Fic Writers, Vidders, Gamers, Artists, and Cosplayers

  • Interest Level: Grade 6 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 8

Have you ever finished a book or TV series and wished for more? Created stories, art, or videos based on a game? Dressed up as your favorite character? If so, you’ve entered fandom. Fan writers expand and mix up stories, like sending the Star Trek crew to Hogwarts. Cosplayers sew Star Wars and Sailor Moon costumes, and fan filmmakers make music video tributes. Fans also enrich invented worlds with greater diversity, creating female and multiracial avatars for games peopled only with white male characters. Tour fandom’s history and meet fan writers, video-makers, artists, costumers, and gamers who celebrate the things they love and shape fan communities online and in real life.

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Interest Level Grade 6 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 8
Genre Social Studies, Young Adult
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Traditional Nonfiction
Copyright 2018
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Twenty-First Century Books ™
Language English
Number of Pages 120
Publication Date 2018-01-01
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
BISACS YAN021000, YAN015000, YAN052000
Dewey 302.23
Dimensions 7 x 9
Lexile 1210
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Bibliography/further reading, Index, Reviewed, and Source notes

Author: Francesca Davis DiPiazza

Francesca Davis DiPiazza grew up loving the smell of books; but as soon as she saw a computer, she thought, Terrific! more ways to share more words with more people! Online since 1994, she still uses an orange 1970s rotary-dial phone. One of her cultural geography books for Lerner Publishing Group, Zimbabwe in Pictures, won the Society of School Librarians International Book Award.

Illustrator: Shauna Lynn Panczyszyn

Shauna Lynn Panczyszyn is a hand lettering artist and illustrator located in Orlando, Florida, where she works out of her studio with her puppy, Teddy, the Director of Cuteness. She has been working professionally since 2010, and teaching workshops on lettering and illustration. You can watch her work live at



“[A] recommended purchase for all public libraries.”—VOYA


“This book fills a need for a positive, informative resource that covers the breadth of fandom in one book . . .”—Booklist

School Library Journal

“A must-have nonfiction purchase for libraries where pop culture reigns strong.”—School Library Journal

Kirkus Reviews

“The book’s greatest strength is its exploration of the historical origins of the various fandom forms, demonstrating that while the internet has transformed fandom, fan fiction and the like have been around for hundreds of years . . .”—Kirkus Reviews