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[Research] Merlin Fanfic authors as interviewees for my bachelor's thesis needed

Hello, hello,
Do you write Fanfiction about the BBCs Merlin (2008) tv series, or have you written some a while ago? And have you – in the best case – published at least one of them on Archive of Our Own (AO3)?
And do you have at least 30 minutes of time and are interested in an interview?
My name is Kay, and at the moment I am writing my bachelor’s thesis for “Media Science B.A.” at the University of Bayreuth. As a topic I chose fanfiction and fan communities in the context of the tv series Merlin (2008) with a focus especially on fanfiction authors for this series. And this is why I want to interview a few of them.
It is not important whether you’ve been fan from the very first hour and wrote your first Merlin fanfiction back in 2008, or if you haven’t written any Merlin fanfiction at all for the last few years, or even just recently uploaded your very first one: Your impressions are still very interesting and important for me.
The interview should last about 30 minutes and would happen via Zoom. You need to be able to talk with me via microphone. It is not necessary for you to be on camera. And it can be held in English and German.
I do need to record the interview so I can transcribe it later. But nobody besides me will have access to the recording itself and all recordings will be deleted after transcribing. Within the transcript, any data that could be used to clearly identify a person will be anonymised. So you are able to stay anonymous and your data is protected.
Everything is in compliance with the european GDPR and the german BDSG (both are data protection guidelines) and participants will get full information regarding data protection beforehand.
Feel free to message me if you are interested. Also just ask here or via DM if you have any questions about this.
Thank you for reading and I am looking forward to messages from you!

Edit: You need to be 18+/of legal age to participate. Forgot to mention it earlier.

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My fandomist manifesto

Well I don’t know if anyone is reading this but here I am, making a little thing explaining my own self made ideology/my personal way I think how a perfect culture and nation would work.

Well now you anonymous reader may be asking “well what is this fandomism you speak of?”. Well to answer that I most explain I’ve been in many fandoms who had their ups and downs when it comes to being a safe environment. This post is mostly exploring the good potential of a fandom and try to make into a tangible system/society/nation.

I must say that I think what makes fandoms toxic most of time is when they are not. It’s always some person who wants to speak loudly about their ship and has some people join their cause. Why this happens so easily is because most fandom activity is online and with it being digital it becomes very unorganized.

But if you want to see what a fandom culture would look like physically then just look at conventions. I think these often display how unique these cultures are and often when your at conventions most of that digital toxicity is non existent.

Why I’m so fixated with this fandom nation idea is because I think some fandom culture have postive things in them and honestly I think they are good escape from the main culture of the west.

It’s community based, there lots of art and creativity. People can associate with multiple fandoms and if you are thinking fandoms as a nation then this could translate to multi citizenship. Also I’m personally a socialist and I think an fan run economy that is organized like you see in conventions would be good.

I know I’m not an expert at statecraft or how this idea could be expanded on but this is post is more of and idea and a proposal. If anyone is willing to expand upon this little dream then please share

16:20 UTC


Hi! I have a survey about fanfiction for a research project!

Some information about the project

This is for a project that you do at college in UK schools called an Extended Project Qualification, it counts as half an A-Level and can be helpful when applying to university.

My project is all about fandom and fanfiction, and I wanted to collect some primary data.

What the survey has in it

A couple identifying questions about age and gender, though all final information will be anonymous

A lot of questions about fanfiction, fandom and the attitudes towards it.

The actual form

[Now removed]

The final information will be entirely anonymous so answer as truthfully as possible, once i get the results i will also probably post them here because im sure people will be curious!

Edit - No longer taking responses, thank you for participating if you did :) results will be posted at some point!

14:03 UTC


Acafan - fan studies


I'm new here. I just found out that exists a world of academic studies about fandom culture!! and I'm really happy about that bc sounds pretty cool.

However, I don't know where I can start if I start to read about it... Soo, I am here trying to find someone who can teach me more about it (and help me a lot)

17:50 UTC


The origins of Trait!Character

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Research into Newsies fandom, the term Fictive, Artemis Fowl/Alex Rider, and more.

I've been doing extensive research on particular subjects I find interesting lately and documenting it on various Wiki pages. I collect what I learn on my Dreamwidth, https://sobqjmv-sphinx.dreamwidth.org, and I would also appreciate any sources that can help expand my knowledge.

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Submit work to Ephemera, a zine dedicated to fan studies and fandom culture! We are looking for: visual art, photography, analytical writing, personal essays, poetry, historical accounts, ethnographic interviews, straight-up trash, memories, collections, secrets both dark and cringe.... Send work to ephemerafanzine@gmail.com or submit through our form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdhTH_Zw1lBucFgs0gCXBxzdN35LyntVlhF6ySxhN1YdtBZ5w/viewform?usp=sf_link

If you have any questions, put them in the comments!

