Before he was studied in just about every English program in the world, Charles Dickens was considered something of a hack—a low-rent scribbler of trashy serialized novels. That bodes well for Star Wars. Wait what?
The death of a minor supporting character on a tiny CW show set of a huge discussion about the representation of the LBGTQ community on TV, and this caught most people by surprise. Yet here we are, a month after The 100 aired the inciting incident, still talking about it. What’s keeping this discussion going? In part,…
Fans were not pleased about the major death in last week’s episode of The 100. (Neither were we.) And since then, they’ve been furiously working not just to declare their displeasure—but to make the show itself pay a heavy price.
This could go very well or very poorly: the BBC has launched “Mission Dalek,” a competition where fans create their own stories about the Doctor and the Daleks.
Fanfiction is one of the internet’s most reviled and beloved genres. Its authors write tales set in their favorite pop culture worlds, from Star Trek and X-Files, to Hogwarts and boy band concerts. For every fic that’s embarrassingly bad, there are thousands more that are brilliant and well-written. Here’s how to hunt…
Books, comics, movies, action figures—they all accumulate. And though we wanted them more than anything when we got them, getting rid of them is almost better than buying them in the first place. Here are the unexpected pleasures to be found while you thin out your collection.
What happens when you stop loving a piece of entertainment that once could do no wrong? It’s one of the nastiest kinds of break-ups there is. Your love was pure and true. And then it was gone, and you were a wreck of yourself. How did it come to this? Here are the seven stages of a fandom break-up.
When The X-Files debuted, nobody knew the small, weird show would be a success. But it had something better than a marketing blitz: It had the internet as a way to connect people who wanted to believe.
【The following was originally posted on The Mary Sue (Abrams Media Network) and has been republished here with permission.】About a year ago, I went with friends to see a live reading of Welcome to Night Vale and was shocked by the amount of screaming coming from women in the audience.
Lenny Kaye, the long-time guitarist for the Patti Smith Group, amassed a collection of 1500 mimeographed science fiction zines from the 1940s to the 1970s, and they're on display this weekend at the New York Art Book Fair. These zine covers are wild and in some cases kind of alarming.
Star Wars art is always cool, especially when talented artists are using its imagery to make awesome things. But what happens when you take Star Wars and render it through 20 year old hardware?
Most of us have been seeing convention panels about the "Death of Science Fiction" for years now — it's become sort of a jolly cliche. Everybody laments the loss of some earlier, greater age for the genre. But back in 1937, British fans were pretty worried that SF was in permanent decline.
I love the highly-specific title of this academic paper by Melissa Tatum, Robert Spoo, and Banjamin Pope: "Does Gender Influence Attitudes Toward Copyright in the Filk Community?" It combines three hot-button issues: copyright, gender, and fandom. It's a like a powder keg of things people have very strong opinions on.
N.K. Jemisin was a guest of honor last week at the feminist science fiction convention Wiscon, and delivered a stirring speech about dealing with racism in genre fandom and publishing. She also told a very disturbing story about her own experiences of racism over the past year.
I just...I gotta vent. John Fucking Winchester. My fandom hates him, at least the ones that write Dean/Castiel. I doubt the Wincest writers love him much more, since he's inexplicably often opposed to his sons fucking like gay related rabbits (they need to go to Bobby for acceptance of their awesome love). Does your…
When Eric Kripke pitched Supernatural, it was aimed like a laser beam at a young male demographic. So, how come, when I attended the Supernatural Convention in Washington, DC this past weekend, the ratio of women to men was, by my guesstimate, 80-20?
When we argue a point, we often say things like, "I could be wrong." We say that, but do we really mean it? Many people experience something called "naive realism," and anyone who argues about genre shows experiences it often.
Star Trek fans proclaim their favorite series to have been sophisticated and mature — and, above all, brimming with huge philosophical questions. But was Star Trek ever really that smart? A Trek fan asked over at TrekBBS, and the responses are illuminating.
The tagline for the tumblr Fandom: Like Fine Wine is "Best left alone in the dark for a few years," which seems very apt. If you've ever tried in vain to explain something to your non-fannish friend/co-worker/parent/significant other and wished you had a visual aid, this is for you!