Bridgerton has a rape scene, but it’s not treated like one
How voice actors are fighting to change an industry that renders them invisible
Why does Hillbilly Elegy feel so inauthentic and performative?
With “Dynamite,” BTS beat the US music industry at its own cheap game
Conspiracy theories, explained
A history of “wokeness”
Netflix’s American Murder is mesmerizing even if you’re already familiar with the Watts murders
How Cuties, a French movie on Netflix, became part of America’s culture war
Disney’s new Mulan: Pack up, go home, you’re through
One Good Thing: The cosmic horror of everyday life, captured in one manga anthology
Political conventions are where politics and fandom converge. What happens in a pandemic?
Why we can’t stop fighting about cancel culture
The queering of Taylor Swift
Why Hamilton is as frustrating as it is brilliant — and impossible to pin down
Did Cards Against Humanity’s ironic humor mask a toxic culture all along?
Harry Potter and the author who failed us
The tragic lie behind the beautiful dream of Terrace House
A beginner’s guide to K-pop
The Untamed, streaming on Netflix, ripped my heart out and fed it to me. I can’t get enough.
The debate over subtitles, explained
Karen: The anti-vaxxer soccer mom with speak-to-the-manager hair, explained
Romance is publishing’s most lucrative genre. Its biggest community of writers is imploding.
“Release the JJ cut”: the Star Wars conspiracy that offers fans an impossible fantasy
What we still haven’t learned from Gamergate
Fandom went mainstream in the 2010s — for better and worse
11 memes that captured the decade
Andrew Lloyd Webber, explained
Reckoning with Slave Play, the most controversial show on Broadway
“OK boomer” isn’t just about the past. It’s about our apocalyptic future.
China reportedly censored PewDiePie for supporting the Hong Kong protests. He’s not the only one.
A group of YouTubers is trying to prove the site systematically demonetizes queer content
The frustrating, enduring debate over video games, violence, and guns
The Archive of Our Own just won a Hugo. That’s huge for fanfiction.
Keanu Reeves, explained
The Manson Family murders, and their complicated legacy, explained
Why the ending of Game of Thrones elevated the worst of fan culture
The new Oklahoma! is a sexy, shocking revival for our times
“Everyone uses Ravelry”: why a popular knitting website’s anti-Trump stance is so significant
The fraught cultural politics of Disney’s new Aladdin remake
Doris Day was a conservative icon amid a turbulent counterculture. But her life belied her persona.
Predators like Ted Bundy control their narratives. True crime podcasts are changing that.
Tim Burton has built his career around an iconic visual aesthetic. Here’s how it evolved.
From Key & Peele to Us: how Jordan Peele’s comedy evolved into groundbreaking horror
Us‘s big plot twist, explained
How the Christchurch shooter used memes to spread hate
Why everyone hates the Patriots
Bohemian Rhapsody loves Freddie Mercury’s voice. It fears his queerness.
The year social media changed everything
How the alt-right’s sexism lures men into white supremacy
How the alt-right uses internet trolling to confuse you into dismissing its ideology
In remembering George Michael, don’t forget the decades we spent shaming him
Horror movies reflect cultural fears. In 2016, Americans feared invasion.
Hollywood won’t let female journalists be competent at their jobs
How Ouija boards work. (Hint: It’s not ghosts.)
You may not have understood Vine, but its demise is a huge cultural loss
The secret behind internet erotica icon Chuck Tingle: his own life may be the best story he’s ever written
Why Satanic Panic never really ended
Harambe the gorilla is dead. But Harambe the meme won’t die.
The Harry Potter universe still can’t translate its gay subtext to text. It’s a problem.
The Leslie Jones hack is the flashpoint of the alt-right’s escalating culture war
Social justice, shipping, and ideology: when fandom becomes a crusade, things get ugly
Osamu Tezuka was the “Walt Disney of Japan.” His beautiful manga biography shows why.
Plagiarism claims against BuzzFeed Video: a complicated tale of internet originality
Hamilton is fanfic, and its historical critics are totally missing the point
The Purge: Election Year tries to confront the gun-loving soul of America
Outlander. A fantasy relationship. William Shatner. And the fan war uniting them all.
