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text 2014-02-13 01:18
Reading progress update: I've read 39%.
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

"They were rabid, ridiculous Twihards. And that's just what they said about each other."

 

I struggle with all these generalizations Jamison is tossing about at the start of this essay. I get where she's trying to go with it, but she's over simplifying way too much in order to back up her convoluted conclusions. The way she jumps from internal criticism in the fandom, to mainstream media’s characterization of the all Twilight fans in general, back to Buffy fans‘ criticism of the books/fandom, is giving me a head ache.

 

Jamison is attempting to characterize the MANY internal conflicts in the Twilight Fan Fiction Fandom as simply old school fangirls picking on newbie fans for not having geek cred, which is ridiculously untrue.

 

Not only were there a number of various, extremely common internal conflicts in the fandom. Many resembled conflicts in other fandoms, and were even mentioned earlier in the book. None boiled down to members of the community being “cred-checked” for being new to fandom and fan fiction. 

 

In fact, the majority of BNAs (Big Named Authors) in the fandom were new to writing fan fiction and fandoms. While the part of the fandom that had experience was relatively small and only a few even came close to BNA status. 

 

So why would Jamison use this as the primary example of internal criticism in the fandom and try to link it to sexist “fake geek girl” issues in other fandoms? 

 

My guess is the “lack of experience in fandom/fan fiction culture” is often been used to explain why publishing fan fiction became so prevalent in the Twilight Fan Fiction Fandom, opposed to other fandoms that see the practice as taboo. 

 

It’s another interesting, arguably manipulative, choice in framing the anti-P2P argument as sexist bullying. 

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text 2014-02-13 00:39
Reading progress update: I've read 39%.
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 Feral Fandom" in reference to the Twilight fan fiction fandom was never in common use in the fandom. In fact, I've only heard it from one person in the fandom, that person contributed an essay to this book. So I assume talking to her was the extent of Jamison's research on that term. 

 

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text 2014-02-12 22:59
The Twilight Fan Fiction Fandom: Myth vs. Reality
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

"Mainstream publishing wasn't giving us what we wanted so we made it ourselves."

-tby789, author of "The Office" (aka Christina Hobbs of Christina Lauren, co-author of the published fan fiction Beautiful Bastard aka The Office)

 

The essay on the Twilight Fandom begins with the above quote, and introduces the go-to explanation for the popularity of erotic Twilight fan fiction. While this reason is true in the case of other more subversive forms of fan fiction, it is not true in the case of popular Twilight fan fiction.

 

One only needs to read a published fan fiction, like Beautiful Bastard, to see it isn’t true. Most popular AH Twilight fan fics, especially those published as novels, are so similar to mainstream erotica and romance that it is hard to differentiate them from their mainstream contemporaries. Unless you’ve read other published Twilight fan fics, then it is easy to spot the same plot devices, characterization, cliches and tropes.

 

Also, most* of the people I talked to in the Twilight Fan Fiction Fandom didn’t read a lot and certainly not romance and/or erotica. For many of them Twilight was the first non-work or school related book they had picked up in years.

 

So was it that mainstream publishing let them down, or that they’d never really been exposed to it?

 

One could argue that the Twilight Fan Fiction Fandom because its connection to the Twilight books, is in part a product of mainstream publishing. It was Stephen Meyer’s books that ignited many of these women’s imaginations and led them to fan fiction. That was how the community was born.

 

I’m by no means saying that mainstream publishing hasn’t let women down on many fronts, and still does. However, in the case of Twilight they got it (at least a little bit) right. The sheer number of women who have read the books and seen the movies, not to mention those creating fan art/fiction, is proof of that. 

 

It’s important to note that the part of Twilight Fandom that both Jamison and I are talking about doesn't represent the entirety of the Twilight Fandom. Considering the world wide success of the books and movies, how could it be? 

 

We are talking about a community within the Twilight fandom that focused primarily on writing Twilight fan fiction, most of which was erotic, and was dominated by as Jamison put it "professional woman." This part of the fandom is often referred to as Twilight Fan Fiction Fandom, but it by no means includes all the many diverse people writing Twilight fan fiction.

 

The core of what made the Twilight Fan Fiction Fandom such a powerful force in so many women lives, and attracted them in droves, was the community itself. It was a safe place for many women who couldn’t find connections and understanding with other people in their daily life, much in the same way fandoms are for all fans. There they found other women like themselves, to whom they could relate to, who they could talk to about the books, but also other things they loved. Where they weren’t judged for talking candidly or writing about sex. But most of all where people listened to what they said, and responded enthusiastically. 

 

While this may not seem extraordinary to someone with experience in fandom and fan fiction, for these women who had no previous exposure to fan communities, it was a revelation. The fact that “professional women” were so astonished by a nurturing, supportive community where they had a voice and were heard, says a lot more about mainstream culture and how society treats women, than mainstream publishing. 

 

[Note: I’ll be breaking up my commentary on this essay into sections in order to keep it on point and easy to read. This post was only my commentary on the first line of this essay. Oh yeah, we’ve only just begun. Enjoy the ride.]

 

[*There are definitely avid readers in the Twilight Fan Fiction Fandom, and the community certainly inspired members to read more, but still a majority of the people I spoke with weren’t big readers and/or had never read in the romance or erotica genres prior to Twilight.]

 

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review 2013-10-20 20:07
Published Twilight Fan Fiction: Working Out the Kinks by Kara Winters (aka ItHappened)
Working Out the Kinks (Chain) - Kara Winters

This was originally posted as a Twilight fan fic by the same title under the pen name ItHappnened and as of now (10/20/13 1pm PST) it can still be read for free on the Twilight Fan Fiction website Twilighted (link). 

 

Copy of Fan Fiction: Available upon request (including a copy of the sequel).

 

In case the story is pulled down here are side by side screen shots of the fan fic and the published version. 

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review 2013-09-29 16:21
Alice Clayton's Red Head series was Real People Fan Fiction
The Unidentified Redhead - Alice Clayton
The Redhead Revealed - Alice Clayton
The Redhead Plays Her Hand - Alice Clayton

Alice Clayton's Red Head series was originally posted a *Real People Fan Fiction, about Twilight actor Robert Pattinson, titled I Love LA  under the pen name feathersmmmm.

 

*Real People Fan Fiction, also known as RPF, are fictional stories featuring real life people an/or celebrities. This particular RPF was a "self-insert," a fantasy story where the author inserted herself into the story. The famous actor in this story is modeled after Twilight movie star and actor, Robert Pattinson.

 

Copy of Fan Fiction: Available upon request

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