BS (Social Sciences & Liberal Arts)

Faculty / School

Faculty of Business Administration (FBA)


Department of Social Sciences & Liberal Arts

Date of Award

Fall 2018

Date of Submission



Dr. Faiza Mushtaq, Assistant Professor, Department of Social Sciences and Liberal Arts

Project Type

SSLA Culminating Experience

Access Type

Restricted Access


This research was conducted to explore the fanfiction forums and fan writers who are active participants on these forums. The research also explored the multiple factors that influence and motivate them to be a part of these online spaces, specifically in the Harry Potter Fandom. One on one structured interviews, with in-depth analysis, was conducted with five participants. Using the analysis, I argue that these writers use these forums as a tool that allows them to hone their writing skills. They use these spaces as an opportunity to learn and improve their skills. Moreover, I also propose that another major reason that motivates these writers to present their works is the disagreement that they have with the mainstream narrative and how they wish to explore the plot holes present in the canon works. My study also entails how the socio-cultural situation allows these individuals to treat these spaces as a community where they can actively participate, research, learn and explore not only the existing works but also create and explore their own identities.


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