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Today’s post is a Q&A with University of Minnesota undergraduate Olivia Riley. Olivia’s thesis on Archive of Our Own and the Gift Culture of Fanfiction caught our attention. As she created a video for 2015’s International Fanworks Day, we ask her about looking at fanworks through an academic perspective.