todust-togold:

If there is a small set of rules everyone in any fandom, anywhere, should know about, it is this:

  1. Respect the actors’ private lives and their rights to be with their family and go into public spaces without being mobbed.
  2. Understand the actor is not the character
  3. Sometimes the ship isn’t canon and you will have to accept that. (Do not bring it up to the actors unless they ask, and even then be polite about it.)
  4. Do not
  5. Do not
  6. Do not try and show the actors fanfiction.
fandomfanworks:

frytha:

blackfangirlsunite:

captainsasschabod:

this-too-too-sullied-flesh:

YOU GUYS
I SENT ORLANDO A FANMAIL SAYING “orlando, tell the truth: do you write sleepy hollow fanfiction? because you should.”
THIS IS THE RESPONSE I JUST GOT
YOU KNOW WHAT TO DO, SLEEPY HOLLOW FANDOM
GO FORTH AND FIND TROLLANDO

OH MY FUCKING GOD I CAN’T BREATHE

Omfg

Oh good lord

Anyone can be a fan; anyone can create fanworks. And they do!

fandomfanworks:

frytha:

blackfangirlsunite:

captainsasschabod:

this-too-too-sullied-flesh:

YOU GUYS

I SENT ORLANDO A FANMAIL SAYING “orlando, tell the truth: do you write sleepy hollow fanfiction? because you should.”

THIS IS THE RESPONSE I JUST GOT

YOU KNOW WHAT TO DO, SLEEPY HOLLOW FANDOM

GO FORTH AND FIND TROLLANDO

OH MY FUCKING GOD I CAN’T BREATHE

Omfg

Oh good lord

Anyone can be a fan; anyone can create fanworks. And they do!

hiddenembers:

ao3org:

emilianadarling:

EVERYONE STOP WHAT YOU’RE DOING RIGHT NOW AND READ THIS BECAUSE HOLY SHIT MY WHOLE LIFE JUST CHANGED FOR THE BETTER.

So apparently in addition to running Archive of Our Own and providing legal advocacy to fans who run up against plagiarism accusations, the Organization for Transformative Works also publishes a peer-reviewed academic journal called Transformative Works and Cultures that is dedicated to promoting scholarship about fanworks and practices. This journal is 100% free to access and has been publishing 2-3 volumes (each containing 15-18 articles, essays, interviews, and book reviews) per year since 2008. 

Why is this so fucking exciting? For one thing, academia has a terrible habit of being increeeedibly sloooow to discuss new ideas — partly due to the very long turnaround time necessary to get articles published. By contrast, Transformative Works and Cultures is super up-to-date and teaming with topics that are actually relevant to modern fandom.

Want to read an academic article about female fans being “fridged” in comic book culture? Done. Interested in learning about the societal implications of mpreg within fanfiction/fanart? Here you go. Want to learn more about race and ethnicity in fandom? Well, would you look at that. Feel a mighty need to read a specially-conducted interview with Orlando Jones about producer/fan interactions in “Sleepy Hollow”? Holy butts the show only came out in 2013 and they already have this what the hell.

And all of this — all of the knowledge, all of the analysis, all of the academic credibility being added to fannish ideas — is 100% free to access.

Transformative Works and Cultures is doing fandom an incredible service: by giving a voice to people within fandom, by preserving the discussions and ideas that were important to fannish culture at certain points in time, by emphasizing our significance as a subculture — and all the while doing it on our own terms.

These are fans working hard to give legitimacy to other fans, and if you don’t think that’s rad as hell then I don’t even know what to tell you. 

Shout-out to the Journal committee! \o/

#fandom ic #this is where like half our readings come from #and i’m pretty sure my professor knows the people who write some of those articles

Not only does your professor know the people who write some of those articles, she has written some of those articles.  :D

TWC is awesome, and I have so much respect and gratitude for all the people who work to put it together: the editors, the guest editors, the peer reviewers, the copy editors and proofreaders, the layout people, everybody. I assign readings from it in class not just because so many of the individual essays are fantastic but because TWC itself is a valuable resource that I want all my students to know about. It’s also an outstanding example of the fannish do-it-together ethic: fans wanted a thing that didn’t exist, so fans made it.