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The Fangirl

Long time geek, fangirl, mother, and reader. I've got a lot to say, you might not like it all, but it will be honest and hopefully helpful.

Reading progress update: I've read 25%

Fic: Why Fanfiction is Taking Over the World - Lev Grossman, Tiffany Reisz, Rachel Caine, Jen Zern, Heidi Tandy, Rukmini Pande, Samira Nadkarni, Wendy C. Fries, Jolie Fontenot, Randi Flanagan, Tish Beaty, Cyndy Aleo, Christina Lauren, V. Arrow, Brad Bell, Andrew Shaffer, Darren Wershler, Anne Jamison, Jules Wilkinson, R

The structure of this section is frustrating. She summarizes a rant about anonymity on the internet with "the internet changed fanfiction. Period." Then starts the next paragraph with "It has never been only the technology that changes fanfiction..." 

 

But anonymity of authorship isn't the ONLY way internet/technology changed fan fiction. Again this is a very narrow POV of both the internet & fan culture. o.O

 

"The shift in technology during the 1980s and ’90s also coincided with several fic-inspiring genre shows..."

 

Again the narrow scope of this book completely ignores some of the biggest milestones in fan fiction. There is no mention of the boom of anime fandoms at this time, which was one of the biggest influences on fan art, and fan fiction that can still be felt today. 

 

Yes, Buffy and X-Files were very large online fandoms, but many could argue they were dwarfed by anime and comic book fandom. Unfortunately, neither of these fandoms are covered in this book. As a result we're only getting a fractured view of the history of fan fiction and fandoms.