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Young Adults Reading Crossmedia Fiction

  • Author / Creator
    Winton, Laura J.
  • This study examines the reading practices of 14 young adults in relation to crossmedia fiction, stories that have been adapted across a variety of media formats. In-person interviews were conducted with the goal of exploring how these young people selected, approached, experienced and enjoyed a variety of crossmedia stories. Findings suggest three important considerations for scholars in the areas of education, literacy studies, and library and information studies: (1) despite a significant body of literature suggesting that young people increasingly demand and seek out opportunities to participate in in their favourite storyworlds, youth remain very interested in opportunities for spectatorship, but this does not imply passivity; rather, (2) young people make active and informed choices in relation to crossmedia texts, and (3) the choices teens make, the experiences they seek, and the reasons they engage with crossmedia stories are diverse and refuse generalization.

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  • Graduation date
    2012-11
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Library and Information Studies
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3TB14
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • School of Library and Information Studies
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Dr. Margaret Mackey, School of Library and Information Studies
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Dr. Toni Samek, School of Library and Information Studies
    • Dr. Jill McClay, Faculty of Education, Department of Elementary Education