Not to be petty but the divide between “curatorial” and “transformative” fandom is completely arbitrary

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Title: not to be petty but the divide between “curatorial” and “transformative” fandom is completely arbitrary
Commentator: patrexes
Date(s): January 14, 2018
Medium: Tumblr post
Fandom: Panfandom
External Links: https://patrex.es/post/169697759010
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not to be petty but the divide between “curatorial” and “transformative” fandom is completely arbitrary is a tumblr post by patrexes, criticizing the concept of curatorial and transformative fandom. It touches on gender in fandom. Responses expanded on that and also talked about autistic fans' experiences. The original post:

not to be petty but the divide between “curatorial” and “transformative” fandom is completely arbitrary and a gross oversimplification of how many people who engage with transformative work do so and what their relationship with the canon is. like it’s totally valid to not be a human-shaped canon.wikia or to not even want to be, but i’m really sick of this whole “ah yes curative fandom for boys and transformative fandom for non-boys, because boys dont want for rep and dont seek out new and better things with the characters they love” thing. its shitty and in no way actually describes the reality of the complexity of fandom. also it gives me, specifically, dysphoriahttps://patrex.es/post/169697759010

Responses

Thank you, OP.

I’m a so-called curative fan in many fandoms. It entertains me to Remember Things about canon. I’m only rarely active as a creator in the transformative fandom. The last time I checked, I wasn’t a dude.

Most of the posts about the difference between curative and transformative fandom (even the really good ones! which is a shame) make me tired and vaguely othered. If I sometimes care more about, say, the family trees and earnest analysis of the political implications of the worldbuilding than I care about what could be done with the work (fanfic, et cetera), then apparently I must be One of Those People. The ones who are so represented everywhere and just don’t know the beauty of centuries of oral culture being reflected in transformative fandom.Fuck that.https://onesideisgreatness.tumblr.com/post/169956109910/not-to-be-petty-but-the-divide-between
It also feels like this attitude is maybe shitty to neurodivergent people? I, for example, tend towards curative fandom trends because I’m autistic and like collecting and organizing information related to my special interests. Being told that one of my main ways of enjoying fiction is basically an “entitled straight white boy thing“ and therefore inferior to transformative fandom, kinda sucks!https://schafpudel.tumblr.com/post/170003577073/not-to-be-petty-but-the-divide-between
Also portraying “caring about details” as some sort of regressive, reactionary, male thing that isn’t pure and progressive is super shitty to autistic people, bc even autistic ppl into transformative works still tend to engage with things in a v curative way just as a symptom (and also gives fanfic way too much credit)https://autisticsansa.tumblr.com/post/170269746020/not-to-be-petty-but-the-divide-between
Thank you for the terms I didn't even knew there were names and a divisions. I'm curatorial myself and the few fics I write are usually fill-in-the-blanks or sequels or prequels based on canon I didn't knew that was the wrong way to do it for some. Fandoms can fall into the hierarchy traps so easily. I guess is human nature :/https://patrex.es/post/169697759010