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Fanhackers • New fan studies research - June 27th, 2017
New fan studies research - June 27th, 2017

A weekly list of new/recent fan studies research that’s just been added to the Fan Studies Bibliography. Works are divided into things that are open access (=immediately readable for anyone) and not open access (=behind a paywall or not yet public). Mostly new theses this week.

If we missed anything or made a mistake, submit a correction and we’ll fix it in next week’s edition. Happy reading!

Open access:

Black, Eleanor Frances. “The Fantasy Begins: The Affective Potential of Games Through Final Fantasies I and VI.” B.S. thesis, Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University, 2017. Available: http://ift.tt/2t1UlxL

Cronan, Allison. “I’ve Got a Theory, It Could Be Whedon: Understanding the Televisual Auteur.” B.S. thesis, Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University, 2017. Available: http://ift.tt/2shQRtT

DeLallo, Jessica B. “Fandoms in the Lives of Gifted Individuals with Imaginational Overexcitabilities.” Ph.D., Denver: University of Denver, 2017. Available: http://ift.tt/2t1UdOo

Jacobs, Melissa. “‘ They’ve Come to Draw Blood’-How Women Fans of World Wrestling Entertainment Perceive Women Wrestlers.” M.A., Clemson: Clemson University, 2017. Available: http://ift.tt/2shSNCw

Richardson, Ashley. “Fandom, Racism, and the Myth of Diversity in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.” B.S. thesis, Williamsburg: College of William and Mary, 2017. Available: http://ift.tt/2s3hd24

Smith, Edmund. “Superheroes and Shared Universes: How Fans and Auteurs Are Transforming the Hollywood Blockbuster.” Media, Film, and Communication Working Paper Series 3 (2017). Available: http://ift.tt/2sioDPz

Williams, Bailey. “Ode To You: A Generative Criticism of the Rhetorical Characteristics Employed By The Twenty One Pilots Fandom To Create and Maintain A Community On Twitter.” B.S. thesis, Wooster: The College of Wooster, 2017. Available: http://ift.tt/2t1FFi7

Not open access:

Veale, Kevin. “‘Friendship isn’t an emotion fucknuts’: Manipulating affective materiality to shape the experience of Homestuck’s story.” Convergence (2017): 1354856517714954.
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This Week in Fandom, Volume 54
This Week in Fandom: Harry Potter's 20th anniversary, a legal victory for fair use, an academic survey on fanfiction, and more!
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AO3 Celebrates 25,000 Fandoms!
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Fanhackers • Going on right now: Fan Studies Network Conference...
Going on right now: Fan Studies Network Conference 2017

Your Fanhackers mods elmyra and Nele are in Huddersfield this weekend for the Fan Studies Network Conference 2017. Keep an eye on the #FSN2017 Twitter hashtag and the @fanhackers Twitter account for live updates from the conference.
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Don't forget that if you want to vote in the 2017 OTW Election, you have to become a member by June 30. Join today!
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Fanhackers • transformativeworksandcultures:Vol 24 (2017):...
transformativeworksandcultures: Vol 24 (2017): Special Issue...
transformativeworksandcultures:

Vol 24 (2017): Special Issue Queer Female Fandom

Edited by Julie Levin Russo and Eve Ng

Table of Content

Editorial
Eve Ng and Julie Levin Russo Envisioning queer female fandomTheory
Eve Ng, Between text, paratext, and context: Queerbaiting and the contemporary media landscape
Rukmini Pande and Swati Moitra, “Yes, the Evil Queen is Latina!”: Racial dynamics of online femslash fandomsPraxis
Jing (Jamie) Zhao, Queerly imagining Super Girl in an alternate world: The fannish worlding in FSCN femslash romance
Ria Narai, Female-centered fan fiction as homoaffection in fan communities
Faithe Day and Aymar Jean Christian, Locating black queer TV: Fans, producers, and networked publics on YouTube
Kelsey Cameron, Constructing queer female cyberspace: The L Word fandom and Autostraddle.comMultimedia
Julie Levin Russo, Femslash goggles: Fan vids with commentary by creatorsSymposium
Mel Stanfill, Where the femslashers are: Media on the lesbian continuum
Lucy Irene Baker, The surface of women
Erica Friedman, On defining yuri
Elaine Han Lin, Unseen international music idol femslash
Tanya D. Zuk, Coming out on Grey’s Anatomy: Industry scandal, constructing a lesbian story line, and fan action
Victoria Serafini, Bisexual erasure in queer sci-fi “utopias”
Sandra Strauch, Once Upon a Time in queer fandomReview
Allison McCracken, By any media necessary: The new youth activism, by Henry Jenkins et al.
Alice Marwick, Girls’ feminist blogging in a postfeminist age, by Jessalyn Keller
Nicolle Lamerichs, International perspectives on shojo and shojo manga, edited by Masami TokuTransformative Works and Cultures (TWC), ISSN 1941-2258, is an online-only Gold Open Access publication of the nonprofit Organization for Transformative Works. TWC is a member of DOAJ. Contact the Editor with questions.
Image credit: Kelsey Showalter, http://ift.tt/2rCwrGD.

New issue of TWC! As per usual, we’ll be posting choice quotes from the new articles in the next weeks.
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Transformative Works and Cultures releases No. 24
TWC issue No 24 on femslash fandom is out! Read about Grey's Anatomy Wynonna Earp, The 100, Orphan Black, Once Upon a Time, Kpop, Jpop & more! https://goo.gl/n59EMJ
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14 days ago
Fanhackers • In the romance, the imperative “Love!” can be...
"In the romance, the imperative “Love!” can be fleshed out into nine key elements that are always..." “In the romance, the imperative “Love!” can be fleshed out into nine key elements that are always present, even if only implied. These essential elements of the romantic love story are (1) IT IS HARD TO BE ALONE, especially (2) as a WOMAN IN A MAN’S WORLD, but (3) romance helps as a RELIGION OF LOVE, even though it involves (4) HARD WORK and (5) RISK, because it leads to (6) HEALING, (7) GREAT SEX, and (8) HAPPINESS, and it (9) LEVELS THE PLAYING FIELD for women.”
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Roach, C. M. (2016). Happily Ever After: The Romance Story in Popular Culture. Indiana University Press.

