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The Daily Dot is a source for Internet-community news. It reports on people, apps, memes, and movements that are shaping the Zeitgeist of the Internet Generation. The Daily Dot features several articles about fannish topics.
Articles About Fandom
- “Moriarty is real": The story behind the online campaign to support Sherlock Holmes by Lorraine Murphy (February 02, 2012). Fans of the BBC series Sherlock have started a guerrilla-art tribute campaign to the finicky detective, online and on the streets—and it's quickly surrounding us.
- How author Lev Grossman bridges fandom and fiction by Aja Romano (July 20, 2012). The bestselling author of The Magicians discusses Harry Potter, fandom, and how he tries to turn down the trolls.
- Tumblr in a tizzy after "Teen Wolf" skipped at Teen Choice Awards by Aja Romano (July 23, 2012). Could a fandom-favored queer pairing become canon by popular demand?
- Debate about race and relationship pairings bites Teen Wolf fandom by Aja Romano (August 02, 2012). Online arguments about race in MTV's Teen Wolf have gotten so heated that show creator Jeff Davis deleted his Tumblr, but there may be something else driving all the drama.
- Inside the strange, brave new world of Homestuck by Lauren Rae Orsini (August 02, 2012). Homestuck isn't just a webcomic. It's an Inception-like multimedia experience, built by and for fans.
- Online tea shop brews up something special for Sherlock fans by Aja Romano (August 03, 2012). Adagio Teas caters to online fandoms, even featuring fanart on its packaging. Holmes-inspired blends for Sherlock Week are its latest big hit.
- How to speak fangirl by Aja Romano (August 06, 2012). A comprehensive guide to kinds of fanfiction, pairing terms, and other kinds of fanwork.
- A beginner's guide to fandom by Aja Romano (August 07, 2012). What it is, where to find it, and what's up with making straight men gay?
- Entertainment Weekly snubs gay "Teen Wolf" pairing in TV relationship poll by Aja Romano (August 17, 2012). EW asked readers which TV relationship pairing they'd like to see, but overwhelming nominations for a fan-favorite pairing of Teen Wolf's male leads were apparently ignored.
- Where to find the good (fanfiction) porn by Aja Romano (August 17, 2012). As the massive popularity of 50 Shades of Grey has proven, readers need more quality, erotic fiction. Here's where to look.
- Sherlock fandom celebrates Red Pants Monday by Aja Romano (August 20, 2012). How one piece of slash fan art spawned a Tumblr-wide meme.
- "Teen Wolf" fans bite Entertainment Weekly, get new poll at After Elton by Aja Romano (August 22, 2012). After Entertainment Weekly left a popular same-sex Teen Wolf pairing out of a TV relationship poll, gay-focused pop culture website After Elton started a new poll just for same-sex 'ships.
- Slash-friendly "Teen Wolf" fanfic contest announced Friday by Aja Romano (August 27, 2012). MTV is embracing its fandom like no other. Perhaps other content creators should take note.
- After Elton's TV slash relationship poll gets huge response from fandom by Aja Romano (August 27, 2012). After an Entertainment Weekly TV poll snubbed a popular gay relationship, fans who want to see male characters together on their favorite shows got a poll of their own from After Elton. Hundreds of thousands of votes have already been cast.
- "50 Shades of Grey" fanfiction disappears from the Web by Aja Romano (August 27, 2012). After a revealing article compared her work to Fifty Shades of Grey, author Casea Major yanked all mentions of her book, Devil's Brand, for her site and others.
- 10 famous authors who write fanfiction by Aja Romano (August 30, 2012). From E.L. James to Neil Gaiman, these authors are blurring the distinction between fiction and fanfiction.
- Gangnam Style: A beginner’s guide to K-pop fandom by Aja Romano (September 03, 2012). Don't know the difference between TVXQ and EXO? This comprehensive guide should help.
