Speaking of fandom communities working together…
Monthly Archives: February 2013
So, in my previous post about fan fiction I briefly introduced the concept of Web 2.0.
Web 2.0 is a term that has been used to describe the age of the Internet exemplified by Wikipedia and blogging. These days, it seems like almost everyone can create content on the Internet from pre-schoolers to grandparents. Of course, there are limitations based on socio-economic status, culture, location etc., but it’s undeniable that the Internet has gotten pretty crowded. Continue reading
Before I grew up and discovered the seductive draw of sitting in front of television for entertainment, I loved to read. Being a relatively introverted and anti-social person (just to perpetuate that geek stereotype further), books let me meet new people and go to new places without having to enter into the scary world of real people.
So, it was perhaps inevitable that my introduction to fandom would come through fan fiction.
In many circles, “fan fiction” has become a dirty term. Fan fiction these days tends to be thought of solely as poorly-written, smut-filled wish-fulfillment that leaches off of better works by better writers. (I may have abused hyphens in that sentence…) . Continue reading
Fandom (consisting of fan [fanatic] plus the suffix -dom, as in kingdom, freedom, etc.) is a term used to refer to a subculture composed of fans characterized by a feeling of sympathy and camaraderie with others who share a common interest. Fans typically are interested in even minor details of the object(s) of their fandom and spend a significant portion of their time and energy involved with their interest, often as a part of a social network with particular practices (a fandom); this is what differentiates “fannish” (fandom-affiliated) fans from those with only a casual interest.
I can’t remember when I first heard the term “fandom.” I know it was sometime before I graduated high school, but, other than that, I really can’t say. What I do know, is that, the moment I first heard the word, I knew exactly what it described. Fandom is the world I had become familiar with in middle school, it is the community of people who not only don’t shun you for your somewhat obsessive commitment to learning all there is to know about Lord of the Rings, but embrace you for it. It is the community where, instead of receiving a cacophony of eye-rolls when you explain, again, that retconning Star Wars so Han no longer shoots first is a fundamental betrayal of the character, they respond with a passionate, “I know, right?” Continue reading