Permit me a further digression into popular romance studies this week. This quote is from a recent book by academic and romance novel author Catherine M. Roach/Catherine LaRoche.

There’s an amusing feature of popular romance studies where everyone tries to break down the romance novel into a number of key structural elements: Radway has them (and I promise I’ll show you hers too), Regis has them, and Catherine Roach has them. And of course, everyone’s breakdown is different, emphasising different aspects of the romance story.

Roach’s main argument, built around the nine core elements she identifies above, is that romance novels have a contradictory message for women: “You can’t fight the patriarchy/You must fight the patriarchy”. This message, grounded in the themes of love, hard work, risk, and healing, creates a space within which women can process the challenges and contradictions patriarchy poses to them in their day-to-day lives.

Roach’s book is interesting for a number of reasons. Like many popular romance researchers, she looks at both the romance texts and their readers, but unlike most, she also looks at the production side of things: who writes and publishes romance novels? How and why? Becoming a romance novel author was part of her research method, and it makes for entertaining reading, as chapters in the book alternate between the (very accessible) academic and a much more informal “overly confessional” approach narrating Roach’s experience as a reader and writer of romance novels.
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14 days ago
This Week in Fandom, Volume 53
This Week in Fandom: VividCon wrapping up, the definition of fanfiction, Super Junior controversy, and more.
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15 days ago
Fanhackers • While many people think fanfiction is about...
"While many people think fanfiction is about inserting sex into texts (like Tolkien’s) where it..." “While many people think fanfiction is about inserting sex into texts (like Tolkien’s) where it doesn’t belong, Brancher sees it differently: “I was desperate to read about sex that included great friendship; I was repurposing Tolkien’s text in order to do that. It wasn’t that friendship needed to be sexualized, it was that erotica needed to be … friendship-ized.” Many fanfiction writers write about sex in conjunction with beloved texts and characters not because they think those texts are incomplete, but because they’re looking for stories where sex is profound and meaningful. This is part of what makes fan fiction different from pornography: unlike pornography, fanfic features characters we already care deeply about, and who tend to already have long-standing and complex relationships with each other. It’s a genre of sexual subjectification: the very opposite of objectification. It’s benefits with friendship.”
- Francesca Coppa, “Introduction to The Dwarf’s Tale,” The Fanfiction Reader (via rembrandtswife)
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17 days ago
Five Things Ely Said
In Five Things Ely discusses Harry Potter fandom as well as what she least likes to translate as an OTW volunteer
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May 2017 Newsletter, Volume 113
In the OTW May newsletter: Public talks, AO3 updates, a new Treasurer, Legal Advocacy, and more.
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20 days ago
Fanhackers • Russ, J. (1983). How to suppress women’s writing....
Russ, J. (1983). How to suppress women’s writing....
Russ, J. (1983). How to suppress women’s writing. University of Texas Press.
The cover of Russ’s book does an excellent job of summarising its main argument: that women’s writing is deliberately devalued in a range of ways. It’s on the wrong subject matter, it’s the wrong genre, it’s morally objetionable, it’s not proper art. In 1983 Russ wasn’t writing specifically about fan fiction (yet), but fan fiction readers and writers will recognise these tactics employed against them. “She wrote about men banging! And it most definitely isn’t art - it’s derivative and unoriginal!”

One of my favourite moments in the book comes towards the end, when after some self-reflection Russ realises that she and other white women within academia and the feminist movement have been employing exactly the same tactics to devalue Black women’s writing. With recent debates on race in both fandom and Fan Studies, this powerful moment of realisation is worth keeping in mind.

Image description:

The cover of How to suppress women’s writing by Joanna Russ, which consists of the following text:

She didn’t write it. But if it’s clear she did the deed… She wrote it but she shouldn’t have. (It’s political, sexual, masculine, feminist.) She wrote it, but look what she wrote about. (The bedroom, the kitchen, her family. Other women!) She wrote it, but she wrote only one of it. (“Jane Eyre. Poor dear, that’s all she ever… “) She wrote it, but she isn’t really an artist, and it isn’t really art. (It’s a thriller, a romance, a children’s book. It’s sci fi!) She wrote it, but she had help. (Robert Browning. Branwell Brontë. Her own “masculine side.”) She wrote it, but she’s an anomaly. (Woolf. With Leonard’s help…) She wrote it BUT
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21 days ago
This Week in Fandom, Volume 52
This Week in Fandom: It's all about Wonder Woman! Plus, the end of Delicious, history of fandom wank, and more!
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22 days ago
Hammer to Fall and Bang and Blame are Moving to the AO3
Hammer to Fall & Bang and Blame, Blake's 7 fanfic and meta archives, are coming to the AO3!
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23 days ago
Fanhackers • The Internet has fueled a massive amount of...
The Internet has fueled a massive amount of creativity, from the...

The Internet has fueled a massive amount of creativity, from the silly to the profound. Information scientist and copyright advocate Casey Fiesler talks about her experiences as a remixer, including how her feminist remix of a Barbie book went viral and taught the world a lesson about women in tech. She argues for the importance of protecting rather than suppressing creative forms of critique, and lays out how copyright law when used as intended can help keep the Internet awesome. 

A very accessible talk about copyright and online creativity, including fanworks, by academic Casey Fiesler. She discusses how copyright law wasn’t written to deal with the internet, how this causes intense confusion about how copyright law applies to remix works, and how that confusion can stifle online speech by fans.

