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The Fans Own the Magic

Today's New York Times features an article on Harry Potter fandom and its uneasy truce with the franchise that inspired it. It includes some brief mentions of fanart and fanfiction, and also this: "Before the Harry Potter movies started breaking the first of many records, it was perhaps easier to believe that mass culture is something consumers largely experienced top down, like the big infantilized blobs in “Wall-E,” unthinkingly gulping whatever they’re fed."

Um, really guys? Have you never been to a Star Trek convention? Or is that just not mass culture enough for you?

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srsly_yes
Jul. 3rd, 2011 03:52 pm (UTC)
ZOMG! Star Trek is a great example. TOS was the show the fans wouldn't let die.
flywoman
Jul. 7th, 2011 03:02 am (UTC)
Sorry I totally dropped the ball on this discussion while I was out of town. Yes, Star Trek fans brought the show back for a third season, and then went on to encourage several additional series plus a slew of feature films...
srsly_yes
Jul. 7th, 2011 03:07 am (UTC)
Not a problem. Fortunately or unfortunately, my short-term memory isn't what it used to be. ;-)
damigella_314
Jul. 3rd, 2011 04:04 pm (UTC)
I think you and srsly_yes are completely and totally right.

I was particularly irked by "fanfic" in inverted commas. You're the New York freaking Times, people. If you want, you may added a parenthetical explanation, but let me remind you it's 2011.

On the other hand, there's a major difference between Star Trek three decades ago and what's going on now: Internet access has taken an American (awesome) idea and spread it all over the world.

The first fanfic I read was HP, and in Italian. [We do use the word fanfic untranslated AFAIK.] It's still not mainstream in my country, but I'm sure it will be when my kids' generation gains full computer access.

I believe that's not what the NYT people had in mind, though.
flywoman
Jul. 7th, 2011 03:04 am (UTC)
It's definitely true that the internet has helped create and connect fans from all different countries and made it much easier to show and share our love. I feel very fortunate, though, that I did not have access to it when I was writing Mary Sue Star Trek fic in the late 80's...
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