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Sunday, July 10 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
After Rainbow Rowell: Fandom In YA

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The success of 50 Shades of Grey rapidly changed the publishing industry's awareness of fandom. Hard on its heels, Rowell's 'Fangirl' helped begin changing publishing's attitude towards fandom. In only a few years, fanfiction and fandom have gone from being the dirty little secret of YA authors and publishing insiders to being an openly acknowledged, commonly discussed hobby. A year after Rowell's Harry/Draco-esque 'Carry On,' we're finally seeing a wave of new takes on fandom enter the YA book market. We'll discuss how some of these books interpret and describe fandom and what they have to say about fangirls and fandom as a community—and what "getting it right" looks like for us as fans.

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Elizabeth Minkel

Columnist, New Statesman
I'm a journalist who writes about (mostly) books and fan culture.
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Aja Romano

Web Culture Reporter, Vox
Aja Romano is a staff web culture reporter and film reviewer for Vox.com. A longtime member of fandom, she has over a decade of experience as a writer, editor, and geek culture reporter for media outlets including the Mary Sue and the Daily Dot. She is a frequent radio guest and panel... Read More →

Sunday July 10, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm PDT
Grand Ballroom IV