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Literary professor and fanfiction aficionado, Anne Jamison has taken on the wide world of fanfiction in her comprehensive volume, fic: Why Fanfiction is Taking Over the World. Covering topics such as its history, publishing and the current (2013) scope of fanficition, this collection is fairly accessible and easy to read–largely absent of pretentious academic jargon. In other words, at the end, fanfiction still sounds like community-based pleasurable reading and writing activity it is, thanks to Jamison’s obvious appreciation for and participation in fan culture.
The largest strength of this volume, aside from the positive and intelligent light Jamison sheds on the fanficition community, is the inclusion of essays from fanfic writers themselves across multiple fandoms. This includes Big Name Fans and Authors and others from Harry Potter, Twilight, Sherlock, Supernatural, Star Trek, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and more. The voices of women–the large majority of fanficition writers–are well represented and respected. These are people in the fandom trenches telling it like it is.