Fandom Gives and a Fan Says “Thank You!”

This one is special and contains a message from a dear friend of ours.

Last week a blog called citypages ran an article identifying the “Top 7 Scariest Fandoms,” warning the rest of the world about fandom with derisive comments about fans of everything from Harry Potter to John Lennon. Not only did they toss around the derogatory words fans have (unfortunately) come to expect, like obsessive and crazy, they also linked (we assume without asking) to fanworks which were included for the sole purpose of ridicule. “Remember, you can’t bleach your eyes,” is provided as a cautionary statement — which undoubtedly ensured that everyone followed the links. The blog also managed to conflate so-called ‘super fans’ who “will cut you if you’re a hater” with someone writing Avatar fanfiction. The line between fantasy and reality seems a little blurred there, don’t you think? And people accuse fans of not being able to tell the difference!
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Ackles and Padalecki as The Next Pitt and Clooney – A Chat with J2

The ‘private’ Q and A with Jensen and Jared still didn’t fit any real definition of private, but it was a little more intimate. This time they dispensed with the round tables and cheese plates in favor of just clustering the chairs around the boys in a small semi-circle, making it seem more like a press conference than a meet & greet. However, since this meant we all were sitting much closer to them, there were definitely no complaints. Shocking, I know.
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On Location

We’re well aware of what happens when academics write about the importance of place and pilgrimage in fandom. Often it doesn’t go well. And yet here we are in Vancouver, the Mecca for the Supernatural fandom. We’ll save the more academic musings for the books. For now we wanted to tell you about our own recent pilgrimage, a far cry from our first fan experience here, which involved sliding down muddy river bank at midnight (without flashlights) searching for the iconic fence where Dean told Sam his secret. Yes, we found it. And a far cry from our subsequent visits here in academic mode. We think we might have finally found something like that elusive balance.
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