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April 6, 2007

EL312: Fanfic Carnival: slip 'n slide of style

I decided to join Diana's blog carnival because I have recently learned some interesting information on fan fiction while away at the 4Cs (the conference I went to at the end of March in NYC).

One of the presenters on the panel I was part of did her portion of the presentation on fan fiction and its use in classrooms to teach composition. That got me thinking about it, but I never really got into fanfic much because I've never put time into writing material that wasn't somehow 100% of my creative juice. I used to belong to a website that had fanfic pages, which I read sometimes, but I remember being disappointed by them so I stopped reading. I stuck to the discussion boards and at one point bashed fanfic (I openly admit this).

Why was I disappointed? Well, running with Diana's idea of fanfic being a part of literature, it lacks some of the necessary parallel truth to be part of the original text. It can't be considered a continuation or alternative to the text since the text is complete as the author wrote and published it. (Herein lies authorial intent?)

There's a difference between emulating an author's style and being the author. I appreciate people who try to learn to write better through reading good writing (because isn't that why all the creative writing majors at SHU take a ton of lit. courses?). I also appreciate when people learn style tricks from other authors who happen to have those tricks at their disposal

The idea of the author's ideas being twisted to suit someone else's will is the real reader response (not to be confused with "read reader" response ;) since, if readers didn't like some aspect of the book they could rewrite it. I think, however, that fanfic falls short of the ORIGINAL authorial intent--not insofar that it is deriving something the author didn't intend, but that it deviates from the author's style and becomes a kind of Frankenstein of the original writing.

It's cool that some people have fun writing this kind of stuff, and it's obviously only a creative outlet or a hobby at best, but I don't really think that it can be considered literature even if it does exhibit whatever tendencies we happen to align with "true literature."

Posted by KarissaKilgore at April 6, 2007 9:49 PM


It took me awhile, but the cover entry is up! Thanks for joining in: http://blogs.setonhill.edu/DianaGeleskie/020732.html

Posted by: Diana Geleskie at April 11, 2007 4:40 PM

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