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Romanian Amateur Fiction in the age of New Media. Bianca Mitu University of Bucharest. Objectives. To evaluate the Romanian online fiction websites To analyze the expansion of the Romanian literary online community To provide insights into the ways of constructing amateur fiction online.

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romanian amateur fiction in the age of new media

Romanian Amateur Fiction in the age of New Media

Bianca Mitu

University of Bucharest

objectives
Objectives
  • To evaluate the Romanian online fiction websites
  • To analyze the expansion of the Romanian literary online community
  • To provide insights into the ways of constructing amateur fiction online
assumption
Assumption
  • Amateur writers are willing to engage via different literary websites or to become members of an online community as long as a series of “terms and conditions” are met that would make this engagement meaningful to them.
  • These include the existence of visible benefits such as: publication, distribution, feedback, new contacts or being recognized in the community.
online community
online community members need to have some shared goal, interest, or activity that provides the primary reason for belonging to the community

members engage in repeated active participation and there are often intense inter-actions, strong emotional ties and shared activities occurring between participants

members have access to shared resources and there are policies for determining access to those resources

support and services between members as part of their community interaction.

a shared context (such as social conventions, language, protocols).

(Whittaker et al., 1997)

social interaction

a shared purpose

a common set of expected behaviors

forms of computer system which facilitate communication.

(Preece, 2000)

Online community
fiction non fiction
Fiction – Non Fiction
  • Fiction is a social convention, deals with imagined stories and characters
  • Non-fiction - is the opposite of fiction dealing with real people, events and places
  • Two types of amateur fiction online: “original” fiction and “fan” fiction. Fan fiction explores the existing, loved and famous stories or characters.
romanian literary online communities
Romanian Literary Online Communities
  • Online Amateur Writers‘ Communities
  • Fan Fiction Online Communities
  • Literary forums
  • Amateur Writers Blogs
  • Online Literary Magazines
amateur writers communities
Amateur Writers’ Communities
  • Offer great possibilities for writers to publish their work at low costs
  • Use many practices to engage people: literary contests, votes, advices, clasifications etc
  • Examples:

www.bocanculliterar.ro, www.rostiri.ning.com, www.proza.ro, www.agonia.net, www.europeea.ro, www.egophobia.ro, www.hyperliteratura.ro, www.agonia.ro , www.bookaholic.ro, www.LiterNet.ro, www.creatie-literara.pasiune.eu.

fan fiction online communities
Fan fiction Online Communities
  • contain news, contests, fan clubs, online games, latest information about the characters, actors and films relevant for the community.
  • Examples:

www.educat.ro, http://startrekro.wordpress.com

amateur writers blogs
Amateur Writers’ Blogs
  • Offer a great freedom
  • Feedback
  • Gather people together
  • www.atelier-literar.blogspot.ro, http://www.cititorsf.ro/povestire-costi-gurgu/, http://dandobos.ro/, http://anaveronica.wordpress.com/povestiri-sf-f/, http://tesatorul.blogspot.ro/, http://michaelhaulica.wordpress.com/about/, http://sczeller.blogspot.ro/, http://fansf.wordpress.com/,http://www.toateblogurile.ro/blog/14330/alexandru-dan-gothic-fantasy-non-fictiune
conclusions
Advantages

The reduced costs of publication and distribution

The huge possibility to create unlimited archives

Visibility

Feedback

Being recognized

Disadvantages

Short texts

Website maintenance

Lack of interest

Conclusions