If you hear something you like, read about the details in Fiesler’s work on fandom, copyright, feminism, the AO3 and so on in the Fan Studies Bibliography. Most of the papers are open access (=no paywall).
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24 days ago
Fanhackers • Call for Papers: Edited Collection on Race in...
Call for Papers: Edited Collection on Race in Fandom Call for Papers: Edited Collection on Race in Fandom:

Call for papers with deadline (technically) today. Collection editor Rukmini Pande says on Twitter:

#RaceInFandom abstracts have been super exciting but still looking to fill some gaps! Latinx and Asian fans/fandoms are under-repped atm

and

Please do get in touch if you have an idea! I can extend the deadline for a bit!
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29 days ago
Fanhackers • maptowhereialreadyam said: The link to Kellye...
maptowhereialreadyam said: The link to Kellye Guinan’s paper is broken, FYI.Should be fixed now,...

maptowhereialreadyam said: The link to Kellye Guinan’s paper is broken, FYI.

Should be fixed now, thanks for pointing that out! It was Tumblr doing unfortunate things with the periods at the end of the URLs.
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4 weeks ago
OTW Guest Post: Euclase
May's OTW guest Euclase talks fanart, the power of fandom & importance of community
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This Week in Fandom, Volume 51
This Week in Fandom: Callout culture, femslash as cult fandom, Yuri on Ice happenings, WhedonCon, and more!
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Daire’s Fanfic Refuge and HL Raven’s Nest are coming to the AO3
Two Highlander fanfiction archives, Daire’s Fanfic Refuge and HL Raven’s Nest, are being imported to AO3
Open-Doors-Committee  Fanfiction  Television 
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Fanhackers • I'm not entirely sure if this is the right place...
I'm not entirely sure if this is the right place to ask, but is there any work on copyright disclaimers being used/not used by fan artists instead of fanficcers? Please and thank you!

Does anyone know of this kind of research? We’re aware of quite a few articles that discuss disclaimers on fics at least briefly, but nothing specifically about disclaimers on fan art.
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5 weeks ago
Fanhackers • Justice Scalia’s uncredited borrowing from a...
"Justice Scalia’s uncredited borrowing from a party’s legal brief escapes condemnation because the..." “Justice Scalia’s uncredited borrowing from a party’s legal brief escapes condemnation because the social context of his copying makes him a jurist, not a plagiarist. Similarly, fan creations, even without disclaimers, usually announce their unauthorized status so clearly through context that no deception is likely.”
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Tushnet, R. (2007). Copyright law, fan practices, and the rights of the author. In Gray, J. A., Sandvoss, C., & Harrington, C. L. (Eds.). Fandom: Identities and communities in a mediated world. NYU Press.

Glorious snark about Supreme Court justices aside, this piece provides a useful timestamp in the evolution of fannish, scholarly, and legal thinking on issues of intellectual property, copyright, and transformative work. Tushnet traces the history and decline of the use of disclaimers on fan works, and the emergence of the idea of fan works as transformative rather than infringing. She makes a strong argument for the “fair use” view of fan works that we are now so familiar with. Whether you remember the bad old days from personal experience or wonder why some people still put disclaimers on their fic, this essay is a good introduction to the issues and a reflection of the state of thinking at a pivotal point in fannish history.
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Fanhackers • "Vidding" documentaries (2008)
"Vidding" documentaries (2008) "Vidding" documentaries (2008):

Vidding (2008) is a series of six short documentaries produced by the Organization for Transformative Works for inclusion in the Learning Library of MIT’s New Media Literacies project. These films are part of a larger group of documentaries on remix culture, and the whole series is aimed at middle and high schoolers for inclusion in classrooms and after school programs. We hope they will also serve to introduce the art of vidding to a larger public.

The six parts of Vidding include: What is Vidding? (2:48), Technology and Tools (3:09), Good Vids, Bad Vids (3:18), I like to watch (3:19), Collaboration and Community (3:03), Why We Vid (3:50). They were directed by Francesca Coppa and edited by Laura Shapiro. Sound editing was done by AbsoluteDestiny. You can watch them here or in the MIT/NML Learning Library, where you can also see videos about cosplay, mashups, DJing, and other forms of remix culture. (From the page)
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This Week in Fandom, Volume 50
This week in fandom: Syfy rebrand, Overwatch shipwars, UK polifandom, and more!
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Fanhackers • In this way, machinima, at its core, is not...
"In this way, machinima, at its core, is not markedly different than vids. What truly differentiates..." “In this way, machinima, at its core, is not markedly different than vids. What truly differentiates machinima from vids are how each genre is perceived, evaluated and categorized within mainstream culture and its analysis within the academic community. This difference in evaluation is rooted, again, with cultural constructions of masculinity
and femininity that align technology, material production and work in the public sphere with masculinity and function to marginalize the labor, interests and concerns of women by associating them with the private, symbolic and bodily.”
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Hampton, Darlene Rose. 2010. “Beyond Resistance: Gender, Performance, and Fannish Practice in Digital Culture.”

Really interesting look at how two forms of fan-made video (vids and machinima) are perceived differently based on the (assumed) gender of their creators.
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Five Things Rebecca Sentance Said
In Five Things, Rebecca reveals the OTW committee that's a haven for word nerds & how it helps AO3 users enjoy the site https://goo.gl/u3fzvZ
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6 weeks ago
Fanhackers • Women’s childcare responsibilities not only...
"Women’s childcare responsibilities not only restrict their attendance at sport, but when children..." “Women’s childcare responsibilities not only restrict their attendance at sport, but when children are taken along in family units to sport events, women continue to be marginalized by the expectation that they will perform the role of primary carer in these public settings.”
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Gosling, V. K. (2007). Girls allowed?: the marginalization of female sport fans. In Gray, J. A., Sandvoss, C., & Harrington, C. L. (Eds.). Fandom: Identities and communities in a mediated world. NYU Press.

