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Why Fanfiction Is Taking Over the World

Edited 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.

Fic features a foreword by Lev Grossman (author of The Magicians) and interviews with Jonathan Lethem, Doug Wright, Eurydice (Vivien Dean), and Katie Forsythe/wordstrings.

Contributors: Cyndy Aleo (algonquinrt; d0tpark3r), V. Arrow (aimmyarrowshigh), Tish Beaty (his_tweet), Brad Bell, Amber Benson, Peter Berg (Homfrog), Kristina Busse, Rachel Caine, Francesca Coppa, Randi Flanagan (BellaFlan), Jolie Fontenot, Wendy C. Fries (Atlin Merrick), Ron Hogan, Bethan Jones, Christina Lauren (Christina Hobbs/tby789 and Lauren Billings/LolaShoes), Jacqueline Lichtenberg, Rukmini Pande and Samira Nadkarni, Chris Rankin, Tiffany Reisz, Andrew Shaffer, Andy Sawyer, Heidi Tandy (Heidi8), Darren Wershler, Jules Wilkinson (missyjack), Jen Zern (NautiBitz)

“Jamison takes readers on a tour of the [fan fiction] field as it developed in the 20th century, focusing on television- and book-based fan fiction of the 1990s and 2000s, a period when technology allowed people across the globe to share their enthusiasms online . . . [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.” Publishers Weekly

About the Editor

Anne Jamison is associate professor of English at the University of Utah, where she teaches and writes about literature and culture from the 18th century to the present. She holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from Princeton and is the author of Poetics en passant (Palgrave, 2009), the forthcoming Kafka’s Other Prague, and a variety of essays and articles—as well as a blog about teaching fanfiction, and a lot of tweets. Her work on fanfiction has been quoted in publications from The New York Review of Books to The Wall Street Journal to Entertainment Weekly’s Popwatch. She lives happily in Salt Lake City in a house full of children, basset hounds, and an avant-garde poet. And yes, of course she’s written fic.

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Publication Details

Title: Fic

Subtitle: Why Fanfiction Is Taking Over the World

editor: Anne Jamison

Publication Date: November 26, 2013

Publisher: Smart Pop, an imprint of BenBella Books, Inc.

Price: $14.95 US

Format: Hardcover

Page Count: 304

ISBN: 9781939529190