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It was only some hours later, after she’d made her report back at the station and returned to her apartment, that Meg recalled why that had worried her so horribly – Richard hadn’t even looked at his brother once. All his attention had been focused on her reaction. Almost as if he’d planned for it.

Almost as if …

But it didn’t make any sense.

She typed Richard York’s name into Google and clicked on his law firm’s website. There wasn’t anything she hadn’t already known. He’d graduated from Harvard Law summa cum laude and taken a job at Neville & Warwick, where, in just three years, he’d become the darling of their criminal defense group. And, considering the scum he’d defended, it was maybe not that surprising that he’d stoop to trying to kill his own brothers.

The question was, why?

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Exit, pursued by a fan

Shakespeare, Fandom, and the Lure of the Alternate Universe

Kavita Mudan Finn and Jessica McCall


Amongst fans and the academics who study them, it is generally accepted (perhaps even a truth universally acknowledged) that a good portion of what we consider canonical literature – including Shakespeare – also fits the broadest definition of fanfiction, in that it is clearly written in response to or adapting a specific source text. Transformative fiction (also known as fanfiction, fanfic, or, most commonly among those who write and read it, fic) offers an alternative form of both close-reading and contextual criticism when applied to premodern writers, just as it does for contemporary media properties, and in many ways allows for the inclusion of otherwise marginalised voices. This article, therefore, combines traditional criticism with two different pieces of Shakespeare-based fanfiction in order to illustrate the potential and versatility of this type of textual engagement.