This chapter provides a really handy overview of academic research and literature up to 2007 on women sports fans and the marginalisation they experience. It’s a great first step for anyone looking to understand the issues, with lots of useful references to other research.
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7 weeks ago
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7 weeks ago
Fanhackers • Many (New York Times) articles frame fanfiction as...
"Many (New York Times) articles frame fanfiction as yet another aspect of these media brands. As..." “Many (New York Times) articles frame fanfiction as yet another aspect of these media brands. As Stuart Elliot (2005) notes: “[I]f you like the TV show, why not buy the fra- grance? Wear the jewelry? Read the book? Join other fans online to help write an episode?” (7). Due to corporations “co-opting” and “encouraging” fanfiction, participants in fanfiction communities have become “brand ambassadors” (Elliott 2005, 7), similar to the walking billboards of brand name clothing and logo-as-fashion (Stelter 2008).”
- Drew Emanuel Berkowitz, Framing the Future of Fanfiction: How The New York Times’ Portrayal of a Youth Media Subculture Influences Beliefs about Media Literacy Education, p205
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7 weeks ago
This Week in Fandom, Volume 49
This week in Fandom: JK Rowling apologizes for killing Snape, how to spot fake news in fandom, and more!
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April 2017 Newsletter, Volume 112
In the OTW April newsletter: Membership Drive success, #Fanlore hosts April Showers, Ao3 hits 3 million fanworks, and more!
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Death-Marked Love is Moving to the AO3
Death-Marked Love, a Buffy the Vampire Slayer fanfiction archive, is being imported to the Archive of Our Own
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7 weeks ago
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Proposed EU copyright law would censor content as it's uploaded to websites. Find out how you can help stop this.
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7 weeks ago
Fanhackers • And let’s not pride ourselves on the monogamy,...
"And let’s not pride ourselves on the monogamy, either; this is another patriarchal imposition which..." “And let’s not pride ourselves on the monogamy, either; this is another patriarchal imposition which women have sexualized - in fact I believe it can be seen in the K/S [Kirk/Spock] material (as in the romances) as a metaphor for intensity. The telepathic union can also be read as a way of expressing intensity and completeness, not duration, but here too sexual expression waits on ‘love’ while desire, by itself is not enough. Again I think we’re dealing with a sexualization of the feminine condition.”
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Russ, J. (1985). Pornography By Women For Women, With Love. In Magic Mommas, Trembling Sisters, Puritans & Perverts: Feminist Essays (pp. 79–99). Trumansberg, NY: The Crossing Press.

Like Lamb & Veith’s essay, this is a very early piece of fan studies writing and engagement with slash as a topic of study. As the title of the piece says, Russ views slash as “pornography by women, for women, with love”, thereby kickstarting a whole sub-branch of research on slash that seeks to map out its relationship to both porn and romance novels. Russ agrees with Lamb & Veith that slash, through depicting same-gender relationships, levels the playing field. But she also casts a critical eye over the genre, pointing out tropes where it romanticises and sexualises the constraints patriarchy puts on women.
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8 weeks ago
This Week in Fandom, Volume 48
This week in fandom: Captain America controversy, how American Gods is fanfiction, and fan activism with the Harry Potter Alliance.
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8 weeks ago
OTW Guest Post: Ann McClellan
Ann McClellan writes about Sherlock Holmes fandom in the latest issue of Transformative Works & Cultures, and tells us how fandom history was shaped. https://goo.gl/jZLjB5
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8 weeks ago
Fanhackers • stitchmediamix: This is a narrated PowerPoint of...
stitchmediamix: This is a narrated PowerPoint of the...
stitchmediamix:

This is a narrated PowerPoint of the presentation I gave at the last Fan Studies panel at PCAACA 2017 April 15, 2017 since many people missed out on a chance to attend!

(I’ll update this with links to relatively required reading material!)
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8 weeks ago
AO3 Reaches 3 Million Fanworks!
Archive of Our own has reached 3 million fanworks! What does AO3 mean to you?
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9 weeks ago
Fanhackers • In seeking to separate Benoit’s celebrity and...
"In seeking to separate Benoit’s celebrity and personal personas, some fans find the process easy...." “In seeking to separate Benoit’s celebrity and personal personas, some fans find the process easy. Respondent 710 notes: ‘I still remember him as one of the best workers of all time who had mental problems that led to his demise. I can easily separate the man and the wrestler.’ For others, the process is slightly more arduous. Respondent 14, for instance, notes that in working through his grief ‘I try to separate the man and the worker’, with Respondent 25 adding that ‘I’m starting to separate the character of Chris Benoit from the man, but it is still difficult to watch him … you know what he did and that is a hard pill to swallow’. Yet regardless of whether the separation of Benoit’s personas is easy or difficult for the individual, significantly it is a conscious and selective process.”
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Phillips, T. (2015). Wrestling with grief: fan negotiation of professional/private personas in responses to the Chris Benoit double murder–suicide. Celebrity Studies, 6(1), 69-84.

In this paper, Tom Phillips investigates fans’ short- and long-term responses to celebrated wrestler Chris Benoit’s murder of his wife and child and subsequent suicide. He looks at issues of fannish grief and how it is shaped by official media narratives, as well as whether and how fans make distinctions between the public persona of a celebrity and their private self.
fanhackers 
9 weeks ago
Fanhackers • List of openly accessible fan culture and popular...
List of openly accessible fan culture and popular culture studies journals List of openly accessible fan culture and popular culture studies journals:

The list is in French, but the journals listed are all in English, and they’re all free to access for anyone. Excellent resource.
fanhackers 
9 weeks ago
Fanhackers • excerpt from videlicet
excerpt from videlicet
limblogs:

http://ift.tt/2pUgWwQ

OK so lemme expand a sec on matching.

