Today I had a paradigm shift. I assumed that FSOG lovers, the true died in the wool fans that I encounter online, would also have at least engaged with Twilight in some way. Either have read it and then moved on to FSOG, or realized the connection and have looked into reading the books. Not everyone, or even I suspect most, have. And I find it interesting that we have all come at this from different perspectives.
This resonates so nicely with my life in obsessions. I remember when AOM came out. I was doing the last 6 months of my Masters degree, sitting at home writing while the kids were at school. In reality I was stuck and playing hours of AOM – or at the very least it ran in the background while I dabbled with narrative analysis. Finally one day the obsession took over – I forgot to pick up the kids from school. Had to front up to the office and be told off for abandoning them. I shamefully admitted this to them years later – they love to hold it over my head when I am being a bad mother. Of course, they recognize that my obsession is currently being Sasha and so they bring up the AOM incident to remind me. They are right but quite frankly they are old enough to catch the train. Sod them I say.
Another good mother of the year award goes to me. It is right up there with suggesting to my son that his band should call themselves the Uncanny Twats.
Framing the Future of Fanfiction: How The New York Times’ Portrayal of a Youth Media Subculture Influences Beliefs about Media Literacy Education (JMLE 4:3) : National Association for Media Literacy Education.
This article discusses how online fanfiction communities, their members, and their literacy practices are portrayed within popular and news media discourses. Many media literacy scholars believe these youth media subcultures practice complex and sophisticated forms of “new media” literacy. However, when educators attempt to incorporate these practices into K-12 literacy programs, the public’s reactions may be heavily influenced by the media’s documented patterns of marginalizing, dismissing, and denouncing youth subcultures. This study employs frame and critical discourse analysis in order to examine how the news media’s portrayal of fanfiction shapes and reflects the beliefs of teachers, students, and parents.
Book 2: Creating Kate is finally underway with the first two chapters being posted overnight. I know, I know, it’s a pretty naff title but I am sticking with a theme here. Not a great one, I grant you, but…. As always I am looking for the perfect playlist to compliment each chapter and this often slows down the creative process.
The aspect of this I find overwhelming is the email traffic that ensues as people who were prepared to follow Investing Elliot jump on board often bringing new fans and followers. Does anyone else find this process addictive? I seem to have the stats page permanently open on my iPad so that I can check the graphs. I have to own up to only being on FanFic.net since October so my addiction may be a little passe for most of you out there. SuperGeek is certainly hoping that it will wear off as I sit in bed on a Saturday morning with my laptop on, writing this blog and monitoring the iPad at the same time.
Read the rest of this post in Musings – FanFic: How do I love thee?