Theory in a Digital Age: A Project of English 483 Students, Coastal Carolina University


             An increasingly popular trend taking over the world of fiction comes in the form of fanfiction or fanfics. Fanfictions are the original works of fiction based off the works of other established works of art. Fanfiction authors create written works of fiction based upon all types of genres of art including other fiction pieces, television shows such as Supernatural, movies like the Avengers, and video games like Dungeons and Dragons. Majority of these writers come from all over the world. These writers can create any length of story that they choose, some spanning from the length of flash fictions, to others more than 300,000 words, more than some novels. These writers take time and effort that go into their writing. Writers have a plethora of sites to choose from, including the cleverly named The popularity shows in the numbers, more than 755 thousand fanfictions have been written about the J.K. Rowling best selling series Harry Potter.

              Anne Jamison states in her novel, “Why Fanfiction is Taking Over the World”, that fanfiction is “a way of thinking critically about the media you consume, of being aware of all the implicit assumptions that canonical work carries with it, and of considering the possibility that those assumptions might not be the only way things have to be”(Jamison xiii). She makes the point of highlighting how the art of fanfiction is able to allow its users to find the art within art itself. Jamison highlights why most of the writers choose to do begin fanfiction the first place. They have a love for writing and a love for their "fandom", the topic their writing is based off of,  so they choose to combine the two together. 

              Fanfiction's growing popularity comes with a lot of writers that come forth about their writing. Author of the infamous Fifty Shades of Grey, E.L. James, revealed about how her successful triolgy was inspired by the book-gone-movie Twilight. Many other writers have come forward about their fanfiction writing as well. Fanfiction isn't just classified as written works, it also includes fan-drawn art, and film clips that are based around works. 

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