So right now Fool For Love is playing in the other room; let’s break that
down briefly. The scene is Spike telling Buffy about killing his last
slayer and it’s a good example because it’s two fights cut together,
into one, explicitly, so it’s easier to really see the matches.
They are showing you the matches. The scenes are stitched together
through these motion matches until they occupy the same space. By the eyeline match, they can have 70s Spike addressing 2000s Buffy and it’s perfectly coherent.

Consider that these two scenes are really four scenes - that all
fight scenes are really shot as (at least two) separate scenes cut
together because the actors and the stunt doubles both act out the
scenes and then their motions are matched and cut together to form one
percept.

Now realise ALL continuity editing does this - even in the same scene with the same actors. You can connect any clip to any other clip, from anything, so long as there’s some continuity of form: in shape, colour, motion, eyeline…

Which reminds me, in Pteryx’s interview she talks about the Buffy titles, which have to be acknowledged as massively influential on vidding*.

Just spend some time watching these credits and look for motion matches,
graphic matches. This is like that, this is like that. Once you start
seeing them you’ll notice this all over.

Dawn’s eyebrow takes up the motion line. The motion builds a tangible space by bouncing itself against “walls”. 

Watch it again with another eyebrow follow-through. Dawn is the key. :P 

See how the motion moves one way and then resolves back: the conceptual “room” must have some limits, some rigid bodies and colliders
Swing the pendulum. Trace the arc

*As well as the Friends titles; I mean, the Friends titles basically
slowly teach you how to edit (very simply) to music- they start off with
the characters literally dancing to the music and then gradually over the years
replace each dance move with a clip from the show that dances in a
similar way. There’s a reason making Friends Style Credits is a gateway
drug.

http://ift.tt/2p6TMAK
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9 weeks ago
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April Membership Drive: Your Support Matters
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10 weeks ago
Fanhackers • Crip Fanfiction Research
Crip Fanfiction Research Crip Fanfiction Research:

Spotlighting some research in progress today. Cath Duchastel’s ongoing PhD research into disabled fans in online fanfiction communities looks at five key questions:

1. Are disabled fans contributing to the critical examination of disabled characters in fandoms and fanfiction?
2. Are disabled fans contributing to fostering discussion among fans about ablesim, web and other forms of accessibility, and the means by which disability oppression manifest?
3. Why have certain online fanfiction spaces welcomed disabled people whereas so many others have not?
4. What roles are the technological affordances and practices of digital media and technologies playing in the development of fanfiction communities as spaces where disability is present?
5. What insight can fanfiction as a creative practice offer about how and why cultural representation impacts agency and facilitates political participation and lasting social change?

One of Cath’s mini-projects is tracking of disability-related tags on AO3 over six months, and she is planning to put the results of this up on her website.
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10 weeks ago
This Week in Fandom, Volume 47
This Week in Fandom: Star Wars theories, a new Doctor Who companion, a Larry Stylinson moment, and more!
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10 weeks ago
Fanhackers • Literary references abound in judicial opinions....
"Literary references abound in judicial opinions. There are thousands of them, including a..." “Literary references abound in judicial opinions. There are thousands of them, including a substantial set of references to Sherlock Holmes. Within that Sherlockian set, there is an intriguing little subset: cases in which judges permit, endorse, or command engagement by other participants in the legal system in something that sounds a bit like Sherlockian role-playing. Are these judges—as they instruct or encourage—teaching participants in the legal system to be Sherlockians? Whatever the judges’ intentions, their messages ought, at the very least, to resonate with scholars and teachers who advocate for fandom in education.”
- Davies, Ross E. 2017. “The Fan-Judges: Clues to a Jurisculture of Sherlockian Fandom.” In “Sherlock Holmes Fandom, Sherlockiana, and the Great Game,” edited by Betsy Rosenblatt and Roberta Pearson, special issue, Transformative Works and Cultures, no. 23.
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10 weeks ago
2017 OTW Elections Timeline and Membership Deadline
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The OTW is Recruiting Tag Wranglers, Plus Elections and Volunteers & Recruiting Staff
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11 weeks ago
Fanhackers • People called it “knotting au” or something to...
"People called it “knotting au” or something to that effect, and/or listed/tagged it with..." “People called it “knotting au” or something to that effect, and/or listed/tagged it with a series of tropes that made explicit (heh, explicit) what they meant. There wasn’t a fixed set of tropes. Because it spread via anon fic memes, the tropes featured in each fic depended on what the prompter suggested and on what the writer made of those requests. So some prompter could ask for “knotting au, heat, bonding, impregnation,” and different writers could take all of those tropes into account, or pick and choose which ones they wanted to tackle and/or add different ones. Other prompters would call for a different, more or less overlapping, set of tropes and so on. And the same prompt (the setting/premise) could be spun into very diverse directions. There was a fluidity to it that became a hallmark of the genre, so that each iteration could bring forth a new variation.”
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Netweight (2013). The Nonnies Made Them Do It!

