Fans and Fandom

Star Trek Rerun, Reread, Rewritten: Fan Writing as Textual Poaching – Henry Jenkins III

  • (470) Newsweek really kind of tears into Star Trek fans. Describes them as child-like and overweight. Treats them as both a problem and a mystery to be solved.
  • (471) Many of the writers that the author quotes continue to treat and refer to fans as children.
  • (472) Author proposes not to look at “Trekkers” as backwards and child-like but as poachers who remake literature to suit their own cultural needs and wants.
  • (473) Author uses Lorrah’s words to illustrate the point that fandom is a culture that defies boundaries and spans the globe, uniting like-minded people.
  • (474) Fan writing and fandom have achieved almost institutional status.
  • (475) Differences between fanzines and letterzines, both of which are totally unauthorized by Paramount but nevertheless have achieved a near canon status among Trekkers.
  • (476) The vast majority of fan writers are female, as it is geared more towards feminine tendencies when it comes to reading fiction. Women tend to look more into the relationships between characters and the universe around them while men tend to look at a story as the product of someone’s time, not as a universe.
  • (477) Women have been forced to become more speculative of male narratives which has bred a distinct way of navigating a story or work.
  • (478) Women may be drawn to write about Star Trek on account of the fact that it leaves more room for women to become involved professionally than other science fiction universes.
  • (479) Discusses the displeasure that some fans of the series had with the way that female characters were portrayed.
  • (480) Talks about Uhura’s plight of being treated as too feminine, despite how capable and respected she was as a member of the crew.
  • (481) Discusses the nature of fan works. Usually series and not single works of fiction.
  • (482) Women tend to focus on character relationships rather than plot segments or episodes. Closure isn’t always satisfying to them.
  • (483) Discusses the use of romantic elements in many of fan writings.
  • (484) Writing romantic fan fiction is often used by feminist writers as a way to reflect and mirror many of their own personal struggles.
  • (485) These romantic fanzines cause a divide in the Trekker community among male and female fans.
  • (486) Discusses the nature of fan and creator interaction, as well as some of the issues that arise out of it.
  • (487) Further discusses the rift that has appeared among the fandom community when it comes to creating non canonical content.
  • (488) Discusses the possibility of a Kirk and Spock romance
  • (489) Author encourages fans to continue to create new things
  • The rest is simply a conclusion

Praxis: “The rabid fans that take Twilight much too seriously.” The Construction and Rejection of excess in Twilight Fandom – Jacqueline M. Pinkowitz

  • INTRODUCTION – Discusses the existence of and Anti-Twilight Movement, otherwise known as ATM. ATM centers around its dislike for the Twilight series, which they view as poorly written and not very good in a literal sense. They also see Twilight fans as being rabid and stereotypes them as being teenage girls.
  • THE ANTI-TWILIGHT MOVEMENT – The ATM describes itself as a critique site, not specifically geared towards the hatred of fans alone. This doesn’t change the fact that much of the site is filled with anti-fan material, particularly the fact that they are often seen calling fans of the series offensive names.
  • THE CULTURAL DISMISSAL OF FEMALE FANS AND TWILIGHT – Focuses on the fans themselves. Discusses in detail how many fans can become dragged into the series to a level that some ATM members would deem unhealthy. Also talks about how more often than not, it is female fans that become deemed “obsessed”.
  • THE ANTI FAN AND ATM’S ANTI FAN POSITIONS – Talks about how anti fans tend to dislike fans of the series more so than the actual series itself, especially because the fans are more tangible and harder to ignore.
  • THE CULTURAL HIERARCHY AND ATM’S INTERNAL ANTI FAN DEFINITIONS – Discusses the fact that the ATM claims to dislike rabid anti fans almost as much as they dislike rabid fans.
  • THE DANGER OF TWILIGHT’S POPULARITY AND EXCESSIVE FANS – ATM only further associate’s itself with something it dislikes through its actions.
  • THE FEAR AND CHARACTERIZATION OF EXCESS IN RABID FANS – ATM claims that Twilight fans are emotional and immature and prone to outbursts despite the fact that there never seems to be much proof to support those claims.
  • EXCESS CONTINUED – Talks about the nature of rabid anti fans and how they have become more rabid than those they hate.
  • GOOD ANTI FANS – Discusses the ways that the ATM attempts to be rational and distinguishes between the good and bad fans of Twilight.
  • ANOTHER CONSEQUENCE OF EXCESS – Discusses what can be deemed as excess in terms of fandom and what can be deemed as normal.
  • THE ACADEMIC, THE ELITE, AND ATM’S AFFECTED LITERARY CRITICISM – Discusses ATM’s imagined self superiority
  • THE REJECTION OF THE FEMININE AND FEMALE FANDOMS – Discusses how female fans are more prone to becoming rabid and how age can also be a factor.
  • FEMALE FANS AS DANGEROUSLY PASSIVE AND VULNERABLE – Pretty self descriptive.
  • ATM’S MORAL OBJECTION TO TWILIGHT – ATM claims that the content in Twilight is morally objectionable.

 

 

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