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For Readers: Is FanFic Important for Kids?

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Today’s reader topic comes from QSFer Paula Wyant:

Paula flagged this article for us:

http://www.theestablishment.co/2016/05/16/the-importance-of-fan-fiction-for-queer-youth/

Which makes this point:

Fanfic communities are often a safe place for young, queer writers to begin navigating their identity. “Sometimes, the online space is the only place they can be out,” says Kristina Busse, founding co-editor of Transformative Works and Cultures. “They are still negotiating what they want to be called—like what their pronouns are—and coming out as trans online allows them to explore that identity.”

So what do you think? Are/were you a fan fic reader? If so, did it help you? Or is fan fic more of a negative than a positive?

Writers: This is a reader chat – you are welcome to join it, but please do not reference your own works directly. Thanks!

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