The full post can be found HERE
I've posted some thoughts about my experiences as a fanfiction writer. It's a fairly broad introductory post, probably more of interest to those yet to be converted as opposed to those already deep in fandom. In any event, I hope to produce a series of additional posts on fandom over the course of the coming months and I hope this will be a useful primer to my own interest and investment in fandom.
The full post can be found HERE
The term ‘queerbaiting’ has gained traction in fan-led discourse in recent times. Creators are challenged on social media platforms about ‘baiting’ their queer fans by creating same-sex relationships with all the hallmarks of something romantic or sexual and yet never allowing that relationship to become canon. Queerbaiting is not a good thing. It’s a fairly gross way to encourage LGBTQ+ fannish investment in a franchise by dangling the carrot of queer possibility, without offering any meaningful representation. It’s often coupled with jokes at the expense of the queer community, with everyone from creators, actors and actresses and the characters themselves expressing astonishment that fans could read a relationship heavy with queer subtext as anything other than platonic. It reinforces heteronormative, heterosexist ideology. It sees accusations of delusion and “silly girl” syndrome levelled at largely female-gendered fan communities and it’s enormously frustrating for fans living in a world of progressive LGBTQ+ discourse, where the queer should no longer need to be coded and confined to the gaps between the stories.
Read more about my thoughts on queerbaiting in my post Queerbaiting, Male Intimacy and Slash Shipping which can be found HERE
You can find my post on my experience at 'Leviosa' HERE
Leviosa was a dedicated Harry Potter convention run by fans for fans in 2016. The convention was held at The Green Ranch Valley Hotel in Las Vegas, and it was completely wizard.
I fell down the fanfiction rabbit hole five years ago. Full of wide-eyed excitement I found myself explaining what fanfiction is, even when people didn't really want to listen. By the time my whirlwind romance with fandom settled into something more permanent, geek culture had boomed. Fanfiction is rarely something I have to explain anymore. Increasingly the response to 'fanfiction' isn't a furrowed brow, but an enthusiastic, "Oh yeah, I was in SPN fandom for a bit and now I write Johnlock." With the success of former fan writers (e.g. Cassandra Clare), the success of former fanfiction having been edited and marketed as original fiction (e.g. Fifty Shades of Grey) and the boom in fandoms which attract a media circus (e.g. One Direction fandom), writing fanfiction isn't as private as it once was. The shift has been rapid and intense, and those fandom stalwarts who remember the days when fic was only available in hard copy printed fanzines will feel the shift even more keenly.
The increased visibility of fandom has brought with it media commentary leveled at readers and writers of fanfiction. This post explores how that media attention raises interesting questions around the suppression of women's writing, and considers why the ability to write in a not for profit space is vital to fan communities, and to the largely female identified writers creating in those spaces.
As well as being an aca-fan I'm an active writer in several fandoms. These days I'm still playing in the Harry Potter sandbox, but I'm also losing my head over DJs and boybands in the Radio One RPF and One Direction fandom. I've written in Sherlock (BBC), Torchwood, Doctor Who, Twin Peaks and Buffy and I've lurked around SPN fandom for ages. Also tentatively hovering on the periphery of Yuri on Ice, Pretty Little Liars, Hannibal and delving deeper into the world of Bandom, K-pop and contemporary pop based fandoms.