Fanged Fan Fiction: Variations on Twilight, True Blood and The Vampire Diaries

Fanged Fan Fiction: Variations on Twilight, True Blood and The Vampire Diaries

by Maria Lindgren Leavenworth, Malin Isaksson

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Twilight, True Blood and The Vampire Diaries have sparked intense fan activity and generated a large quantity of fan fiction: stories which test the limits of an already existing fictional work and explore gaps and discrepancies within it. Working from the idea that texts constitute archives, expanded and altered by each addition, close readings of a selection of fanfics illustrate particular transformative practices in the online environment. The central figure of the vampire is read through the lens of fanfic authors' contributions to the archives, particularly regarding how figuratively or literally refanged versions of the trope are used to subvert norms established in the source texts concerning depictions of sexuality, sexual practices, and monstrosity. Complex relationships between authorial power and subversion, between mainstream messages and individual interpretations, are examined through fanfic analyses, the findings contributing to discussions about contemporary literary creativity.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476606293
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 11/26/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 236
File size: 758 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Maria Lindgren Leavenworth is an associate professor of English literature at the Department of Language Studies at Umeå University in Sweden. Malin Isaksson is an assistant professor of French literature at Umeå University.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments v
Preface 1
Introduction: Transfusions, Transformations, Transgressions 3
1. Single White Females and Sympathetic Vampires: The Canons 17
2. Vampiric Prosumption: Archives, Genres and Fans’ Negotiations of Rules 44
3. The Archive of New Stories 68
Interlude: The Normal Discussion 112
4. Canon­Transgressive Lemony Goodness: Sexual Norms and Undead Desires 118
5. Something Wicked This Way Comes: Ethics, Monstrosity and Issues of the Soul 158
Conclusion: The Vampire Archived and Re­Fanged 200
Chapter Notes 205
Works Cited 211
Index 223

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