As you may have noticed, we’re pretty pro-fan here at Smart Pop. We have an incredible amount of appreciation and respect for the communities that grow up around television shows and book series, and that extends to the work fans do: fanart, fanvids, and—no matter how much “ruining the publishing industry!” press it’s gotten lately—fanfiction.
So we are very pleased to announce that, in late 2013, we’ll be publishing Anne Jamison’s Fic: Why Fanfiction Is Taking Over the World.
From the book page:
Thanks to Fifty Shades of Grey, everyone’s talking about fanfiction these days. But for a very, very long time, they weren’t; even people who wrote it didn’t talk about it. It may have been an “open secret,” but it was a closed closet. Fic opens that closet’s 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 thoughtful responses on fanfiction from both people who have fans of their own and from prominent fan writers. It looks at the way fanfiction redraws the boundaries of stories and characters, and transforms how we think about and experience authorship, reading, and writing.
You may recognize Anne’s name; she was the go-to “fanfiction academic” for all those Fifty Shades of Grey articles earlier this year (like this one and this one and this one). But she’s been teaching fanfiction to her students for much longer than that, in ways that make this fandom studies geek’s heart skip a beat. You can check out more about her course at the University of Utah here.
(Anne also contributed one of my personal favorite pieces from Fifty Writers on Fifty Shades of Grey.)
I know that for me, at least, it’s been frustrating to see the way a lot of the news coverage on Fifty Shades has talked about fanfiction and the people who write it. What I loved about Anne’s proposal is that it took fanfic, and its readers and writers, seriously—and that it described a book that could not only educate fanfic deriders, but also interest and surprise those of us who consider ourselves pretty fanfic savvy already.
As with all our titles, if you want to keep up with what’s happening with Fic, we’d love to have you sign up for our news and updates. (Among other things, we’ll send you an exclusive advance excerpt a few months before pub date.)