The Kitten, The Witches and the Bad Wardrobe

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Name: The Kitten, The Witches and the Bad Wardrobe ("The Kitten" and "Different Colored Pens")
Date(s): 2000 – Current
Moderators/List Maintainers: DrG, bytrsuite, maudmac
Founder(s): xita
Type: discussion forum
Fandom: Buffy the Vampire Slayer
The Kitten, the Witches and the Bad Wardrobe Forum, Archived version
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The Kitten, The Witches and the Bad Wardrobe is a Buffy the Vampire Slayer forum space dedicated to Willow/Tara. It also archives‎ a large amount of Willow/Tara fanfiction in its Different Colored Pens section.


"A bit of history: The Kitten, as we affectionately call it, is a board dedicated to Willow and Tara from the show Buffy The Vampire Slayer. It has its beginning in the willtara mailing list. When Tara first showed up on Buffy some of us saw the chemistry right away. Shortly a mailing list was created. The more dedicated (read obsessed) began chatting regularly. A dissatisfaction with the chat software at egroups (then onelist) led a few to flee to Yahoo. Many a night were spent on Yahoo chat groups discussing the minutiae of the show. Zelda and xita grew tired of not having all the wonderful thoughts saved. We were also frustrated with the lack of leadership on willtara. A quick decision led to the creation of the board at inside the web in the summer of 2000 (problems there led us to Novogate in September 2000, thank you ITW). We would like to thank everyone on chat that night when we all voted on the name. You will never know how many names we came up with before settling on The Kitten (Miss Kitty Fantastico), the Witches (Willow and Tara, surprise!) and the Bad Wardrobe (just look at basically everything Willow and Tara have ever worn). The name is of course inspired by the book report about The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe that Willow was going to do during her dream sequence in the episode “Restless”. Anyway, mainly we created the board to continue building the bonds of the community we have found through Willow and Tara. Your moderators would like to say that in the years we have spent online we have never found a better community. Willow and Tara bring out the best in us. After a couple of changes in moderators, the Kitten is now in the hands of Larugh, drlloyd11, and Xita (DrG, bytrsuite, maudmac and BBOverguy are former mods). The community grew and became 2 forums, the Kitten and Different Colored Pens. The growth spurt was not done and eventually we were kicked off Novogate because they couldn't handle our traffic. We went to ezboard in a quick haste in March of 2002 and kept on growing; in April 2005 we finally grew tired of the ezboard gremlins and moved onto our own space."[1]

The Kitten

Different Colored Pens

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This community was described in much detail in the 2007 thesis: Inventing a Universe: Reading and Writing Internet Fan Fiction by Juli J. Parrish ("I argue that members of this site share an explicit collaborative project of using fan fiction to help one another improve as readers and writers. This dissertation, which is among the first academic efforts to focus on and analyze fan fiction feedback practices specifically, will contribute to the rich and growing literature on the ways that online communities of amateur writers, including fan fiction writers, collaboratively develop their writing skills.")