Sunday, March 4, 2012

Do the Wave

I feel so accomplished! I read through the requirements for what these next few days are going to entail, and for once I'm already half-way finished with a post topic! When I say this, I mean the possible means of transforming my research paper into a new medium. Rather than rehash everything that I already said on this matter, I'll just link you to that post: Reworking the Bard: And The Results Are In!

Ask to what else Dr. Burton has to say about this process, I believe I only have two points to cover. First, I want to say... I've got it easy! My research paper on Fanfiction already presents itself as the perfect new media route as to where I can take the paper. My work is on its way!

Secondly is the concept of audience (and thus my title for this post). When I first read about what Dr. Burton wanted us to talk about, I was stumped! I thought, 'Who in the world would be geeky enough to want to read my research paper about something as far-fetched as Fanfiction as legitimate, superior adaptation?' But then I actually tried to take the idea seriously, and I was presently surprised. I can list possibly three separate audiences that might think my paper useful--or, if nothing else, interesting.

  • Fanfiction Lovers: these readers (and writers and editors, as I'm grouping them all into one by giving them the term 'lover'), while not generally concerned with the scholarly, would at least have some interest in the idea. I mean, I know that I would respond positively to someone saying that my hobby as a Fanfiction writer was more than just a childish, nerdy habit. To compliment me further by saying that I'm intelligent for viewing a character or plot line in an entirely new way would be just dang amazing!
  • Students and/or Beginning Scholars: I had planned on separating these into two groups, but they are essentially doing the exact same thing, just on different levels of complexity.  These ones are the ones that would probably BENEFIT from my paper. By reading it, they begin to see a new method possible for analyzing Shakespeare. Taylor is an excellent example of this, because she's trying this new revenue to determine whether a character analysis via fiction is worthwhile. 
Perhaps there are other audiences, but these seem the most likely to have any serious consideration for what I had to say in my research paper, rather than thinking it all just one big joke. 


  1. Ok, I have some ideas to bounce off of you. I noticed in your Danny phantom fanfiction that you kept some of the same names, but changed the setting and plot. So for Hamlet, I'm thinking I would change the name, but still make him recognizable through the story. How close do you think I should stick to Shakespeare? I know at the very least that I want to change some plot line. Like, I want to make Laertes into Hamlet's brother. Polonius will be Hamlet's psychiatrist, whom he kills and gets away with it. He also finally kills his dad and get away with it, but his brother Laertes suspects that Hamlet is responsible, challenges him, and gets himself killed too. Whatcha think?

  2. Oh also, I was thinking for Ophelia, she could be his girlfriend from the beginning, and Hamlet kills her directly, not sure how or why yet though.

  3. ooh, p.s. for setting, I was thinking like, modern-day murder mystery.