On Friday, I presented at the preconference, Promoting Teen Reading with Web 2.0 Tools. Wendy Stephens organized it, and did a terrific job. Wendy on Twitter; and her website.
My topic? Fanfiction! So of course, I had to wear my favorite Team Peeta T-shirt.
I was part of a "speed dating" presentation, so speaking with a small group of attendees, moving on to the next group, etc.
I had a one-page handout for attendees. For those of you who are curious, here are the resources I included. Any questions, please let me know!
Archive: Online site that stores fan fiction. May be general or specific to one fandom.
Beta reader: Editors for fan fiction.
Canon: The source material.
C&D: Cease And Desist letters. When the copyright owner requests you stop.
Fandom: The fan community for a story, book, movie, television show, game, etc.
Fan fiction: Fan written stories inspired by original works by others.
Mary Sue: An idealized character, often perceived as representing the author. When male, called “Gary Stu.” Sometimes found in original fiction.
Ship: A romantic relation”ship” between two characters.
Slash: A romantic relationship between two same sex characters.
Anelli, Melissa. Harry, A History: The True Story of a Boy Wizard, His Fans, and Life Inside the Harry Potter Phenomenon. Pocket, 2008.
Burns, Elizabeth and Carlie Webber. "When Harry Met Bella: Fanfiction is all the rage. But is it plagiarism? Or the perfect thing to encourage young writers?,” School Library Journal, Vol. 55, No. 8, August 2009. www.schoollibraryjournal.com/article/CA6673573.html
Chilling Effects Clearinghouse, http://www.chillingeffects.org/ Legal issues for online activity.
Fanfiction.net, http://fanfiction.net/ Largest online archive.
Moore, Rebecca C. “All Shapes of Hunger: Teenagers and Fanfiction.” Voice of Youth Advocates, April, 2005.
Pflieger, Pat. Too Good To Be True: 150 Years of Mary Sue. Presented at the American Culture Association conference, March 31, 1999, San Diego, CA. Revised. www.merrycoz.org/papers/MARYSUE.HTM
Schaffner, Becca. “In Defense of Fanfiction,” Horn Book. November/December 2009. www.hbook.com/magazine/articles/2009/nov09_schaffner.asp
Edited to add: Cazzy Files reports on the preconference.
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