Articles by C. L. Foltermann

About C. L. Foltermann (7 Articles)
C. L. Foltermann is the holder of a Bachelor’s of Psychology from Old Dominion University and has been crafting fanfiction online since 2009. Currently, she works at a preschool full time and runs CynFol Adventures, a blog about her adventures in Maine.

Teach Them How to Say Goodbye: Why Fans Should Appreciate Gravity Falls’ Short Run

August 15, 2016 // 2 Comments

Back in 2014 I stumbled across some gifs on Tumblr that pictured a quirky, humorous cartoon. I had caught up on the shows I had been devoted to watching and my now-husband had about had it with me watching Futurama on repeat to fill the gaps. I shrugged and decided to check the show out, expecting it would at least be good background noise while I wrote or cleaned the house. Immediately, I was intrigued the show was a Disney Channel Original. The humor I’d seen captured in bursts of flashing //

FriendFiction: Taking a Look at the Psychology behind RPF

February 11, 2016 // 0 Comments

If you’re familiar with the cartoon Bob’s Burgers, you may be aware of the oldest child’s obsession with writing “FriendFiction” because she ran out of fanfiction topics to write on. Tina Belcher has binders filled with stories starring her friends and classmates in elaborate fictional stories in which she often plays a key role. This isn’t just a figment of the show writers’ imaginations, real-person fiction is a real thing (I touched on the implications of real-person shipping //

The Bad Guy Always Wins: Why We Romanticize Antagonists

January 26, 2016 // 1 Comment

The first time I fell head over heels for an antagonist was when I read Interview with the Vampire at the wise old age of thirteen. I instantly became enthralled with Lestat in all his robust glory and his snarky, large personality despite him being portrayed as a selfish monster. I’ve always been fascinated by antagonists that don’t quite seem to understand they are the villain in someone else’s story. Eventually as a writer, and as a consumer of media, it became important for me to //

Fanfiction: A Worldwide Phenomenon

November 25, 2015 // 1 Comment

Fanfiction recently hit mainstream media thanks in part to E. L. James and her erotica series, 50 Shades of Grey, which began as a BDSM Twilight spinoff. Among the many conversations held over the last several years, fanfiction legality and legitimacy are issues that have been raised repeatedly. The Wall Street Journal even did an article in 2012 about best-selling authors who began their career with the help of fanfiction. But beyond the USA, fanfiction can also be found in other parts of the //

Tweek x Craig: Real-life Shipping can get Weird

November 18, 2015 // 1 Comment

South Park is a show built on satire and current events. For 19 seasons, the show has featured popular news and media as well as whatever creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone feel like cooking up. Always topical and regularly offering candid opinions, the show is a sensational hit. On October 28th, the sixth episode of the 19th season released. Titled “Tweek x Craig,” the theme was yaoi fanart and shipping real-life people. The premise of the episode was based on newer Asian students //

How Adventure Time Addressed the Generation Gap

November 11, 2015 // 2 Comments

WARNING: This article may contain spoilers for season six. Season Six of Adventure Time has been a roller coaster of character development so far. We’ve seen Princess Bubblegum loosen up her control over the Candy Kingdom. Finn has gone up and down about his dad and dealing with having a deadbeat for a biological father. Jake and his brother Jermaine had a heart to heart about taking responsibility for their father’s legacy. Yet, so far, the episode that has struck a chord with me is //

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 //