OTW Fannews: Discussing Fandom

  • The death of David Bowie prompted media attention to his fans. Some sites looked at fanworks while others looked at what he meant to people. Family Dinner Project suggested the issue be a topic for family discussion and offered sample questions, such as “As a fan, what attracts you to certain people? Are there qualities you look for that separate people you “like” from people who inspire true fandom in you?”
  • MTV discussed Bowie’s own insight into fandom when in a 2000 interview on “what the Internet was going to do for society.” He foresaw “a new kind of relationship between singer and fan, connecting that relationship to rave culture at the time, in which, he said, the fans on the floor were as important as the band on the stage. ‘The idea that the piece of work is not finished until the audience comes to it and adds their new interpretation and what the piece of art is about is the gray space in the middle,’ he says, referencing Marcel Duchamp’s ideas on art. ‘That gray space in the middle is what the 21st century is going to be about.'”
  • Movie Pilot featured a Star Wars fan film. “Will the new influx of films damper fan’s creativity to make more Star Wars fan fiction? Apparently not, as writer and director Joe Sill, has added yet another story to the expansive fan fiction library and it instantly will be considered a fan-fiction classic. His newest short, Kara, is a new take on the Star Wars universe and is a must-see for all fans. The short focuses on Kara (Andra Nechita) who is force-sensitive and her father (Peter Arpesella) as they travel across a desert, in search of a Rebel base. During their journey they encounter a Rebel pilot and a band of Stormtroopers, which results in unexpected tension and violence.”
  • Philly Voice attempted to post an authoritative response to what slash fic is. “I’ve been to one conference where a male academic stood up and identified himself as a writer of slash fiction. It was an academic in his 50s, who said his online slash fiction authoring happens under a female pseudonym. So, he identifies online as a female lesbian who’s writing stories about male same-sex relationships. Although he himself is heterosexual and married to a woman, he said it’s a space where he gets to explore and challenge his own gender and sexual identity. That means it really could be anybody out there who’s doing this. There’s so many possibilities for exploring your identity and being creative and queer in that space.”

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