Thought on fandoms and language

Recently, I’ve discovered how pocket communities create their own language and modes of communication collectively.  I find it fascinating, so I’m going to share it with you.  If you don’t like geeking out about language, nerdom or creativity, you might consider skipping this particular blog post. My apologies to my sisters and parents who probably have heard all of this already because I spent a lot of time talking about it during the holidays.

GIFs/video clips/fan art as analysis
As a culture in schools we typically teach students to have verbal and written analysis of the themes in Literature. I’ve found in fandoms that alongside written analysis, fans are creating art, and screencaps and gifs with observations, analysis and connections.  In some ways it allows for more succinct and elegant ways to provide analyisis.
Here are some examples of various different ways of analysis from The Lizzie Bennet Diaries/Mindy Project/New Girl
Gifs act a a slow motion way to highlight a particular scene or moment

Here are screenshots comparing two moments from the same media

Lizzie/Darcy outfits matching across appearances

Quotes from other works superimposed

Source: janeaustenapproved.tumblr.com via Kayla on Pinterest

Remembering funny quotes

Source: tumblr.com via Kayla on Pinterest

Canon vs. head canon

Another problematic situation to explain is differentiating between what actually happened with in the world of the story and what is part of people’s interpretations.  Canon represents what actually happened within the story, and head canon represents how the reader/watcher interprets the situations.  It allows for a more elegant way to explain other possibilities, “In the story this happened, but my head canon is that……”

Fan fiction

On Lizzie’s vlog characters in participate in costume theatre and play other characters.  For example, Jane plays Darcy and then plays herself later in discussion of the character it can be confusing to differentiate between Jane and Jane playing Darcy. The solution is to write Jane!Darcy. The first name is the person pretending to be the other character.  Language describing the character can be laborious and confusing, but it’s  a streamlined custom that is used across fandoms.  According to others sometimes it can be used to represent characters that are different than in the original source, like Evil!Harry.

 

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