Author vs Fan Ownership

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WritingLawAcademicFandom
What:
Panel
When:
Saturday Aug 18   05:00 PM to 06:00 PM (1 hour)

How much do readers "own" the books they read? Writing is a private art intended for public display. Once the story is out of the writer's hands, it can take on a life of its own--inspiring fandoms, fantheories, and fan interpretations that can vary widely from the author's. How much do the fans own the work? Can you (and should you) divorce the writer from their fiction? What is the writer's role in participating via social media in debunking or encouraging fan theories? Can the author be "wrong" about their own work? Our panel of authors and expert fans discuss the various and increasingly complex interactions between work, author, and reader.

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