The Supernatural Sex Appeal in Adolescent Queer Fandom

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I know of the show Supernatural. I know about the hype surrounding the two main characters, played by Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles. The show has created an army of lusty teenage girls and boys who have dedicated their time and social media presence/influence to glorifying the show’s hot protagonists. Some will describe them as the sexiest ghostbusters to ever grace the small screen, however Sam and Dean Winchester (Padalecki and Ackles’ on-screen personas) hunt more than just ghosts. The series has seen its fair share of demons, monsters, and other varieties of supernatural entities, which have all seen their doom thanks to the Winchester brothers (sooooo dreamy…). But the show itself leaves room for lots of people to pick up homoerotic devices within the storyline, which makes queer fanfiction flood with young writers penning their own individual fantasies.

I particularly enjoyed Wilkinson’s account on the transformation of social media in conjunction with the evolution with fan communities. Knowing the state of fandoms today, and how powerful their collective presence is in the cyber world, it was interesting to see how it had all started. He mentioned the major fan bases were dispersed between LiveJournal, message boards on fandom-specific websites, and on the forums of network television websites.

In those early years, fans tended to stick to one site and it was possible to feel that wherever you were was the centre of Supernatural fandom. Each forum or community had its own cultural mores, in-jokes, and etiquette.

– Wilkinson (47)

Young audiences LOVE this show. We all are highly aware of that. To create a subculture out of devotion and obsession to fantasy is nothing new, especially today. It’s easy to conclude that when you have a devoted fanbase of horny adolescents with creativity, vivid imaginations, impressive writing skills and a computer with a show whose main characters are handsome action heroes, the most interesting fanfiction can be born. The following is an excerpt from Luciel89’s “Sex Feathers of an Angel”, taken from fanfiction.netWARNING: IT’S VERY GRAPHIC: 

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pretty interesting, huh?

The chapter briefly mentions the “very sexy Twitter and Tumblr” (49) which made me think of how much the Dean/Castiel (blended together as “Destial”) romantic/sexual tension is pushed on both of those sites. There are fans out there who “ship” (meaning to imagine or envision) the two characters in the steamiest of fantasy love affairs. These fanworks are cranked out at faster rates than episodes of Supernatural within a given season. Of course, although it has not been brought into fruition, doesn’t mean it goes unnoticed.

You know, we know what it is, what’s going on. We don’t talk about it. The actors don’t, Jensen and I don’t. But we’re all perfectly aware of how the relationship is, the writers are completely aware of how it’s being written. It may be unspoken but that doesn’t mean it’s not there or not true.

– Misha Collins, Salute to Supernatural Chicago 2012, Meet and Greet

A short keyword search on Tumblr of “destial supernatural” brought me to this: Screen Shot 2015-04-11 at 3.22.47 PM

A quick keyword search on Twitter of “#supernatural sex” brought me to this:

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And I’d like to end with a pretty cool fan song, which is a cover of Plain White T’s “Hey There, Delilah”, spun differently to suit the love and appreciation of Destiel.

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