OTW Fannews: Merging Into Literature

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    Fanfiction discussions continue to crop up alongside other discussions of literature. Montana’s Missoula Independent promoted a fanfiction reading by pro writers at a book festival. Meanwhile, an Italian literary festival had a session on fanfiction writing. “Traditionally ignored by the publishing and media industries, fanfiction has been referred to as the refuge of frustrated aspiring writers…The subject is more articulated however, because it touches upon – and includes – literature criticism, copyright, cultural influences, social constructs, and it can’t ignore the changes happening in the publishing industry. It’s an ongoing conversation that involves an ever growing number of authors, scholars, fans and readers.”

  • Not mentioned there but referenced in various other places discussing the new Millennium series novel, was that original fiction increasingly crosses over into fanfiction. “From the reviews and what I’ve read so far, The Girl In the Spider’s Web is a very competent and perfectly entertaining act of literary mimicry, recreating the feel of the characters and the world of the first three books as well as the technothriller procedural plots. But the question is, is there more than that to it? Does it have Larsson’s undertone of political anger and activism against injustice, misogyny and corruption, or is it just a fun pulp romp for the beach? Is it more than just fan fiction? Is that all the fans want? How does it feel to read this knowing that had he lived, Larsson would almost certainly have written a fourth book completely differently?”
  • A post in the Nevada Daily Mail about a local creative writing group discussed fanfiction as an option for writers. “[I]t can be a fun distraction from one’s professional writing. And a distraction from your regular writing is one of the problems with fan-fiction! Still, if you have a favorite show, movie, character, etc., that you want to create a new story about, do a search for that one interest and fan-fiction about it. I’m sure you’ll find lots of reading.”
  • A discussion in Variety with Bryan Fuller touched on the lapse of canon into fanfiction, even when it’s being written by its creator. “I feel like it was a unique experience of myself as a fannibal, writing the show as I imagined it — it was my fan fiction — and then sharing it with other fan fiction writers who then elaborated on it in their own ways. It was a wonderful communal experience. I’ve never had a show in the thick of the Twitterverse like I did with ‘Hannibal,’ and it was a really fantastic, exciting experience, and hopefully one we’ll be able to repeat on ‘American Gods.'”

How have you seen fanfiction merging into literary and canon worlds? Write about it in Fanlore! Contributions are welcome from all fans.

We want your suggestions! If you know of an essay, video, article, podcast, or link you think we should know about, comment on the most recent OTW Fannews post. Links are welcome in all languages! Submitting a link doesn’t guarantee that it will be included in a Fannews post, and inclusion of a link doesn’t mean that it is endorsed by the OTW.

News of Note
  1. diannelamerc commented:

    When you really can’t do anything else to help (save devote an entire show to raising awareness), let’s hear it for arranging the filming of the personalized AU of her dreams for a struggling refugee fangirl–just because she’s awesome. :)

    http://youtu.be/umqvYhb3wf4 (you can start at the 12:50 mark)

  2. Janis commented:

    Just thought this was charming — I imagine you’ve seen it:


    We’ve all been 16 year old fans at some point and can sympathize with how happy this must have made her. :-)

    • Claudia Rebaza commented:

      Thanks for the link!

      • Janis commented:

        You’re welcome — even though I feel silly for not reading the previous comment. :-)