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Five Things Idina Menzel's Fans Have Taught Me

Christina Romo | Posted 08.30.2016 | Arts
Christina Romo

I have been a huge fan of Idina Menzel since she was in Wicked almost 13 years ago. I quietly admired her work from afar -- purchasing albums, movies,...

Superhero Properties

Randall Frederick | Posted 08.23.2016 | Entertainment
Randall Frederick

It's obvious to every comic book fan and moviegoer in America that superhero movies are getting worse, not better. Even though these films are profita...

We Are All Fans

Orlando Jones | Posted 07.21.2016 | Entertainment
Orlando Jones

In the midst of the seemingly endless barrage of BS we're dealing with in society at large, fandom has always served as a much needed respit for me. Like everything else, it's a microcosm of the larger world so I'm not naive to its problems.

How Kids On The Internet Are Rejecting The "Bury Your Gays" Trope

Rachel Williams | Posted 07.07.2016 | Queer Voices
Rachel Williams

In a climate where young queer fans are struggling to find safe spaces both on screen and in real life, many are building their own community and creating their own media that can make up for the lack of diverse queer characters on TV and in film.

Are Fans Getting Too Entitled? Nah

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 06.03.2016 | Arts

In the beginning, there were the creators. The creators made movies, TV shows, and even actual comic books and novels. Audiences paid money and silent...

When the Fandom Gets Creative: Who Is Elyza Lex and Why Does She Matter

Jin Jet Cava | Posted 03.22.2017 | Media
Jin Jet Cava

source: ***Major Spoilers Ahead It has been four weeks since episode "Thirteen" of CW's The 100 aired. A lot can be d...

The Pokémon Effect: How 20-Year Old Game Boy Cartridges Shaped a Generation

Rachel Stine | Posted 02.27.2017 | Arts
Rachel Stine

Without sounding overly sentimental, one of my goals is to hand down this beloved digital heirloom down to children of my own. I know they will forge new friendships and adventures with it.

WiSHCon Enters the Convention Industry, Looks to Break Down Barriers for Women

Alex Lyman | Posted 01.17.2017 | Entertainment
Alex Lyman

The entertainment industry has become increasingly interactive between creators, actors, and fans. Between social media and the various conventions an...

5 Lessons From My 'Star Wars' Childhood

Stephanie Harper | Posted 12.15.2016 | Entertainment
Stephanie Harper

It's hard to believe that we've hit the final stretch before the much anticipated release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. And, as I eagerly (and admittedly a little nervously) await this next installment, I've had the opportunity to reflect on what the Star Wars franchise has meant to me over the years.

The Empire Strikes Back: A Lifetime in Three Years

David Glanzer | Posted 12.14.2016 | Entertainment
David Glanzer

As the summer of Star Wars turned to fall, it marked the beginning of the next school year, and here is where my life truly changed. While my best fri...

Beatles' Rubber Soul Dazzled Boomers and Critics Fifty Years Ago

Candy Leonard | Posted 12.03.2016 | Fifty
Candy Leonard

Excerpt from Beatleness: How the Beatles and Their Fans Remade the World. Recalling the first time she heard the Beatles' Rubber Soul, at age ten,...

The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 12.02.2016 | Women
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

The key "takeaway" there is that Geek Culture is, indeed, booming. In fact, many Geek Culture obsessions have gone mainstream. And there are some very important reasons for this. Reasons that parents and the world-at-large may need to be more interested in and concerned about.

Elementary, My Dear APA

Paul Bishop | Posted 09.25.2016 | Home
Paul Bishop

Back in the prehistoric times before the Internet - when dinosaurs roamed the earth, the West was wild and the East was still the mysterious Orient - mystery fandom wasn't a simple matter of keeping abreast of daily blog updates and Yahoo group had to be earned.

Reckless: Chrissie Hynde's Meandering Journey to Rock Stardom

Candy Leonard | Posted 09.24.2016 | Home
Candy Leonard

The girl we meet in the early pages of Chrissie Hynde's heartfelt and beautifully written memoir, Reckless, is like millions of other cool kids in the sixties who were obsessed with music, became very adept at lying to their parents, and did a lot of drugs.

Black 'Harry Potter' Characters Aren't Just Beautiful -- They're Revolutionary

The Huffington Post | Zeba Blay | Posted 07.28.2015 | Black Voices

There's an unspoken rule in literature: Characters are white unless explicitly described otherwise. Take, for example, Hermione Granger from Harry ...

Actress Tina Huang of Rizzoli & Isles Had No Idea About the Show's Following -- Part I

Ilana Rapp | Posted 07.13.2016 | Entertainment
Ilana Rapp

Most of us learn on the job and being an actor is no different. Tina Huang, who plays Susie Chang, the senior criminalist in TNT's hit crime-drama Rizzoli & Isles, learned fandom. Plus a whole lot more!

Fandom Power as Seen by Uncle Louie

Uncle Louie | Posted 06.25.2016 | Entertainment
Uncle Louie

Fandom, what does that even mean? To what extent does a fan have to be fanatic enough in order to be considered part of a fandom?

Why I Was Heartbroken When the Wisconsin Badgers Lost to Duke (And Why That's Normal)

Jordan K. Turgeon | Posted 06.07.2015 | Healthy Living
Jordan K. Turgeon

Unless you belong to the lucky few, a sports fan's journey ends the same way each season: just short of one more W. And if you aren't part of the fandom, you probably wonder why so many people care so much about a bunch of players they don't even know.

When Beyonce Fans Attack

HuffPost Live | Ryan Buxton | Posted 03.10.2015 | HuffPost Live 321

By now, this should be news to no one: You do not mess with Beyonce. Kid Rock learned this firsthand when he sparked the fury of her fanatical fans...

One Direction Fans Can Make Anyone Famous -- And They Chose Jerry The Lamp Builder

The Huffington Post | Amanda Scherker | Posted 11.25.2014 | Teen

In a post-#AlexFromTarget world, literally nothing about Internet fame should surprise you anymore. But one subset of teens on Twitter, the all-mighty...

What Is Homestuck? Who Is Homestuck? Why Is Homestuck? And WTF Is Homestuck?

Dante Basco | Posted 01.14.2015 | Entertainment
Dante Basco

It's something I've never seen before. It's like a book or a comic, only it's not a book or a comic... it's something new. It's like an entirely new way of telling a story. There is no other time in history that a story like this could be told and in this way, except for now... That's kind of amazing.

A Day Drinking Exclusive Webisode, Chatting With Glyn Johns, Sam Llanas and Debra Fine, Plus a Premiere by The Cush

Mike Ragogna | Posted 01.12.2015 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Debra Fine: Nobody told me how difficult it was to do these things, so we closed on money, we were off and running and putting out products and they were doing well and then the whole CD-ROM market went from $49 for a CD-ROM to about 10 cents.

7 Things Only YA Book Fans Will Understand

Lisa Parkin | Posted 08.24.2014 | Home
Lisa Parkin

Every fandom has its own jargon, inside jokes and wacky memes. Young adult book fans are no different and add their own crazy literary flair.

Celebrity School: Because Lana Del Rey Cannot Deal With Feminism Right Now

Shanrah Wakefield | Posted 08.10.2014 | Entertainment
Shanrah Wakefield

It's important that celebrities are educated and well versed in issues and movements relevant to our world, particularly those relevant to their young audience. The fact is that it is not okay to dismiss the feminism debate as boring.

Why 'Star Wars' Matters

Troy Campbell | Posted 07.01.2014 | Entertainment
Troy Campbell

On "May the Fourth Be With You" Day, droves of Americans will dress up and celebrate, and I will be one of them.