April 7, 2007

Fan Fiction Fun

Well everyone here is my blog carnival post for portfolio II. Diana has graciously decided to host this one so I'm going to do my best to answer the questions that she asks in her blog. Here goes...

Diana is questioning FanFiction and how it should be portrayed in the literary world. I would have to say that it really is a genre all in its own. As someone that has frequented fanfiction sites since I discovered they exsisted I have to say that sometimes I enjoy these when there is nothing left to enjoy. What do I mean by that you ask? Well, since America stops showing episodes of my favorite anime I turned to the Internet in order to get my fix. I discovered that the fanfictions took this to a new level. One that maybe the original authors of the show might not have gone to or could not go to. Fanfiction is most assuredly something that is going to be around for a long time. There is actually a whole series of books out there that are devoted to telling the story of Buffy in between the episodes as well as Star Trek and what happened afterwards. So then Diana questions how literary criticism should handle it. Should it be reader response and what is the authorial intent on these fanfictions?

The reader response aspect first. I would have to say yes to this topic. For our Term Project, Val and I are actually exploring this aspect of Harry Potter for different reasons. I think that this is a huge reader response. From what I understand some authors have lashed out at the fans for taking their work and turning it into something new. Others have looked at it as the greatest form of flattery that is out there. I would think that when a fan sits down to write a fanfiction this is what they have going through their minds. Responding to what they have read and taking it a step further to their enjoyment and to the enjoyment of other fans as well. (AHEM My Dad and Buffy AHEM).

As far as what the authorial intent is I would have to say that it is simply for their enjoyment and to show their love for the characters and the story line. I know that there are probably some out there that can say that they didn't like the story line that is protrayed in the book or show so they rewrote it to fit what they think that it should be, but that would also be their intent.

For the most part I would say that this is a pretty open and shut case. Fanfiction is made by fans to show their love (or hate) for a particular series or book (be it in print or on screen), and their intent is simply to continue the story of their favorite characters. It will be interesting to see what others think of this topic as well.

Posted by Tiffany Brattina at April 7, 2007 2:52 PM | TrackBack

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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