Have you ever looked at the Alpha/Beta/Omega Dynamics tag on AO3 and wondered how on earth we got here? Netweight has the answer, and the answer is Supernatural anon kinkmemes! In this meticulously researched piece of fannish meta, netweight traces the history of what eventually came to be known as A/B/O from its murky origins in some of Supernatural fandom’s anonymous online spaces, to being named, to hopping the fandom boundary and becoming the cross-fandom shared universe phenomenon it is today. She provides plenty of context for those of us who aren’t in SPN fandom, lots of links to primary sources, a bunch of useful timelines, as well as some good caveats on the limitations of the research. “The nonnies made them do it!” is a great effort to document and preserve a piece of fannish history which has puzzled many fans and fan studies scholars alike.
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11 weeks ago
This Week in Fandom, Volume 46
This week in fandom: Exodus from Livejournal, androgynous pop stars, fangirl stereotypes, and more.
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11 weeks ago
Fanhackers • Many people, encountering fanfiction for the first...
"Many people, encountering fanfiction for the first time, wonder why so much of it is erotic. Anne..." “Many people, encountering fanfiction for the first time, wonder why so much of it is erotic. Anne Jamison, in Fic, gives a pretty good answer: a lot of fanfiction questions mainstream assumptions about gender, sexuality, and desire. But writing erotic fanfiction is also a wonderful game. The fanfiction community might be the first place where a woman is encouraged to enjoy her sexual fantasies and praised for the dirtiness of her imagination. Writing and reading fanfiction is a social, communal activity, and considering how much shame is still attached to the expression of female sexual desire (what’s so funny about it?) the creation of shared erotic fantasies is still radical.”
- Introduction to The Communications Officer’s Tale, The Fanfiction Reader: Folk Tales for the Digital Age (via francescacoppa)
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11 weeks ago
Five Things Madoc Said
In Five Things, Madoc discusses the solo work of OTW Translation's Team Welsh & how the radio is good company https://goo.gl/Zofzoq
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11 weeks ago
Fanhackers • Eventually many of us then have the Moment. It...
"Eventually many of us then have the Moment. It happens when we realize that we are not alone and..." “Eventually many of us then have the Moment. It happens when we realize that we are not alone and that others ask the same questions about the Sherlockian canon, puzzle over the same inconsistencies…and actually write about them…The learned articles, fascinating discourse, and impeccable research are immediately addicting. If others can do this, so can we.”
- Solberg, Andrew L., and Robert S. Katz. 2017. “Fandom, Publishing, and Playing the Grand Game.” In “Sherlock Holmes Fandom, Sherlockiana, and the Great Game,” edited by Betsy Rosenblatt and Roberta Pearson, special issue, Transformative Works and Cultures, no. 23.
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11 weeks ago
March 2017 Newsletter, Volume 111
In the OTW March newsletter: A new volume of TWC, solutions to recent AO3 downtime, a new Fanlore Tumblr, and more!
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Fanhackers • By integrally linking the publication and...
"By integrally linking the publication and advertising strategies of his two major periodicals,..." “By integrally linking the publication and advertising strategies of his two major periodicals, proprietor and editor George Newnes manufactured one of the most vibrant literary fandoms in history.”
- McClellan, Ann K. 2017. “Tit-Bits, New Journalism, and Early Sherlock Holmes Fandom.” In “Sherlock Holmes Fandom, Sherlockiana, and the Great Game,” edited by Betsy Rosenblatt and Roberta Pearson, special issue, “Transformative Works and Cultures,” no. 23. http://ift.tt/2nEyWGx
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12 weeks ago
Fanhackers • Being a fan means doing life in a certain way. It...
"Being a fan means doing life in a certain way. It means being passionate. It means being playful. It..." “Being a fan means doing life in a certain way. It means being passionate. It means being playful. It means being creative and engaged. It means obsession and flailing. All of these perceived affordances of fandom are tied to norms, ideals, and practices, and these are again tied to self-reflections about age and their associated appropriateness. I argue that fandom, as a mediatized cultural practice, is transformative and thus has the potential to shape understandings of subjective age for its participants.”
- Petersen, Line Nybro. 2017. “‘The Florals’: Female Fans over 50 in Sherlock Fandom.” In “Sherlock Holmes Fandom, Sherlockiana, and the Great Game,” edited by Betsy Rosenblatt and Roberta Pearson, special issue, Transformative Works and Cultures, no. 23.
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12 weeks ago
The Least Expected Archive is Coming to the AO3
Least Expected, a J.R.R. Tolkien slash fanfiction archive, is being imported to the Archive of Our Own (AO3).
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Fanhackers • The Fanfiction Reader: Folk Tales for the Digital...
The Fanfiction Reader: Folk Tales for the Digital Age The Fanfiction Reader: Folk Tales for the Digital Age:

francescacoppa:

Ta-da!  Straight from its debut this weekend in Chicago at SCMS 2017! 

The Fanfiction Reader: Folk Tales for the Digital Age is a collection of fanfiction stories from a variety of big western media fandoms - Star Trek, Star Wars, X-Files, Buffy, Doctor Who, HP, MCU, popslash, etc. vaguely modeled on The Canterbury Tales - each with a contextualizing essay by me and featuring introductions and other scholarly apparatus also by me. 

This book was designed for classroom use - for teachers who want to teach a class or a unit on fanfiction (see a list of some current classes here at Fanlore) without sending their students to the wilds of the internet (and/or without bothering fanfiction-writing fans.)  The stories were selected to represent a range of tropes and themes and also for their teachability. 

The book was also created as a case study in transformative fair use; it was put together for an educational purpose and published with a non-profit scholarly press; all of the stories in this book remain available for free on the internet in their original archives; all royalties from the book are being donated to the Organization For Transformative Works & the Archive of Our Own. 

A note to teachers: ordered together with The Fan Fiction Studies Reader (U. Iowa,  2014) or Fic: Why Fanfiction Is Taking Over The World  (Smartpop, 2013), you have a course in a bottle: everything for your fanfic-teaching needs!

A note to fandom: This book is aimed at the classroom, not at fandom, though I have tried to write as fannish an academic book as possible & one with at least some of the spirit. (Also: I totally didn’t write that book copy up there about 50 Shades of Gray, I’m just saying. :D They don’t ask me about the book copy!)

The Fanfiction Reader is also available at Amazon.com or directly from the University of Michigan website, which was distributing a 30% off code at SCMS that is good until April 26, 2016: UMSCMS17. (Shout out to U. Michigan Press for their support of fandom, open access, and fair use.) Or there’s a big chunk available on Googlebooks if you just want to see what the hell the thing is.  
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12 weeks ago
Fanhackers • SCMS Fan and Audience Studies Scholarly Interest...
SCMS Fan and Audience Studies Scholarly Interest Group
tea-and-liminality:

faassig:

This is the tumblr for the Fan and Audience Studies Scholarly Interest Group (SIG) of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies, intended as a scholar-fandom interface for anyone interested in fan and audience studies. Please feel free to follow!

