Every month the OTW hosts guest posts on our OTW News accounts to provide an outside perspective on the OTW or aspects of fandom. These posts express each individual’s personal views and do not necessarily reflect the views of the OTW or constitute OTW policy.
Martyna Szczepaniak is finishing her post-graduate studies in linguistics at Jagiellonian University. She is interested in the ways in which people are using language and genres on the Internet, including (one may even say focusing on) fannish texts. Today, Martyna talks about the MCU and her article in Transformative Works and Cultures.
How did you first find out about fandom and fanworks?
As with a lot of my cultural fascination it’s all my best friend fault. When I was in high school (c. 2008-2010) I bought her old phone and there was a Twilight fanfic on it. I read it, I fell in love and I wanted more. Google landed me on Fanfiction.net which was my main source of fanfic for the next few years. It was also the first time I felt I was part of a fandom because I’ve read fanfiction before — aforementioned friend was writing self-inserts with us and our favorite bands, which I was reading and commenting on. But that Twilight fanfic was the moment I started to be aware that it was much bigger that us and there are a lot of people who are writing amazing stories and sharing them with the world.