22:21 UTC


Lost FanFic from Childhood

So I remember reading a YouTube video fanfiction for Alvin & the Chipmunks when I was in elementary/middle school, around 2009-2014, but I can't find it and I've looked for it multiple times scrolling thru fanfic.net and AO3 hoping maybe it was cross-posted. The format was on YouTube with black screen and white text, old MovieMaker / PowerPoint style, along with occasional fanart. I don't remember if it spanned multiple videos or not. The plot was mature/explicit (sex) that their 'intended' relationships are all mixed up. Theodore and Elanor's marriage was shaky, as well as the other pairs' relationships. I don't know the whole plot, but Alvin ends up sleeping with Elanor, drawn to her motherly instinct, and I think I remember a scene where their kid walked in on them, an accident on both parts. Meanwhile Brittany and Theodore and experimenting with BDSM and other non-vanilla stuff. Think there was a scene with Theo tied up while Brittany tries on different outfits and teases him. Simon was cross-dressing and going to a gay bar and on dates with other guys. Don't remember if it was in a drag queen way, sugar baby/princess way, or a trans way, as far as the reason why and his feelings about it. Jeanette was upset that he wasn't spending much time with her. I'm so sorry if this is not the right subreddit for this, I'm posting it on multiple, I just don't know which is most suitable because it's kind of an intersection of mystery and lost media and fandom. Please help! I just hope there's someone else who read this!

03:45 UTC


Examples of headcanon

Not sure if this is off-topic or too base. I just learned this word this week and was trying to explain the concept to a friend but couldn't think of an example.

Do you know any good examples?

I'm just trying to understand if there are solid bases with agreed-upon head canon or if headcanon is actually more personal.

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The Rise of Anti vs Pro - The Proto-antishipper

I been studying Antishippers vs Proshippers for months now and wanted some opinions from others what they think about this. This is just more of a quick timeline on how things got to the point that they are now.

Ghost Katolotl — I was wondering if people would be interested in a... (tumblr.com)

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I really miss that really creative era of fandom culture.

You know, when fans made fan-songs, uploaded musicals and short comedy sketches dressed as their characters, the animations, the parodies, the terrible music video covers, and did all that fun stuff.

And I am not afraid to say that I still look at notliterally productions, AVByte, Tessa netting, warp zone, random encounters, Itsonlyleigh stuff.

That generation of fandom culture between say, from post-Twilight to the Hunger Games, going through Doctor Who, Sherlock, Hetalia, RWBY, Hamilton and that's not to mention gaming, like brysi, JT Machinima, Machinima prime etc. to around sometime before The Last Jedi where fandom culture wars fully ruptured open, Steven universe and voltron's ending signalled the end and Game of Thrones buried it.

Now we're in this weird place where it's fully another front of the culture war, most fan productions are rants and video essays, and what you like/don't like about something is a statement of cultural or political belief.

Please take me back to those days of sketches and songs again...

13:40 UTC


What did Star Trek do to inspire so much fan fiction?

From what I understand, the current era of fan fiction started due to Star Trek being so popular that fans published magazine containing Star Trek fan fiction.

But, Star Trek wasn't the first show to ever be popular. So, why didn't any earlier shows inspire fan fiction like Star Trek did?

05:08 UTC


that ONE fanfic

Hello everyone, if this post is inappropriate somehow or badly done I'm sorry, I'm new to this. Something that has interested me for a very long time now when it comes to fandoms is that one infamous fanfic, comic, or some other fan work that EVERYBODY talks about at some point, sometimes it gets unearthed to new fans and everyone starts talking about it again, so i wonder which ones from which fandoms you guys know?

I do know a few already but I'm curious if this phenomenon exists in every fandom. Most of these works are usually infamous for a good reason but most are also just made to shock, still it's interesting.

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Demographics of 2010s Fandom Tumblr?

Hi! I'm writing a character who was in several fandoms on Tumblr circa 2012-2016. He was in the Gravity Falls fandom, the Supernatural fandom, and the Harry Potter fandom. My character is trans, and I need information regarding how represented LGBT+ people were among these communities during this time so I can draw a guess on how educated he was on transness. If possible, please provide specific, detailed accounts of what these communities looked like.

If it helps, here's some additional information on my character:

- He was a Destiel shipper

- He related heavily to Dipper Pines and partook in the great Bill Cipher sexymanification

- He was really into the Marauders


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New Russian laws and fanfic on Ficbook

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Calling All Old School Vampire Chronicles Fic Writers and Fans!

