Okay. I've spent my Christmas break mainlining Death in Paradise and Primeval. Now I desperately want to see crossover fic where Richard Poole's secret past as a dinosaur wrangler comes in handy.
We're having a fascinating online seminar on reading in school right now and I'm very curious. We've sort of gotten stuck on redefining the concept of reading. Usually, reading fiction is mostly viewed as reading books, but with new technology and new media, I think that reading has reached a new stage. For example - many fanfiction authors are just as talented, if not more talented than published writers, not to mention all the fanfiction writers who are published writers.
Anyway. I have a few short questions I'd like to put up for discussion. Please feel free to contribute! (And also, if you want to share an few personal things about yourself, like your age, your level of education (because there is research on level of education and reading habits and I think it's sort of interesting), and your ways of participating in fanfiction culture (reading? writing? both?), that would be awesome. Not mandatory though! This is very much an unofficial survey, just to satisfy my curiosity.)
- Why do you read fanfiction?
- Why do you read original fiction?
- In your choice of reading material, do you pick the same kinds of texts when it comes to fanfiction and original fiction? (For example, romance, action/adventure, etc.)
-Since you started reading fanfiction, do you find that your original fiction reading habits have changed? In that case - how?
- How do you view fanfiction compared to original fiction in terms of legitimacy?
- What kinds of reading do you think should be incorporated in the 'fiction reading' concept? Fanfiction? Gaming? Comic book reading? Something else that I might not have thought of?
Inquiring minds want to know! (And so do aspiring librarians.)