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Essay

Marshmallows to Cure What Ails You: Veronica Mars & Fandoms

I was seventeen when I joined my first fandom. It was 1999, and Rent was kind of a big deal. The second National tour was underway – The Benny Cast to be specific. It definitely felt like the highlight of senior year was going to be their stop through Cleveland. Always a loner, I wasn’t just going to see another show with my parents. I was going to rush (I didn’t really know what that meant), I was going with actual friends who had done it before, and there was promise of a “stage door” visit afterwards. Everything was new and exciting.

Fandom feels like a completely different beast in 2014. There’s a lingo to it you have to translate until you really go native. Things like fan fiction and LARPing are probably side-eyed fiercely by newcomers until they fall down their Saarlaac pit of a weekend and suddenly look up on Sunday afternoon and wonder what happened to the last 24 hours. Outside the great personal stories from individual fans, every somebody seems to have an opinion – and they’re rarely good – about fandom. 

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That's What She Said

Orphan Black’s Tatiana Maslany Answers Tumblr Fan Questions [VIDEO]

I am so happy to be a fan of the fantastic show that is BBC America’s Orphan Black because its star, Tatiana Maslany seems like a legitimately awesome woman. Here she is answering questions from fans on tumblr about the series, her experience at the Golden Globes, and more.

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Fans Do Cool Things

Genius Makes Fandom Dreams Come True With Sherlock/Doctor Who Crossover [VIDEO]

I can’t even imagine how many hours of work went into this but bravo to you, Youtuber “John Smith.” If that’s even your real name! Ahem. Seriously though, a Doctor Who/Sherlock crossover is never gonna happen, so enjoy this.

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Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

Back-to-School: Fangirl Style

Leigh Lahav decided to make a new video in honor of good ol’ back-to-school time! Is it difficult to keep your fandom out of school work or are your teachers more accepting of your hobbies?

(via Leigh Lahav)

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10 Showrunners. Locked In a Cabin. Told to Create The Ultimate TV Show. This Will End Well [VIDEO]

Leigh Lahav, she of the five stages of fangirl grief and the fangirl meeting, imagines what it would be like if some of the best (your mileage may vary) showrunners/writers in the biz were kidnapped, spirited away to a cabin, and forced to write the best show of all time.

Spoiler: Joss Whedon, George R.R. Martin, and Steven Moffat all want to kill things.

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This Makes Sense

The 5 Stages Of Geek Fandom [VIDEO]

I’ll just leave this here.

(via Laughing Squid)

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Fans Do Cool Things

Tumblr Has Successfully Willed Their Fan-Created Swimming Anime Into Existence As a Real Show

Are you familiar with the glorious Tumblr phenomenon known as Swimming Anime? If not, Susana covered it in-depth when it burst onto the scene in a cloud of chlorine and homoerotic tension last month. But for tl;dr purposes, the basics are these: A company called Kyoto Animation (or KyoAni) created a 30-second promo for an anime about four male members of a swim team. It wasn’t a real anime; they were just showing off their animation skills. But Tumblr latched onto it, creating characters, ships, fanart, fic, and in-depth meta within 48 hours, all for a show that was never going to exist.

Until now. Congratulations, Tumblr. Swimming Anime is being made.

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Fans Do Cool Things

Tumblr Invented Entire Anime Based on Thirty Second Promo? Must be Monday

Tumblr is no stranger to ironically inventing a fandom, complete with ‘shipping, art, music videos, role-playing blogs, fanfiction and unique vocabulary in a very short amount of time based on a very small, shall we say, canon. Take, for example, the ‘ship Creamsicle, a peaceful outpouring of effort in reaction to a Tumblr flamewar.

This time, though, it’s Swimming Anime, a fandom based on one thirty second promo for an animation company that is not even a real show. In any way. And it might just be me, but it seems to be less of a tongue in cheek response than usual.

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the internet is serious business

The Power of Fandom: Indian TV Producers Cancel Show To Avoid Pissing Off Show’s Own Fanbase

Fandom, when it gets organized, can do some pretty crazy things. From charity drives, to write in campaigns, to art exhibitions. Fandom’s gotten stuff made, saved lives, brightened days, and even made significant changes to their source by showing enough support to show a network that they shouldn’t cancel a show. But well organized fandoms can sometimes be unpredictable, frightening entities to the companies that control their object of passion. Take Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon? or What Can I Call This Love?, an Indian soap opera starring Barun Sobti and Sanaya Irani.

Well, I say “starring,” but the show was cancelled last week because its production company decided that would be less dangerous than making a crucial decision that could annoy the fans.

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Essay

The Fandom Tea Party: The Day the Long Arm of Pop-Culture Touched the West’s Classiest Beverage

Over the past few months, a situation has developed. I have become completely engulfed in my love of tea. Tea has become the bowtie to my Eleventh Doctor, the Dumbledore to my Harry, the flowing raven hair to my Jon Snow. One might call it an offset of Anglophilia, an active side-effect of watching one too many shows that air on BBC, but I have accepted my fate.

Luckily for me, we live in a magical age where getting overly emotional about things like fictional characters and hot beverages can by some crazy random happenstance mesh, to be accepted by some group of lovable weirdos on the Internet, and I happened to stumble into what I will refer to as the “tea fandom” at the perfect time. One mythical night, not too long ago, I was introduced to my new favorite trend in warmed-up flavored water: fandom teas.

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