Defending fandom is exhausting. Let’s start celebrating it instead.
Tired of over-engineered web design? Brutalism might be the internet trend you need.
A guy trained a machine to “watch” Blade Runner. Then things got seriously sci-fi.
Satirical erotica author Chuck Tingle’s huge troll of conservative sci-fi fans, explained
Claiming #DemThrones: how a Game of Thrones hashtag sparked a major Twitter debate
Reddit’s biggest Trump community is fracturing over right-wing extremism
Sara Bareilles’s new musical Waitress is fun and bubbly. But it’s not feminist.
What would the 2016 Tony nominations have looked like without Hamilton?
How do you measure 20 years of Rent backlash?
Larry Stylinson, the One Direction conspiracy theory that rules the internet, explained
It’s not just video games — tabletop gaming has a harassment problem too
Why do rappers love Dragon Ball Z so much?
Zardulu is the shadowy artist (and wizard) who faked your favorite viral moments
Slash succeeds as young adult story, completely fails as a movie about slash fiction
A major death on The 100 sparks massive backlash from queer fans
Inside the fandom behind the runaway success of Hamilton
Why is Deadpool so ugly? A look at the merc’s dark comics history.
The rules of Mannerpunk every Jane Austen fan should know
Celebrated author Gene Luen Yang aims to smash the wall between comics and literature
What Lesbian Boba Fett teaches us about fandom’s gift for subversion
Fanfiction writers scorn Entertainment Weekly’s dubious fanfic contest
How Twilight fangirls changed the future of publishing
Behind the scenes of Tumblr’s Year In Review
One Direction fandom heaps sexist backlash on one of their own at AMAs
Low-Budget Milky Whites spotlights the best character in Into the Woods
Supernatural’s 200th episode is a fitting tribute to its fangirls
Acclaimed sci-fi writer exposed as notorious Internet troll
The data behind Gamergate reveals its ugly truth
Felicia Day’s worst Gamergate fears just came true
Sarkeesian cancels Utah speech after GamerGate threat of school massacre
Controversial book blogger Ed Champion suspended from Twitter after threatening female author
Orlando Jones crashed our offices to livetweet the Sleepy Hollow premiere
The danger of cosplaying while black.
For Terry Gilliam, it’s still about leaving ‘bits of shrapnel in people’
Zoe Quinn claims 4chan was behind GamerGate the whole time
4chan hacks and doxes Zoe Quinn’s biggest supporter
The sexist crusade to destroy game developer Zoe Quinn
This parliamentary fist fight is actually mathematic perfection
The literary allusions of True Detective are not plagiarism
Coder livetweets sexist remarks allegedly made by IBM executives
How to kill your slash fandom in 5 steps
What Ms Marvel’s rare 6th printing means for diversity in comics
The Ball Pit meme is the only good thing to come out of DashCon
Why we can’t stop rooting for Disney villains
The definitive guide to the Vlogbrothers family tree
Why How to Train Your Dragon 2 is a feminist triumph
How sexist video game animators keep failing women
Fans cry foul as Tumblr artists seeks $80,000 for animated promo video
Your attacks on YA lit only make us more powerful
LiveJournal just rolled out a major update, but is anyone there to notice?
Why fans have high hopes (but low expectations) for Supernatural
Con director mocks woman’s safety request, sparking uproar
One of book world’s biggest expos at center of diversity battle
Behind the scenes of Starfighter, the Internet’s sexiest webcomic
When it comes to transgender representation, anime has room to grow
Here’s why it’s time to take Wattpad seriously
YA publishing and the John Green effect
It’s time for white people to pass the mic
Kill La Kill: How the year’s most polarizing anime became a smash hit
Saying goodbye to Television Without Pity
Sharknados and Starships: For RiffTrax’s Mike Nelson, the post- MST3K world is sweet
Did the wildly popular ‘Sterek’ ship just sink?
When fandoms collide: The present and future of anime cons
How to suppress women’s coding
Did racism in gaming culture drive Flappy Bird offline?
Apparently, these guys don’t want women to write science fiction
Felicia Day’s haircut just became headline news, thanks to sexism
Why does the man behind Doctor Who and Sherlock still have a job?
