Here’s a roundup of stories on how fandom is changing for fans that might be of interest to fans:
- An article on author fan sites (confusingly termed “viral” sites) compares official sites for Twilight, Harry Potter, and Hunger Games and concludes that Twilight’s is the most useful because it focuses on its audience instead of its canon. “Twilight Time Capsule is the best out of the three in terms of catering to the fandom. Time Capsule allows the fans to shape a website using their experiences in the fandom. It’s an extensive archive of moments from the rabid fans who are the reason Twilight exists in the first place.”
- The Guardian ran an article questioning the truth of the argument that “for young listeners music isn’t as important as it used to be.” Citing the previous generation as an aberration in music fan history, the author noted that money and scarcity once dominated music fandom. “Back when music fandom required major pocket money investment, it became a hobby, in competition with others: Airfix, football, stamp collecting. This hobbyist element – the “freaks” who stand out because of the proportion of their time and money they invest in music – may be dwindling.”
- Speaking of Twilight and music, YouTube blogger and author Kaleb Nation who maintains the site TwilightGuy will be the subject of a non-scripted television show which “will follow Kaleb Nation, as he develops … parodies, music videos, and pop culture commentary.” A Daily Dot article on the announcement concludes “Nation’s jump from YouTube to Hollywood proves that a successful YouTube channel can lead to a television network program.”
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