Category Fandom

On Top of the World: On Internet Friendships and Why Fandom Matters (The Adventures of Three Friends in Europe)

When I stepped inside Victor Hugo’s house a little over a week ago, it felt like a pilgrimage. It felt like the culmination of the last 3+ years of my life, of every wonderful friendship cemented over a shared love of Hugo’s Les Miserables, a brick of a novel. This all started because of a […]

Steve Rogers in the Age of Donald Trump: On Cynicism, Fiction, and the Power of Fan-work

You know what first turned me on to Marvel? Steve Rogers. Otherwise known as Captain America. I was a casual fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, always enjoying the movies but never really going further, buying the movies but not merchandise, not diving into the fandom, not reading the comics. Then I saw Captain America: […]

The Power of Stories (Or an Essay on Why I Don’t Usually Like Things Casually)

I don’t like things casually. This occured to me as I was watching the Hamilton performance at the Grammy’s while I sank slowly into the couch cushions and got tears in my eyes, intermittently emitting a soft squeak. To be fair, I wasn’t alone in this; my roommate was grabbing the sleeve of my sweatshirt […]

An Open Letter to Anti-Feminists (Starring Some Thoughts on Marvel’s Agent Carter)

“What’s your name darling?” “Agent.” If you haven’t watched Marvel’s fabulous new woman led series “Agent Carter,” a spin-off of the Captain America films starring Peggy Carter, secret agent, soldier, spy, and kick-ass extraordinaire, then you won’t recognize those lines. But I’ll get to that in a moment. First, I have a bone to pick. […]

“Give these Kids and Me the Brand New Century”: The Power of Internet Friendships

YA author and Youtuber John Green says a lot of smart things, but the following quote is one of my absolute favorites: “I dislike the phrase “Internet friends,” because it implies that people you know online aren’t really your friends, that somehow the friendship is less real or meaningful to you because it happens through […]

Confessions of a Fangirl

What with the release of the new Star Trek movie, the announcement of Amazon World’s fanfiction publishing platform, and Yahoo’s purchase of Tumblr, fandom and fanfiction have found themselves in the spotlight and in the news quite a lot recently, even making their way into a recent edition of the Washington Post Express here in […]