OTW Fannews: Making the Old New Again

  • The return of The X-Files prompted a number of media sites to reminisce about changes in fandom since the original series. Flavorwire wrote about the tools and companions of old. “The AOL-hosted Cabin X site is still available via the Wayback Machine, in all its late-millennium glory. Hand-coded HTML tables. Lovingly crafted Photoshop collages of Mulder and Scully (along with B’Elanna Torres and Tom Paris of Star Trek: Voyager). A ‘dreambook.’ Links to a chat room and a message board, and to the other sites in a ‘webring‘ of Cabin X members’ pages, all of which were hosted on AOL or Geocities or Angelfire…I decided to track down the people who were a part of my little corner of the fandom universe – and see if I could recapture some of that teenage feeling.”
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OTW Fannews: Changing the Dialogue

  • The media frenzy surrounding Star Wars: The Force Awakens continued to throw up a number of articles examining fannish behavior. Vox questioned typifying Rey as a Mary Sue. “Landis isn’t a stranger to the internet, so he anticipated the responses he might get to this critique. First, he insisted that ‘Mary Sue‘ isn’t an inherently sexist term, writing ‘WAKE. UP.’ next to a screenshot of the definition including ‘Gary Stu.’ Then, he acknowledged that some may like Rey because there are precious few good female action or fantasy stars, though Harry Potter’s Hermione and Mad Max: Fury Road’s Furiosa are ‘a good start.’ Finally, he went after the ‘straw men’ arguments sure to come his way: ‘Luke was a Mary Sue’; ‘action films have Mary Sue men all the time’; ‘you wouldn’t say that if she was a man.'”
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