Posts tagged fandom
Posts tagged fandom
Consider the following…
In 10 to 15 years, barring any sort of major catastrophe, all the little children who are watching Transformers Rescue Bots right now will have grown up into teenagers and young adults.
Hasbro will inevitably be planning a revitalization of the Rescue Bots brand in some way. Maybe a show done in all 3D CGI. Maybe it takes place in outer space and the ‘Bots are space station repair workers. Maybe Decepticons are incorporated into the show. Maybe the re-boot is aimed at an older demographic this time and thus contains scenes of violence and crude humor. Maybe the alt-modes of the main cast are heavily changed, and maybe several cast members are removed and/or replaced with the exception of Heatwave due to brand recognizability.
Regardless, all those Rescue Bots fans will be tapping away on their IPad 20’s, holo-keyboards, and gabbing away through future!Skype about how Hasbro has made such a horrible mockery of their beloved childhood show and how this new installment can only bring shame and ruin on what was once such a pitch perfect offering.
are there any instances of characters on TV who are shown to write fanfiction, who are NOT consistently portrayed as “weird” or “desperate”?
They don’t mention fanfiction unfortunately, but Disney’s Filmore had an interesting episode in its second season called “The Unseen Reflection” dealing with High School level YA serial fantasy book fandoms, with surprisingly accurate late 90’s, early 00’s clarity.
You can see the episode in two parts via these links
The episode starts out with the uber fans and their respective clubs being portrayed as overly obsessed and general oddballs, but as the plot plays out, a more nuanced and kinder picture emerges. Filmore and Ingrid eventually come to realize there’s nothing wrong with being passionate about something, particularly when strong friendships emerge through a shared interest. The story actually touches on some pretty interesting topics in youth fandoms like creator disillusionment, aborting fandoms, inter-fandom wars, and fan projects. In the end of the episode, it is a dismissive, condescending author, who views her fandoms as pathetic, spoiled children, who gets shamed and scorned for brushing off her loyal followers in such a way.
Again, sorry I can’t answer your question properly… But there’s always time to bring up Filmore.
Real Talk/Getting Serious Here for a Minute…
In regards to my reblogging of SirKai’s Exhaustively Comprehensive Robot Masterpost yesterday, I want to follow up with yet another strong, personal recommendation to all my followers interested in cartoons to check Beast Wars out if you haven’t already.
Now, I do not in anyway mean to make some sort of foolish True Fan claim about Transformers at large. Such reasoning is mean-spirited to it’s very core. “Fan” is a self ascribed title based on personal choice and interest. A person who consumes small or selective elements of a franchise is just as worthy a fan as someone who deliberately intakes all elements. Furthermore, someone could absorb nearly every piece of media associated with a brand and still not consider themselves a fan of it for various reasons.
I merely wish to recommend Beast Wars on general principle. Regardless of the Transformers brand which underscores it; this is a good show. It features interesting, dynamic characters who forge equally investing relationships with one another. Writing is sharp and tackles creative sci-fi concepts in fresh, mature ways while still staying accessible to all ages. The humor is top form while still being able to get believable heavy and serious when the situation calls for it. It’s a show that can run the full spectrum of emotions without feeling overblown.
Yes, it is a product of the 90’s and features dated animation. Yes, it features some unusual concepts. It has it’s flaws like any show. However, I still highly recommend you at least give it a shot. I say this not as a Transformers lover, but as a general fan of quality children’s entertainment. If you’re in the United States, the show can be viewed in its entirety on Netflix. It is also available on DVD from ShoutFactory.
Thank you for your time.
I agree with your recommendation and your reasons for it, but I really want to thank you for your definition of “fan.” The “you’re not a real fan unless you’ve consumed every iteration of the franchise in full, including the ones you don’t enjoy” stuff bugs me both when I love most of a franchise and when I only follow a part of it.
Thank you very much, and you’re welcome.
I feel that it’s an important distinction to be made. And of course, this applies to all media franchises, not just Transformers.
Ahhhhhhhh! Okay then.
Well, that sounds much more pleasant; I love all three of those shows, so count me in. Of course, I like a lot of things…
Sometimes I wonder what it would have been like if we had Tumblr while Beast Wars or Reboot aired. Like what would the amount of fanfiction and fan art be like? How much more variety we would have had?
It’s frustrating going through the tags of these great old shows and not seeing as much fan art/fiction that they deserve.
Just a thought.
I often wonder the same thing myself. It’s also a good testament to just how important the internet, digital media tools, and social networking websites have been in the organization of fandom.
Fandom has always existed, fan creations have always existed, and technology doesn’t wholly determine a subculture’s development; but it’s still a very important factor.
1. The first character I first fell in love with
2. The character I never expected to love as much as I do now
3. The character everyone else loves that I don’t
4. The character I love that everyone else hates
5. The character I used to love but don’t any longer
6. The character I would totally smooch
7. The character I’d want to be like
8. The character I’d slap
9. A pairing that I love
10. A pairing that I despise