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Transmedial Narration and Fan Fiction: The Storyworld of The Vampire Diaries
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of language studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5265-6421
2014 (English)In: Storyworlds Across Media: Toward a Media-Conscious Narratology / [ed] Marie-Laure Ryan and Jan-Noël Thon, Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2014, 315-331 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

“Transmedial Narration and Fan Fiction: The Storyworld of The Vampire Diaries” examines audience participation in transmedia franchises by focusing on unauthorized fan contributions to the transmedial storyworld of The Vampire Diaries in the form of fan fiction. The ‘official’ storyworld is in itself complex as the novels and TV series tell partly different stories. Contradictions and incompatibilities in fact become intrinsic to the storyworld itself, and incorporating unsanctioned products adds to the complexity and diversity of characterizations, plot lines, and themes. At focus in the close reading of four fan fictions is the ways in which the authors negotiate assignations and portrayals of good and evil, and how they criticize cultural norms influencing contemporary romance. It is argued that the concept of storyworld holds great potential for allowing a levelling of hierarchies between sanctioned and unsanctioned products. To re-think different contributions, especially in light of the contemporary stress on audience participation, is productive when seeing fan fiction as part of a larger archive of meaning-making.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2014. 315-331 p.
, Frontiers of Narrative Series
Keyword [en]
fan fiction, canon, fanon, vampires, audience participation, interactivity, transmediality, archontic literature, romance, mythos, topos, ethos
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Languages and Literature Cultural Studies
Research subject
Literature; medie- och kommunikationsvetenskap
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-89744ISBN: 978-0-8032-4563-1OAI: diva2:723596
FAN(G)S: fansens fiktioner om populärkulturens vampyrer
Swedish Research Council, 2010-1643
Available from: 2014-06-11 Created: 2014-06-11 Last updated: 2015-05-15Bibliographically approved

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