Week 9: Standout Sources
During my research, I have found both scholarly and popular sources that promise to be helpful. They either help me to explain fanfiction as a unique storytelling mode, or provide important information that I will need to use to discuss Fifty Shades of Grey.
“Mature Poets Steal: Children’s Literature and the Unpublishability of Fanfiction” by Catherine Tosenberger does an excellent job of exploring fanfiction’s different qualities, and especially is good for explaining what makes it different from the source materials that it borrows from. Since I will need to spend some time explaining the nuances of the community, this article will be a great help as a source. I can use it to examine Fifty Shades of Grey as a fanfiction, and how it stems from the community based on fanfiction’s unique characteristics.
Another article, “Framing the Future of Fanfiction: How the New York Times’ Portrayal of a Youth Media Subculture Influences Beliefs about Media Literacy Education” by Drew Emanuel Berkowitz is shaping up to be useful as well. This article spends some time discussing the commodification of fanfiction, which is essential for my topic as the sales of Fifty Shades of Grey is a crucial part of the book’s notoreity. I can use this article as a gateway for discussing the recent trend of selling fanfiction, and the ramifications of that.
As for popular sources, I have many that are good as supporting evidence for my claims, and a few that have interesting arguments of their own. “Fifty Shades of Green: How Fanfiction Went From Dirty Little Secret to Money Machine” by Hayley C. Cuccinello at Forbes further looks at the money side of things regarding Fifty Shades of Grey, and the commercialization of fanfiction. Meanwhile, “Fifty Shades of Grey courts controversy with depiction of 'emotional abuse'“ at CBC provides a picture of Fifty Shades of Grey’s romanticized abuse, which is the harmful aspect of the book that I’ll be criticizing in the podcast.
All of these relate to either fanfiction or Fifty Shades of Grey, although I plan on finding a few more sources for a periphery argument around the good that fanfiction has done that I have in the works.
A lot of these sources can be used as characters representing attitudes around fanfiction and Fifty Shades of Grey. Tosenberger and Berkowitz show attitudes that stand against the commercialization process, so they might be useful as characters arguing against it. The CBC article can be a character representing those people who find Fifty Shades of Grey deeply problematic, a concept that I will probably be dealing with in the podcast, as well as being a character that confronts fanfiction as capable of being problematic.
Being used to academic writing by now, I’ll admit that figuring out how to write sources as characters is challenging. However, it has made it possible for me to think about the podcast as storytelling, rather than persuading or arguing. If the sources have opinions, then I need to think about how they would tell their opinions best, and relate it to shifting through opinions to find the truth.