Carrie's bio: "I have worked as a teacher in both public and private schools. I teach teenagers about writing at The Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis. However, the best job I ever had was when I worked in a thrift store pawing through donations of cast-off junk. Loved that job so much! I live with Adrian, my husband, Matilda, my daughter, and Pablo, my dog/publicity manager."
Jen: I am not a jewelry person either -- wearing it makes me feel claustrophobic.
Okay, on to TOPIC C: Fandom as a concept
Carrie: I teach writing to teenagers at a place in Minneapolis called The Loft Literary Center. I taught this Harry Potter class one summer and one of my students explained in passing that she “shipped” Draco and Hermione. I had to stop her and have her clarify and by the time she did, the whole class was babbling about their OTP and canon and Alternate Universe and my head was spinning. So I went home and did a bunch of Googling so I wouldn’t look like a total idiot. Most of my writing students write fan fiction, actually. For years I would nod indulgently at them, think of it as some quaint little beginner activity. Something you’d graduate from, after you’d grown up and realized you needed to pay bills and think up your own original content if you wanted to get anywhere as a writer. And I’d read some of it, here and there, and always feel guilty and embarrassed and vaguely upset, like, “BUT JK ROWLING DID NOT WRITE THAT! THAT IS NOT OKAY!”
But then I became obsessed with The Walking Dead and Norman Reedus. Which, if you follow me on Twitter, is more than obvious.
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I think it’s a really cool concept because I like to think about the reverberations between reader and writer and characters; it’s like this living, breathing thing. Once you release your book out into the wild, you can’t contain it anymore. People are going to do with it what they wish, whether they review it kindly or hack it to pieces. And fan fiction and fan art are just another way of participating with the story and the author, so I think it’s very, very cool. Plus there’s something so fun and carefree about writing it and reading it. It’s like playing and I don’t do a lot of that, as my 10-year-old likes to remind me. So I’m happy to have it in my life now.
Jen: I didn't know much about fanfic until I read Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. I'm actually reading an ARC of a book called Fic: Why Fanfiction is Taking Over the World. That might be hyperbolic, but the book is pretty interesting!
Thanks so much for stopping by, Carrie. This was so much fun. I'm giving away a copy of Sex & Violence tomorrow on Freebie Friday!