Fan Culture and Extremes

“Star Trek rerun, reread, rewritten: Fan writing as textual poaching” by Henry Jenkins:

470: Talks about who “Trekkies” are, or Star Trek fans, and talks about how obsessed they are with the series

471: How fans reread literature to relive old experiences, and how fans are “out of control” and how reading becomes a “type of play… generating its own types of pleasure”.

472: Jenkins wants “Trekkers” to be perceived as “poachers” of textual meanings. He also expresses concerns for fans who produce their own text that incorporates their own experience and use it to make it “rewritten in order to make it more responsive to their needs”.

473: Discusses how one becomes a fan and Jean Lorrah’s opinion on what it means to be a part of the “Trekfandom”… Sort of how they live in their own culture.

474: How Star Trek convention brought together these people with similar interests and made them feel like they had a home, they made new friends due to Stark Trek.

475: Two categories of fans: “letterzines” that publish short articles/letters from fans and “fictionzines” that publish short stories/poems/novels about the actual characters and plot of the series. Paramount treats fans better when it comes to threat of legal action rather than Lucasfilm, which argued against works that violated the “Family values” of the original series.

476: Talks about how most fan fiction writers are women, because “women and men have been socialized to read for different purposes” because women read to “enter the world of the novel, take it as something there for that purpose” rather than men “see the novel as a result of someone’s actions and construe its meaning in those terms”.

477: Different ways women use literature and writing to show their feelings, and literature by men not being as liked by women.

478: Why Star Trek for women versus something more traditional like a drama? One theory suggests that it is because science fiction requires the woman to put more “feminist reconstruction and creative effort” to rework the material.

479: Women weren’t very fond of the way women were portrayed in Star Trek, because of its “often demeaning treatment of its female characters”.

480: Explains how altering the stories to better women would take away from the “stereotypical feminine traits”.

481: Fans don’t just write one section of literature, they write in “Story trees” or in series.

482: Explains how “men want a physical problem and women want a psychological problem” both with the same type of resolution. Result is “genre switching” or rewriting science fiction such as Star Trek as “space opera”, a romance series.

483: Women seek romance where they read and want to use romance as the force behind actions, such as Star Trek.

484: Explains how romance in literature is more relatable to women due to their experiences in everyday life.

485: Theres a separation between women and men fans because women tend to read stories in a more feminist approach and apply the plot to feminism.

486: Talks about how fans fear that the creators of the characters and plot might sell out and destroy/damage their work just for a profit.

487: Fans keep the series alive by having a community that celebrates the literature.

488: Some fans disagree and don’t like the sexual romance between Spock and Kirk, find it not respectable.

489: Fans like that by having a place to write fan fiction online, new content can be produced, but most fans wouldn’t want to change the literature completely.

490: Conclusion on what star trek means to different fans and how they view the series.

491: Huge series can make people want to be involved and love literature/a series so much.

“Praxis” by: Jacqueline Pinkowitz:

-The “Anti-Twilight Movement” (ATM) is a group of people who really hate Tilight and have a website for the ATM that basically make fun of Twilight fans for liking the books so much.

-ATM says it’s a critique site for Twilight, but seems more like a hate site. ATM speaks out about how crazy they think Twilight fans are, calling them “Rabit Twitards”.

-The site says that female fans are completely obsessed with Twilight, to an unhealthy extent where they’re “mentally unstable”, with this being much more popular in women than men.

-Explains how anti-fans and fans of Twilight aren’t different in many ways; they’re both completely engulfed in the series, but in different opinions and perceptions. Talks about how anti-fans hate Twilight fans more than they hate the actual text because of how obsessed and insane the fans are.

-How the ATM website doesn’t deal with insane fans of either “fan or anti-fan” of Twilight; basically if you’re too obsessed and rabid they won’t take you. Hierarchy is based on level of saneness when it comes to Twilight.

-Questions why ATM even has such a large website because having it will only draw in more rabid fans and anti-fans.

-ATM says Twilight rabid fans are so “emotional and immature”, that perhaps violence could be a result of a disagreement between fans and anti-fans due to the nature of how crazy the fans are.

-Rabid anti-fans can be just as insane, if not more so than actual Twilight fans. ATM doesn’t support rabid anti-fans because they will attack practically anyone that even seems like they show interest in Twilight.

-“Good Anti-Fans” are people who tolerate, but critique Twilight and don’t try and get into arguments with rabid fans. ATM tries to prove itself as a good, mature anti-fan website.

-ATM will not tolerate anyone like “rabid fans” of anti-fan or fan.

-ATM tries to prove itself as the most noble site. Also fans and anti-fans are not always trying to pursue, more so to protect the literature.

-Young, female fans are more likely to become rabid fans to feminine things such as Twilight.

-ATM says it doesn’t agree with the content in Twilight, says morals towards women and relationships aren’t good.


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