Call me Kit: Hufflepuff, band geek, English nerd, moviegoer, book lover, and TV addict. This here blog thing will be mostly me fangirling, with some personal bits thrown in. Welcome, all.
A super girly and peppy blonde girl who wears bright pink dresses and skirts everyday is best friends with a quiet goth girl who of course sports all black clothing and big lace up boots. Someone jokes and yells to them “Hey look, a fairy and a vampire!” The blonde turns around and flashes a fanged grin and says “She’s human actually.”
This has been done before, I’m sure.
Fandom is focus. Fandom is obsession. Fandom is insatiable consumption. Fandom is sitting for hours in front of a TV screen a movie screen a computer screen with a comic book a novel on your lap. Fandom is eyestrain and carpal tunnel syndrome and not enough exercise and staying up way, way past your bedtime.
Fandom is people you don’t tell your mother you’re meeting. Fandom is people in the closet, people out and proud, people in costumes, people in T-shirts with slogans only fifty others would understand. Fandom is a loud dinner conversation scaring the waiter and every table nearby.
Fandom is you in Germany and me in the US and him in Australia and her in Japan. Fandom is a sofabed in New York, a roadtrip to Oxnard, a friend behind a face in London. Fandom talks past timezones and accents and backgrounds. Fandom is conversation. Communication. Contact.
Fandom is drama. Fandom is melodrama. Fandom is high school. Fandom is Snacky’s law and Godwin’s law and Murphy’s law. Fandom is smarter than you. Fandom is stupider than you. Fandom is five arguments over and over and over again. Fandom is the first time you’ve ever had them.
Fandom is female. Fandom is male. Fandom lets female play at being male. Fandom bends gender, straight, gay, prude, promiscuous. Fandom is fantasy. Fandom doesn’t care about norms or taboos or boundaries. Fandom cares too much about norms and taboos and boundaries. Fandom is not real life. Fandom is closer than real life. Fandom knows what you’re really like in the bedroom. Fandom is how you would never, could never be in the bedroom.
Fandom is shipping, never shipping, het, slash, gen, none of the above, more than the above. Fandom is love for characters you didn’t create. Fandom is recreating the characters you didn’t create. Fandom is appropriation, subversion, dissention. Fandom is adoration, extrapolation, imitation. Fandom is dissection, criticism, interpretation. Fandom is changing, experimenting, attempting.
Fandom is creating. Fandom is drawing, painting, vidding: nine seasons in four minutes of love. Fandom is words, language, authoring. Fandom is essays, stories, betas, parodies, filks, zines, usenet posts, blog posts, message board posts, emails, chats, petitions, wank, concrit, feedback, recs. Fandom is writing for the first time since you were twelve. Fandom is finally calling yourself a writer.
Fandom is signal and response. Fandom is a stranger moving you to tears, anger, laughter. Fandom is you moving a stranger to speak.
Fandom is distraction. Fandom is endangering your job, your grades, your relationships, your bank account. Fandom gets no work done. Fandom is too much work. Fandom was/is just a phase. Fandom could never be just a phase. Fandom is where you found a friend, a sister, a kindred spirit. Fandom is where you found a talent, a love, a reason.
Fandom is where you found yourself.
[2/3] ratings yesterday and was quite surprised to see that the numbers are actually pretty steady throughout the years and seasons. There are some more-watched and some less-watched episodes and there‘s been a slight increase in 3B (which I guess is mostly because there wasn‘t a whole year between episodes, which can make esp. casual viewers lose interest), but overall it stayed pretty much the same. IDK I somehow thought ratings had skyrocketed in 3A and then TW went all „Now we have enough
[3/3] viewers to support ourselves without these annoying critical fanpeople harhar“ and now seeing that that wasn‘t really the case at all has me even more confused re: their marketing and general behaviour.
I wish I could tell you, but their tactics on that front has always been really puzzling to me. I think we can all agree that quality-wise the show really took a nosedive in S3 (and I have many thoughts on why), but as far as their attitude toward the fan base, I think it might just come down to exposure. During S1, when everything was new and they weren’t even sure they’d have a fan base, I’m sure they were grateful to every last individual tuning in. I mean, for a show to make it past its pilot episode, much less a first season, that’s rare. Many many shows infinitely better written than Teen Wolf have been cut down before they even had a chance to properly begin. Many extremely talented show runners with well-proven track records have tried and failed to launch many very worthy projects.
So I’m sure after your show has been renewed a time or two you start to think of it less as the result of good fortune and the favor of the Nielsen gods, and more as a result of your own staggering genius. Also bear in mind that the longer a show goes on, the more press is done for it, the more fan interaction the creative staff have, the more opportunities there are for the people doing the talking to fuck shit up, or for fandom to get a good look at how things have been all along. Jeff was real happy for fan support until we started questioning his choices and looking at the show critically and on a very basic level talking back when we were or were not being spoken to. (And that’s something that also only happens over time… when you’re looking at a single season you’re not yet seeing patterns that later will make you side eye the fuck out of your media, like the treatment of female characters, the sidelining of POC characters, the constant mindboggling survival of the Attractive White Dude characters, etc etc.) So I’m sure over time the tone of that interaction has really changed, especially from their perspective where they started off with a lot of “wow I love this show everybody watch it!” and they just seem to have expected that not to change despite the show itself changing as much as it has.
From a marketing standpoint, all this interactive stuff is pretty new. Well, new-ish, by the metric of corporations that are slow to adapt to change. Most big companies like studios still don’t get social media or that it’s not just a broadcast platform where they talk and we listen. (And no, teen wolf tumblr, constantly publishing “omg this tumblr is so great i wanna be your best friend!” asks is not what I’d call any sort of quality interaction with your fan base, either. It’s self-congratulatory and it’s fucking irritating.) It seems like a lot of content creators are still flummoxed by the idea that we aren’t just passive receptacles for whatever content they choose to grace us with. And it seems like a lot of them respond aggressively when they start getting feedback that isn’t all positive.
So who even knows all the factors that could contribute to this kind of thing, it’s not really a simple equation, but it may really just be a case of familiarity breeding contempt, in both directions.
50 Shades of Grey was originally fanfiction based on the Twilight series, which was then published as a novel (along with 2 subsequent books). It sold over 100 million copies around the world and topped best-seller lists everywhere. It’s about to be adapted into a film, set to come out early next year.
It follows a college student named Ana Steele, who enters a relationship with a man named Christian Grey and is then introduced to a bastardised and abusive parody of BDSM culture.
While the book is paraded as erotica, the relationship between Ana and Christian is far from healthy. The core mantra of the BDSM community is “safe, sane and consensual”, and 50 Shades is anything but. None of the rules of BDSM practices (which are put in place to protect those involved) are actually upheld. Christian is controlling, manipulative, abusive, takes complete advantage of Ana, ignores safe-words, ignores consent, keeps her uneducated about the sexual practices they’re taking part in, and a multitude of other terrible things. Their relationship is completely sickening and unhealthy.
Basically, “the book is a glaring glamorisation of violence against women,” as Amy Bonomi so perfectly put it.
It’s terrible enough that a book like this has been absorbed by people worldwide. Now, we have a film that is expected to be a huge box-office success, and will likely convince countless more young women that it’s okay not to have any autonomy in a relationship, that a man is allowed to control them entirely. It will also show many young men that women are theirs to play with and dominate, thus contributing to antiquated patriarchal values and rape culture.
Boycott this fucking movie, for the love of god. These kinds of ideas are dangerous and set us back as a society
Boycott, boycott, boycott. As said above, BDSM is not the problem. It is also not present in 50 Shades. 50 Shades is abuse; it is not BDSM.