If anyone goes into fandoms, there is one fandom that always seems to pop up on the internet. It was also the fandom that first drew me into fandom studies. A fandom that has a gif for everything (no, really they do) and more ship pairings between the 4 central characters than even seems possible. …

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The Truth is Out There. If you immediately sat up in your seat when reading that line then you may, like me, be an X-Phile. I’ve decided to look at the The X-Files this month because of the impending reboot (continuation?) of the show. The show originally aired, on Fox, from 1993-2002. It quickly amassed …

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I was recently thinking about how and why people join fandoms. There is the obvious: they end up falling in love with a created world or characters. Yet, how does one go from being a passive fan to a true fandom member? Then, I began to wonder about the fandoms that get people started with …

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I have a confession to make: I’ve never been a shipper. If you know fandoms, you’ll know what I mean by shipper. If not, this column will make an attempt to explain the concept of shipping and its importance to fandoms. Ship is short for relationship. The practice in fandoms refers to the fan preference …

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For this month, I thought I’d tackle a particular show which has its own fandom (something I hope to continue to do throughout the course of this column). When I was going through possible choices, I had a few criteria: it had to be a fandom I was already part of, I wanted a somewhat newer …

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Last month, this column saw the first half of my interview with fan fiction writer Jennifer Hutchins. This month will be the continuation of that interview as Ms. Hutchins tackles questions about community and her own writing. 6.) How would you describe the fanfiction community (or communities) that you belong to? Very diverse, very fun …

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Last month I gave a brief primer on fan fiction. This month, I’ve decided to jump more fully into the topic. Jennifer Hutchins, who writes under the name a_xmasmurder, graciously agreed to an interview about her own writing and the field of fan fiction. As with the last time I did an interview, I will …

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Fan Fiction is sometimes thrown around as a dirty word. You might hear something along the lines of: “Oh, you write fan fiction. Like Fifty Shades of Gray?” And then laughter. Or Fan Fiction authors will be relegated to a stereotyped image. When asking one fan fiction writer, BB, about her experiences she made this …

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Last month saw the first half of my interview with Fan Studies Scholars and authors, Katherine Larsen and Lynn Zubernis. This month the conversation is continued! As I noted last time, they run the site Fangasm, edit The Journal of Fandom Studies, and have published several books on Fan Studies and fandoms. One of their …

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I’ve always been a fan and I’ve always been involved in fandoms. However, I never really thought about the study of fandoms (despite my love of scholarly anything). That is, I never really thought about it until I stumbled across the work of fandom scholars Lynn Zubernis and Katherine Larsen. They run the site Fangasm, …

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