December 2015

New Star Trek Series Will Have to Push Boundaries to Succeed

December 29, 2015 // 0 Comments

This November, CBS announced a new Star Trek TV series, which will be available in 2017 on CBS All Access, the network’s digital subscription video on demand and live streaming service priced at $5.99 a month. When the new series premieres, it will be the first new Star Trek episode to broadcast on TV twelve years after Enterprise was cancelled in 2005 due to low ratings. But CBS President and CEO Les Moonves predicts the new series will “make all Star Trek fans very proud … We can see //

7 Awesome Holiday Fanart Pieces

December 24, 2015 // 0 Comments

The holiday season is in full swing in almost all fandoms: cute fics about your favorite characters cooking up feasts, decorating their homes, and snuggling up in front of warm fires. Fan artists are also stretching their wrists and massaging their fingers, ready to get creative or recovering from a holiday themed art-binge. Here, I’ve put together a collection of amazing Christmas and Hanukkah themed fanart for you to enjoy and be inspired by—I know I’m feeling the itch to pick //

Sword Art Online: When Bad Story Arcs Happen To Good Anime

December 22, 2015 // 1 Comment

WARNING: This article may contain spoilers. With two seasons on the books and a highly anticipated third season almost guaranteed, Sword Art Online has been taking the anime world by storm for the better part of two years. A number of my regular sources for all that’s hip and happening repeatedly and emphatically raved about the anime, and after enough poking and prodding, I finally watched the first 13 episodes on Netflix. What I found was all the makings of an incredible anime. A //

Did Life Is Strange Have a Bad Ending?

December 19, 2015 // 1 Comment

WARNING: This article may contain spoilers. It’s been a few months since the conclusion of Life is Strange, and yet we still can’t determine if the game had a “bad” ending. It’s hard to say when death lingers around each one. Dontnod Entertainment has certainly outdone themselves in crafting a beautifully tragic story. If you’re anything like me, playing the first chapter was a neat experience but nothing life changing. It wasn’t until episode 2 that I became //

How Fanfiction and RPG Revealed What I Should Do with My Life

December 19, 2015 // 2 Comments

When I was a kid, my little sisters would sneak into my room after our parents thought we had gone to sleep. My sisters sat by my bed for hours, hanging on my every word, as stories starring a menagerie of characters softly filled my room. Original characters, characters from our favorite stories, and in some stories, even a few self-inserts of my sisters and I. When I got a little older, I found an ancient laptop computer at a garage sale. After haggling the price down, I pulled out a tiny //

How To Make Your Own Fanzine

December 17, 2015 // 3 Comments

Before the rise of the internet, people got their fannish content from fanzines—amateur, small magazines printed in small batches and distributed by post or in person, often at fan conventions (and sometimes, secretly!) You can check out the Fanlore entry for fanzines if you’re curious about the history of the practice, but in short, fanzines are the direct modern precursor to the forums, Tumblr accounts, and fanfic archives of today. As fans, we owe a lot to zines. However, zines are not //

Why Do We Ship Non-Canon Couples?

December 15, 2015 // 5 Comments

As fans, we adore the things our favorite writers create for us. Why then do so many of us blatantly ignore canon and obsess over non-canon couples? There are plenty of canon love stories for us, yet for many of us, most of our attention is focused on the non-canon. According to a census of the most popular shipping tags on Archive Of Our Own, the most popular couple tag on the website in 2014 was Sherlock Holmes and John Watson from the tv show Sherlock, who canonically are a pair of mutual //

How to Keep the Thesaurus from Throwing Up on Your Work

December 13, 2015 // 1 Comment

Writers have a great many tools at our disposal—plot devices, narrative structure, figurative language, and more—but the most fundamental tools of writing are words. Choosing words carefully is a large part of taking your writing from good to fantastic—but spending too much time agonizing over the Thesaurus can also send your work from good to purple prose faster than you can say “Hemingway was a drunkard.” This is not going to be one of those articles that lists a couple //

Hey JK Rowling, You Should Be Able to Do Whatever the Hell You Want

December 11, 2015 // 3 Comments

Dear JK Rowling, Because you care about your fandom and take time out of your very busy schedule to drop knowledge on us about the Potterverse, I want to send you this very important message: you do whatever the hell you want with your characters. If that means crushing fan theories on Twitter, you do that. If it means you have one, two, three, or even forty sequels only available to those lucky bastards in London (I’m looking at you, Cursed Child), you do that. And don’t you ever feel like //

The Demise of Fandom on Tumblr

December 2, 2015 // 2 Comments

If you have an account on Tumblr—and if you’re involved with fandom, you probably do—you might have noticed a few unsettling changes: replies are gone, tracked tags are now tracked searches, and there’s more recommended content than curated content on your dash. Who is this person posting about this ship I don’t like? I don’t need to buy shoes. That is the ugliest looking video game I have ever seen in my life! That’s what browsing Tumblr feels like now. And //