|Synonyms:||Multimedia (Multiple Fandoms)|
|See also:||multifannish, monofannish, serially monofannish|
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The term multifandom refers to using or following source texts from many different fandoms. A multifandom challenge may be pan-fandom like Yuletide and include RPF, Anime, Book, Movie, and Television sources. Another term for fan activities involving multiple fandoms is multimedia.
A multifannish person is one who participates in several fandoms, usually at the same time. This is in contrast to being monofannish, or serially monofannish, a term which refers to a fan person participating in one fandom at a time.
Multifandom: History of the Term
The earliest term in media fandom for zines or other fan activities involving multiple fandoms was "multimedia." As the word "multimedia" became associated with CD-ROMs and "new media," the word "multifandom" became more widely used in places like LiveJournal, possibly to avoid confusion over the two meanings of "multimedia." In some fandoms and fan communities, "multifandom" has become the more common term, effectively replacing "multimedia" in those communities.
Examples of vids that draw from multiple fannish sources:
AMVs, in contrast, routinely use clips from many different sources.
A challenge may be called a multifandom challenge if it allows for more than one source fandom. Yuletide is one such challenge, in that it includes obscure fandoms from a variety of source texts. Other challenges like this would include:
- DVD Commentary Challenge
- Remix Redux
- I Saw Three Ships - threesome challenge
- Multiverse - space show crossover challenge
- A Picture is Worth 1000 Words
- WIP Big Bang
- The Archive at the End of the Universe
- An Archive of Our Own
- The Glass Onion
- Wonderful World of Make Believe
- Yuletide (challenge-based archive)
Multifandom awards and contests allow entries from many different fandoms, sometimes from any fandom. They include:
- Fan Q Awards
- Huggy Award
- No Rest for the Wicked Awards (Buffy, Star Trek, Heroes, and X-Files)
- Pegasus Award (for filk)
- Screwz Awards or 'Slash Creativity Recognition for Entertainment and Writing in Zines' (for slash)
- Sizzler or 'Slash In Zine Literary ERotica' Awards (for slash)
- STIFfie (for slash)
- Titanium Whip Awards (for kink)
- UFO Awards
Multifandom conventions may be devoted to a certain type of fandom, such as an anime convention, slash fandom convention, or science fiction fandom convention. They may also be devoted to a particular type of fanac, such as cosplay or vidding, across fandoms. Some examples: