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Fanfiction: changing the world of fiction online

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Linda Börzsei

on 1 May 2011

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Transcript of Fanfiction: changing the world of fiction online

FANFICTION changing the world of fiction online FANFICTION (noun) stories involving popular fictional characters that are written by fans and often posted on the Internet; called also fanfic

(Merriam-Webster) fandom shipping canon Mary Sue HISTORY oneshot Precursors:
Epic Cycle
King Arthur's legend
Arabic fiction Origins of the modern phenomenon
before 1965: denoted all amateur sci-fi works (to differentiate from professional fiction)
1967. first Star Trek fanzine published containing some fanfiction The rise of the Internet
mailing lists for fan discussion and spreading fanfiction
1998. FanFiction.Net
Livejournal blogs and communities Is fanfiction a literary genre? Is writing fanfiction an infringement of copyright? Is writing fanfiction something to be ashamed of? What exactly counts as fanfiction? crackfic general or genfic relationSHIP het
slash denoting a paring: portmanteau
One True Pairing (OTP)
Unresolved Sexual Tension (UST) RPF Fan activities surrounding a series, including fan fiction, conventions, usenet groups and online forums. A person's favoured fandom is not necessarily their favourite programme. Some fandoms generate their own titles: 'Trekkers', 'X-Philes' and 'Slayerettes' are examples of such titles. Length: drabble, oneshot, longfic, virtual season

Rating: R, PG-13, NC-17

Disclaimer: All X characters are the property of Y.

Author's note Canon: the "official" source material upon which fan fiction can be based (created by The Powers That Be or TPTB)

Fanon: Fan canon. A fan-created fact or event widely accepted as canon, or a fact deemed to be unstated canon.

Subtext: Meanings and themes that are implicit within the text of the canon material, but which are never made explicit.

Alternate Universe (AU): either a fanfic set in an established, canon alternate reality, or a fanfic which knowingly disregards a major canon element by way of a 'what if' scenario romance
crime crack

songfic fluff

PWP angst Real Person Fiction the author writes using real people as characters
legal concerns, and often considered an infringement of personal dignity
first modern RPF written by Charlotte Brontë and her siblings on the imagined adventures of the Duke of Wellington and his two sons, Arthur and Charles. Mary Sue: an unusually powerful or favored-by-the-author character. This character may represent the author's own wish-fulfillment fantasy (self-insert) Thank you for your attention! Sources Wikipedia
BBC h2g2
Rewriting the rules of fiction by John Jurgensen (Wall Street Journal)
The Fanfiction Phenomena by Cathy Young (Reason.Com) Fandom A fictional character with overly idealized and hackneyed mannerisms, lacking noteworthy flaws, and primarily functioning as a wish-fulfillment fantasy for the author or reader. While the label "Mary Sue" itself originates from a parody of this type of character, most characters labeled "Mary Sues" by readers are not intended by authors as such. Male Mary Sues are often dubbed "Gary Stu", "Larry Stu", "Marty Stu", or similar names. Mary Sue
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