Links Roundup for 24 October 2011

Here’s a roundup of stories on fandom and creator interactions that might be of interest to fans:

  • This Magazine featured professional book fans Book Madam & Associates who “spread their appreciation through blogs, tweets, and occasional podcasts, events, DJ playlists, and online comics clumsily drawn in Microsoft Paint” from various Canadian cities. The group is focused not only on the interests of readers but on increasing the success of books in the marketplace. “A new returns policy instituted by Indigo Books & Music will soon see Canada’s largest retail book chain sending books back to publishers 45 days after they’ve been ordered, slicing in half the long-standing 90-day returns term. That means some books will have only a month and a half to make an impact on readers.”
  • While Book Madam is trying to promote the medium of books, some fans are banding together to promote artists directly. This has usually been done collectively, but in one case, a fan was the sole sponsor of a musical tour: “A physician by trade, Tanaka loves independent, underground music from Japan, not something Toronto tends to have in abundance.” Rather than continue to go to Japan to enjoy his favorite bands, Tanaka decided to bring them to Canada. Speaking of his $30,000 in losses, Tanaka pointed out “I could buy a car, but I already have a car. What’s that going to do for me? These are memories of a lifetime.”
  • Taking a contrary view, a blogger at Game Informer asks “How Much Should the Gamer Influence the Game?” After pointing out how fans flesh out the characters and storylines in a game, Oni no Tenshi adds “Bottom line here is that the fans of a series often dictate certain things, which result in the change of gameplay options, story arcs, and even characters themselves. Sometimes it’s even more insidious-it’s based on “market research” or “test audiences” that basically curtail or squash creativity in gaming stories and ideas simply because games are first and foremost a commercial endeavor and not purely available as artistic and creative outlets.”

If you’re part of a gaming, music, or book fandom, why not contribute your perspectives to Fanlore? Contributions are welcome from all fans.

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Links Roundup for 19 October 2011

Here’s a roundup of corporate fandom stories that might be of interest to fans:

  • While most people’s concept of fandoms revolves around entertainment products, corporate fandoms have also benefited from social media and online communication. This forum post on Chud notes how many Disney theme park fans are upset over news that the James Cameron film “Avatar” will soon become a ride at Disney. Part of their concern rests on the expected longevity of the Avatar franchise compared to that of other properties such as the Star Wars rides. (Avatar fans may find their lack of faith disturbing).
  • Aside from using online spaces, corporate fans express their fannishness in other ways that entertainment fans might recognize. Perhaps one of the most recognizable corporate fandoms is Apple, and this post on Mental Floss features various examples of Apple fans making a statement.
  • Apple is also cited in this Huffington Post column on how small businesses should “go beyond the product and capture these elements of brand fandom.” The author notes “[T]eams and rock bands do not own the patent on fandom. Apple has consumers waiting in lines for new products prior to stores opening. Dunkin Donuts customers carry around “Souvenir Cups.” Don’t kid yourself, these consumers are fans.”

If you’re part of a non-entertainment fandom, why not add your experiences to Fanlore? Contributions are welcome from all fans.

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Links Roundup for 12 October 2011

Here’s a roundup of fandom statistics stories that might be of interest to fans:

  • Exact numbers in fandoms can be hard to come by, but new attempts are always being made. The NY Times published The Geography of College Football Fans in which sports bloggers detailed their use of various sources to depict what places in the U.S. tend to be hot or cold spots for that fandom.
  • A Pearl Jam fan, who is also a college professor, created a video lecture called Pearl Jam Fandom *A Statistical Analysis in which he examined aspects of the fandom by the numbers.
  • Two presentations were made at the Content Marketing World conference which dealt with fandom: Sports Marketing discussed a “Fanographies” program to promote teams since “[o]ur fans could tell our story better than we could”, and Rise of the SuperFan presented strategies to engage fans around their favorite TV content, which included “conduct[ing] Facebook polls that actually affect programming.”
  • Lastly, this post, from the staff of bookmarking site Pinboard, highlights a case study of why businesses might want to know more about fandom statistics before making decisions that affect many of their customers.

If you’re part of Pearl Jam, TV, or sports fandoms why not contribute your own statistics to Fanlore? Contributions are welcome from all fans.

We want your suggestions! If you know of an essay, video, article, event, or link you think we should know about, comment on the most recent Links Roundup — on transformativeworks.org, LJ, or DW — or give @OTW_News a shoutout on Twitter. Links are welcome in all languages!

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