Questions About Fan Culture Reading

The first reading seemed to be about gender roles and how they seem to matter when it comes to television. In my personal opinion, I have to say that when I first watch a show I go in giving it a fair chance to see whether or not I like the show. Such examples from my life are Smallville, Lost, Supernatural, The Walking Dead, and Chuck. These are only some of the many shows that I would be willing to watch over and over again. None of these did I go in thinking I was going to follow for as long as they continued to make new episodes; however I came to love each and every one of them because of how I believe that they are great shows.  It is mainly due to relatable characters, or because the plot line has become something that I want to see how it turns out.

There was a pdf about Star Trek, which I did not really understand, mostly due to the fact that I know absolutely nothing about the show or the characters. Yet from what I was able to understand was how fans made fan fiction. Which seemed to be just fine, especially because if there is a large following of a show, there will be those who want it to continue even though the actors have left the show, or that the show was suddenly discontinued.

In terms of the Twilight article, I understood how there are fans, but there are also those who are against the mere idea of Twilight. Both sides have the right to speak their mind about Twilight, but at the same time, I do not understand why there was the Anti-Twilight Movement, because as someone else had asked, “why put energy into something you hate” and they responded with a basic, it doesn’t take a lot of energy, yet why bother to slam something that does not affect who you are or what you can do.

The links to the readings are in order as I talked about them.

Keidra Chaney, “Fandom and Identity / Fandom as Identity,” The Learned Fangirl (16 Aug 2013)

http://thelearnedfangirl.com/2013/08/fandom-and-identityfandom-as-identity/

Jacqueline M. Pinkowitz, “‘The Rabid Fans that Take [Twilight] Much Too Seriously’: The Construction and Rejection of Excess inTwilight Antifandom,” Praxis 7 (2011)

http://journal.transformativeworks.org/index.php/twc/article/view/247/253

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