- "Sherlock" vs. "Elementary" debate leads to Tumblr tag wars and fandom bickering by Aja Romano (September 10, 2012). Supporters of two modern-day takes on Sherlock Holmes—the BBC's Sherlock and CBS's Elementary—are in the midst of an online fight that has spawned several new Tumblr tags.
- The case for anonymity in fandom by Aja Romano (September 13, 2012). The moderator for LiveJournal's Fail Fandom Anon discusses memes, privacy, and fandom wank.
- Rule 34: Why After Elton and VH1 just hooked up on Tumblr by Aja Romano (September 14, 2012). Personified versions of websites After Elton and VH1 are the romantic leads in Tumblr's latest popular fanfiction meme.
- Cookies for Sterek: "Teen Wolf" fan campaign takes Internet by storm by Aja Romano (September 20, 2012). Teen Wolf fans are baking cookies for show creator Jeff Davis to persuade him to pair up the show's two male leads, scoring a trending Twitter hashtag along the way. It's so crazy that it just might work.
- Sterek wins! "Teen Wolf" couple is the most popular in fandom by Aja Romano (September 24, 2012). After over 4 million votes were cast, "Sterek"—the same-sex pairing of Teen Wolf leads Stiles and Derek—came out on top of a poll that fans helped inspire.
- Yuletide, the Internet's biggest "Secret Santa" fanfiction exchange, turns 10 by Aja Romano (October 01, 2012). Instead of traditional presents, thousands of Yuletide participants give original fanfiction to delight fans of obscure movies, books, historical figures and more.
- Behind the scenes of the Internet's biggest fanfiction exchange by Aja Romano (October 03, 2012). Moderator elynross opens up about the best and sexiest fanfiction expected this season.
- WTF is Superwholock? by Aja Romano (October 05, 2012). In short, it's a complex and creative crossover in fandom that combines the worlds of Supernatural, Doctor Who, and Sherlock.
- One Direction fanfiction author signed to book deal by Aja Romano (October 08, 2012). Penguin is hoping Emily Baker's story about making out with two members of the boyband One Direction will be the next Fifty Shades of Grey.
- Taylor Swift parody becomes an anthem for Tumblr's slash fans by Aja Romano (October 09, 2012). "They Are Never Ever Gonna Get Together" goes out to all the fans of fictional male/male couples we're probably not going to see on TV or in the movies any time soon.
- Black Cat cosplayer sexually harassed at Comic Con becomes Tumblr hero by Aja Romano (October 16, 2012). Cosplayer and fashion designer Mandy Caruso found support on Tumblr after being harassed by an interviewer at New York Comic Con.
- “Supernatural” star’s Greatest International Scavenger Hunt attracts 10,000 contestants by Aja Romano (October 22, 2012). Last year, Supernatural star Misha Collins set a world record by sending fans on a scavenger hunt that spanned the world and the Internet. Now it’s back, and even bigger.
- Loving the Band: When good publishers ruin bad fanfic by Aja Romano (December 12, 2012).
- The top 10 events that changed fandom in 2012 by Aja Romano (December 20, 2012). These events not only shaped the year in fandom but will continue to impact fans long after 2012.
- The crumbling of the fourth wall: Why fandom shouldn't hide anymore by Aja Romano (January 08, 2013). The Fourth Wall is fandom's way of protecting itself from outsider prying eyes, harsh judgments, and possible real-life repercussions. Here's why we need to stop being ashamed and let the public in.
- Tumblr fandom is the modern-day sonnet (really) by Aja Romano (January 15, 2013). "Crying!" "Boom, my ovaries!" "I can't even." Whether they realize it or not, innumerable fans on Tumblr are collectively evolving a 700-year-old poetic tradition.
- A beginner's guide to bandom by Aja Romano (February 11, 2013). "Bandom" isn't just a term for fans of any band. It usually refers to a group of early-2000s rock groups such as Fall Out Boy, Panic! at the Disco, and My Chemical Romance.
