Aug. 28th, 2010

hradzka: "Trust me, I know what I'm doing." (sledge hammer!)
Puttering around today, I found some notes I'd made for a con panel ages ago on the history of fanfic, and thought folks might find it interesting.

Fanfic, of course, originally meant something completely different: as FANCYCLOPEDIA I (1944) notes, "fan fiction" in those days wasn't characterized by its authorship or place of publication, but by its content. "Fan fiction" wasn't just written or published by fans, it was *about* fans or fandom -- in 2010 terms, a cross between RPF and crack. In terms of what the first fanfic was, you can make a lot of arguments. I've seen folks argue for THE AENEID (as ODYSSEY fanfic, which I think is a stretch) and THE DIVINE COMEDY (as a Virgil fanboy self-insertion, also a stretch), and but I don't think you really start seeing good protofanfic until about the fifteenth century. A strong case can be made (and has been) that the first identifiable work of fanfic is "The Seige of Thebes," by John Lydgate. It was written around 1420-1422, and it's CANTERBURY TALES fanfic.

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