Pirates and poachers: Fan fiction and the conventions of reading and writing

  • Mackey M
  • McClay J
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This article explores what teachers and students can learn about contemporary story‐telling from a study of fan fiction – that is, stories created by readers and viewers out of the canonical material of previously published fictions. Drawing on the example of it investigates ways in which fan fiction writers develop codes and conventions to govern themselves. For example, online litmus tests establish when a writer is self‐indulgently writing ‘Mary Sue’ characters into a story

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  • Fan fiction
  • Literacy
  • New literacies
  • Penguinwiki
  • Protectors of the plot continuum (ppc)
  • Rules of reading
  • ‘mary sue’ characters

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  • Margaret Mackey

  • Jill Kedersha McClay

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