Fanworks

Fiction With a Telescope: The Harry Potter Universe Before the Statute of Secrecy

June 9, 2017 // 4 Comments

A beautiful witch holds a cup of wine in the dark woods
In the film adaptation of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, there’s some subtle yet telling character placement. Seraphina Picquery, the President of the Magical Congress of the United States of America (MACUSA), and Tina Goldstein, the disgraced but competent Auror, are women. So what? Big deal. As contemporary European or North American audiences, it’s easy to have a casual reaction to women in positions of power. It’s not so simple though when you put it into historical context. //

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 //

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 //

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 //

7 Seasonal Fandom Gift Exchanges You Can Still Sign Up For in November

November 6, 2015 // 0 Comments

The fandom community is getting into the festive spirit with a variety of fanfiction and fanart gift exchanges. Many secret santas are already well underway, but others are still open for sign-ups or have prompts that can be claimed. Here are seven festive fandom events you can still sign up to participate in, plus three that are looking for last-minute gift creators: The Doctor Who fandom has been around since forever and so of course also has a secret santa fanworks exchange. This time the //

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. //