While patiently waiting for the new Voltron series by Dreamworks Animation to be aired on Netflix in 2016, whether you’re having a fandom high or low moment, wherever you are in the world, fans come together like Voltron to celebrate International Fanworks Day.
It’s 2016, and it’s the best time to be a fan.
In Australia, in a span of a few weeks, there was a flurry of discussion about FanFiction. Anne Jamison, author of Fic: Why Fanficiton is Taking Over The World, was interviewed at ABC Radio’s RN Drive. The Conversation followed with an explainer about FanFiction. HuffingtonPost Australia also jumped aboard the bandwagon of FanFiction discussion.
If you’re new to the world of fandom (or keen to broaden your fandom knowledge), I’d like to share my personal list, a few resources to kickstart your journey down the rabbit hole.
This is my favourite first stop. To admonish that lifted brow from stuffy literary types, let me introduce you to Fan Studies Network. All the way from the UK, they hold annual conferences where scholars from around the world share and present their research studies.
Apart from FanFiction.Net, Archive of Our Own, and Wattpad, there are other platforms to share your stories. Kindle Worlds, Inkitt, and Penned to name a few. I’m particularly fond of Kindle Worlds, stories are complete, well-written, and even have book covers.
As a Voltron fan, it is imperative to listen to Let’s Voltron. Hosted by Marc Morrell of Toonbarn, every Voltron fan who is keen to rekindle their love for the giant robot must listen to the fandom podcast.
In 2015, I acquired two books that helped enrich my fangirl life.
Confused having all the fandom feeling wreaking havoc on your sanity? Devastated about your fandom? Fangirls need not fret anymore. We now have Fangirl Therapy to help sort out our feels.
Finally, if you’re still not convinced that FanFiction is now mainstream with that literary high brow still arched, I’d like to share this piece by Elizabeth Monier-Williams to help you ditch your disdain for FanFiction.