Fanfiction: A New Form Of Internet Literature

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Title: Fanfiction: A New Form Of Internet Literature
Commentator: Erwin Anciano
Date(s): 2000
Medium: online thesis
Fandom: Meta, fan fiction
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Fanfiction: A New Form Of Internet Literature is an essay written by Erwin Anciano. It is subtitled: "A Senior Seminar Creative Project Presented to the Interdisciplinary Studies Department Ateneo de Manila University In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements of the Course IS152"

"This project describes what fanfiction is in general. It gives a definition of this type of fiction, its characteristics, and the different kinds of fanfiction as classified by those who read and write it. Furthermore, I will write a collection of fanfiction, sample works to contribute to the appreciation of fanfiction as a literary genre.

The project answers the following questions:

  • What is fanfiction? How is it different from other kinds of fiction? What does it involve, who writes it, and how is it published on the internet?
  • What are the qualities of fanfiction that attract readers and writers? How popular is fanfiction? Are certain serials and stories more popular for fanfiction than others?
  • What are the different kinds of fanfiction? Are any of these sub-genres particularly dominant in fanfiction writing?
  • Is fanfiction a breach of copyright? What are the ethical and legal issues that surround this genre, which often makes use of copyrighted characters and settings?
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