OTW Fannews: How to be a fan

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  • Morgan Davies wrote about the stages of becoming a Teen Wolf fan. “I used to creep downstairs after my parents had gone to sleep to plug my laptop into the dial-up cable in our family room and load all seventeen chapters of a story in different windows before scurrying back upstairs and reading them all in bed until three in the morning, always ready to snap the computer closed and pretend to be asleep in case anybody came looking. Some years later…I started telling myself that at some point I would outgrow fanfiction, and fandom in general…I kept telling myself this until I was around twenty, or twenty-one, and then I decided that persistent self-delusion wasn’t cute.”
  • Being a fan is increasingly being seen as someone who is a producer themselves. Den of Geek collected examples of fan creations memorializing Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary. The variety of ways to be creative and share with others keeps expanding.
  • Diana Uy wrote in Manila Standard Today about How to be a Kpop Fangirl, interviewing Gigi Melodias. “Melodias discovered some of her longtime friends through fangirl forums and concerts. In 2009, She collaborated with some of these friends to start FangirlAsia.com, the first online store of Kpop merchandise with its own domain in the Philippines. Today, FangirlAsia.com is owned by Melodias, her husband, and sister. With some extra help, this small band of Kpop fans also organizes artist events and gatherings for loyal Kpop fans.”
  • At least in sports fandom howerver, the collecting aspect is a predominant form of fandom activity. Thom Lovero wrote about jerseys as a symbol of fandom. “The jersey has become the flag of sports — the most powerful symbol of the connection between fans and their teams. ‘You can’t do any more than wear a player’s number on your back to show that connection,’ said Merrill Melnick, a retired sports sociologist at SUNY Brockport who specialized in studying fan behavior.” But when things go sour, the jersey takes the brunt of fan anger. “‘When the athlete does something to let them down, they can’t take them to court, so symbolically they burn a jersey,’ Wann said. ‘It’s like someone throwing a ring back in the face, as publicly as they could possibly cut off the ties to the athlete.'”

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