Fan Fiction and Fan Art Contests Coming Soon to Southern Oaks Library: "Have you ever become such a fan of a book or movie that you wished you could actually live in its fictional world? Some fans have found a way to do it. They are the ones who create fan fiction and fan art.
The Metropolitan Library System Southern Oaks Teen Advisory Board and the Scarlet Kitsune Anime Club are co-sponsoring a fan fiction and fan art contest with winners to be announced at the Southern Oaks Library, 6900 S. Walker , on Tuesday, Dec. 19, beginning at 5:00 p.m.
What distinguishes fan fiction and art from the kind that doesn't have the word 'fan' in front? Both are works, in words or graphics, about a generally recognized creation that was originated by someone other than the fan writer or artist. For instance, a story about one or more of the characters from the Harry Potter books, but one that was not written or blessed by J.K. Rowling, would be fan fiction.
It would ordinarily be a violation of copyright, and still would be if it were created for profit, but many copyright holders have found that fan fiction keeps their concepts alive and provides good publicity.
It's not a new idea. Sherlock Holmes was the subject of much fan fiction at the turn of the Nineteenth Century, and characters from the novels of Jane Austen were It's not a new idea. Sherlock Holmes was the subject of much fan fiction at the turn of the Nineteenth Century, and characters from the novels of Jane Austen were popular in amateur "fanzines," or not-for-profit magazines written and produced by fans, in the 1920s and '30s.
For the complete set of rules, contact the Southern Oaks Library, 631-4468."