FANDOM/MEDIA is a weekly roundup of news stories from around the world about fandom, fan fiction, fan art, and fan creators. I so love this stuff… This week it’s all about Star Trek really, with many articles digging into its effect on modern fandom. And although it’s not very very wayback (2015), I wanted to resurface one of my absolute favorite fandom articles about sexuality and fan fiction, “Welcome To The Sex-Positive Wonderland Of Erotic Fan Fiction” by Calire Fallon. <– such a good read! Live long and prosper, yo. (Flagged my faves of the week with the wee monster in case you only have time for a few.)
Sunday, September 4
“[Fandom] become popular culture,” Deneroff said later. “It makes it easier to explain to people why you’re interested in weird things. There’s no sense anymore that it’s a lonely thing to be a fan.”
The Harry Potter universe still can’t translate its gay subtext to text. It’s a problem. | Aja Romano | Vox
In October 2007, at a rare appearance at a packed Carnegie Hall, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling casually tossed off one of the biggest announcements in the history of her landmark fantasy phenomenon: Dumbledore, Harry’s mentor and the greatest wizard in the world until his dramatic death in book six, was gay.
Tuesday, September 6
Arguments both for and against fan fiction have been made before. On one hand, it is derivative, built on worlds and characters that others have worked hard to create. Moreover, it has garnered a reputation for often being crude and riddled with errors.
Dash Shaw’s Cosplayers(Fantagraphics) is fixated on the idea of performance and how it plays into personal interactions and artistic interpretations of real and imaginary concepts.
How To Forge Your Own Path As A “Professional Fan” | Lauren Sarnier | Inverse
The term “professional fan” sounds counterintuitive, at first. After all, the ecosystem of fan culture involves professionals creating material and fans rallying around it. But thanks to social media, the divide between fans and creators has crumbled, leaving a fascinating grey area in between.
Wednesday, September 7
For three years, Stephenson and her co-producer Casey Childers have presented Shipwreck, a public reading of erotic fan fiction based on famous books. The premise is weird: Stephenson and Childers pick a well-known book and assign six local writers each a character from the book. Each writer pens a seven-minute erotic parody based on their character.
Washington Depot readies for weekend of Gilmore Girls fandom | Laura Roberts | Fox 61
A small town in northwestern Connecticut is gearing up for a big influx of visitors next month. Washington Depot will be hosting the sold out Gilmore Girls Fan Festival from October 21-23.
There have also been dozens of “fan films.” These are short films, pseudo episodes and feature-length movies that are based on the universe of “Star Trek,” but have been created by amateurs. Sometimes the amateurs are semi- or even fully professional; sometimes they are car salesmen and Elvis impersonators.
The first Harry Potter book was published in Britain in 1997 – now with a major film franchise already behind us, a theme park, and countless bits of online fan fiction, those first seven books serve Potter-fanatics as a source for life-lessons, inspiration and comfort – not unlike religious texts. Today, the podcast that reads Potter like the bible. (Direct link to referenced podcast: http://www.harrypottersacredtext.com/)
Thursday, September 8
Star Trek is at its best when it’s fan fiction of itself | Susana Polo | Polygon
Today, in honor of the franchise’s 50th birthday, I condense that love into a single reason: Holodeck episodes are great because of how the holodeck evolved into a tool for Star Trek writers to make fan fiction about their own show on the show.
The Fandom Film Legacy of Trekkies | Christopher Campbell | Film School Rejects
For someone who has never cared about Star Trek, its fans can seem exotic. Maybe laughable in their obsessions. The infamous 1986 Saturday Night Live “Get a Life” sketch, written by then unknowns Bob Odenkirk and Judd Apatow and featuring a fan-mocking William Shatner, angered true Trekkers but was hilarious to the rest of the audience.
The Face Of Modern Fandom | Victor Stiff | Film School Rejects
Geekdom reached a tipping point during the mid-2000’s and the effects of its broadening reach are everywhere: Soccer moms can name-check Tony Stark, non-gamers wander the streets playing Pokémon Go, The Walking Dead is TV’s hottest commodity, and evenBlue Bloods’ target demo (hi mom!) can tell you what “The Comic-Con” is.
Women who love ‘Star Trek’ are the reason that modern fandom exists | Victoria Mc Nally | Revelist
Long before becoming part of a fandom was as easy as starting a Tumblr account, female Trekkies (or Trekkers, as some older fans of the series prefer) not only dominated the “Star Trek” fan community but helped to create that community in the first place.
Friday, September 9
Look at this picture of The Beatles performing at the Cavern Club in 1962. What do you notice? The cramped confines of the club? George Harrison’s youthful face, innocent of the onrushing tsunami of global fame? Now look at the audience. Notice anything missing… boys.
Between the Lines: In the Context of Love | Zinta Aistars | WMUK
Michigan author Linda Sienkiewicz painted and wrote poetry. But it was a celebrity crush that inspired her to write a novel. “Years ago I had a crush on Russell Crowe,” Sienkiewicz laughs. “This was before he broke Meg Ryan’s heart. I was surfing the Internet when I stumbled across Russell Crowe fan fiction. Fan fiction is when you take characters from a movie or another book and you create a new story about them.”
Star Wars is prolific even in terms of the gaming environment. However, exploratory-type experiences are a gem to find. This is what Obsidian Entertainment’s Jasonn Lewis, alongside other 16 artists and other individuals from the same studio, have done in their spare time. What they dubbed to be a Star Wars just-for-fun personal project is an homage to the franchise.
The wayback archives… (10/12/15)
Welcome To The Sex-Positive Wonderland Of Erotic Fan Fiction | Claire Fallon | Huffington Post
To many in the fan writing community, however, the aspects of fanfic that can make it seem icky to outsiders are exactly those that allow readers to feel comfortable with the sexual content within. While boys are expected to sneak glances at porn or fantasize about feeling up their classmates’ boobs (boys will be boys, right?), girls have rarely been offered such a direct pathway into sexual self-discovery. It’s still far from simple for a girl to own her sexuality.
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