OTW Fannews: Loving the Fangirl

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  • Mashable highlighted the emergence of more female fans as superheroes. The latest is Faith “Zephyr” Herbert from Valiant Comics’ Harbinger series. The “sci-fi loving, Firefly-quoting fangirl” now has a series of her own. “Part of what’s gained Faith attention in the comic-book community is that she doesn’t fit the mold of overly skinny or sexualized female superheroes. ‘I’ve heard some very moving comments from comic fans who had never seen a hero who looked like them on the cover of a comic before the Faith covers were unveiled…So there is very much a demand for a book like this.'”
  • iDiva cited 10 Reasons Why you Should Date a Fangirl, which included their loyalty, understanding another’s passions, always being able to entertain themselves, enjoying simple pleasures, and not being judgy of others.
  • Bustle piggybacked on an article in The Economist about the success of slash literature in China to discuss slash in more detail. “According to many estimates, the vast majority of yaoi consumers are young women — for instance, attendees at the 2003 Yaoi-Con in San Francisco were reported to be 80 percent female. When it comes to the gender breakdown of the folks who read and create slash, the vision is a bit less clear, as many authors remain anonymous and obscure their gender. But the overall picture seems to be that young women are the dominant consumers and producers of fanfic focusing on romantic relationships between men, whether it’s slash, original fiction, or visual media.”
  • Black Girl Nerds posted about loving fanfiction, and by extension, its most prolific creators. “I read your work on the bus, in between classes, during lunch breaks, before bed. Your writing has gotten me through boring lectures, eternities spent in waiting rooms, long car rides, and just plain bad days where all I wanted to do was curl up in bed and forget how absolutely terrible the world can be. It was your words that I first discovered before many of the WOC-authored published works I’d come to love. It was you who first helped me learn that genre fiction didn’t have to represent yet another place where Black people didn’t belong, that there could be a place on any planet, any world, any reality, for girls like me.”

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