As friendly as that fan-creator relationship may seem, it’s actually a delicate thing. And in the end, Zubernis and Larsen say, it’s mostly artifice. “[The relationship] seems a lot more reciprocal and closer than it is, which is an artifact of the way social media, especially Twitter, makes fans feel,” says Zubernis. “I always stay on Twitter when a Supernatural episode is airing, and the actors and the writers and directors are usually on [Twitter], and I see what it does to fans when somebody answers their tweet. There’s a need, I think, to feel like, ‘They’re listening to me; I’m important.’ That’s a normal psychological response, but it’s not actually true; it’s wishful thinking. It’s a constructed intimacy that’s not really intimate at all.”
“My plan was to not only give [girls] media but also give them real-time activities that they could do off line…” Jan Bozarth’s Fairy Godmother Academy began as an eight book series for Random House, but quickly expanded into multiple formats, including live events, music, and even its own dance movement. Here she explains her philosophy of creation, or rather, re-creation.
Aurore Gallarino: "The storytelling fan sometimes goes beyond the fictional environment when they don’t just write follow-ups or missing scenes for a work but go beyond that and create content as if it was straight out of the universe."
DRC: When fan communities embrace the principle of storytelling 1/3 can be found here and Do it yourself: fan community “pirate” productions 2/3 can be found here.
"...the mechanics of choice and self-sacrifice in games, and the fact that those often play out in culturally gendered ways. For the lead character of Fallout 3 -- who can be played as female, but was rather transparently originally written as male -- sixty hours of shooting people in the head for three bottles of Nuka Cola can be triumphantly redeemed by a single self-immolation. For the lead females of many, many casual games, sacrifice and service are the only game there is."
Joe Berkowitz: "Filmmakers like Michael Bay are usually interested only in going bigger--trying to top themselves with set pieces and spectacles that succeed through excess. In the technology space, however, there is a constant race to make things smaller."
Charlie Jane Anders: "Joss Whedon is in the unique position of being both a cult icon and a huge mainstream creator, thanks to projects like Firefly and The Avengers. But both halves of his success spring from his ability to create addictive stories, that leave you desperate to know what happens next."
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