GateWorld Podcast: Stargate Fan Fiction

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Episode Title: Stargate Fan Fiction
Length: 44:13
Featured: Louisa Robison
Date: September 16, 2009
Fandom: Stargate, Torchwood
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Stargate Fan Fiction is the sixtieth episode of the GateWorld Podcast hosted by Darren Sumner and David Read. Since neither of the hosts have much experience with fanfic, they brought in Louisa Robison. Louisa shared that she has written fanfic for House, M.D. and for Stargate, but declined to give out her fandom pseudonym.


Why are so many fans drawn to write and read fan fiction about Stargate and their other favorite shows? This week Darren and David make up for our inadequacies by bringing on a fan fiction expert: Louisa Robison, a graduate student at the University of Alberta and a fellow fan. Her thesis is titled: “Gilgamesh and Enkido, Arthur and Gwenhywfar, Alexander and Hephaistion, Tristan and Isolde, Jack and Daniel: Retelling epic myth through the medium of fan fiction.”

Our in-depth discussion of the fanfic phenomenon ranges from just who writes it (90 percent women, according to one study), to the use of someone else’s creative property, to relationships, gender issues, and homosexuality in the fan fiction world. If fanfic (of any variety) interests you, don’t miss this week’s show.

Topics discussed

  • Cultural capitol
  • Feedback (on fics, on your website, etc) is "addictive like crack"
  • Fix-it fics/Disregarding parts of canon: "Fanfic authors deal with things that intrigue them, that grab them in a particular episode, and can sort of push the rest of it off to the side." "Like McKay and Sheppard you know, where if they fight in the episode, then somebody will write a tag that has them making up."
  • Male dominance/male gaze of sci-fi shows, portrayals of female characters; realism vs. escapism in characters
  • Fanfic "turns the men into teenage girls" with "intense, obsessive emotions" because the source material is less emotional and more action-oriented