Fanfiction: the place where readers become authors

fanfiction: the place where readers become authors

If you frustrates how it ended your favorite series, there is always the option to write a new ending.

many decades ago, Julio Cortazar posed a dichotomy between passive reader ( “who does not want problems but solutions, or false alien problems that will allow him to suffer comfortably seated in his armchair, without engaging in the drama that should also be yours”) and the active reader or reader-accomplice, who can become partaker of the same experience by passing the novelist. His major work, “Hopscotch” is just an experiment to engage the reader in constructing the story as it is told. Perhaps Cortazar, who is considered thus precursor of hypertext narrative and the “cyberliterature” would have been an avid reader of fanfiction.

The fanfiction is both a mobilizing force of popular culture and a kind of underground cult. legitimate heir of the culture of remix href=””> fanfiction is created by readers and viewers who are not satisfied with just consume culture, but want to participate in it, create it, recreate it, change it. Millions of stories are published each month in huge repositories to be read by millions of other fans. The phenomenon can hardly be considered as something new: the fanfiction as we know it today began in the era of Star Trek fanzines, and since that time existed in their stories a strong queer component, Mr. Spock carrying arms Captain Kirk.
Perhaps Cortázar, would have been an avid reader of fanfiction

But since that was early in the Trekker fans, communities fanfiction formed a minor component of the community of fans of science fiction, and were treated with condescension. Fanfiction was considered a predominantly female pastime while men are more involved in what is called “healing fandom” (collecting figures, discuss Reddit what is the best Doctor in Doctor Who), women predominantly devote their time to “transformative” create stories where Hermione Granger is black and Sherlock Holmes has an affair with Watson. Some believe that dominance of women and queer community in the fanfiction is easily explained by understanding that not be equally represented in culture and the media, fanfiction is a way to attack the status quo, changing . It was here that Internet meant a revolution. to become more horizontal and democratic, huge communities fanfiction could no longer be ignored


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it is no longer possible to pretend that viewers and readers passively consume current cultural content delivered to them
However, beyond the rest of the ordinary viewers, the fanfiction tends to annoy authors, actors and producers, yet the fact that in a hyper-connected world, a work of fiction no longer belong to them at the time it is published become accustomed. Some authors like George R.R. Martin, have protested against these acts of appropriation and have asked their fans to refrain from carrying them out. Countless cases of withdrawal requests content by intellectual property claims. Others, like J.K. Rowling, see no problem in creating derivative fiction by fans. After all, the history of literature is a story of cultural appropriation , without which we would not have pretty much everything we consider today classic, including the works of Shakespeare.

Although many argue that the works of fanfiction are protected by the clause of fair use in US law, many authors choose to change the names of the characters before publishing, as do the James to publish “ 50 Shades of Grey “, which is nothing but a work of fanfiction based in the (equally terrible and equally successful) “Twilight” by Stephenie Meyer. Twilight, in turn, is inspired by the great classic Jane Austen novel “Pride and Prejudice”, to which if something is missing are re-imagined versions, from “Bridget Jones’s Diary” and “You an e-mail “to the new classic (?) called” Pride, prejudice and zombies “.

Regardless of what the law says intellectual property, it is no longer possible to pretend that viewers and readers today passively consume cultural content delivered to them: there is a huge community of people determined to enrich culture with the fruits of their imagination, and that urge to tell stories is as old as humanity itself.


Fanfiction: the place where readers become authors
Source: english  
June 7, 2016

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