Bit of a different take on a Fandom Friday for you this week...
A few years ago I took part in a fandom survey and a series of follow up interviews with Dr. Brit Kelly (then the writing lab leader at King's College London and now a lecturer at UC Davis) on how my relationship with and understanding of family impacted on my fanfic writing - and vice versa. If I come across a relevant fandom survey I'll usually participate, no doubt a hangover from all the GPT retail surveys I've done in my time, but this was the first one I'd become more involved with.
It was actually quite a weird experience, looking at my writing from a more critical standpoint than 'I liked this thing so I wrote about it', and then reading someone else's analysis of it beyond 'hey, I liked that thing too!' I won't quote from it as it'll make it totally obvious what my penname is but, yeah, it felt very strange.
Anyway, the book was published in May last year and has since been reviewed in various places. E.g. Here in the Journal of Transformative Works. The blurb reads:
"Loving Fanfiction explores emotion within the context of fandoms, specifically online fanfiction.
Through exploring fans' narratives about themselves and the fanwork they produce and consume, the author theorizes how identity, cognition, emotion, the body, and embodiment come together in literacy development and practices.
Drawing on affect theory to explore the complex roles of emotions, literacy, identity, and the digital, both in their own position and in the worlds of engaged fans, Brit Kelley systematically analyses work from a six-year ethnographic study across fandoms-from Harry Potter and WWE, to Gotham and Twilight.
Their analysis expands upon current understandings of fandom by more thoroughly theorizing the deeply emotional element of fanfiction practices, and connects to the academic fan community to draw connections and implications for the role of emotion in teaching and research.
This unique perspective on emotions, love, and fandoms will be of significant interest to scholars and students of media and communication studies, fan studies, literature, creative writing, cultural studies, digital humanities, and literacy studies."
The print version is typical ridiculous university press prices, but you can get the ebook download for about £30. Big chunks of it are also available for free on Google Books.
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