Tag: fanfiction

Mapping the Pits of Fandom

It was day one of my Electronic Literature course. I sat at a table with three complete strangers, and scrolling on our shared monitor screen was Nick Montfort’s landscape poetry generator “Takaro Gorge”. It was morning, for me 9:30 AM is early morning. Sitting there, I was sluggish, and on top of that I had no idea what to learn or expect from Electronic Literature, let alone what…

In Defense of Fanfiction

When one hears the term “fanfiction,” people think of infamously bad erotica about Harry Potter or how Fifty Shades of Grey began as Twilight fanfiction. Many authors dismiss or sue fanfic authors for copyright infringement and people scoff at the idea that writing fanfiction is somehow lesser than actual writing because you are not creating anything original. Yet fanfiction has had a long…