This Week in Fandom Volume 12

This Week in Fandom Volume 12

If Devin Faraci’s proclamation that ‘fandom is broken’ had you seething last week, you aren’t alone.


In an article for Vox, Constance Grady discusses a number of anti-fanfic essays and blog posts and reminds us that bashing women’s interests is nothing new.


What is scary about transformative fandom is that it’s a place where young women love their media without reservation, and where they can make stories for themselves. That’s why as a culture we’ve decided that transformative fandom is weird and gross and morally wrong, and that’s why all the articles in the world explaining that transformative fandom is a totally legitimate way to interact with a text aren’t really making a dent in the never-ending stream of repulsed investigations of fandom. Because fandom is the province of young women and, culturally, we find young women terrifying.

Grady also corrected the persistent myth that fanfiction is ‘meant to replace and correct the work that inspired it,’ sharing her own experience as a fan of the show Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
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Guest Post: Emmanuelle Debats

From time to time, the OTW will be hosting guest posts on our OTW News accounts. These guests will be providing an outside perspective on the OTW or aspects of fandom where our projects may have a presence. The posts express each author’s personal views and do not necessarily reflect the views of the OTW or constitute OTW policy. We welcome suggestions from fans for future guest posts, which can be left as a comment here or by contacting us directly.

Emmanuelle Debats is a French independent filmmaker who directed 2 documentaries about fandom and fanworks. Both were coproduced by France Télévisions. Citizen Fan is available online without geoblocking until 2020. Last month a follow-up documentary, Fanfiction, ce que l’auteur a oublié d’écrire, (Fanfiction, what the author forgot to write), aired on France 4 TV. Today, Emmanuelle talks about how documentaries must allow silent voices to speak in our public media, and why the stories have to go on.

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