Talk:Fanwork

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Seeing how this page is the first wikilink from the main page, I think it needs to be way, way improved on. Any ideas? Mrs. Potato Head 01:14, 25 March 2010 (UTC)

That's a good idea, I'd like to see this article filled out too. I've started a list of types of fanworks; I'm sure I missed a lot so please be adding to it, and maybe add in a mini-definition next to each one? That's all I got for now, I'll check back in later. -- Kylara 02:20, 25 March 2010 (UTC)

Just found on Language Log, in a discussion of something completely else, the Chinese word hè: "join in singing; write a poem in the style / theme of someone else; compose a poem in reply." Seems like a concise non-western expression of transformative work, wonder if I should add this to the page. http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=3902 --msilverstar 19:50, 15 April 2012 (UTC)


I'm not sure this sentence describes all fanworks: In fanworks, some element of a canon work -- the source text or event -- is taken and incorporated into a new creative piece. It's true of fic, fanart, and vids, but what about meta, websites, and fannish stuff that contains references to fandom itself and not to a particular canon?--aethel (talk) 17:09, 17 October 2015 (UTC)

When a work is about fandom rather than a particular canon, then I'd consider fandom itself to be the canon. The phrase "fandom is my fandom" comes to mind. I recall a Fandom/LJ fanfic, with Fandom and LJ as anthropomorphized characters, as an example of a fanwork where the fandom itself is the canon. I don't think the definition excludes those types of fanworks. -- Kylara (talk) 18:38, 17 October 2015 (UTC)
But once you get past fanfic, what about other stuff fans make, like convention t-shirts or buttons with fannish phrases or wikis like Fanlore? Talking about fandom as a canon is a very fanfic-centric way of describing it.--aethel (talk) 19:31, 17 October 2015 (UTC)
Buttons, shirts, meta, websites, etc. about fandom are all still included though. It's still taking some element from fandom-as-a-source-text (culture, quotes, ideas, history, etc.) and doing something creative with it. If the phrasing seems limiting though, perhaps we should put a qualifier into the sentence, i.e. "In most fanworks" instead of "In fanworks"? -- Kylara (talk) 20:23, 17 October 2015 (UTC)