So, this is me (and others as they participate), and I just wanted to invite anyone interested in fan studies to follow. I’m hoping to make this - as I wrote above - a kind of fan-scholar interface; that is, to disseminate stuff scholars are working on and just generally help give a better idea of what fan studies actually is and what we do. Welcome!
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march 2017
Fanhackers • [F]or as long as there has been a Sherlock Holmes...
"[F]or as long as there has been a Sherlock Holmes there have been judges who would be comfortable..." “[F]or as long as there has been a Sherlock Holmes there have been judges who would be comfortable seeing more rather than less of him in their own courtrooms.”
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Davies, Ross E. 2017. “The Fan-Judges: Clues to a Jurisculture of Sherlockian Fandom.” In “Sherlock Holmes Fandom, Sherlockiana, and the Great Game,” edited by Betsy Rosenblatt and Roberta Pearson, special issue, Transformative Works and Cultures, no. 23.

In this piece from the Transformative Works and Cultures special issue on Sherlock Holmes fandom, Ross Davies asks to what extent judges who cite Sherlock Holmes in their opinions, or encourage others in their courtroom to adopt a Sherlockian approach, are encouraging people to engage in fannish behaviour. Davies gives three examples of judges permitting, endorsing, or even commanding Sherlockian behaviour from people in their courtroom - for instance requiring an expert witness to reveal their methodology much like Sherlock explains his to Watson. He argues that the judges who do this must expect that the people they are addressing will be at least familiar - or willing to engage - with Sherlock Holmes. This in turn fosters a kind of Sherlcok Holmes fandom among participants in the legal process.
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march 2017
Fanhackers • There are many different Japanese fan cultures, of...
"There are many different Japanese fan cultures, of course, and some are themselves more culturally..." “There are many different Japanese fan cultures, of course, and some are themselves more culturally legitimated than others. Yet even in the case of otaku and fujoshi fan cultures—the former roughly equivalent to American geek culture, and the latter to English-language slash communities—we see slippage between fan and producer subjectivities.”
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Morimoto, Lori. 2017. “Sherlock (Holmes) in Japanese (Fan) Works.” In “Sherlock Holmes Fandom, Sherlockiana, and the Great Game,” edited by Betsy Rosenblatt and Roberta Pearson, special issue, Transformative Works and Cultures, no. 23. 

I like this quote partly because it reminds me of how infernally difficult it is to put a name on any kind of fandom/fan community. Take “English-language slash communities.” This is certainly a much better term than things like the dreaded “Western fandom” or “Japanese fandom,” ridiculous concepts that mean absolutely nothing. The use of a plural–cultures, communities–is also a good way to hint at more diversity. 

Still, especially to people in such communities, it’s clear that the concept of “slash communities” has its own issues. To name just one, it pins people down according to the kind of content they favor, but many people in these communities will write/read non-slash works as well. They’re “crossover individuals” between different content-based communities. But what about groups of fans who hang out together no matter what content any of them are currently focusing on (to give just one example)? That’s a very common and meaningful way for fans to interact. How do you name that kind of community? More broadly, how can you put a proper focus on human interactions between fans, when so many naming conventions for groups of fans focus on the kind of content people produce?

And now we’ve arrived at the “What makes a community” discussion, so time for me to run away screaming.
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march 2017
This Week in Fandom, Volume 45
This Week in Fandom: Furries, female Time Lords, a new vidding zine, and fandom 101 for media creators.
This_Week_in_Fandom  Television  Zines  Gender-and-Sexuality  Fan-videos  Fannish-Practices  Fannish-communities 
march 2017
Fanhackers • Going on right now: fan studies tweets from...
Going on right now: fan studies tweets from the SCMS conference

fanhackers:

The 2017 conference of the Society of Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) is underway in Chicago until March 26th. SCMS is massive, and like every year, it features many great panels on the latest fan studies research. 

Definitely check out #FaAS, the Twitter hashtag of the SCMS Fan and Audience Studies Scholarly Interest Group, which brings the latest from all eight fan studies panels:

Chinese Queer Fan Cultures

Unsanctioned Television Access

“Stop Bringing Race Into This”

Poaching Politics

Connected Viewing

Public Life of Cinema in East Asia 3: Unexpected Audiences

Fandom and Merchandising

Teaching with Fan Video workshop

The group also has a tumblr.

Teaching with Fan Video workshop being tweeted now!
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march 2017
OTW Guest Post: Alice Huzar
In this month's guest post, Alice Huzar is working on a fanfiction documentary & tells us how it all started with a book https://goo.gl/9njU0t
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march 2017
Fanhackers • Going on right now: fan studies tweets from...
Going on right now: fan studies tweets from the SCMS conference

fanhackers:

The 2017 conference of the Society of Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) is underway in Chicago until March 26th. SCMS is massive, and like every year, it features many great panels on the latest fan studies research. 

Definitely check out #FaAS, the Twitter hashtag of the SCMS Fan and Audience Studies Scholarly Interest Group, which brings the latest from all eight fan studies panels:

Chinese Queer Fan Cultures

Unsanctioned Television Access

“Stop Bringing Race Into This”

