Honors Program


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Spring 5-2018


Holmes, Alyssandra. Fanfiction as a Form with Merit. 2018. PDF.


Copyright Alussandra Holmes 2018


Fanfiction is a form of writing with a vast wealth of merits, and it should be respected as a unique and valuable literary genre. I have read a number of scholarly articles written regarding fanfiction, analyzed certain works and my own experiences within the fan community, and considered original media in order to construct my defense of fanfiction's value as a literary form. Fanfiction has an unfortunately poor reputation, given the unique advantages it provides to authors. Fanfiction is an egalitarian learning tool, with a thriving community and a significant impact upon the individuals engaging with fanfiction creation. Fanfiction is an opportunity to explore nuance and create diversity, with boons to authors' writing and the social atmosphere.