In this video Liz Burns talks about the program she presented on Saturday at the YA Lit Symposium on fanfic and fandom. Joel Shoemaker talks about the experience of being at the YA Lit Symposium and the interview he hosted with two Printz winners, Gene Yang and Terry Trueman.
Are you a Slytherin or a Gryffindor?’ Would you rather hang out with B or S or J?’ Which would you rather be, a vampire or a werewolf?
Fandom, according to Wikipedia, is “a term used to refer to a subculture composed of fans characterized by a feeling of sympathy and camaraderie with others who share a common interest.” You’d think wikipedia would be a little less dry…
Fandom happens when you love a book so much you cannot stop thinking about it. You want to discuss minute details with other fans.’ You want to immerse yourself in its world, maybe even dress like the characters dress and live like the characters live.’ Fandom happens when you’re so intrigued by a world that you start thinking of other stories that could take place in it.
It’s all of these things, and more. Continue reading