Friday, August 1, 2014

Steve and Bucky share an apartment. They are poor, so poor. The temperature is mentioned at least once (either too hot or too cold). The fact that they live in Queer Brooklyn and know queerness exists is mentioned. Some extra with an Irish or Italian name or veeeery occasionally a Jewish name is mentioned in passing. No other groups lived in New York in this time. It is a fact. If the person has an accent and just came over and only Steve in all of New York is ever kind to them, even better. If Steve gets beat up trying to defend them from Racists, even better than that. Steve gets beat up in an alley defending at least one marginalized person. Steve is also listed as defending women in bars. Bucky does not work in underpaid alley and bar defense. Bucky works by the docks. Underpaid. But always by the docks. Forever the docks. Brooklyn is 99% docks. Bucky works for Steve. Steve was and/or is sick. Steve is so incredibly good despite his sickness. Bucky cannot take his goodness. They say at least one movie catchphrase: ‘pal’, or ‘to the end of the line,’ but probably ‘punk.’ Punk. Punk. Punk. This is a queer phrase, did you know? Bucky maybe dates a girl or seven; who she is and whether they in fact know anyone else in the world is irrelevant. She is maybe a lesbian anyway which we all saw coming because this is Queer Brooklyn. Steve perhaps pines for Bucky but mostly Steve is Good. Bucky thinks about how he is going to afford the rent with all this Depression and also Steve’s sickness.


FFA writes a fanfic, part 2.

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Thursday, July 31, 2014
I first wound up in a panel of women who do fan art and fan fiction surrounding the current TV incarnation of Teen Wolf. And you know what they were like? They were a lot like every other panel of geeky young writers I’ve ever seen. They spoke intelligently and thoughtfully about writing and creativity and what they like and don’t like to make art about. They talked about the responsibility they feel when they write about mental illness and thoughtfully chewed over the idea of creating transgender characters to add to what’s sort of a preexisting universe. They rolled their eyes at a video that was circulating in which Teen Wolf actors were placed on the spot and asked to read fan fiction aloud for yuks, shrugging it off as a cheap effort to make actors uncomfortable on camera and get them to dump on their own fans. Linda Holmes, an NPR writer who apparently stumbled into our panel last Friday totally by accident and said the nicest words ever uttered about me and my six new best friends by a total stranger (via magneticwave)
Wednesday, July 30, 2014

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Sunday, July 27, 2014



I will always love Steve’s “Well, this has taken an awkward turn, but I’m going to be nice about it” face. 

I’m sure Chris Evans didn’t have to dig very deep to find the motivation in this scene.

and it gets worse every year.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014





If they show sports events at bars why don’t they show tv shows?

someone should get to making a fandom bar.

no but can you imagine? fandom themed drinks, tv show maraton nights, discount to cosplayers, and special season finale events.



Friday, July 18, 2014 Thursday, July 17, 2014

Tech Writer Clive Thompson: “The world of fanfiction is the most technologically explosive thing I’ve ever seen in my life.”


The leading flank in discovering how to use technology in cool, interesting, thoughtful ways will generally always be the amateurs. […]

I have a whole theory, actually, that the world of fan fiction is the most technologically explosive thing I’ve ever seen in my life. Every single technology that has come along, fan fiction people have come along and colonized it and stress-tested it and found the most amazing things. They were the first people to realize the potential of meta-tagging and bookmarking sites. Like, here’s a link with four tags, and then you go to a fan fiction person, and they have a link, and it has 70 tags. They are pushing this to absolute limit, and they are finding these amazing ways to sort knowledge.

It’s all because they’re passionate and nobody is making any money off of it and they don’t want to make any money off of it. They get some amazing stuff done. If you’re ever wondering about a future technology, just drop what you’re doing and find out what fan fiction people are doing with it. What are fan fiction people doing right now with WhatsApp? I don’t know. But, whatever it is, it’s the future. 

- SXSW Interview: Author Clive Thompson Explains FOMO, the NSA, and His Latest Book, “Smarter Than You Think” (x)


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Monday, July 7, 2014

Anonymous said: Hello, I hope this isn't an impertinent question. But. How do you know so much about the more esoteric areas of fandom culture? Is it osmoted largely/solely through the tumblrs that you follow? Or through LJ and other fandom spaces? If it's not a bother, would you mind explaining what those spaces are? I am in awe at the breadth of your knowledge so I thought I'd just ask :) Thank you.

thank you! i’m glad you appreciate my writing! :) and yeah it’s basically a combination of who i follow on tumblr/twitter, and the amount of time i spend online (ie a lot, because it’s my job). i also check some media news sites like deadline etc, altho that’s less fandom-y & more just about the movie/tv production side of things.

it’s more a case of recognizing why something is relevant and then contextualizing it, for example when i’m writing about something like Marvel’s gilded cage, or explaining to a non-fandom audience why SPN fans are mad about Destiel or whatever. i find fandom interesting and i’m glad that i get to write about it from an informed perspective.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014


Oh my God, part 2.

( x ) ( x )


"you don’t understand our fandom" she says to the godfather of slash fiction

Friday, May 9, 2014


The Idea Channel proposes a future for fandom that’s already here

According to host Mike Rugnetta, there are three significant possibilities for the future of fandom:

1) Fandoms could control the media they celebrate. The potential examples Rugnetta uses are fans influencing the direction of shows and creative properties. As the segment points out, we’re already seeing this, from Bioware issuing a new ending for Mass Effect 3 because fans hated the initial one so much, to #sixseasonsandamovie and the Community fandom agitating for Dan Harmon to be re-hired as showrunner for his own beloved fandom property. 

But there’s another more practical aspect of fans controlling properties that Rugnetta leaves out. Many fans directly gain creative control over the properties they love. Longtime fandom creator Doris Egan became an executive producer for HouseSmallville, and other notable works with huge fandom followings of their own. Steven Moffat graduated from eager Doctor Who fanboy to Doctor Who showrunner. And look who just stepped into the shoes of the Doctor: Peter Capaldi, a brilliant Emmy-award-winning writer and comedian in his own right who happens to be a die-hard, obsessive fan of the franchise himself.