Olivia Fishwick MFA Creative Writing Thesis 2021

The World Record

The World Record starts under the guise of a murder mystery: Nikita, close online friends with a blind man named Aven, goes missing. Before any sort of investigation can truly get underway, a series of events happen to Aven’s other online friends—B, “sodakans”, and J— that alters the courses of their lives. Namely, they see different versions of Nikita in the media that they are playing, reading, and sharing. “What caused this, and how can we solve it?” are the main questions being asked throughout the book. As this description would imply, the book juggles with concepts created by Internet culture, particularly fandom and memes. It dissects the concept of an interpersonal online relationship. It also looks at stories through a metafictional lens, heavily questioning our relationship with the characters on the page and how the Internet has influenced such a relationship. Perhaps most importantly, the book is about what “reality” is; and how this seemingly concrete word becomes quite flexible when applied to the page or screen. This thesis contains the most up-to-date version of the book’s draft, including a simple outline for the remaining story at the end. It is the intention of this author that the pages included here will give a reader a clear understanding of the goals of this project, and leave them intrigued to see the rest.

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