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.
Just go here and sign up with your college email. You can install it on up to 5 PCs or Macs and on other mobile devices, including Windows tablets and iPads.
Okay, opinion time!!! The middle is basically what my hair looks like now, the bottom is my natural hair color ((although it looks a bit darker in the lighting)), and the top is what I kinda want to do with my hair…
Who likes my hair better darker, who likes my hair better lighter??? I want lots of opinions lol—
We’re always being told ‘find your voice.’ When I was younger, I never really knew what this meant. I used to worry a lot about voice, wondering if I had my own. But now I realize that the only way to find your voice is to use it. It’s hardwired, built into you. Talk about the things you love. Your voice will follow.
i’m glad you exist, but i wish you existed closer to me
001. closer // tegan and sara 002. rivers and roads // the head + the heart 003. if i had a boat // james vincent mcmorrow 004. till kingdom come // coldplay 005. dare4distance // never shout never 006. the great divide // the mowgli’s 007. proof // paramore 008. miracle mile // cold war kids 009. write your name // selena gomez 010. fiction // the xx 011. under the same sun // ben howard 012. corner of your heart // ingrid michaelson 013. transatlanticism // death cab for cutie 014. bloom // the paper kites 015. autumn leaves // ed sheeran
After My Chemical Romance called it quits in early 2013, frontman Gerard Way began writing music with no real intention to release a solo album.