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Harry Potter and the Sacred Text

January 11, 2017 // 2 Comments

There’s a moment when you realize how deeply embedded the Harry Potter series lies within your soul. That moment when your words cannot express how much the fictional wizarding world – its characters, settings, moods – means to you. It is a moment of reverence, of joy, of love. It is, no doubt, sacred. What if we read the books we love as if they were sacred texts? This is the question Vanessa Zoltan and Casper ter Kuile attempt to answer in their podcast Harry Potter and the //

Fic and Fan Blog Writer Mr_Picard on Star Trek, Homophobia, and True Love

December 21, 2016 // 0 Comments

Part of our mission at FAN/FIC Magazine is to highlight amazing fan creators and pull back the curtain on their creative processes. For our third interview, I talked to Alexander (or Mr_Picard), a dedicated fanfiction writer and fan blogger who runs Patrick Stewart News. In the following interview, we discussed the Star Trek fandom, “low key homophobia” in comment sections, and falling in love with a fictional character. Get To Know Yous Malory Beazley: First of all, you refer //

Fan Artist UpTheHill on Dramione, Erotic Art, and the Magic of Portraits

September 26, 2016 // 0 Comments

Part of our mission at FAN/FIC Magazine is to highlight amazing fan creators and pull back the curtain on their creative processes. For our second interview, I talked to UpTheHill, an incredibly talented fan artist whose work is lighting up the Harry Potter fandom at upthehillart.tumblr.com. In the following interview, we discussed Dramione, graphic tablets, the magic of portraits, and how we’re all shameless trash. Get To Know Yous Malory Beazley: Something on your Tumblr bio //

Fan Activism: The Harry Potter Alliance

September 19, 2016 // 2 Comments

It’s no secret that fan culture is a gathering place for individuals from diverse walks of life. Fan texts, particularly fanfiction, often house complex and rich concepts about representation: gender, sexuality, race, ability, and identity. Fan writers not only explore these issues through character and narrative, but often write academic theories, current gender debates, and feminist ideology into their fictional stories. These types of fics make contemporary debates about representation //

Fanfiction Writer firethesound on Slytherin Ambition, Fan Communities, and Drarry

August 29, 2016 // 0 Comments

Part of our mission at FAN/FIC Magazine is to highlight amazing fan creators and pull back the curtain on their creative processes. For our very first interview, I talked to one of my absolutely favourite Harry Potter fanfiction writers, firethesound, whose fic All Our Secrets Laid Bare is one of the must-reads in the Drarry fandom. In the following interview, we discussed Slytherin ambition, writing by the seat of your pants, and what’s so compelling about the Draco/Harry pairing. //

Get Your Geek On: How to Survive Your First Fan Convention

August 22, 2016 // 1 Comment

Every year, thousands of people sporting their favorite geeky apparel or dressed as their favorite character descend on hotels and convention centers in most major cities. Fan conventions are a time for fans to gather together and share their unbridled, unashamed enthusiasm for all things geeky. But if you’ve never attended a fan convention before, how do you know where to start? I have been attending and staffing fan conventions for over a decade. I’ve got it tuned to a fine art, //

Hiddleswift, Or How to Lose a Fanbase in 10 Days

August 1, 2016 // 6 Comments

It was a sunny day on June 14 when news broke about Hollywood’s newest “it” couple. Tom Hiddleston and Taylor Swift, or Hiddleswift, had taken the world by storm. They were first dubbed a soon-to-be-power-couple when they were caught canoodling on a rocky beach in Rhode Island and photographs of the encounter were published in The Sun. These photos caused Hiddlestoners across the world to clutch their pearls, aghast at the oddball pairing. They felt a disturbance in the Force. Millions of //

BattlestarCentral: Ten Years of Galactica Fanfic

May 13, 2016 // 0 Comments

In December 2003, the Sci-Fi Channel presented Ronald Moore’s re-imagining of Battlestar Galactica to fans with a three-hour miniseries. A weekly series followed, first airing in the United States in early 2005. The series received wide acclaim from science fiction fans and garnered positive reviews from mainstream publications including Time and Rolling Stone magazines. As with most popular television series, a portion of Battlestar Galactica‘s fans expressed their love for the //

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 //

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

December 19, 2015 // 1 Comment

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 //