Undergrad thesis project
Abstract and excerpts
This work was for my undergrad thesis at OCADU with a focus on fanfiction/fandom.
The politics surrounding fandom—marketing and consumption, radical understandings of sexuality, positioning and inclusivity, among many more issues—inform the decisions that go into the final product of any transformative work. As a result, the fanfiction genre is often a productive space for representation through its racialization, queering, and disabling of established popular narratives. Within highly collaborative communities, fanfiction traditions allow for unconventional modes of creative writing.
As a long-time participant in fan communities, remix culture and transformative work (like fanfiction) has made an incredible impact, not only on me personally, but my professional practice. As such, I decided to dedicate my work and research to this topic.
Selected images from the project
During the second semester of my thesis year, I decided to use 11 of my fanfics from NaNoWriMo to revise into original fiction. What was produced was my first ever original novella, Unconventional Rules, a collection of short stories made with the support of intersecting fan groups. The accompanying installation, [Fanfiction] Reading Corner, is a reading space that encourages viewers to sit and read Unconventional Rules and/or any of its supplementary materials.
Both of these works were exhibited in the following shows: