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Fandom is a collective term for various communities around media. The origins of fandom can be traced back to ancient history, but now it has come to mean a group of people organized around something they love. is.

More specifically, I define fandom as a participatory culture that creates transformative works based on original material. I basically agree with Henry Jenkins definition of fandom as a participatory culture and how it creates new media subjects. From books to boy bands to his YouTuber on Minecraft, modern fandom is everywhere. The Origins of Bookish Fandoms provides a roadmap for how participatory culture shapes fandoms around media.

The mainstay of participatory culture is writing. Fans write to publishers and authors, and to each other. In magazines and doujinshi, fans were able to participate in fandom discourse and writing her fiction through discussion sections. The book fandom sustains itself through debate and transformative creation, through fans’ love of the written word.

Early fandom history

Before BookTok and Bookstagram, there were fan-hosted forums and websites, and LiveJournal accounts where people posted theories, headcanons, and fan fiction for discussion. Prior to that era, gin was the dominant force in fandom exchanges.

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The invention of the Gutenberg printing press in 1450 changed the whole way people relate to stories. Before publication, across Europe he had 30,000 books, and 50 years later he had over 12 million. Reading has become a common thing people can do instead of a professional skill.

An early novella that still has an active fandom today was the 1872 novella Carmilla By Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu. A novel that boasted tremendous popularity in the genre of “sensory novel”.These types of melodramatic and thrilling novels were popular in the late 19th centuryth British century. Carmilla More recently, Carmilla’s web series, movies, and related novels have inspired transformative fan works that are still today.

Carmilla was before Bram Stoker Dracula Nearly 25 years on, Supernatural Monsters still garners major fandom. Carmilla’s influence is still reverberating two and a half centuries later.

One of the early fandoms people point to is the explosion of enthusiasm around them. Sherlock Holmes Mystery, first published strand magazine A key aspect of the fandom that followed Holmes was fans writing letters as if they were Holmes or Watson.

Arthur Conan Doyle killed Sherlock Holmes because he was less interested in Holmes than in spirituality and fairies. final question 1893. strand magazine I lost 20,000 subscribers after this article. Fans wrote letters to Doyle calling him the Beast, and fans organized the “Keep Holmes Alive” club.Doyle finally relented and wrote hound of the baskervilles In 1901 (set before Holmes died), he wrote another story describing how Holmes survived the fall of Reichenbach in 1903.

Establishment of science fiction and fan conventions

1926, science fiction magazine great story started to circulate. In its first issue he featured stories by famous authors such as H.G. Wells, Jules Verne and Edgar Allan Poe, and the magazine basically defined the genre his notion of publishing.

of Science fiction, 1926-1976: A history of subculturesLester Del Rey, great story A magazine where fans can connect and comment on the story before and after. Communities centered around genre fiction continued to grow in popularity and thrived in subcultures. Fan works, which are integral to the participatory culture of fandom, also gained popularity.

In 1939, the World Science Fiction Association held its first Worldcon. The event will include the Hugo Awards, his biggest SFF and fandom awards of the year. The Hugo Awards are named after their founder, Hugo Gernsback. great story magazine. Mr. and Mrs. Hugo confirmed the legacy of many of his sci-fi/fantasy writers, including Octavia E. Butler and Ursula K. Lugin.

It’s impossible to underestimate how important WorldCon and the Hugo Awards are to the SFF fandom. They celebrated the participatory culture of fandom and awarded SFF books at a time when genre fiction was largely dismissed from the literary world. A fandom with a participatory culture needs support within the community. As we know it today, conventions are also big markers of fandom.

Star Trek From fanfiction to books

Star Trek novel cover How much is the earth alone?

Star Trek The TV show is a major turning point in the history of fandom. Henry Jenkins identifies the Kirk/Spock ship as the birth of Slash’s fan fiction. Fans created doujinshi and exchanged fan fiction via email to keep up with each other.

Doujinshi was a major project. There were reprints of fan-favorite doujinshi and hundreds of copies of some of them. Star Trek fans have always created works that annotate and transform the original series.

Because of this popularity, star trek novels was also very successful. They work on everything from exploring Chekhov characters to developing future lore and backgrounds. Star Trek Occur.author of Star Trek The novel also did the very funniest thing of inserting himself and his friends as characters in the novel.

Participation in underground fandom

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One of the book fandoms that doesn’t have much written history is that of the queer pulp novel.book by susan striker Queer Pulp: An Insane Passion From the Golden Age of Paperbacks records the publishers who distributed these books. Many of them started with gay porn and “male physique” magazines. Like Trekkie, these magazines were already known.

Gay and lesbian pulp novels began appearing in the United States in the 1930s. In the 1960s, Greenleaf Press published Victor J. Banis’ man in campwas a spy parody of a super popular show man from uncle The show also had a notable fandom of avid thrash writers in the 1960s. It was a way of learning about life. The participatory culture of fandom was expressed through a queer lens.

The price of salt on the cover of Patricia Highsmith's book

On the Lesbian Pulp Fiction side, salt price The work of Patricia Highsmith (originally named Claire Morgan) made waves with closed-off queer women. Although she received the traditional sleazy marketing of pulp novels, fans felt the novel was a tender portrayal of her life as a queer woman in the 1950s, so she was criticized via her publisher for ” I wrote to Claire Morgan. Queer women can also participate in queer culture by becoming fans of books.

Ever-evolving book Fandom

The book fandom has accelerated in the entertainment industry and its importance has skyrocketed. With a wide variety of books and associated fandoms, production companies are constantly looking for content that will become movies and TV shows that have an embedded audience.

Now the book fandom is reviving the importance of printed books. I think this is probably due to the aesthetics of carrying books on Bookstagram, BookTube and BookTok. Better to watch a stack of beautifully designed covers than a video of someone scrolling through an e-reader.

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The current book fandom also has a lot to do with embodying fan work. That means supporting fan-created works online and allowing authors to publish their work in traditional publications. The rise of works like her series After by Anna Todd, originally a fan fiction of One Direction, and the greater recognition from the author of her fictional world, is what fans are referring to here. . Twenty years ago, it would have been unthinkable for a popular author like Naomi Novik to openly embrace fan fiction.

It has been an essential goal of fan historians to embody fan works through publication and the Hugo Awards. Star Trek fans who tried to index all his Trekkie fanzines and fanfiction would have liked the many fans who were able to move from fan engagement to traditional print culture. Fans of his fiction are also very common these days, including the author and his friends. Star Trek novel.

Queer fandom is also a much larger and more accepted part of fandom in general.While we don’t necessarily expose ourselves by participating in fandoms, more and more queer books are emerging each year for book fans to discuss and form a participatory culture. runaway fandom heart stopper Web comics, books, and TV shows are good examples. The fandom also recreates the doujinshi culture of the 1970s. heart stopper A new page-to-page webcomic.

Fandom gatherings, writing and reading fan fiction, and discussing the development of book fandom are always hot topics.

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