One way to revisit the 80’s cartoon favourite is by writing fanfiction.
Yes, ONE WORD: #Fanfiction and it comes with a hashtag too.
Because fanfiction is taking over the world. Don’t believe me?
Anyone who is in a fandom should read this. Especially newbies (like myself). Yes, I still consider myself a newbie compared to the #KeithandAllura fangirls and shippers who have been members of the KAEX Yahoogroup that has been in existence since 1998, long before there was FanFiction.net or Archive of our Own.
As a late-bloomer in fangirling, (I became a fangirl two years ago) I couldn’t understand why there was so much wank or flame (And what’s with these fannish terminologies? Was there a whole set of jargon for those who actively joined a fandom and write fanfiction?) I was shocked and astounded by the level of vitriol among fans during my first year as an active fangirl: Fangirls of the same fandom angry at other fangirls of different ships / pairings; seasoned fans pulling rank over new arrivals. Considering Voltron is not a mega-fandom compared to Stars Wars, Harry Potter or Star Trek to name a few (and Voltron wasn’t even mentioned in the book either), I wanted to find out if this behaviour is similar across all fandoms. Though Anne Jamison took a literary path and not the behavioural nor sociological aspects of fan studies, several anecdotes and contributors gave glimpses into how a story such as fanfiction could transform within a community.
Yes, Enlightenment came in a form of a book. I had both the e-book version as well as the printed version. Lots of underlines, highlights and sidenotes later, I found my calm and often referred to FIC for guidance. I’ll even be so bold to say, as an active fangirl, writing fanfiction, FIC is my bible (and adding ‘IMHO’ to stop your furtive whispers by calling it one).
So, in the face of wank or flame, my standard reply nowadays, “Your Kink Is OK, It’s Just Not My Kink” and I would (virtually) throw them a FIC book, “Go read Anne Jamison’s book.” Then, taking a couple of steps back, exhale and shake off their negative energy and walk away (far away) from their nerdrage and fanfury.