Ultimate Insiders: Supernatural, Fandom and Viewer Gratification

Through reading the many essays surrounding fans, fandom and Supernatural, I have come to realize just how large of a role the show has played in my own life. There was an Entertainment Weekly magazine released in 2005 that had a removable, interactive ad featuring the infamous Impala and revved up upon opening. At 12 […]

Charlie is a Hero: Making Room for Badass Girls on “Supernatural”

As a Supernatural convert, I’ve taken to the fandom like a fish to water. My interest in the show stems from a lifelong fascination with supernatural phenomenon and a general openness to believing in thing we can’t see.This interest is the groundwork or the platform that my piqued my interest, not to mention the two […]

Finding a “Space” for Fandom

Fandom exists all around us and can be found in many different forms of media. It is a feeling that everyone has or will experience in their life, whether it pertains to music, sports, TV shows & film, literature or even individual celebrities. Mark Duffett explains in Understanding Fandom An Introduction to the Study of […]

Supernatural, Subreddits, and Shippers

Internet intercommunication has been able to propel fan communities by allowing easily accessible and frequent communication. Before the internet, large fandoms engaged in dislocated contact through fan-zines and newsletters, but were only able to truly connect at conventions. Even then, if a fandom was too small there weren’t many physical public outfits for fans to express […]

The Severity of Impact from Measuring Spreadable Media

Media today that’s spreadable allows for greater impact from people outside or unrelated to the production staff of any particular kind of media. This is fact with all the different kinds of access people have through online media sources and how they are encouraged to have a presence felt for content creators to react too […]

Fandom within the Discourse of New Media

Fandom used to have a different connotation for me. Vietnam is one of the countries that have been immensely influenced by Korean culture. K-pop, K-drama, K-series, everything with the label “Korean” attracts a massive amount of avid fans. Last summer this photo made headline in every publication back home: “Fan boy cries out of happiness”. […]

Against the Norms

It seems that when one becomes a Fan, and an active fan at that, they give up something in their life that constitutes society’s understanding of normalcy. In describing their personal relationship with ‘fandom’ and identifying themselves as ‘fangirls,’ Katherine Larsen and Lynn Zubernis describe the sexual repression of woman as part of society’s normalcy. […]