Fanfiction Profiles Making the Rounds
Sep 30, 2003
The award-winning Silver Chips school newspaper in Maryland profiled Harry Potter fanfic writers from among the student body, saying:
Die-hard sports fans paint their stomachs blue. Groupies scream their lungs out and flash the camera at rock concerts. On the other hand, fan fiction enthusiasts, another brand of obsessed fanatics, slip past unnoticed by the public eye.
Instead of memorizing the statistics of every linebacker on the home team, a handful of Blair students and thousands of devotees around the world spend hours online every day reading and writing fan fiction, popularly called fan fic, an ever-growing genre of literature that uses the characters and worlds from popular books, comics, movies and television shows as a basis for new plotlines and unexplored relationships.