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Fan Works are Like Midrash

krwordgazer

Here's a Jewish rabbi making an interesting comparison between fan fiction, or "interpretive storytelling about pop culture or literary source texts," and midrash, which she defines as "interpretive storytelling about Torah."

http://journal.transformativeworks.org/index.php/twc/article/view/596/462

Here are some of her comparisons:

"Fan stories, like midrash, fill in lacunae (gaps, or missing parts) in our source texts. . . Fan stories, like midrash, resolve contradictions in the text. . . Fan stories, like midrash, give voice to characters who aren't front and center in narratives as we've received them. . . Just as Jewish communities are constituted and maintained by ongoing engagement with source texts, so are fan communities."

I know I've done all of these when I've written fan fiction. Kind of cool!

manga

Yeah, I can see the connection. :)

Embala

Interesting coincidence ...


... some fans are very devoteted to their fandom. Similar pattern of behavior and interest?

Startear

Huh, that was really cool! I totally see the connection.