The World of Fanfiction: Background information when reading Fangirl

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by Rainbow Rowell

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    Sep 2013, 448 pages
    Jan 2014, 300 pages

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The World of Fanfiction

In Fangirl, Cath's story is interspersed with snippets of her fan fiction (or "fanfic") starring characters who, in Cath's world, are as well known as Harry Potter is in ours. This hugely popular (primarily online) genre of amateur writing is inspired by existing fictional characters, settings, and themes.

Writers of fanfic are part of a fandom, a whole community built around mutual admiration—and often enthusiastic imitation—of a fictional world. The most popular topics for fanfic include the Harry Potter and Twilight series of novels, as well as the television shows Glee and Supernatural and several anime series. You can find fanfic on sites like Fanfiction.Net, which brings together thousands of fan-submitted stories in one place. The site has well over two million users and archives stories in thirty different languages. Some stories and authors become hugely popular, celebrities with their own eager fan base. The bestselling novel Fifty Shades of Grey actually ...

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