Links roundup for 6 February 2012

Here’s a roundup of stories on fannish histories in the news that might be of interest to fans:

  • CNN’s Geek Out blog hosted a post by Colette Bennett about how she became a J-Pop fangirl. “In 2008, a friend of mine mentioned that he enjoyed Japanese television dramas – known fondly as J-dramas to the fan community. I had no idea what the J-drama scene was about, but it wasn’t long before I sat down to watch one. The opening scene was accompanied by a Japanese pop song from outrageously popular boy band Arashi. Within five minutes, I had two new realizations: I was madly in love with J-dramas, and I was madly in love with Arashi.” The Korea Herald recently hosted a similar article by Elizabeth Gwee about her love of K-Pop fandom. “I don’t fit the stereotype of a K-pop fan. I like to think of myself as a mature, normal-functioning, happily married adult. I try not to brainwash my friends into liking it, unless they ask me about it. K-pop happens to be something that my husband, who introduced me to it, and I enjoy indulging in when we need an escape from mundane adult life.”
  • Romance novel review site Smart Bitches, Trashy Books hosted a discussion about paranormal vs. contemporary romance fans that tried to define how each group participated in their fandom. “[T]he paranormal fans are more likely to click links, rate books, review books and spread the word about a series they love – and connect with other readers. That’s not to say that the contemporary fanbase can’t be built among readers; I think the limitation is that the contemporary world building is reality-based, and ultimately the connected activities are both based in the real world (knitting, cooking, etc.) and focused on real-world promotion instead of online.”
  • Today in Comics History posted about the origins of comic book fandom, citing the practice of allowing fans to network among themselves as a turning point. “Now letters pages were not rare before the 1960s, and even letters pages with full addresses (name, street, city, state) were published in comic books back in the 1930s. And there were fans clubs, even if they were mostly company run. But something changed with comic book fans in the early 1960s. There were many factors, but one key was the older, activist fan like Jerry Bails, Roy Thomas, and Don & Maggie Thompson. They enjoyed comic books and wanted to tell others about it. And they had the life experience and knowledge to act on that desire.”
  • Lastly, The Literary Omnivore had some book recommendations about fandoms highlighting “three works dealing with pre-Internet fans.”

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