Fifty Shades of Gray began its life as fanfiction. The hugely popular book series After originated in One Direction fandom. Wattpad now helps fanfiction authors to prepare work to be published, and more and more publishers appear to be mining the world of fanfiction for the next big author. But what does this mean for mainstream fiction? Which tropes of fanfiction have burst into the public consciousness, and does the influence go both ways? This is a panel to discuss the impact of fanfiction in recent years on the mainstream and the ways in which mainstream recognition and acknowledgement is changing the dynamics of the fanfiction community.
Track: Fan Culture