The Verge, The Washington Post Express, Fansplaining
Social media, fan studies, public speaking
2013 - 2015
While I volunteered for the Organization for Transformative Works (OTW), I spoke with The Verge reporter Adi Robertson about Kindle Worlds and Washington Post reporter Beth Marlowe about fan fiction. As an independent fan scholar I spoke with podcasters Flourish Kink and Elizabeth Minkel in 2015 on diversity in fandom on their podcast, Fansplaining.
For The Verge's article 'How Amazon's Commercial Fan Fiction Misses the Point' I spoke about Kindle Worlds’ disconnect with the vibrant history and community of fandom and fan fiction writers. I expressed concern about the commodification of play storytelling and the lack of diversity represented.
"But fan fiction isn't just a lesser version of ordinary fiction. It's a medium and genre with its own conventions and strengths, and that's what Perez worries Amazon is missing. "[Fan fiction is] a reaction to large publishers, a reaction to mass media," she says. "It's a reinterpretation from a minority point of view, a female point of view, an LGBTQ point of view, a queer point of view — it's reinterpreted to represent people who are often not represented in mass media. In a lot of ways, it feels like Amazon hasn't even scratched the surface of what fandom is."
In May 2013, I provided background information on fan fiction and the Star Trek universe for the article An Ubforbidden Love by Washington Post reporter Beth Marlowe. The article coincided with a fan convention and the release of Star Trek: Into Darkness.
I commented on diversity for media journalists and podcasters Elizabeth Minkel and Flourish’s 13th episode of their podcast, Fansplaining, “Destination: Stats.” Destination: Stats.
"A lot of my fandom experience (going on 20 years now) has ranged from ignoring, quietly sighing, wishing for better or yelling into the void for better representation. By 2015 I was tired of it. It was easy not to see blatant white-washed movies like Aloha, Pan, or Stonewall. It was harder to get excited over Jurassic World or Avengers: Ultron, only to leave the theater ranting to friends and strangers about the stupidity of making a female character run away from dinosaurs in heels or completely erasing the Jewish/Romani heritage of my favorite comic book characters. But in the midst of all those grievances, 2015 also made some amazingly diverse and great films. Furious 7 continued to be an amazing multi-ethnic family who just happen to steal cars and occasionally save the world. Mad Max: Fury Road and Creed were amazing contributions to storied franchises. And of course The Force Awakens, with the amazingness of Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac, and John Boyega (not to mention Carrie Fisher, Lupita Nyong'o, and Gwendoline Christie and, okay, just all of them). 2015 wasn’t a perfect year for media or fandom (it’s never going to be) but leaving Mad Max with numerous cosplay ideas or seeing my sister beaming after TFA reminded me of the ability media fandom has to tell the story of not just one of us, but all of us.”