|Synonyms:||rarefandom, Really Tiny Fandom, Fandom of One|
|See also:||Rarelit, Yuletide|
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A microfandom is a very small fandom. The definition of "very small" is fluid; the term generally refers to sources with:
- some fannish interest beyond a single fan
- zero to a handful of fanworks (what constitutes a handful is in the eye of the beholder, an upper cut-off of anything from 5 to 50 might apply)
- no specific communities or fansites.
Often the source material is a classic, a childhood favourite and/or a lesser-known work associated with a creator/actor with a fannish following.
Microfandoms sometimes progress into small fandoms, often because a popular adaptation draws in many new fans (for example, the 2004 adaptation of Gaskell's North and South or the 2010 film of Sutcliff's The Eagle of the Ninth). Determined pimping and creation of infrastructure can help to grow microfandoms, but a critical mass of creators is hard to gain and sustain.
A selection of examples...
- Bubba Ho-Tep (2002 film and earlier novella)
- Cast a Deadly Spell and Witch Hunt (1994 film) - two HBO films set in a post-WW2 America where magic is ubiquitous, starring private eye H. Philip Lovecraft.
- A City of Bells (Elizabeth Goudge)
- The Clangers, Bagpuss, Ivor the Engine, and Noggin the Nog, animated childrens' series by Oliver Postgate
- Cleopatra 2525 (2000-2001 SF series)
- Danger Mouse Animated British series (1981-1992, new series coming in 2015)
- The Destroyer martial-arts action/adventure novel series originally by Warren Murphy and Richard Sapir. 140+ books.
- The Good, the Bad, the Weird (South Korean Western film, 2008)
- The Hainish Cycle (Ursula Le Guin)
- Hellspark (Janet Kagan)
- Innocent Blood (1992) - John Landis vampire comedy
- Iron Sky
- The Mark of the Horse Lord (Rosemary Sutcliff)
- Mack Bolan novel series originally by Don Pendleton, 600+ books.
- Milly-Molly-Mandy (Joyce Lancaster Brisley)
- Mystery Men (comics and film)
- Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow
- Space Patrol (1962) (British SF puppet series)
- Tomorrow I'll Wake Up and Scald Myself with Tea (Czech time travel film, 1977)
- Walking with Dinosaurs and sequels.
- Wallace and Gromit, Chicken Run and other Aardman animation
- Wives and Daughters (Elizabeth Gaskell)
Where to Find Fanworks
Microfandoms are well represented at Yuletide and other rare fandom challenges/exchanges such as Small Fandoms Fest. They are also to be found at rare fandom communities such as Rarelitslash, RareSlash and Fandom of One. Where the microfandom is associated with a larger fandom, the latter's infrastructure is often a good source. Promote-a-thons sometimes include microfandoms.
- For example, icepixie: The Small Fandom and Rare Pairing/Rarely-Written Character Promote-a-thon! (accessed 7 June 2013)