Fan Fiction and Fan Communities in the Age of the Internet

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Book: Fan Fiction and Fan Communities in the Age of the Internet: New Essays. Ed. by Karen Hellekson, Kristina Busse. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Co., 2006


From a review at RCSS [1]

" This collection of essays, edited by Karen Hellekson and Kristine Busse, contributes very useful, needed perspectives on the current cultural practices of fans and fan collectives. Since the first major fan studies texts (Bacon-Smith, 1992; Jenkins, 1992; Penley, 1997, 1992, 1991) were published in the early 1990's, fan collectives have moved the majority of their activity online. This collection provides an insider's view on how new information technologies such as the Internet have changed the way fans engage with texts and each other. This volume principally examines the ways in which fan texts -- fan fiction, art, music videos, and "meta" discussion -- are complex, inter-textual products that are collaboratively and communally produced. Although the volume focuses primarily on fan fiction as the creative output of fans, the collection approaches the subject with a wide variety of literary, social, and performative perspectives." (