Fanhackers has received a request from a Ph.D. student in Social Anthropology and Cultural Studies – Popular Culture Studies, at The University of Zurich. Fabienne Saurer is seeking help to find fan participants for a survey. Her research is on reading, fan culture and online communities. The survey is planned to run over the next few weeks, and will help Fabienne gather information to design questions for interviews later in her research. You can access the survey on this link, it consists of ten questions and takes an average of twenty minutes to fill out. We expect that many of our readers would be interested in both the results and in participating. As it’s a rather limited sample, Fabienne would appreciate the help in sharing the survey around.
The survey has been checked and approved by her Faculty’s Ethics Commission. This survey on reading engagement includes a consent form and information about participant privacy and data usage.
More information can be found by clicking on the above survey link. You can also reach out to Fabienne at fabienne.saurer [at] uzh.ch or her research supervisor, Dr. Ingrid Tomkowiak, at ingrid.tomkowiak [at] uzh.ch
In honour of the recent launch of our Instagram page, I’m sharing a piece from a Hungarian paper that compares YA-novels and fanfiction posted on Instagram and Wattpad.
Recently, the trend of writing serial stories and fictional diaries has been spreading among young, Hungarian, Instagram-users. (…) The episodes of these serial stories are posted by the authors under their shared pictures, which are often stockphotos.
Glózer, Rita & Torbó, Annamária & Geisz, Barbara. 2019. „Young adult” – Fannish Content and Amateur Literature on Social Media. Literatura 45 (1). p65. http://real.mtak.hu/102359/
The paper explores questions of cultural capital and “legitimacy” through the intersection of genre (YA, fanfiction) and platform (Wattpad, Instagram, physical book). It concludes that Instagram holds less cultural capital than published novels due to its’ connection to the YA-novel genre, as well as the presence of fanfiction on its’ platform.
What do you think? Do you read Instagram novels? Were you able to observe these connections too in genre, in style or in an entirely different manner?
Affective communication and guanxi, seems to lie at the heart of fan practices, as both politics and ethics.
Ling Yang&Hongwei Bao. 2012. ’Queerly intimate: Friends, fans and affective communication in a Super Girl fan fiction community’ Cultural Studies, 26 (6) 855. DOI: 10.1080/09502386.2012.679286
(The) gravity of guanxi seems to have shifted from kinship to friendship(…) Young people in urban China find their own ways of redefining and negotiating guanxi.Ling Yang&Hongwei Bao. 2012. ’Queerly intimate: Friends, fans and affective communication in a Super Girl fan fiction community’ Cultural Studies, 26 (6) 859. DOI: 10.1080/09502386.2012.679286
The phrase guanxi describes an economy where
in which people interact reciprocally with each
other in both material and emotional ways (Yang, M.M.-h. 1994).
Ling Yang&Hongwei Bao. 2012. ’Queerly intimate: Friends, fans and affective communication in a Super Girl fan fiction community’ Cultural Studies, 26 (6) DOI: 10.1080/09502386.2012.679286
Yang, M.M.-h. 1994. ’Gifts, Favors, and Banquets: The Art of Social Relationships in China’ Ithaca: Cornwell University Press.
Other than stories, images and songs are also common gifts circulated in the community to stimulate and encourage new writers. One talented GL fan drew a beautiful picture to be used as ’book cover’ for the fanon Pink Affairs. The Singer-Woman dedicated songs she recorded to a number of stories (in the community). She also started a thread for readers to post memorable quotations from their favourite stories (in the forum) as a small token of gratitude to the writers. A GL fan from Shanghai wrote a Yang/Shang thriller about love and trust to comfort a local fan whose mother recently passed away.Ling Yang&Hongwei Bao. 2012. ’Queerly intimate: Friends, fans and affective communication in a Super Girl fan fiction community’ Cultural Studies, 26 (6) 855. DOI: 10.1080/09502386.2012.679286
Do you have similar experiences of reciprocity in your own communities?
Incest stories (including so-called selfcest) appear significantly in danmei circles. Recent research has highlighted some recurring motives in these stories.
In these fan-made webisodes, it is much more desirable for the new DFFB to experience love among the subcharacters (brothers and sisters), or to love herself, than love the so-called Zha Chong (the scumbag LHC).
EGRET, LULU ZHOU 2017. DONGFANG BUBAI, ONLINE FANDOM, AND THE GENDER POLITICS OF A LEGENDARY QUEER ICON IN POST-MAO CHINA=LAVIN, MAUD; YANG, LING; ZHAO, JING JAMIE 2017. BOY’S LOVE, COSPLAY AND ANDROGYNOUS IDOLS: QUEER FAN CULTURES IN MAINLAND CHINA, HONG KONG AND TAIWAN, HONG KONG UNIVERSITY PRESS, HKU, 122.
Even though the next article’s main topic is original BL fiction but given that the collection they examine contains original as well as transformative BL fiction, this analysis can add to our understanding of incest tropes in fanfiction.
Our examination of Chinese father-son stories, however, suggest that incest plots in BL concern not only lighthearted sexual fantasy but also imaginary compensation for the lack of pure love in parent-children relationships, as well as an implicit social critique of the authoritarian parenting/governing style.Ling, Yang; Yanrui, Xu. 2013. Forbidden love: incest, generational conflict, and the erotics of power in Chinese BL fiction. Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics, 4 (1): 33.
This early analysis seems to suggest that the erotic love, in this case, has the power to transgress the strict familiar roles an create a novel intimacy between the characters. (That the eroticism of love is allegorical or not is up to interpretation.)
Do danmei incest stories you have encountered seem to support this hypothesis? What’d your experience?
(Academic’s writing on primary or even exclusive focus on Star Trek zines) reflects the important role of Trek fandom in developing conventions and setting the standard for media zine publishing (adopting them from older forms found in literary science fiction fandom).HENRY JENKINS. 1992. TEXTUAL PROACHERS. NEW YORK: ROUTLEDGE, p 161
An example for this standard is the zine community’s commitment to provide spaces for readers as well as for writers.
Historically, many zines have regularly published „Letters of Comment” evaluating and responding to the published works, a tradition within science fiction fandom that dates back to the letter columns of Hugo Gersnback’s pulp magazines.HENRY JENKINS. 1992. TEXTUAL PROACHERS. NEW YORK: ROUTLEDGE, p 163