Proceedings of the 4th BASA: International Seminar on Recent Language, Literature and Local Culture Studies, BASA, November 4th 2020, Solok, Indonesia

Research Article

Ludic Activity of Writing Using Wattpad as Digital Fiction Engagement and Meaning Experiences

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/eai.4-11-2020.2314222,
        author={Sri Kusumo Habsari and Diah  Kristina and Fitria Akhmerti Primasita and Yusuf  Kurniawan and M. Taufiq Al Makmun and Karunia Purna Kusciati},
        title={Ludic Activity of Writing Using Wattpad as Digital Fiction Engagement and Meaning Experiences},
        proceedings={Proceedings of the 4th BASA: International Seminar on Recent Language, Literature and Local Culture Studies, BASA, November 4th 2020, Solok, Indonesia},
        publisher={ICST},
        proceedings_a={BASA},
        year={2021},
        month={12},
        keywords={ludic experiences wattpad participatory culture authorship evolution},
        doi={10.4108/eai.4-11-2020.2314222}
    }
    
  • Sri Kusumo Habsari
    Diah Kristina
    Fitria Akhmerti Primasita
    Yusuf Kurniawan
    M. Taufiq Al Makmun
    Karunia Purna Kusciati
    Year: 2021
    Ludic Activity of Writing Using Wattpad as Digital Fiction Engagement and Meaning Experiences
    BASA
    EAI
    DOI: 10.4108/eai.4-11-2020.2314222
Sri Kusumo Habsari1,*, Diah Kristina1, Fitria Akhmerti Primasita1, Yusuf Kurniawan1, M. Taufiq Al Makmun1, Karunia Purna Kusciati1
  • 1: English Department, Faculty of Humanities, Universitas Sebelas Maret
*Contact email: skhabsari@staff.uns.ac.id

Abstract

The capability of Wattpad to provide a space for writers to publish their works, either original or fan-based stories and multiplatform entertainment for all users and its popularity demonstrate the evolution of authorship. This study attempts to explore university students’ engagement with Wattpad as a digital fiction platform to understand their writing and reading experiences and their ludic activity as a strategy to develop their meaningful existence in their virtual and social world. Data are collected through distributing Google form survey on social media. Questions asked to respondents willing to participate on this survey are both multiple choices and open questions that are designed to identify the participants’ digital activity across platforms and their ludic experiences in using Wattpad as both consumer and prosumer. Finding shows that Wattpad has revolutionized the notion of writing fiction through participatory culture offered to users to engage with this platform as a medium to express their creative imagination. Most respondents are not dedicated writers and they publish their story when they have mood to write. Writing is considered as just a ludic activity, so do narratives they develop. However, support and comments accepted on the margin encourage them to continue writing. Thus, Wattpad for writers is a part of their identity expression to be recognized socially although it is mediated through digital platform.