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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When Anne Jamison’s book proposal for Fic: Why Fanfiction Is Taking Over the World showed up in my inbox, it wasn’t the first time we’d thought about publishing a book...
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What People Are Saying
"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."
[Fic] takes a sympathetic and supportive look at the unconventional practice, highlighting both its precedents and the benefits this mixing of ideas can bring . . . Those unfamiliar with the field would do well to read this text.
This definitive volume offers a rich immersion into fanfiction and is for anyone who has both loved and lived for the unique community of fandom, as well as for those who desire a look into this world or who are curious about the unexpected impact fic is having on the literary realm.
Jamison is at pains to stress that she doesn’t think fan fiction can be “represented by a single voice, least of all mine.” SoÂ FicÂ includes several essays by and interviews with fic authors (and a handful by Jamison’s fellow scholars) recounting their experience in the genre. . . .Â in one ofÂ Fic’s many fascinating moments, contributor Jacqueline Lichtenberg remembers first hearing of [Kirk and Spock slash] in the early ’70s, at a party convened to hand-collateÂ Star Trek zines.