Fanfiction from Sherlock Holmes to Fifty Shades and Beyond
Why Fanfiction Is Taking Over the World
By Anne Jamison
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.
"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
Fic features a foreword by Lev Grossman (author of The Magicians) and interviews with Jonathan Lethem, Doug Wright, Eurydice (Vivean 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)
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What People Are Saying
Fic explores the social and cultural aspects of fanfiction, and combines Jamison’s own analysis with a collection of essays from a wide range of contributors. . . . 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.
Whether you are an active participant in the fanfiction world or coming to it for the first time, this is a great, informative read on the subject.
Fic is brilliant! As a fanfiction writer my jaw has not lifted from the table. This book is amazing, it’s giving fanfiction writers a reason to come out of the fanfiction closet. It’s providing a sense of pride and shining a long overdue spotlight on the ways in which we work.
With Fic, Jamison has written the absolute Bible for devotees of fan writing. (Is there such a thing as biblical fan writing? Adam and Eve and Zombies?) . . . Whether or not you're interested in writing or reading fanfiction, Fic is an important book.
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