Hi All! I'm a journalist at io9 who has been covering the new Interview With The Vampire show, but I also happen to be a fandom person with some knowledge of Anne Rice's impact on fandom at large. I'm looking to write up an oral history of the Vampires Chronicles fandom, good, bad, and ugly.

Specifically, if you were in the Vampire Chronicles fandom back when Anne Rice was litigious/anti-fanfic, and have personal anecdotes about how Rice’s actions affected your fanwork/site/personal life, please get in touch. I'd love to talk to you about your story.

Additionally, If you have a letter from Anne Rice OR Kith & Kin LLC, I would love to see it. I understand that AR was a complicated, contradictory person. And I'm interested in seeing both positive and less kind interactions. I know the negative correspondence has likely been deleted or lost, but anything you can find, I would love to see.

Please email me at lcodega@io9.com and we can set up a time to chat, or if you just want to tell me your story via email, that would also be appreciated.

((Links: Twitter |io9 Author Page | IWTV Coverage: Review, First Ep Recap, Sam Reid + Jacob Anderson Interviews ))

19:30 UTC


Fan Video Archives

I've been looking for Fan Music Videos - specifically videos listed by title in OTW. Most of the missing FMV are from 1980-2000.
You Tube has recent works, but older works aren't archived. Any suggestion?

22:50 UTC


New Star Wars fanfiction Subreddit - r/SWFanfic

Hello there fellow fanfiction fans at r/FandomHistory

A few days ago I created the Sub r/SWFanfic, because the current Star Wars Subreddit needed moderation, and the only active mod did not have permission to do so. That mod has joined me and one other in creating the new Subreddit.

We hope to give every Star Wars Fanfic enthusiast out there, the platform that the fandom has been lacking for years. The Subreddit is still in the early stages, but once our personal schedules clear, we will make the necessary arrangements for everyone to have a pleasant time. Words can't describe how excited we are for the future, we have a lot planned once the sub gets big enough for activities. Hopefully, that will be very soon. We wish to give everyone a platform where they can discuss Star Wars, recommend and receive recommendations for good fanfictions to read, seek writing advice, and engage with others with similar interests. Even though it is new, I hope you will contribute to making this Subreddit an essential part of fandom history.

I sincerely hope that you will join us over at r/SWFanfic. We would love to have you.

Mod approved

21:57 UTC


New Star Wars fic sub

Check out SWFanfic.

Anyone have other fandomy subs they'd like to make known?

21:29 UTC


Stats about the people from this sub - results!

07:51 UTC


A survey on the growth of fanfiction over 2019-2022


I'm doing a research project on how much more fanfiction was read/created during the pandemic and I was hoping y'all could please fill out this survey for it!


Its quite short (about 10 questions) and mostly multiple choice.

It would really help my project along if you could fill it out!!!


04:06 UTC


When Dracula made it to Denmark

10:53 UTC


Different Languages on AO3 (2022 Update)

02:30 UTC


Livejournal Community Archiving Tool

LJ Archivr project seamlessly archives public LJ Journals and Communities as local html files with intermediary links that allow the user to click and navigate back and forth through each post of the journal or community. Clean formatting is preserved using a consistent clean theme for all backups. In addition a spreadsheet inventory of all posts with time, date, poster, and number of comments per post is saved to a spreadsheet tab and can be converted to universal formats such as csv. The process is automated and very thorough. It will navigate through paginated pages of comments and even expand threaded comments to ensure all comments are captured. Does not require membership to the community (but it helps with downloads of community restricted content). Anyone interested feel free to contact the developer vidderkidder directly or if you know of anyone who would be interested feel free to share with them.


  • Desktop version Microsoft Excel
  • Chrome
  • Chrome extensions (tutorial video for how to download and install them)

You can download a trial version for free (just enter $0) - if it works please consider donating to iamavidder@gmail.com

Download: https://vidder.gumroad.com/l/ljarchivr

Video overview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V76UsS-d4d4

03:48 UTC


An interesting look into the Neon Genesis Evangelion fandom back in 1997 (eng sub)

13:51 UTC


Fanbinding sub

Check out r/Fanbinding, a new sub about hand-binding fanfic.

19:20 UTC


Cecilia Aragon's research on FFN

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AO3 User Demographics Survey

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Livejournal & Preservation

With current political developments, some people fear Russian-owned Livejournal may disappear or become (even more) unusable. Fandom moved on a long time ago, but so much history is still there.

One wonders which things we've already backed up and which we'll only know we're missing years from now.

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[Western Animation, Disney] The world of Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers Hobby Drama: The Acorn Cafe, Shipping Wars, R.A.G.E, Respectability Fandom, and How Homophobia Crippled A Fan Community

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