FANDOM/MEDIA is a weekly roundup of news stories from around the world about fandom, fan fiction, fan art, and fan creators. I’m not sure why I think, “maybe this week maybe there’ll be no stories about fandom, and I’ll have nothing to curate,” the amount of fandom related news stories only seems to be growing. This week Inverse wins for most fandom stories, with articles from the history of the Sherlock fandom to a very interesting piece on how the power of fanworks has become undeniable. Plus we dust off a 2014 story  by Eric Schulmiller of The Atlantic on shipping and the enduring appeal of rooting for love. I can get behind that. Have a good week everyone.

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    Sunday, August 28

    Fan fiction booms but it’s not a free for all | Deborah Stone | ArtsHub

    As fanfiction becomes an increasingly popular pastime, powered by mash-up culture and the ease of online dissemination, it is becoming harder for authors to control the worlds they create. Imitation may be the greatest form of flattery but creators are not always amused when fans start messing with their creations.


    Monday, August 29

    The First Modern Fandom Brought Sherlock Holmes Back From the Dead | Ryan Britt | Inverse

    In 1934, journalist Christopher Morley established the Baker Street Irregulars. It was a Sherlock Holmes fan club named for the Dickensian homeless network of stories. It was modest operation overall, but it forever changed the way people engaged with fiction. Almost all of the ceremonies of modern fandom – from conventions and cosplay to fan fiction and even sexual fantasy – originated in post-Prohibition New York, where Sherlock inspired a colony of deductionists.

    A History of the Fan Mutation, YouTube’s Strangest Art Movement | Dan Schoenbrun | Filmmaker Magazine

    But the “fan mutation” as it exists today — in which specific pop culture properties serve as the basis for experimental new narrative storytelling — was really born out of YouTube. And indeed, what I would point to as the first entry in the genre proper was posted to YouTube in 2006, just one year into the platform’s lifecycle.


    Tuesday, August 30

    We Spoke With Adam Lambert Fans And Found Out He Isn’t The Only One With Talent | Melanie Gomez | Celebmix

    This type of artwork is better known as fan art. Fan art is artwork created by fans of a work of visual media, such as comics, movies, television shows, and video games. Or in this case, based off of a person or character, such as Adam Lambert.


    Wednesday, August 31

    Become an Accredited, Professional ‘Buffy the Vampire’ Fan | Megan Logan | Inverse

    Fandom is driven by passion. A love for a film, a book, a TV show, or an artist tends to bring people together to discuss, to create, to dissect, or even to study. And though the word “fandom” often evokes images of comic-cons and cosplay, it has roots in much more than just a shared nerding-out over a work. In fact, there’s a whole community of academics who study fandom and popular texts within the context of their cultural and societal impact.

    Five Things Idina Menzel’s Fans Have Taught Me | Christina Romo | Huffington Post Blog

    All my life, I have searched for a true sense of belonging and acceptance—something I have rarely had the opportunity to experience. I was immediately accepted into the fandom, and it has been an incredibly liberating feeling to not have to hide my excitement and pride when Idina shares news, photos, and her random thoughts with her fans.


    Thursday, September 1

    The Power of Fanworks In Sci Fi, Fantasy Is Now Undeniable | Megan Logan | Inverse

    There are over 22,000 fandoms represented with fan fiction on Archive of Our Own. In total, there are more than 2 million works on the site, and on average, the archive gets somewhere in the neighborhood of 15 million page views per day. Created and operated by the Organization for Transformative Works (OTW), Archive of Our Own (AO3) is one of the largest online archives for fanworks (most of the works qualify as fanfiction).

    Fanfiction, motivations | Mathilde de Chalonge |  Actua Litte 

    L’auteur.e de fan fiction est, majoritairement, une femme occidentale blanche. Selon le professeur d’anglais et de fanfiction à l’université d’Utah, Anne Jamison, il n’y a aucune autre sphère de la vie culturelle, à l’exception de la romance, qui soitdominée par les femmes. 

    Star Trek fandom lives long and prospers | Brian Truitt | USA Today

    Ever since Star Trek’s première on NBC 50 years ago, rabid devotees around the world have not only gobbled up every TV incarnation, movie, book, game and comic, they’ve held conventions to unite in their shared love for all things Kirk, Spock and otherwise — even before that was cool.

    ‘Supernatural’ Fandom Swoons Over Jason Mann’s ‘Covers With Friends’ Album | Carol Hanson | Movie TV Tech Geeks

    The Supernatural fandom thinks of themselves differently than other fandoms – we are family. The support network that surrounds all of the fans is immense; not only does the cast support each other, but the cast supports the fans – and we support them right back. 

    8 Times Internet Fandom Crossed The Line With Creators and Actors | Caitlin Donovan | EpicStream

    Fan vitriol can get out of control and sometimes even the creators are dragged into the fray. While there are cases of creators ridiculously overreacting to criticism, there are also cases of fan entitlement gone out of control and fans responding to things they don’t like with harassment rather than criticism.


    Friday, September 2

    Bill Murray, Gwyneth Paltrow and more transformed in Wes Anderson tribute | Allyssia Alleyne | CNN

    It’s not often that fan art finds its way into the white cube. But since 2010, San Francisco’s Spoke Art gallery has achieved just that with “Bad Dads,” a series of exhibitions of works inspired by the films of Wes Anderson, including “The Royal Tenenbaums,” “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” “Rushmore” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel.”

    ‘Star Trek’ fans take series into new dimension | Mike Snyder | USA Today

    Star Trek Continues carries on a long tradition of fan fiction that has evolved as digital video and streaming media provided Trekkies with better tools to create and share their own Trek stories. More than a dozen full-fledged fan productions have been created since Kirk & Co. officially retired from the big screen.

    When storytellers take the stage | Cake Evangelista | Inquirer

    Todd is unapologetic about loving fanfiction and wanting to write it for “the rest of my existence.” “I’m not sorry for writing fanfiction,” Todd said. “I’m never going to be embarrassed about writing about One Direction. I don’t care. If you don’t like it, don’t read it.”


    The wayback archives… (12/27/2014)

    ‘Shipping’ and the Enduring Appeal of Rooting for Love | Eric Schulmiller | The Atlantic

    Shipping may have achieved prominence in the burgeoning world of Internet fan fiction, but the phenomenon, if not the expression, goes back at least a hundred years, when Sybil Brinton, a wealthy Englishwoman in her forties, wrote the first known work of Jane Austen fan fiction, “Old Friends and New Fancies,” in 1913.

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