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“Innovative explorations of fandom and new media...marvelous...much-needed record of developments in contemporary fan practices” --Matt Hills, author of Fan Cultures and How To Do Things With Cultural Theory

““Impressive...focus[es] on collaboration or collective story telling...something fresh and interesting in every chapter” --Henry Jenkins, author of Textual Poachers

About the Author

Karen Hellekson is a freelance copy editor and independent scholar, and the author of The Science Fiction of Cordwainer Smith (2001). She lives in Jay, Maine.

Kristina Busse is an independent scholar who lives in Mobile, Alabama.

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  • File Size: 2918 KB
  • Print Length: 296 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland (July 5, 2006)
  • Publication Date: July 5, 2006
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002TUU0X6
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By yourlibrarian on April 20, 2007
Format: Paperback
One of the things I found particularly interesting (and enjoyable) about reading this book was how it mirrored discussions held with fan communities about what they do. Along with a helpful bibliography on fan studies, and more than one review of fan fiction history (its origins as well as academic study on the topic) there are various, sometimes contradictory, perspectives on the writing of fan fiction. These discuss the various forms it can take, and what models the writing fits into. Also very interesting is the history of machinima, one of fandom's latest art forms. A bit academic for the layman but still a useful introduction to those not familiar with fan fiction studies.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Lila Futuransky on May 8, 2007
Format: Paperback
This is an essential book for anyone interested in contemporary fan communities and their creative products: fanfic (including slash fiction), fanvids, online RPGs, and much more. The writers are all both active fans and credentialed academics, and the book as a whole maintains academic rigour while remaining clear and comprehensible to readers who don't know the jargon.

For members of fan communities, the language and activities described will be familiar. For those who are new to this subculture, Busse and Hellekson's introduction gives a succinct and readable account of the intellectual genealogy of fan studies while outlining the state of internet communities at the time of writing (admirably avoiding the common danger for books about the internet, the making of grand claims for a landscape that will be out of date by the time the description is in print, by emphasising the history and time-sensitivity of the world they describe), and Coppa provides a history of science fiction and media fan communities as they developed into the cultures which all the essayists examine and explore.

Each of the essays presents a snapshot of fannish life, considering the communities which form around fan fiction writing, video making and other activities through fresh and interesting theoretical lenses. I was particularly intrigued by Coppa's reading of fanfiction as performance, Busse's and Lackner, Lucas and Reid's examination of writers' and readers' interactions as potentially and sometimes problematically queer acts, and Willis's depiction of slash fiction as making space for queer subjects in normatively straight textual worlds, but others will find different selections from this smorgasbord of literary and cultural analysis to be most appealing.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Laura Shapiro on May 28, 2007
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I am not an academic, but I found this book very readable. Beyond that, it was inspiring to read such a diversity of thought about the fannish culture to which I belong. Unlike the few other books I've read about media fandom, I wasn't just nodding my head and thinking "Yes, I know this already." Several of the essays introduced new ideas, new ways of thinking about fans and how we interact with one another and with our texts, that were not just novel to me but well-argued and fascinating.

My particular favorite was the essay that suggested a view of canon, fanon, and fan-created texts as part of an "archive" of a particular show, movie, or book, erasing the boundary between canon and fannish creations in a way that is, IMO, nothing short of revolutionary.

I would enthusiastically recommend this book to any fan interested in meta, and any scholar interested in media fandom.
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Laura Shapiro's review
I once read a Harry Potter/Fullmetal Alchemist crossover, written way before the 7th book came out, that was eerily similar to Deathly Hallows except for the fact that the real one did not star Edward Elric. I would never consider it canon, or fanon either. That's completely reasonable, for a... Read More
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