Playgrounds for publishing: writers in established story universes

Olsen, Shayla (2017) Playgrounds for publishing: writers in established story universes. Coursework Masters thesis, University of Southern Queensland. (Unpublished)

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Generally downplayed in the literary world as trivial or hack writing, narratives set in established story universes continue to confound publishers, with licenced novels tied into film and television franchises often outselling original fiction, and fanfiction producing serious bestselling new authors from its large online communities. The specific ways in which these creative works may be improving or readying writers are worthy of note in an increasingly blurred publishing and media landscape. While extensive research has been undertaken in the dynamic and evolving topic of fanfiction, less has examined media tie-in writing, and less again has drawn these two forms together for a comparison of their benefits to writers. Outwardly appearing similar and sharing an audience, fanfiction and media tie-ins differ significantly in form, process, authorship, legalities, perceived legitimacy and the role of feedback and community, factors which impact on potential creative and learning benefits to the writers. Surveys and primary interviews with writers of both fan writing forms, critically discussed through a social constructivist lens informed by Vygotskian views on learning and creativity, highlight the advantages of ‘playing’ in established story universes, particularly in improving writer skill. This research will be of interest to researchers of fan studies and creative writing, to writers seeking pathways to improvement of their craft, and to publishing professionals seeking to better understand the misunderstood practice of writing in established story universes.


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Item Type: Thesis (Non-Research) (Coursework Masters)
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Master of Arts thesis. © Copyright by Shayla Olsen 2017.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Arts and Communication
Supervisors: Baker, Dallas
Date Deposited: 28 Aug 2018 00:00
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2018 00:11
Uncontrolled Keywords: fanfiction, fandom, fan studies, media tie-in, licenced novels, stories, creative writing, publishing studies, Vygotsky, writer skill, writer skill acquisition, play-based learning
Fields of Research : 20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2001 Communication and Media Studies > 200199 Communication and Media Studies not elsewhere classified
19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1999 Other Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 199999 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing not elsewhere classified
19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1902 Film, Television and Digital Media > 190299 Film, Television and Digital Media not elsewhere classified
19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1904 Performing Arts and Creative Writing > 190402 Creative Writing (incl. Playwriting)
19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1904 Performing Arts and Creative Writing > 190499 Performing Arts and Creative Writing not elsewhere classified
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130201 Creative Arts, Media and Communication Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930201 Pedagogy
C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9501 Arts and Leisure > 950199 Arts and Leisure not elsewhere classified
C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9502 Communication > 950202 Languages and Literacy
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/34744

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