I consider Google Autocomplete as an accurate barometer of popular mood, it seems that Fanfiction leaves much to be desired: we should strive to create safer spaces for young authors than to feel welcome, but until this happens, online fanfiction communities will remain a safe place to get together and connect. So maybe it`s time to change our minds about how we`re swaggering and its role in the lives of young people. First, Google`s search suggestions might say, „Fanfiction is art,“ „Fanfiction is included,“ „Fanfiction is good for you.“ For the authors, fanfiction allows them to experiment with low-risk characters, scenarios and dialogues. „[Young writers] often write stories about harassment or non-popular, and how to deal with things like sexuality,“ says Rebecca Black („not the singer,“ as her Skype username indicates), an associate professor at the University of California, Irvine, who has studied youth participation in fanction communities. During his research, Black remembers very well a story of a young gay man who wrote what fanficique communities call oblique stories, stories that revolve around a gay relationship. „He wasn`t out, and fanfic was a place where he used the characters to solve these problems,“ Black recalls. My Fv Daphne is basically a Daphne cliché, but I still love her so much. In short: www.fanfiction.net/s/11185533/1/Uncle-Harry And writers look surprisingly realistically at these elements of the story. Psychologist Jennifer Barnes argues that just as children connect with their imaginary friends, writers develop strong bonds with their imaginative characters. Even if they`re not real, fans feel like they know them.
Researchers call these unilateral links „parasocial relationships“ – the same type of relationship we have with celebrities or personalities on Twitter. Although there is no explicit research yet on the parasocial relationships of fanfiction writers, other studies suggest that these relationships may improve people`s motivation to achieve their „ideal self“. „For us, Slash Fandom has become a place, where a young urban dike shares an erotic space with a mother who has just been married in the central United States and where women whose identity markers indicate that they would find few points of convergence have forged erotic, emotional and political alliances,“ Busse wrote with co-authors Alexis Lothian and Robin Anne Reid in a document of oblique fanfiction.