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A Portrait of the Auteur as FanboyThe Construction of Authorship in Transmedia Franchises$
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Anastasia Salter and Mel Stanfill

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781496830463

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2021

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496830463.001.0001

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E L James and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Fangirl

E L James and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Fangirl

(p.19) 2 E L James and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Fangirl
A Portrait of the Auteur as Fanboy

Anastasia Salter

Mel Stanfill

University Press of Mississippi

The second chapter examines the double standard between fanboys and fangirls—fanboys redeem fandom and fangirls are contaminated by it; fanboys take the obvious step to professionalize while fangirls are sell-outs; fanboys make bold choices with their uncompromising creative visions while fangirls are control freaks who break all the rules—fangirl auteurs never quite get to be auteurs. Moreover, not only is James not really allowed to be an auteur, she’s something of a punching bag, routinely targeted with gleeful vitriol for every decision, including by large groups of people piling on via Twitter. Ultimately, the chapter argues the Fifty Shades franchise disrupts norms in some ways and upholds them in other, possibly more dangerous ones.

Keywords:   Fifty Shades of Grey, Romance, Fanfiction, Erotica, Media industry

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