This YPulse blog post on teen fan culture caught my eye today. The article notes what I think librarians already know, fan fiction goes way beyond writing. Teens, especially teens at the library, love to geek out about their favorite books, movies, bands and celebrities. And when they become obsessed, they aren't just limited to expressing their love in writing, they create artwork, music, websites, memes and more.
If you are interested in learning more about teen fan culture and creations, may I suggest attending this session in November?
Fan created works, from fan fiction to fan art, are an increasingly visible and a richly rewarding way for fans to interact with their favorite stories. At the same time, fan works raises sticky questions about copyright and the meaning of transformative work for literature and authorship. Join a panel of authors, editors, librarians, and fans to explore the impact of participatory fan culture has had and will continue to have on teen literature. Presenters: Robin Brenner and Elizabeth Burns