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Fic: Why Fanfiction Is Taking Over the Worldby Anne Jamison
Synopses & Reviews
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. Its a story about literature, community, and technology—about what stories are being told, whos 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)
Peter Berg (Homfrog)
Randi Flanagan (BellaFlan)
Wendy C. Fries (Atlin Merrick)
Christina Lauren (Christina Hobbs/tby789 and Lauren Billings/LolaShoes)
Rukmini Pande and Samira Nadkarni
Heidi Tandy (Heidi8)
Jules Wilkinson (missyjack)
Jen Zern (NautiBitz)
Everyones talking about fanfiction these days, thanks to Fifty Shades of Grey. But for a very, very long time, they werent. Even people who wrote it didnt talk about it. Fanfiction may have been an open secret,” but it was a closed closet. Fic opens that closet door and puts its contents on display: its most darling outfits, its awkward years, and those horrors from the '80s that no retro-chic is ever bringing back.
From remixes and crossovers to alternate-point-of-view, alternate-ending retellings, Fic looks at the history and culture of fan writing, and presents provocative discussions on fanfiction from both fan and professional” writers. It looks at the way fanfiction not only redraws the boundaries of stories and characters, but also transforms how we think about and experience authorship, reading, writing, and more.
About 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 shes written fic.
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