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.