OTW Guest Post: Alice Huzar

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Title: OTW Guest Post: Alice Huzar
Interviewer: Claudia Rebaza
Interviewee: Alice Huzar
Date(s): March 26, 2017
Medium: online
External Links: OTW Guest Post: Alice Huzar – Organization for Transformative Works,
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OTW Guest Post: Alice Huzar is a 2017 interview done as part of a series. See OTW Guest Post.

"Alice Huzar is a Canadian/British filmmaker currently in production on Fanfic: The Documentary. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia and reads far too much fanfic."

Some Excerpts

How did you first find out about fandom and fanworks?

I’ve been aware of fanart and fanvids for years, but they really never really hooked me in, and I’d encountered specific individual fanfic stories from time to time, but never delved further. It wasn’t until I read Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell a few years ago that I became aware of the whole fanfiction world. The book really grabbed me and I was really intrigued by the idea of writers and readers being so hooked by stories that existed outside of the original canon. I didn’t understand the appeal, and so started reading fanfic myself to try and discover what people loved about it. I got hooked really really quickly, and am now a massive advocate for fanfiction.

How do you see your documentary contributing to the discussion surrounding fanworks?

My goal for the documentary is to find a balance between people who are already involved in fanfic and love it and people who are completely unfamiliar with it. I want to provide a look into different writers’ fanfic worlds and show that it’s far from the singular geeky monolith it’s presented as in many articles, as well as an overview of the history and scope of fanfiction. I want to take new viewers on the same journey I went on, from confusion to appreciation, while at the same time giving viewers who already love fic a celebration and exploration of the wider world of fanfiction.