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Too Popular Culture? Exclusivity In Fandom

So, it’s apparently “geek week” on YouTube, and, as yet another indication that geekdom has become more acceptable to the general public arises, I can’t help but contemplate certain…territorial tendencies of those geeks who are now seeing their passions gain wide-spread acceptance.

Take for example this meme, which, as some may recall, caused a small uproar last year.But seriously, what the hell is a gigawatt?

But seriously, what the hell is a gigawatt?                       (Image from Know Your Meme)

Oh, hello “Idiot Nerd Girl.” (And, no, the whole post isn’t going to be about this, nor am I going to subject you to my 20+ academic page paper on this subject.) Continue reading


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Why Can’t We All Just Get Along? A Look At Debate in Fandom.

Note: Some of the below videos contain cursing/juvenile humor. And Hitler.

I don’t know a single person who won’t throw down in a debate over something. That something may be politics, religion, social justice, or men’s facial hair; but everyone I know has at least some topic they believe to hold the moral/factual/logical/etc. high ground in and they will try to prove their side.

Now, I don’t know if everyone’s this way. Maybe I just know many opinionated people. Perhaps there are people out there who are either not argumentative enough or not passionate enough to engage in debates with others who don’t share their opinions.

I imagine these people, if they do exist, either have a lot of repressed rage or are the happiest people on the planet because debates are often either an invigorating way to get your opinion out into the world or vampiric exchanges that suck the life out of the participants.

And if there’s one thing every fandom seems to know how to do, it’s holding passionate, hate-filled, endless debates about fictional characters, places, and minutia. Continue reading

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


 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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What Fandom Communities Can Do Together


Speaking of fandom communities working together…

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February 26, 2013 · 12:09 pm

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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My Personal Fan Fiction Experience

Click the link to see my own fanfiction.net profile.

So, it wouldn’t be fair for me to write a whole post about fan fiction without sharing my own embarrassing past as a fanfic writer. And I do say embarrassing because I am under no delusion that I was one of those good writers I was talking about in my last post. Continue reading

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February 20, 2013 · 3:53 pm

Fan Fiction: Is It As Bad As They Say It Is?

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


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