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Welcoming ‘Sanditon’…and a Whole New Level of Fan Participation

“Fans will not only have the opportunity to interact with the story, but actually be a part of it.”

433 Words on Why Fandom Doesn’t Belong in Schools

A key part of the power of the fandom is precisely that it lies outside the realms of codified hierarchy we find in school and in the workplace…

Why ‘Marble Season’ is My Favorite Book of 2013 (So Far)

As far as outside-of-school literacies are concerned, “Marble Season” is possibly a definitive treatise on the subject without even intending to be…

Crowdfunding, Fandom, and Media Literacy: One Key Thing We Should Be Teaching Kids

It’s not just dollars that are getting invested in the crowdfunding process, but fans themselves.

Book Giveaway… Les Misérables: From Stage to Screen

If I can appreciate all the work that authors Nightingale and Palmer put into this book, imagine how genuine fans might feel…

Q: How to Connect Critical Thinking, Research, and Information Literacy? A: Fandom

The task for educators is not to drain this sense of open-ended exploration from student-fans but rather to make sure that it is accompanied by the Jiminy Cricket-like voice of critical literacy…

Teaching Genre Conventions From a Fan’s Perspective

While some readers may view particular story elements as clichés, a fan might see them as enduring archetypes…