College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences Theses and Dissertations

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fan fiction, close reading, comments, multimedia, data analysis


This paper considers the benefits of including multimedia in fan fiction multimedia and its effects on the close-reading and critical analysis skills of readers. By completing an illustrative and cumulative case study with three fan fiction authors who are currently writing and publishing a new fiction (fic), the author was able to view the production and promotion of fan fiction and its accompanying multimedia. Additionally, this research analyzed the comments from these works through topic modeling and term frequency as well as other data analysis methods. Through both the data analysis and the interviews, several conclusions were discovered, including the conclusion that readers are able to build their skills through fan fiction and multimedia.