- Behind "Captive Prince," S.U. Pacat's bestselling work of slave erotica by Aja Romano (February 15, 2013). The author discusses publishing online, her fanbase, the difference between writing fanfic and original work. (about Captive Prince)
- How author Sam Starbuck shapes online fandom (and vice versa) by Gavia Baker-Whitelaw (February 18, 2013). Sam Starbuck, known by his LiveJournal handle, "copperbadge," learned everything he knows about writing from fandom, and he even lets fans shape his works-in-progress.
- "Teen Wolf" creator takes to Tumblr to tease third season by Gavia Baker-Whitelaw (February 20, 2013). Tumblr has long been the mecca for rabid "Teen Wolf" fans.
- Why Tumblr's "Sherlock" fans are howling about "Teen Wolf" by Aja Romano (February 22, 2013). A misinterpreted Tumblr reblog set off a turf war between two of TV's strongest fandoms.
- Fandom_Wank, Web's biggest repository of fan drama, turns 10 by Gavia Baker-Whitelaw (March 08, 2013). Fandom_Wank has been the Internet's best source of fandom drama for 10 years.
- The 10 best tales of online drama from 10 years of Fandom_Wank by Aja Romano (March 11, 2013).
- Fans raise $16,000 in auction to help popular fic archive by Gavia Baker-Whitelaw (May 03, 2013). Archive of Our Own is now home to many of the most popular fanfic-based fandoms, from Teen Wolf to The Avengers.
- "Supernatural" finally gets a fan film—with one major twist by Gavia Baker-Whitelaw (May 03, 2013). It's Sam and Dean like you've never seen them before.
- How 1 question triggered a "Supernatural" fandom meltdown by Aja Romano (May 06, 2013). Was actor Jensen Ackles suddenly stricken with homophobia? Well, this is fandom, and it's a lot more complicated than that.
- Fanfiction finds a place in Time's 50 Best Websites of 2013 by Gavia Baker-Whitelaw (May 07, 2013). Fanfiction community Archive of Our Own (AO3) scores some major mainstream recognition.
- The problem with Amazon's new fanfiction platform, Kindle Worlds by Gavia Baker-Whitelaw (May 22, 2013). Paying writers for their fanfiction sounds good on paper, but check out the fine print.
- Why Yahoo can't buy fandom on Tumblr by Aja Romano (May 24, 2013).
- Amazon and the buyout of fandom culture by Aja Romano (May 27, 2013). Corporate entities have woken up and smelled the fandom. Now they're all over it.
- Bestselling erotic novel "Captive Prince" lands historic publishing deal by Gavia Baker-Whitelaw (May 28, 2013). Author S.U. Pacat's slash-fiction trilogy will be published by Penguin.
- "Teen Wolf" fans launch a lifestyle magazine for werewolves by Gavia Baker-Whitelaw (June 05, 2013). Neckz'n Throats is the Cosmo of the Teen Wolf universe.
- 10 favorites from the "Teen Wolf" fanart contest on deviantART by Aja Romano (June 11, 2013). "This might hurt"? Nah, this won't hurt a bit.
- Will Sterek ever become "Teen Wolf" canon? by Gavia Baker-Whitelaw (July 02, 2013). Showrunner Jeff Davis's response to a fan inquiry reignites the ultimate Teen Wolf question.
- Sterek Week sends mixed messages of positivity and domination by Gavia Baker-Whitelaw (July 11, 2013). This particular breed of Teen Wolf fan is rallying, concerned their ship is sinking.
- Fans petition for Robert Pattinson to hunt vampires on "Supernatural" by Aja Romano (July 12, 2013). The Twilight star hated Twilight so much that he'd probably jump at the chance to metaphorically murder it.
- Unpacking the unofficial fanfiction census by Gavia Baker-Whitelaw (July 15, 2013). Tumblr user destinationtoast sifted through Archive of Our Own for some stats on—and projections for—fanfiction in 2013.
- Fandom's Ultimate Slash Madness tourney enters the Elite Eight by Gavia Baker-Whitelaw (August 05, 2013). Will Supernatural's Wincest take it all home, or will Inception and Sherlock fans keep their ships afloat longer?
