Ice And Fire Analysis

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Henry Jenkins refers to poaching as a “raid on the literary preserve that takes away only those things that seem useful or pleasurable to the reader” (Jenkins 471). Jenkins is not talking about hunting animals, but rather fans of texts or media. In other words, he is saying that fans use texts to create new meanings for themselves that they find more appealing than the original text that is the object of their fanship. Fans, instead of animals, are rather taking parts of a text for their own pleasure. This challenges notions of private property and who has the right to use or produce content related to a text. This is created conflict between producers and fans. Despite threats for legal action, and pressure from the public, many fan communities …show more content…
There are millions of blogs, Youtube accounts, and entire websites dedicated toward creating content by fans for fans. The fan community, r/asoiaf is a forum community based on the book series A Song of Ice and Fire (Asoiaf) by George R.R. Martin. Here there is a variety of fan texts created, ranging from carefully crafted theories to fan art. Fans here make new meanings by analyzing the text and trying to figure out what the author is trying to say. They also try to understand how the storyline is going to play out. They theorize about how the numerous characters within the series are connected to another, or what a scene in a book means for a plot point or in general. This essay will analyze this fan community and how it’s member’s potentially poach the series by creating their new meanings. It will argue that they are not poaching, but rather celebrating the series and it’s complexities due to their respect for the …show more content…
Martin. They do no poach this text, but rather celebrate it by theorizing and respecting the author. BryndenBFish celebrates the text by theorizing about the different identities of the character Aegon Targaryen with textual evidence and quotes from the author. Markg171 celebrates the text by debunking a popular theory with textual evidence. Thebsofttelevison celebrates the text by inviting discussion with other fans. These fans create new meanings while still respecting the original text, and are therefore not poaching. Their theories are the new meanings they

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