I suppose I shall begin by giving a brief overview of what Dr. Burton had to say about the content of my paper. Now, known of this surprised me--I've had the same criticism on other papers in the past--but it becomes relevant when you look at how I formatted a rather abstract paper.
- First and foremost, there was a bit of question concerning my thesis. It was a well-fleshed out thesis--that's another thing I've had trouble with before, so I was extra careful--but I didn't quite... place it correctly? I suppose that's a good way to put it. Rather than having the thesis present throughout the entire paper, I didn't really come to hit on what I was trying to prove until the last section or two of my paper. Section, not paragraph. You'll see how I set it up if you look at the paper via the link at the end of the post. Now, I knew this was coming. I could tell while I was writing it that I was a little bit weak on the beginning. Dr. Burton's suggestion is to go through and place little teaser sentences about the thesis while I'm going about setting it up with all of the secondary sources I discuss.
- The other comment he had to make was about primary sources; again, I saw this coming. Because I'm going in such an abstract angle about Shakespeare, I had a hard time finding a way to correlate an original primary source by Shakespeare with the rest of the paper. I was somewhat hoping to use the excuse that the examples of Fanfiction I found and discussed could somehow float that boat as primary sources, but alas. His suggestion was to focus on one play. Probably Hamlet, because the Fanfiction piece I selected would probably be easier to identify with the primary source.
Now than, how in the world can I continue on this revenue as a combined project the rest of the class can have imput on? Fanfiction is a virtual playground for commenting--I love going over there far more than I do on the blog, just because so many people are actually actively responding--but what else can be done? I've had some silly ideas--creating my own piece of Shakespeare Fanfiction, with imput and directorial advice from the class, compiling an archive of Shakespeare Fanfiction that would stand as proof of my claim that it is a superior source of adaptation. Dr. Burton even briefly mentioned turning my paper into a work of Fanfiction! Little does he know, but the second he said it I already had a few basic ideas on how that could be done. Maybe that seems a little unrealistic, but that's what Fanfiction authors have trained themselves to do: take even the littlest comment from a TV show or book, and use that as a basis for a full-blown piece of work. Now, my ideas for the piece are somewhat walking the line between Fanfiction and an original work--which I also do, and I have a sister site to www.fanfiction.net called www.fictionpress.com that hosts original work if you'd be interested in checking that out--but because it's based off of Shakespeare I could probably swing it.
How about it? How geeky are we wanting me to get?
Oh, and the paper link: Analyzing Amateur Adaptations