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  1. Harry Potter‘s Tom Felton is Making a Documentary About Fandom

    But will there be a slash fic portion?

    Tom Felton obviously has a pretty vested interest in nerdery, and now the former Malfoy is joining forces with the BBC to channel that passion into a documentary on Harry Potter and fan culture.

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  2. Today Is the First International Fanworks Day, So Let’s Discuss the Very Best Of Fan Creation

    Tell us your faves

    Today is a momentous day: It's the first ever International Fanworks Day.

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  3. Oh God, Hide Your Fics: Tumblr Introduces New “Fandometrics” Website To Chart Pop Culture

    And yet, the "reblog post as link" still hasn't been fixed yet.

    In its exhaustive quest to prove to kids on the Internet that they're totally hip and cool and their new parent company Yahoo is not running them into the ground, Tumblr has created a website which "compiles the top pop culture conversations within the Tumblr community." Basically, it's like Tumblarity but for fandoms. Hey, guys, remember Tumblarity? Gosh, I've been on the Internet for a while.

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  4. Whoever Runs The Olive Garden Twitter Is Huge Into Fandom

    ONE OF US. ONE OF US.

    We know you love Olive Garden for their breadsticks; but now also be prepared to love them for their wicked social media presence.

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  5. Clever Animation Lampoons Taboo Spoilers In Different Fandoms

    As a Firefly late bloomer, I owe you, Internet.

    We here at The Mary Sue have a lot of opinions about spoilers, as does the rest of nerd-dom, obviously. In her new animation Leigh Lahav depicts the egregious sin of spoiling a beloved geeky entity for one's friends—a transgression second only to insulting another's ship.

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  6. Things We Saw Today: History’s Sassiest Raptors

    We do move in herds!

    Spare no expense!

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  7. Oxford Dictionary Adds “Mansplain,” “Douchebag” and “Fandom”

    neckbeard, n.: (informal) growth of hair on a man’s neck, especially when regarded as indicative of poor grooming…

    Like it or lump it, the English language is constantly evolving to reflect the people that speak it--and unfortunately, those people needed a catch-all term for unsolicited male condescension. The Oxford Dictionary has released a list of new additions to their online edition, so congratulations, "mansplain," "douchebag," "fandom" and friends! You're officially in the big leagues now!

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  8. In Defense of So-Called “Bad” Fanfiction

    Shout out to Sirius/Remus.

    If you consider yourself “in” a particular fandom, regardless of what fandom it is, there’s a good chance you’ve at least dipped your toes into the great and terrible ocean of fanfiction. And there is certainly a lot of great and a lot of terrible fanfiction.

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  9. A Ridiculously Comprehensive History of Sailor Moon, Part 3: Tales from Fandom

    Sailor Fandom Attack!

    Today you can't go pretty much three virtual feet on the Internet without running into something Sailor Moon related, but people didn't just start churning out fanart and crossover cosplays overnight. It takes time to build a fandom, and the sailor-suited soldier of love and justice has had something like 20 years to grow and evolve--alongside the Internet itself, in fact. Let's celebrate it together, friends.

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  10. MTV’s “Fandom Awards” Pit Fans Against Each Other And We’re Not Down

    Way to unnecessarily encourage negativity and infighting in fan culture, guys.

    mtvU is bringing the "Fandom Awards" to SDCC and, shortly after, to your very own TVs. Here's why everything about this is terrible and degrading to fan culture.

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  11. A Brief History of Fandom, Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Being a Fan

    (The) Doctor (and a) Strange Love

    In the beginning, I was not a fan. I liked stuff - Firefly, Star Trek, Lord of the Rings - but the tween who freaked over Bon Jovi and baseball grew up and moved out. I knew about fans; I married a classic Trekkie, who memorizes music cues and can name an episode by its first five seconds, and who first went to Comic-Con in 1972. But I thought, as so many do, that fandom was the domain of man-children with a less than firm grasp on reality. Then I met the Doctor.

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  12. The PBS Idea Channel Envisions the Bright Future of Fandoms [VIDEO]

    Fans Do Cool Things

    I like to think that the future of fandom involves us using our collective power of positive thinking to literally will a series where Lucy Liu and Lena Headey are butt-kicking lesbian assassins into existence. But these ideas are cool too. (via: Laughing Squid) Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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  13. Is the Future of Fandom Bleak or Bright?

    Also, in what way do you resemble a means of keeping oneself cool?

    Are you a fan of anything? Sure you are, and regardless of your level of fandom, you've probably had experiences where you'd like to give a little back and affect (hopefully) positive change in the things you love. PBS Idea Channel thinks that's a good thing, and fandom's prevalence just might change the course of all media in the future.

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  14. The Star Wars Expanded Universe is Dead, Long Live the Star Wars Expanded Universe

    I will make it legal!

    So Disney has decided that they're going to nuke most of the previously established Star Wars canon. I think this is as good a reason as any to finally bury the destructive concept of canon in fictional works. Note that this does not mean that I am against stories in continuity with each other, that's not my position at all. I love continuity, and the story options that it enables. But even as I enjoy continuity, I don't see why we should be judging stories as more or less significant than another on any basis but their merits. And that's all canon does, it arbitrarily privileges some continuities over others. Why should we recognize that kind of a distinction? Why should we give a soulless corporate entity that kind of power over our culture? Because that's what we're really talking about here.

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  15. Experts Discuss The Psychology of Cult TV Shows

    Consider the Following

    Saturday at WonderCon 2014, a group of psychologists, and one psychologist-in-training, held a panel to discuss why cult TV shows really speak to us geeks. The panel included licensed therapist Josué Cardona (GeekTherapy.com), psychology professor Dr. Travis Langley (Batman and Psychology: A Dark and Stormy Knight), clinical psychologist and scientist Dr. Janina Scarlet (The Superhero Manual), and Elizabeth Ann (NerdLush.com). The panel had a packed room, with nearly two dozen con-goers occupying standing room in the back due to the lack of seats.

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  16. Marshmallows to Cure What Ails You: Veronica Mars & Fandoms

    Essay

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

    That's What She Said

    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. Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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

    Fans Do Cool Things

    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. Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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  19. Back-to-School: Fangirl Style

    Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

    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) Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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  20. 10 Showrunners. Locked In a Cabin. Told to Create The Ultimate TV Show. This Will End Well [VIDEO]

    Aaaaaas Yooooou Wiiiiiiiiiiiish

    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. Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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