The Fault In Our Fandoms

“It’s a metaphor.”

There is always some sort of trend that Tumblr clings too, overuses, and warps it so much that it becomes unrecognizable. It happened with Selfie Olympics, the Doge meme, and all those photos of innocent children making faces that were shared across the internet. Fandoms can sometimes have phrases or quotes that they become known for, Mean Girls has “Boo, you whore,” Perks of Being a Wallflower has “And in that moment I swear we were infinite,” or arguably “We accept the love we think we deserve.” The Fault In Our Stars is in the midst of a hostile takeover, by fans and trolls alike. An unaware blogger made a remark about the scene in the trailer that has Gus putting a cigarette in his mouth but not lighting it, he says “it’s a metaphor see, you put the killing thing right between your teeth but you don’t give it the power to do its killing.”  They commented that he was pretentious and how he was horrible for giving money to cigarette companies and it spiraled from there. The meme and its reception want so far, and got so bad that anger and hatred was taken out on the author, John Green. Katherine recently wrote about bullying towards authors and pointed out the instance that has occurred with John Green. In addition to the meme causing abuse towards the author, it has also created an increase in those who dislike the book, and will be avoiding the movie. There are plenty of people who have actual, personal reasons why they strongly dislike the book, but there are others that are just jumping on the bandwagon or judging the content based on a widespread meme. S. Palmer is against the book for her own reasons. Unfortunately some do not have any reasons at all, they only hate The Fault In Our Stars because social media is telling them it is cool, or fun, to do so. Having read the book myself I think the old adage “don’t judge a book by its cover,” should be applied here. Don’t judge the movie based on a meme, at least judge it by the trailer, although trailers have led many viewers away from promising movies before. Don’t judge the book based on a small quote and a large troll population’s actions.

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Season Renewals, Spin-offs, and Pilots Oh My!

The time has come again for our beloved shows to be told their fate. Fandoms have waited with bated breath to find out if the feels will continue, or if the axe is coming down to kill their happiness. Thankfully shows such as Supernatural, Teen Wolf, Vampire Diaries, Arrow, The Originals and more are continuing on. The Collective Diva wrote about her satisfaction with the renewal of Supernatural and Arrow. In addition to the cast’s excitement that she writes about, there has also been plenty of fan celebration as well.  My Tiny obsessions shared her joy about the news. The Collective Diva also comments on the upcoming spin-off that has been picked up, Supernatural: Bloodlines. Supernatural: Bloodlines will be based in Chicago and be primarily focused on supernatural families of werewolves and shapeshifters along with the hunter that’s out to get them. It is one of many pilots that are expected to do well this year. Other pilots to be on the look out for are Fox Network’s Gotham, The CW’s Arrow spin-off The Flash, and  NBC’s Constantine. There is also an overhaul of superhero shows on their way and Unreality Magazine shares what they know about them. Gotham is going to be done similarly to Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., a centering on back story and characters other than the main superhero, but with the exception of DC universe continuity throughout the films and show, while Marvel’s new shows with Netflix will stay in its preexisting universe.

It’s not all super-things that have been renewed or are coming soon though, The Big Bang Theory was recently renewed for 3 more seasons as was 18 other CBS shows. Fox’s Glee will go on to have its sixth and final season and looks to be continued primarily in New York with focus on the main characters of Kurt, Rachel, Blaine, and Sam, a decision that has received mixed reactions and spurred plenty of Fan Fiction. Syfy has in the works a new show, Ascension, that has all the bits necessary to make it an old school Syfy show. Syfy’s Being Human was cancelled and Helix will stay in limbo since it recently premiered. Staying with Syfy though it Continuum, and Warehouse 13’s final season.

With all the new and returning shows this summer and fall the fandoms will have plenty of reasons to stay busy talking, blogging, writing, and drawing.

TFIOS Fandom Has Been Busy

Even with The Fault In Our Stars movie premiere being a bit far away, the fandom itself has been busying themselves with fanfiction, art, and expanding their fandom’s reach. Since the unveiling of the trailer for the movie there has been an increase in art depicting the main characters. There is a clear picture now of what they look like and the fandom has taken that and expanded upon it exponentially . The Fandom News has joined in the melee by choosing to share TFIOS artwork for their ‘artwork of the day’ for February 17th.

Share any TFIOS artwork you’ve seen in the comments below!