Harry Potter lives on!


This article from the Time magazine looks at another aspect of Web 2.0.

Remus Lupin sat in the chair in the teacher’s lounge closest to the coffee booth. He stirred his magically around with a finger, taking a long sigh in and a long sigh out. He knew that tomorrow he would start feeling ill again (since it was only three days from the full moon), and he really didn’t feel like getting sick. He ran his fingers through his light brown hair and looked deep within the black, bitter coffee with a blank expression.

The work of Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling will live on for generations to come. Only, those aren’t Rowling’s words. They’re Candeh’s, a writer on fanfiction.net who’s penned three books based on Harry Potter…..

The current craze around consumer-generated media didn’t start with Youtube, MySpace or even with blogging. Go back almost 600 years. In 1421, for example, John Lydgate, perhaps longing for just one more tale, wrote an obscure piece entitled The Siege of Thebes, a continuation of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. The 1970s saw the dawn of fanzines, a pre-Internet form of user participation albeit distributed on mimeograph paper….

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