History of Media Fandom
|See also:||Science Fiction Fandom vs. Media Fandom, History of Slash Fandom, Timeline of Slashed Sources|
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Some contenders as the first modern media fandom:
In many cases, the shows that had big slash fandoms were the ones with large fandoms in general, and vice versa; the Timeline of Slashed Sources lists many of these. However, there have also been media fandoms without a significant slash component. Some of these include:
- Remington Steele (1982-1987)
- Beauty and the Beast (1987-1990)
- Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1993-1997)
- La Femme Nikita (1997-2001)
- Alias (2001-2006)
One trend that some fans have observed is for shows to have a significant het and gen fandom while they are airing but for this fandom to largely dry up once they're off the air, leaving behind a primarily slash fandom. In discussions of media fandom history, the large and diverse Star Trek fandom is often reduced to just the Kirk/Spock pairing, though some fans have commented that less than half of the zines have focused on K/S.
- Where Fandom Began, Archive July, 3, 2009
- The Squee Heard Round the World, Archived version, September 22, 2012
- Does anyone have a good citation for this? My examples are on private lists.
- See Is Shipping the Default for Fanfic Fandoms?.