This Week in Fandom, Volume 31

This week is about feel-good fandom, and what could be more warm and fuzzy than a live action hjubvg film? reports that the plot will be…pretty much what you’d expect, assuming you’ve played the beloved mobile game:

One day, while at a loss and looking at the garden from [the protagonist’s] porch, a single cat appears. Katsu makes an attempt to speak to the cat, but it simply just walks away. The thought that even cats would desert Katsu made things more depressing for the writer. However, that night, he decided to leave some cat food at the corner of the garden before going to bed. The food was gone the following morning. This brings a sudden interest in Katsu—and how the story of the young author’s “Neko Atsume” begins.

Buzzfeed‘s Bim Adewunmi wrote this week on How Fanfic Helps Black Women Create The Stories TV Still Can’t Provide, reminding us all of how meaningful and important fanwork is:

In these stories, black women get to be more than just platonic friends and trusted advisers. They are more than just cogs in the wheel to keep the story moving, and they get to sin and come back from it, with rich and complex redemption arcs. They also get to be playful and fun, and flawed. Importantly, they also get to self-define their sexiness, and are uncomplicatedly desired without harking to either hyper- or de-sexualisation. In these small ways, fanfiction (especially as written by black women and girls) is the perfect vessel to advance the much-needed view that black women’s lives are more complex than films and television would have us believe. In the larger picture, these fics are acts of radical self-love and self-determination.

How has fanfic helped you express and explore your identity? Let us know in the comments!

Finally, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill student newspaper The Daily Tar Heel put out a list of things students at the US university can do to show kindness this week following the emotional US election results. It’s a simple list of unpolitical actions like ‘Send dog videos to your friends in a fun email chain,’ and it includes the amusing suggestion, ‘Write fanfiction about your friend and their political idol.’

What do you think about the idea? How have you used fandom to show kindness or cope with conflict? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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