Category Archives: Fandom and Me (or should it be “I”)?

My personal experiences with fandom, how it’s affected my life, and my relationships with different fandoms.

Characters We Think We Know or Why I Subjected My Facebook Friends to Wonder Woman Facts of the Day

Poor Supes. (They actually don't talk about him very much)

Poor Supes. (They actually don’t talk about him very much)

Last month, starting on August 9 and ending on September 1, my relatively small collection of Facebook friends got to, on an almost-daily basis, have their news feeds invaded by what I had been calling my Wonder Woman Fact of the Day. The whole thing doubtless seemed somewhat random, and I couldn’t really keep it up once classes got started and my mind was occupied with other matters.

So, why did I do it? Late summer boredom waiting for classes to start again? Was I no longer able to contain my growing Wonder Woman fangirlism that had only begun in the past year, but has since spiraled out of control?

Well, the answer to both questions is “yes,” but there’s more to the story. So, let’s start with one fact that I always find amazing.

Wonder Woman was, for a story arc in the ’90s, a space pirate. That simple fact brings me so much joy, and I couldn’t help but share it with my friends on Facebook.

A friend of mine's main concern with this image was Diana's ample bosom. It is quite impressive here. Also, sorry I'm not letting you see my last name. I know; anonymity is early 2000s.

A friend of mine’s main concern with this image was Diana’s ample bosom. It is quite impressive here. Also, sorry I’m not letting you see my last name. I know; anonymity is sooo early 2000s.

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Guilty Pleasures on Appeal

Image, funnily enough, from "5 Strange Benefits of Chocolate" that disputes chocolate's place as a guilty pleasure.  http://diyhealth.com/5-strange-benefits-chocolates.html

Image, funnily enough, from “5 Strange Benefits of Chocolate” that disputes chocolate’s place as a guilty pleasure.
http://diyhealth.com/5-strange-benefits-chocolates.html

So, it seems only fitting that I follow my post on pop culture binges with one on another element of pop culture consumption: guilty pleasures.

I have more than once had to explain to another person that I know a movie/TV show/book is bad, but I still love it.

“What?!” They exclaim as their monocles pop out. “You can love something even though you claim it’s crap? How is this possible?”

This is where we come across the concept of “guilty pleasures.” Continue reading

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The Pros and Cons of Pop Culture Binges

Oh, you liked that show/movie you watched a month ago? Too bad; it's gone now.

Oh, you liked that show/movie you watched a month ago? Too bad; it’s gone now.

If you’ve been paying attention to the news over the past few years, you may have noticed the pundits/anchors/news-type people discussing the recent-ish phenomenon of “binge-watching” on TV shows.  I’m not linking to any, but feel free to google “TV binging.” (I’m not sure how whether it’s spelled “binging” or “bingeing” as I’ve found both in use). I found articles written just a few days ago on the subject.

So, what is TV bing(e)ing? Well, according to my dictionary app, bing(e)ing is to:

indulge in an activity, esp. eating, to excess: some dieters say theycannot help binging on chocolate | (as noun binging) : her secret binging and vomiting.

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Updates: Gina Torres as Wonder Woman, Videos With Better Analysis Than Mine, Babsgirl vs Oracle, and My New Action Figure

So, I’m currently a little stalled on my next blog post, “Are Cartoons Just For Kids?” (I’m sure you know what my answer is). Therefore, I thought I’d introduce some updates.

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First, I mentioned in my “Struggles With Representation Part 1: Race” that many fans of established characters  often have issues accepting a white character being made a minority. For some people this is still true, as tumblr. (I know, they’re probably all 10-year-olds who lied about their age) got into a little tizzy recently about some very popular fancasting for Wonder Woman:

She's our big damn hero. (Picture found in this Mary Sue post: http://www.themarysue.com/things-we-saw-today-319/)

She’s our big damn hero.
(Picture found in this Mary Sue post: http://www.themarysue.com/things-we-saw-today-319/)

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Adaptation Rage: Or The Result of the Inevitable Failure of Hollywood to Make Fans Happy

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 So, this weekend I, of course, made the trek down to my local move theater to indulge in the gratuitous violence and smart-assiness that is the latest Iron Man movie. As I sat through the 20-30 minutes of commercials and previews before the movie, I was treated to a “behind-the-scenes” story about Leonardo DiCaprio to promote The Great Gatsby and trailers for Catching Fire (the new Hunger Games move), The WolverineThor: The Dark World, and Man of Steel. I’ve also been, as I’m sure most who watch any form of TV or online streaming content have, bombarded with ads and tie-ins with the new Star Trek: Into Darkness movie. If I had no other indication of the time year than these previews, I would still be pretty sure Summer was coming. If the last few years are any indication, Summer is the season for adaptions of popular properties to break box office records and sell products in Hot Topic or on ThinkGeek.com.

Clearly, movie adaptions of other media must have some sort of magical powers, because they are pretty much running the movie industry these days. I mean, why else would I, while sitting in a theater waiting to watch one movie based on a Marvel superhero, be watching previews for two other Marvel superhero movies? Adaptions clearly get buts in the seats and bucks in the executive’s coffers.

So, why are adaptions so often met with disdain and rage from the very people who most love the source material?  Continue reading

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Why I Love Batgirl, Oracle, and Wonder Woman

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 It’s been a while, but, now that the semester’s over I thought I’d give blogging on a more regular basis a shot.

So, this blog is supposed to be about my experiences in the fandom learning curve. I’m constantly exploring new fandoms, hopping from TV shows to movies to books. And, recently, I’ve been dipping my toe in comic book fandom.

I can say without exaggeration that comic books are the hardest fandom I’ve tried to get into. This isn’t like catching up with a TV show, where all it takes is free time and a Netflix account. Despite being a pretty dedicated reader for the last several months, I know I’ve only scratched the surface of the comic cannon. Continue reading

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Why Online Fandom Communities Are Good For the Soul

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

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