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A Study of Readers’ Power to Reconstruct Characters’ Relationship in Harry Potter’s Fan Fiction Eclipse
International Journal of Literature and Arts
Volume 7, Issue 6, November 2019, Pages: 185-190
Received: Dec. 2, 2019; Accepted: Dec. 16, 2019; Published: Dec. 24, 2019
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Jieling Fang, Faculty of English Language and Culture, Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, Guangzhou, China
Humin Liu, Faculty of English Language and Culture, Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, Guangzhou, China
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In the age of what Henry Jenkins calls “convergence culture” [17] characterized by the development of new media, fan-based products, including fan fiction writing, cannot escape from scholars’ eyes. As one of the best-sellers in the past two decades, Harry Potter series has earned countless devoting fans around the world, and its fan fiction, with its quantity and quality, has expanded its influence outside the fan community. Many attentions have been put on the producers and the consumers, but the fan-authored texts themselves have been constantly unnoticed. This paper is to explore the power of readers in reconstructing characters’ relationship by a close textual analysis on Harry Potter and its fan fiction Eclipse from the aspect of narrative skill. By examining how internal and zero focalization are used in the Harry Potter canon and its fanon, it is clear that readers are able to justify the reconstructed relationship in the process of fan fiction writing. It turns out that fan fiction is not as “meaningless” as people might think; it can serves as a tool for fans to heal and educate themselves, and add more color and vitality to the world of literature by providing various interpretations to the source text.
Fan Fiction, Focalization, Reconstructed Relationship
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Jieling Fang, Humin Liu, A Study of Readers’ Power to Reconstruct Characters’ Relationship in Harry Potter’s Fan Fiction Eclipse, International Journal of Literature and Arts. Vol. 7, No. 6, 2019, pp. 185-190. doi: 10.11648/j.ijla.20190706.19
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