Ms. Marvel is 16, Muslim, and starring in her own Marvel series
Our Sleepy Hollow fandom party with Orlando Jones at Tumblr HQ
The 10 most fascinating people on Tumblr in 2013
The 10 most important fandoms of 2013
Unwrapping Yuletide, the biggest fanfiction event of the year
10 people who changed fandom in 2013, the year of the fangirl
Fandom uproar ensues after Once Upon a Time actor insults shippers
Sometimes even fanfic tags are works of art
How PAX’s attempt at diversity backfired
Why fans are outraged at Sherlock and Watson reading sexy fanfic
Hollywood’s exclusion myth: Why Frozen and Catching Fire won’t do much for women in Hollywood
Same-sex couple never expected this response to their wedding photos
Far from Tumblr, fandom’s suburbs are growing their own way
Dieselpunk for beginners: Welcome to a world where the ’40s never ended
Inception: The Musical hits Brooklyn this weekend
Did this bestselling author lift her last work from the pages of fanfic?
Why Jonathan Franzen’s social media fear indicts the entire publishing industry
Fandom, consent, and Tumblr’s Josh Macedo scandal
Lolita 101: This Japanese fashion craze is now for everyone
How DC Comics lost its Batwoman writers—and a lot of fans
A beginner’s guide to Attack on Titan, the most intense anime of 2013
How to survive a Tumblr hoax in 6 not-so-easy steps
Stop deadnaming Chelsea Manning
The Mako Mori Test: Pacific Rim inspires a Bechdel Test alternative
The Internet’s obsession with cats started in Japan
Anita Sarkeesian still can’t catch a break
Subbable and the future of YouTube
Why slashtivism is hurting fandom
The “Swimming Anime” debut is light on shirts, heavy on sexual tension
The disturbing online trail of Comedy Central writer Kurt Metzger
The power of Homestuck: How an unknown artist raised $200K
How the Internet and abortion rights won in Texas
Where Anita Sarkeesian goes, sexism follows—even to E3
SFWA sexism rocks the science-fiction blogosphere
5 reasons Tim Duncan is fandom’s MVP
What you should know about EXO, the biggest, strangest band in K-pop
Amazon and the buyout of fandom culture
Why Yahoo can’t buy fandom on Tumblr
The rise of the anti-fandom fandom
Yahoo just swallowed the best Tumblr community you’ve never heard of
Why “My Little Pony” fandom is freaking out over Equestria Girls
A guide to fandom’s complicated relationship with Orson Scott Card
How 1 question triggered a “Supernatural” fandom meltdown
Tumblr’s fantasy “Swimming Anime” is now a real show
Feminist blogger in hiding after men’s rights death threats
Self-publishing wunderkind under fire for misogynist rant
A guide to Portal to Hell, the craziest meta-meme on the Internet
All of Tumblr is now Misha Collins
Behind Captive Prince, S.U. Pacat’s bestselling erotic high fantasy
A beginner’s guide to bandom
Fighting the robots with the stars of “Squaresville”
Brony documentary blasted for sexism
The “tiny stories” and grand vision of wirrow
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Fic Rec Wednesday: The *NSYNCs of a killer
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Shenanigansverse, about a bunch of insufferable Boston theatre kids and their insufferable hijinks Co-wrote and produced the fannish rom-com audio drama podcast
, about a magical college campus where Kaleidotrope all the tropes are real, starring James Evans and Matthew Menendez, nominated for Audioverse awards for Best Writing and Best New Podcast, 2018 “Njoli Jowei at the Church of Signs Following” — a short story about a trans girl who goes to her friend’s snake-handling church and discovers she speaks snake, published in the
YA anthology, 2013 Fight Like a Girl
, an Arthur/Eames I Seem To Be a Verb Notting Hill AU in which Eames is Tom Hardy and Arthur runs a nerdy applied sciences bookstore. “
Ponds Girls Belong to Cupid,” a very old short story/RPF experiment based on this ridiculous 1942 Ponds ad.
The Nonpareil, a trunk novel/Edwardian romance, the less seen the better