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Fanged in Fiction
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Twilight, True Blood and The Vampire Diaries have sparked off intense fan activity and generated a large quantity of fan fiction: stories which test the limits of an already existing fictional work and explore gaps and discrepancies within it. Working from the idea that texts constitute archives, expanded and altered by each addition, close readings of a selection of fanfics illustrate particular transformative practices in the online environment. The central figure of the vampire is read through the lens of fanfic authors' contributions to the archives, particularly regarding how figuratively or literally refanged versions of the trope are used to subvert norms established in the source texts concerning depictions of sexuality, sexual practices, and monstrosity. Complex relationships between authorial power and subversion, between mainstream messages and individual interpretations, are examined through fanfic analyses, the findings contributing to discussions about contemporary literary creativity.
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Maria Lindgren Leavenworth is an associate professor of English literature in the Department of Language Studies at Umea University in Sweden. Her previous research interests include travel writing, nordicity and issues pertaining to intertextuality. She has published articles on travel writers Selina Bunbury, Bayard Taylor and S. H. Kent, and on works within the science fiction genre. Malin Isaksson is an assistant professor of French literature at Umea University in Sweden. She has published articles on the critical reception of works by Marie Darrieussecq and Virginie Despentes. Individually and together in the project FAN(G)S, they both have written extensively on vampire fan fiction, in both English and Swedish.

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"valuable...detailed insight"--Transformative Works and Cultures; "well-researched, passionate, and entertaining, and furthermore it is admirable for its open-minded approach to fanfic, which is analysed with the same seriousness as any other literary body of texts. It is an excellent introduction to fan fiction in general and to the invisible 'dark matter' surrounding vampire block-busters and best-sellers in particular"--NORA--Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research; "the book is a valuable addition to studies of both the literary vampire and of fan texts"--Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts.

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