The YALSA conference sponsored a session on Fan Fic, and here are some notes I jotted down to share:
What? Fandom is a group of fans who live out part of a book/movie
Who? Teenagers and Adults
When? As long as people have been enjoying books and stories
Why? Fun/Communication/Ability to Identify with Others
Fandom- Fans coming together
Fanfiction- Takes place anywhere in the story world
Livejournal- LJ community (a blogger community)
Con- Convention where fans interact
Steps to Becoming a "Fan"
1. Read everything...
2. Buy the "Official Guide"
3. Buy the 'Unofficial Guide"
4. Read essays about the book
5. Buy the jewelry or make your own
6. Have events and dress up like your favorite character for example: Dress up as Bella or Alice and have a prom
Fandoms must have:
Nobody owns a fandom!
Different forms of Participation
- Information Getting
- Talking about your Fandom with others
- Analyzing your Fandom
- Making it Real
- Twittering about your Fandom
- Fan Art
- Cosplay -costume play
- Fan videos
Fanfiction is where your introduce a new character into an already existing story by writing a new episode/chapter/story.
Many who write fanfiction archive it in a site. Here are some recommended online sites for fanfic:
Those writing fanfiction cannot do it for profit. If so, they risk risk copyright infringement.
Possibly Program Ideas:
- Writing workshops
- Reviewing Workshops
- A Fandom, in general, gathering
- Finding Fanfiction
- Do-It-Yourself Book covers
- LOL Book covers
- Recipes and Cooking
- Readers Theatre
Con at the library (Washington County is already doing this, so they would be a great resource for such a project)
Games and Puzzles
Dramarama- Have a sing a long musical
Princess Diaries- Have princess lessons
Alex Rider- Gadgets and technology demos
Many authors also have their own fanfic contests sponsored on their websites such as:
Meg Cabot and Holly Black
Also Check out these websites:
The 39 Clues
The Hunger Ganes
Harper Teen Fan Lit
Nerd Fighters (John Green's site)