October 2015

5 Awesome Halloween Fanart Pieces

October 30, 2015 // 0 Comments

In the Marvel Cinematic Universe fandom, the Avengers are of course celebrating in style—by dressing up as each other. In mushstone’s amazing fanart, we have Natasha Romanov, the famous Black Widow, who’s dressed up as Avengers’ founder Nick Fury. This is no doubt a very fond tribute to the man who trusted her enough to make her an agent of SHIELD. Clint Barton (Hawkeye) is going as Agent Coulson. We have to wonder whether the business suit is actually Barton’s. //

Transform Your Fanfic into Original Work Through Worldbuilding

October 29, 2015 // 0 Comments

Fanfic is a lot of fun and a great way to become a good writer. Some of us, though, might want to make the transition to writing professionally. This isn’t always as easy as E.L. James makes it look. One of the biggest issues with making the transition is that fanfic, by its nature, comes with a world already defined. The heavy lifting of worldbuilding has already been done by the original author or creators. And, of course, changing all of the names isn’t enough to change your //

A Superhuman Disaster, A.K.A. Jessica Jones: Exploring Gender in Superhero Media

October 27, 2015 // 2 Comments

Marvel fans, particularly fans of Netflix’s Daredevil, are getting excited about Netflix’s next contribution to the MCU: Jessica Jones, the first season of which will be released in its entirety on November 20. Something of a companion show to Daredevil (The comics see Matt Murdock sweeping in as Jessica’s lawyer when she’s in a pinch—maybe there will be something similar in the show?), Jessica Jones follows the adventures of its eponymous protagonist, a former superhero //

I’m Sorry. My OTP’s Acting Up Again.

October 25, 2015 // 1 Comment

What do the letters OTP mean to you? Does a cute couple pop into your head? How about memorable fanfiction and fanart? Maybe a little bit of both? Not all that surprising. Those of us that frequent fandom communities have a strong awareness of its meaning. We hold a special place in our heart for these letters. One true pairing. Nothing better. Nothing less. That’s our inner motto. We breathe our OTP. It consumes our life. It’s not our own relationship, but it certainly feels close enough. //

X-Men and the “Canon Disabled Character” Tag

October 22, 2015 // 6 Comments

I don’t think I’m alone in this when I say that one of the major reasons I was first drawn to the fandom community was that I just couldn’t find people like me in the books, movies, and TV shows I loved (at least, not without a pretty fast and loose approach to canon). That’s still the case, by and large. Things are improving, certainly, and I don’t mean to knock that. We now have mainstream story lines featuring queer characters who are more than just a coming out //

How I Met My Fiancé by Writing Fanfiction

October 22, 2015 // 2 Comments

I started writing fanfiction at the age of fourteen, because I saw my sister doing it and I wanted to try it too. At age sixteen, when anime was just starting to become popular in the UK and I was getting involved in online fan culture, I started writing a fanfiction based on the English dub of Beyblade. (We didn’t have a lot of choice for what anime to watch in Britain back then.) It was a self-insert fic about my “Mary-Sue” character moving to New York—a glamorous city to a //

For the Love of Draco Malfoy

October 21, 2015 // 3 Comments

Draco Malfoy is the Slytherin fantasy of Harry Potter fans across the globe. His popularity became so notable that J.K. Rowling said she was “unnerved […] by the number of girls who fell for this particular fictional character.” Readers can’t help but swoon over his Death Eating, Voldemort-following angst. Sure, he might spend the majority of his time at Hogwarts threatening to tattletale to his father, but he’s still the bad boy we all wish would sweep us off our //

Connecting With Your Kids Through Fandoms

October 21, 2015 // 0 Comments

I recently asked my fourteen year old daughter what her favorite fandom was. After much agonizing, she finally blurted out “Transformers!” I’m pretty proud to say that I introduced her to that one. My brother sent me the first movie several years ago, because we had watched the cartoon together when we were little. Family bonding at its finest. What I expected her to say was “Sherlock” or “Supernatural.” Those are her big ones, lately. I love to give her grief about Sherlock. //

Five Psychological Benefits of Writing Fanfiction

October 21, 2015 // 5 Comments

In 2009 I began writing fanfiction as a means to jumpstart my creative process. I was so in love with the characters of the anime I was addicted to (Yu Yu Hakusho, by the way) that I wanted desperately for there to be more of their adventures and world than the complete series offered me. Burning through the entire series in two weeks’ only left that hunger festering. I was writing the first draft of a novel at the time, in between jobs and attending college. When I could no longer fill my //

In Another Place, Not Here: Writing Exotic Locales

October 21, 2015 // 0 Comments

Ah, the thrill of travel! Exploring new horizons, indulging in unfamiliar foods, and taking in sights only ever glimpsed in a guidebook holds endless appeal for us humans. We’re explorers at heart, and even if you hate the expense and inconvenience of traveling, chances are you like to read about places you’ve never been. That goes double (and maybe even triple) for fanfic writers. We live and breathe our canon. Whether our stories are set in the shadowy halls of Hogwarts, the //