Why does fanfiction matter? And what makes it so important to the future of literature?

Fic is a groundbreaking exploration of the history and culture of fan writing and what it means for the way we think about reading, writing, and authorship. It’s a story about literature, community, and technology—about what stories are being told, who’s telling them, how, and why.

With provocative discussions from both professional and fan writers, on subjects from Star Trek to The X-Files and Buffy the Vampire Slayer to Harry Potter, Twilight, and beyond, Fic sheds light on the widely misunderstood world(s) of fanfiction—not only how fanfiction is transforming the literary landscape, but how it already has.

Fic features a foreword by Lev Grossman (author of The Magicians) and interviews with Jonathan Lethem, Doug Wright, Eurydice (Vivien Dean), and Katie Forsythe/wordstrings.

Cyndy Aleo (algonquinrt; d0tpark3r)
V. Arrow (aimmyarrowshigh)
Tish Beaty (his_tweet)
Brad Bell
Amber Benson
Peter Berg (Homfrog)
Kristina Busse
Rachel Caine
Francesca Coppa
Randi Flanagan (BellaFlan)
Jolie Fontenot
Wendy C. Fries (Atlin Merrick)
Ron Hogan
Bethan Jones
Christina Lauren (Christina Hobbs/tby789 and Lauren Billings/LolaShoes)
Jacqueline Lichtenberg
Rukmini Pande and Samira Nadkarni
Chris Rankin
Tiffany Reisz
Andrew Shaffer
Andy Sawyer
Heidi Tandy (Heidi8)
Darren Wershler
Jules Wilkinson (missyjack)
Jen Zern (NautiBitz)

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"This definitive volume offers a rich immersion into fanfiction and is for anyone who has both loved and lived for the unique community of fandom, as well as for those who desire a look into this world or who are curious about the unexpected impact fic is having on the literary realm."
Library Journal

"Jamison takes readers on a tour of the [fan fiction] field as it developed in the 20th century, focusing on television- and book-based fan fiction of the 1990s and 2000s, a period when technology allowed people across the globe to share their enthusiasms online . . . [Fic] takes a sympathetic and supportive look at the unconventional practice, highlighting both its precedents and the benefits this mixing of ideas can bring . . . Those unfamiliar with the field would do well to read this text."
Publishers Weekly

"Anne Jamison’s Fic is an indispensable guide to the dizzying world of fanfiction—its history, names, games, and creative promise. With her own exuberant and informative criticism, provocative interviews with writers, lively essays by readers and activists, and engaging examples from the kingdoms of fandom, Jamison demonstrates the zest for innovation that has made fanfiction both popular and avant-garde."
—Elaine Showalter, Professor Emerita of English and American Literature, Princeton University

"Jamison is at pains to stress that she doesn’t think fan fiction can be 'represented by a single voice, least of all mine.' So Fic includes several essays by and interviews with fic authors (and a handful by Jamison’s fellow scholars) recounting their experience in the genre. . . . in one of Fic’s many fascinating moments, contributor Jacqueline Lichtenberg remembers first hearing of [Kirk and Spock slash] in the early ’70s, at a party convened to hand-collate Star Trek zones."
Pacific Standard

"Jamison guides the curious down the rabbit hole in Fic, a lively collection that pulls together contributions from fic writers, novelists, academics, attorneys and even a couple of Hollywood actors to educate the neophyte. . . . The essays are full of wonderful nuggets."
The Hollywood Reporter

"Fanfiction readers and writers may find something new in the historical background offered by Jamison—or more likely, will enjoy re-engaging with the old debates. . . . Readers who are less familiar with the world of fanfiction will find Fic educational and insightful, even if they are not familiar with all of the fandoms described here."
—Hypable.com

Library Journal
11/01/2013
In a series of essays edited by Jamison (English, Univ. of Utah), professional and amateur writers come together to dissect and discuss the social phenomena of fanfiction (fic)—stories that dip into already existing creative worlds to expand or alter these works for the entertainment of fans. Using examples that range from Stephenie Meyer's Twilight to the TV show Supernatural to the members of the musical group One Direction, authors include actress Amber Benson (Among the Ghosts) and actor Chris Rankin (known for playing Percy Weasley in the Harry Potter films), among other fic writers who describe their forays into the medium that garnered them Internet fame. Sprinkled among the book's detailed history and terminology is comfort for those still carrying scars from the intensely battled Harry Potter shipping wars (readers argue over which characters should end up together). For those looking to put pen to paper, there are do's and don'ts for crafting a true-to-character smut scene, and for readers who feel like they've been dropped into a sea of fanspeak, there is reward in learning how writers such as Cassandra Clare (City of Bones) and E.L. James (Fifty Shades of Grey) got their start. VERDICT This definitive volume offers a rich immersion into fanfiction and is for anyone who has both loved and lived for the unique community of fandom, as well as for those who desire a look into this world or who are curious about the unexpected impact fic is having on the literary realm.—Kate DiGirolomo, Library Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781939529206
Publisher:
BenBella Books, Inc.
Publication date:
11/26/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
430,460
File size:
4 MB

Meet the Author

Anne Jamison is associate professor of English at the University of Utah, where she teaches and writes about literature and culture from the 18th century to the present. She holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from Princeton and is the author of Poetics en passant (Palgrave, 2009), the forthcoming Kafka's Other Prague, and a variety of essays and articles—as well as a blog about teaching fanfiction, and a lot of tweets. Her work on fanfiction has been quoted in publications from The New York Review of Books to The Wall Street Journal to Entertainment Weekly's Popwatch. She lives happily in Salt Lake City in a house full of children, basset hounds, and an avant-garde poet. And yes, of course she’s written fic.

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