This text closely examines the relationship between fan productions and the source material they are created from. It specifically focuses on how slash fan fiction and slash fans’ interactions with the source material causes changes within the material. The first section explores the history of slash fanfiction, tracing the roots of the genre and explaining key terms necessary for understanding it. The next section examines the range of academic works already addressing fan fiction. This section focuses on the significance of fan interpretations of the source material and the creation of the fan fiction. The last section contains the research into three major fan slash communities revolving around the television shows Teen Wolf, Supernatural, and Hannibal. This section demonstrates how the shows in question interact with their fan communities and how the shows are affected by the slash shipping within them. The text finds different levels of impact throughout the three shows ranging from mild to deeply significant.

Semester/Year of Award

Spring 2018


James R. Keller

Mentor Professional Affiliation

English and Theatre

Access Options

Restricted Access Thesis

Document Type

Bachelor Thesis

Degree Name

Honors Scholars

Degree Level




Department Name when Degree Awarded

English and Theatre