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This Week in Fandom, Volume 9

Fan studies is a fast-growing discipline, both with fans pursuing degrees in media and analysis and non-fans studying us from an anthropological perspective. De Montfort University Leicester recently took students to Hollywood to visit the city’s famous monuments to real person fandom: the Hollywood Walk of Fame, decorated with stars in honour of public figures and some notable fictional characters; ‘Grauman’s Chinese Theatre,’ home of myriad film premieres and over 200 famous handprints (and other prints, like the wands used by the three leads in the Harry Potter films); and the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, the burying place of numerous influential members of the entertainment industry. The student group also attended WonderCon. At each attraction, the group ‘observed and interviewed fans’ in order to better understand fans and fan culture.
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This Week in Fandom, Volume 8

If, like me, you’re still mourning the senseless death of The 100‘s Lexa (and the Clexa ship), you can take comfort in knowing that her death was meaningful—just not in the context of the show. In response to The 100’s casual use of the [TRIGGER WARNING for link: discussion of homophobia; disturbing images] Bury Your Gays trope, four members of the television industry have drafted the Lexa Pledge, a promise to never queerbait, to always ensure that recurring LGTBQ characters ‘will have significant storylines with meaningful arcs,’ and to avoid unneccessarily killing gay characters. Fifteen writers and producers have already signed, and many fans on social media are cautiously hopeful about the future of LGBTQ+ representation.

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