Poaching Politics

Connected Viewing

Public Life of Cinema in East Asia 3: Unexpected Audiences

Fandom and Merchandising

Teaching with Fan Video workshop

The group also has a tumblr.
fanhackers 
march 2017
The OTW is Recruiting Abuse and Elections Staff!
The OTW is recruiting Abuse and Elections staff! Learn more and apply here.
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march 2017
This Week in Fandom, Volume 44
This Week in Fandom: Race, ethnicity, and nationality in media and fandom. Plus, March Madness and Fifty Shadeas wine (really).
This_Week_in_Fandom  Books  Academia  Movies  Television  Race-Ethnicity-and-Nationality 
march 2017
Fanhackers • It’s impossible to read the Sherlock Holmes...
"It’s impossible to read the Sherlock Holmes stories without thinking about the inconsistencies..." “It’s impossible to read the Sherlock Holmes stories without thinking about the inconsistencies that make these tales unique in literature. Realizing that others wrote about these issues with the same passion that we felt was all the incentive it took to start us on a lifetime of research and publishing. There are many stories of crime and detection by other authors, with interesting plots and colorful characters. But none of them constitutes a chronicle spanning 40 years of one man’s life, and none has spawned as vast a literature as that surrounding the Holmes canon. When it comes to Sherlock Holmes, being a fan and being a writer are almost inseparable.”
- Solberg, Andrew L., and Robert S. Katz. 2017. “Fandom, Publishing, and Playing the Grand Game.” In “Sherlock Holmes Fandom, Sherlockiana, and the Great Game,” edited by Betsy Rosenblatt and Roberta Pearson, special issue, Transformative Works and Cultures, no. 23.
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march 2017
Fanhackers • The newer fans’ language is perhaps less measured...
"The newer fans’ language is perhaps less measured (and certainly more concise) than that of..." “The newer fans’ language is perhaps less measured (and certainly more concise) than that of early Sherlockians, but it carries the same fundamental sentiment: that, regardless of the legal merits (or lack thereof) of their claims, those asserting legal objections to fandom are morally wrong.”
- Rosenblatt, Betsy. 2017. “The Great Game and the Copyright Villain.” In “Sherlock Holmes Fandom, Sherlockiana, and the Great Game,” edited by Betsy Rosenblatt and Roberta Pearson, special issue, Transformative Works and Cultures, no. 23.
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march 2017
Transformative Works and Cultures releases No. 23
Transformative Works and Culture's issue 23 is out, and it's all about Sherlock Holmes fans & fandoms, from historical to present day. Share your favorite articles! https://goo.gl/bOEODC
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march 2017
Fanhackers • Lamb, P. F., & Veith, D. L. (1986). Romantic myth,...
Lamb, P. F., & Veith, D. L. (1986). Romantic myth,...
Lamb, P. F., & Veith, D. L. (1986). Romantic myth, transcendence, and Star Trek zines. Erotic universe: Sexuality and fantastic literature, 235-55.

One of the earliest pieces of research published about fan fiction, Lamb and Veith’s essay is a first crack at answering the foundational question of fan studies: why do straight women read and write about men banging? Lamb and Veith focus their analysis on Kirk/Spock slash. They argue that in fan fiction, rather than being presented as masculine, both characters become androgynous by acquiring both typically masculine and typically feminine characteristics, which often complement each other. By removing gender differences from the equation, fan fiction writers are free to explore relationships which are genuinely equal and unencumbered by power dynamics.

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A table reproduced from Lamb and Veith’s essay outlining the different feminine and masculine characteristics given to Kirk and Spock in K/S fan fiction.

Kirk feminine qualities: Femininely “beautiful”; shorter, physically weaker; emotional; intuitive; sensuous, engages in much physical touching; verbal; evokes powerful emotional responses from others

Spock masculine qualities: Masculinely rugged; taller, more powerful; logical; rational; controlled, physically distant; reticent; keeps others at a distance

Kirk masculine qualities: Sexually ready at all times; is undisputed leader, initiator of action; is the “real” or “norm”, always at home; is fulfilled prior to Spock, only with acceptance of the bond is he firmly united with Spock; Spock complements his “at-homeness”; is sexually promiscuous (Spock assures his fidelity); is usually the seducer

Spock feminine qualities: Sexually controlled (except during his Vulcan mating cycle); needs to be led, follows Kirk into action; is the “alien” or “other”, always the “outsider”; is fulfilled only with Kirk; felt one-sided fidelity to Kirk even before the bond; needs Kirk for full identity; a virgin until marriage, he exhibits absolute monogamy after marriage; is usually seduced, but once unleashed his sexuality is very powerful
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march 2017
Fanhackers • When it comes to many online fandoms, whether they...
"When it comes to many online fandoms, whether they are for a TV show, book, or movie, at their heart..." “When it comes to many online fandoms, whether they are for a TV show, book, or movie, at their heart lies one thing: storytelling. Fans who have formed online communities around their fandoms may like the fandom’s object of focus for different reasons, but ultimately, regardless of its medium, it is something that was designed to tell a story. Even non-media-based fandoms, which might not readily seem like “storytelling” fandoms have significant storytelling elements; consider the Boston Red Sox fandom and the narrative of the “Curse of the Bambino.” This legendary bit of fan lore, which essentially states that the Boston Red Sox did not win a World Series for 86 years because they traded Babe Ruth in 1919, is a compelling narrative. So compelling, in fact, that Red Sox fans have used it as an emotional coping mechanism when their team comes up short (Prakash 2004). Stories help us make sense of what happens in life, whether it is as simple as a baseball team losing a game or something more profound such as the death of a loved one.”
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 Heiden, Kat. 2017. “Storytelling through Online Fandom.”

I love it when research on media fandom touches upon sports fandom as well. Those kinds of fandoms are still often researched separately, but not always for good or obvious reasons. There’s a lot more crossover these days, for example research on soccer, hockey, etc fanworks. Check out more research on sports fandom here.
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march 2017
Fanhackers • Nice basic overview of some big...
Nice basic overview of some big fanfic-and-copyright discussions...
Nice basic overview of some big fanfic-and-copyright discussions that have taken place over the years, from 50 Shades to Marion Zimmer Bradley to Kindle Worlds.

For more in-depth analysis of legal issues surrounding fanworks, check out some of the many, many articles in the “law” tag of the fan studies bibliography.
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march 2017
February 2017 Newsletter, Volume 110
February 2017 newsletter: International Fanworks Day wrap-up, Fair Use Week activity, code releases at AO3, tag wrangling news and more!
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