The Fandom Project: What Makes a Fandom Run - 'Ships, Fanfiction, Plot Devices, Favorite Characters and FanCons

Prof. Mary Kirby-Diaz
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The Internet has provided a powerful medium for the creation of media fandoms. In the case of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel: The Series, the online fandom is primarily female, generally highly-educated, often profoundly attached to the characters and the mythology of the 'verse's saga.

Fans engage in 'shipper wars (arguments between fans supporting one coupling over another), plot arcs, characters, which writer/director like which character more, and endless discussions on the philosophical meaning of souls, good, evil, and redemption.

Who ARE the fans? The Fandom Project seeks to understand the fandom -particularly as it is exemplified in online life - through eight studies of the Buffy and Angel universe. This presentation will present the results of three of those studies.

Keywords: Popular, Culture, Sociology, Cult, Buffy The Vampire Slayer Series
Stream: Media, Film Studies, Theatre, Communication
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation in English
Paper: Fandom Project, The

Prof. Mary Kirby-Diaz

Professor, School of Arts and Sciences Sociology-Anthropology Department Farmingdale State University of New York, Society for Applied Sociology; Popular Culture Association; National Social Science Association.

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