New Ways to Fic: How Kpop Fans Are Using Social Media

This study focuses on K-pop fanfiction writers and how social media plays a role in their fan experience. Fanfiction writers are known for adopting new technologies and utilizing them to meet their needs (Versaphile). In the K-pop (Korean pop music) fandom, fanfiction authors have found innovative ways to use social media to enhance their storytelling.

This study describes a need for improved understanding of K-pop fanfiction published via social media platforms, to inform efforts to preserve K-pop fanfiction and social media in general. Most literature on fanfiction and social media has focused on other roles for social media: not as a platform for publishing fiction, but as a communication channel for the community more broadly. This study seeks to advance the understanding of fanfiction publishing.

Spring 2019
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