Fan Fiction and Fan Communities in the Age of the Internet

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Academic Commentary
Title: Fan Fiction and Fan Communities in the Age of the Internet
Commentator: editors, Kristina Busse and Karen Hellekson
Date(s): 2006
Medium: edited book
Fandom: multi, meta
External Links: Abstracts, Publishers page, Googlebooks
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Fan Fiction and Fan Communities in the Age of the Internet is a collection of acafannish essays edited by Kristina Busse and Karen Hellekson. The book, published in 2006, attempts to update earlier fan scholarship by Camille Bacon-Smith, Constance Penley and Henry Jenkins by looking at how fan culture has expanded onto the internet and by examining such relatively recent phenomena as "fan culture revolving around mailing lists and blogs", "the growing acceptability of a contentious subject position", and "the community-centered and fraught nature of the creation of fan texts."[1]

The essays in the book are all written by fans who are also academics, and the book attempts to "use fannish practice as a model for academic practice" by seeing itself as a WIP rather than as providing definitive, permanent answers.

In 2007 Princessofgeeks posted chapter-by-chapter summaries/reviews[2] of all the essays, providing an invaluable resource and a forum for discussion.

Table of Contents

Part 1. Different Approaches: Fan Fiction in Context

Part 2. Characters, Style, Text: Fan Fiction as Literature

  • Chapter 4. The Toy Soldiers from Leeds: The Slash Palimpsest by Mafalda Stasi
  • Chapter 5. Construction of Fan Fiction Character Through Narrative by Deborah Kaplan
  • Chapter 6. Keeping Promises to Queer Children: Making Space (for Mary Sue) at Hogwarts by Ika Willis

Part 3. Readers and Writers: Fan Fiction and Community

Part 4. Medium and Message: Fan Fiction and Beyond

  • Chapter 10. Writing Bodies in Space: Media Fan Fiction as Theatrical Performance by Francesca Coppa
  • Chapter 11. “This Dratted Thing”: Fannish Storytelling Through New Media by Louisa Stein
  • Chapter 12. From Shooting Monsters to Shooting Movies: Machinima and the Transformative Play of Video Game Fan Culture by Robert Jones


  1. Overview on
  2. posts tagged "fanfic book" at princessofgeeks Dreamwidth journal. (Accessed 3 Oct 2013)
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