- Did this bestselling author lift her last work from the pages of fanfic? by Aja Romano (September 25, 2013). One reviewer on Goodreads did a side-by-side comparison of a popular Twilight fanfic and Shey Stahl's For the Summer, and it doesn't look good.
- Cosplayers harassed by camera crew at Comic Con fight back online by Lisa Granshaw (October 14, 2013). A show called Man Banter had apparently been harassing female cosplayers for years.
- How PR missteps nearly ruined 'Teen Wolf' fandom by Gavia Baker-Whitelaw (October 26, 2013). The social media team behind Teen Wolf is inadvertently driving away the show's biggest supporter.
- What makes some fandoms more successful than others? by Gavia Baker-Whitelaw (November 05, 2013). Is there a surefire recipe for turning a media property into a fandom success?
- The Crack Van, a pillar of fandom on LiveJournal, shuts down after 10 years by Gavia Baker-Whitelaw (December 02, 2013). The Crack Van was LiveJournal's most reliable source of fanfiction recommendations for a decade.
- Meet the Baker Street Babes, the first all-female Sherlock Holmes podcast by Lisa Granshaw (December 04, 2013). Sherlock Holmes first appeared in print in the 1880s and, more than 100 years later, his fans are as dedicated as ever.
- Why fans are outraged at Sherlock and Watson reading sexy fanfic by Aja Romano (December 16, 2013).
- A fandom guide to Dylan O'Brien, the most popular actor you've never heard of by Gavia Baker-Whitelaw (February 06, 2014).
- How the creator of 'Vampire Diaries' used Kindle Worlds to get back at her publisher by Aja Romano (February 10, 2014). LJ Smith's publisher tried to cut her out, but she used fanfiction to get the last laugh.
- This is what 1 million fanfics looks like by Gavia Baker-Whitelaw (February 27, 2014). Graphic artist Alice Wieckowska created an infographic showing the most popular fandoms on the site. (about AO3)
- Inside the corporate fandom marketing machine by Gavia Baker-Whitelaw (April 17, 2014).
- For young women in China, slash fanfiction is a dangerous hobby by Aja Romano (April 18, 2014). Chinese authorities have arrested at least 20 people for the crime of writing male/male fanfic.
- Con director mocks woman's safety request, sparking uproar by Aja Romano (May 01, 2014). The director's public apology has done little to dampen the outrage.
- Why fans have high hopes (but low expectations) for 'Supernatural' by Aja Romano (May 19, 2014). Supernatural's success is intrinsically tied to its fandom—so when will it give the fans what they want?
- Here's the fanart the 'Teen Wolf' production team picked to decorate their own offices by Aja Romano (May 21, 2014). The post-production team of Teen Wolf shared their office fanart gallery with the rest of us—and enlisted a few Teen Wolf actors to help.
- San Diego Comic-Con doesn't have a formal anti-harassment policy... yet by Lisa Granshaw (May 25, 2014). “I'm tired of hearing about all the abuse on cosplayers. Some people need clear guidelines for their behavior."
- How 'Frozen' fandom changed Disney's stance on copyright infringement by Chris Osterndorf (May 30, 2014). There's a reason Frozen was the highest-grossing animated film ever.
- How 'Supernatural' continues to grow while TV tanks by Gavia Baker-Whitelaw (June 16, 2014). In the midst of plummeting TV ratings, Supernatural’s adult audience grew by 27 percent.
- A guide to fanfiction for people who can't stop getting it wrong by Gavia Baker-Whitelaw and Aja Romano (June 17, 2014). We explain fanfic culture and what you don't know about it.
- Fandom Awards are just asking for a bloodbath by Aja Romano (June 19, 2014). MTV apparently looked at Superwholock fandom and saw an opportunity for civil war.
- The strange lives of Andrew Blake by Aja Romano (February 22, 2015)
- New Kickstarter for a slash fiction film unsettles the fandom community (August 28, 2015)