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TheFangirl

The Fangirl

Long time geek, fangirl, mother, and reader. I've got a lot to say, you might not like it all, but it will be honest and hopefully helpful.

Reading progress update: I've read 26%

Fic: Why Fanfiction is Taking Over the World - Lev Grossman, Tiffany Reisz, Rachel Caine, Jen Zern, Heidi Tandy, Rukmini Pande, Samira Nadkarni, Wendy C. Fries, Jolie Fontenot, Randi Flanagan, Tish Beaty, Cyndy Aleo, Christina Lauren, V. Arrow, Brad Bell, Andrew Shaffer, Darren Wershler, Anne Jamison, Jules Wilkinson, R

Just noting that the dynamic in X-Files that Jamison credits to Sherlock and Star Trek, was actually preceded in two shows with large fan followings, Remington Steel and Moonlighting. Most of the fans I knew in the X-Files fandom came from those fandoms, along with Twin Peaks which Jamison mentions at length, and uses it to segue into the next essay about X-Philes.

 

“Thematically speaking, both The X-Files and Buffy also had a great deal to say about the power dynamics that play out between renegade, counterinstitutional forces...”

 

These comments especially ignore that many shows, not as popular or well knowns as X-Files and Buffy, did many of the same things or more than they did. Many of the fans who flocked to these shows were orphaned by their favorite shows being cancelled, much like Twin Peaks. While I'm glad Jamison spent some time talking about Twin Peaks, she doesn't spend that time on the show's fandom, but rather to link it to famous creators and writers who were fans and influenced by the show. 


Sure, it's cool to know that Jane Espenson (Buffy, Dollhouse, Husbands) and Tom Lieber (BSG, Warehouse 13 and Psych) were Twin Peaks fans, but neither wrote fan fiction for the show. So how is it related to the main topic of the book? 

 

I'm still waiting for Jamison to answer that question.