A brief history of fandom, for the teenagers on here who somehow think tumblr invented fandom:

  • 1960s: with the advent of Star Trek, fandom moves into the public sphere for the first time with a television in almost every home, creating a large group of people all excited about one thing. This means conventions, mailing groups, fan magazines, and fanfiction presses. 
  • Yeah this pretty much remains the deal until the internet gets put into every home in the 90s. 
  • BIG FUCKING DEAL FANDOMS, 90s EDITION: X-Files, Xena, Star Trek, Star Wars, ASoIaF, The West Wing. 
  • So with the internet, this really cool thing happened: Geocities. And then Yahoo groups. Early fanfiction archives. Back in the day, fandoms had to create their own private spaces. This made fandoms on the internet smaller and less accessible than fanzine operated ones. However, since fans on the internet didn’t have to pass through an editorial board to publish their fic, it was the beginning of the democratization of fandom. 
  • In 1998, fanfiction.net was launched to compete with the hundreds of independent, fandom-oriented fanfiction archives. More democratization, although fanfiction was marketed on how many reviews one had. You had to, like today, “break into the market.” 
  • In 1999, Livejournal was launched. Fans created communities and their own private journals which was like woah, we have our own places to store our own fic? And can cross-post them places? However, with Livejournal came the idea of the internet-based BNF: big name fan. Since communities had moderators and posts could be friend or community locked, people could easily gain social capital. 
  • See also: Cassie Claire and misscribe
  • On the other hand, authors like George RR Martin get Livejournals. 
  • Around this time was also the rise of forums. Again, moderators had a lot of power, as did certain users who would rise to the position of moderator. People rapidly gained and lost power, causing quick turnover in these parts of fandom. 
  • In 2002, due to legal concerns, fanfiction.net bans NC-17 fanfiction. 
  • Adultfanfiction.net is created to fill the void. For years, 13 year olds would pretend to be 18 to enter. Including myself. 
  • In 2005, fanfiction.net, again due to legal concerns, bans “choose your own adventure” and songfics. 
  • In 2007, Archive of Our Own is launched to further democratize fandom in response to fanfiction.net’s new stringent rules, offering writers a cleaner format, kudos, hit counters, and bookmarks. However, many older fandoms have not made the move. 
  • In 2007, tumblr is launched. It would take until 2010 for it to reach saturation on the internet, meaning that most fandoms which lived and died pre-2010 exist(ed) on Geocities, Yahoo Groups, independent archives, ff.net, etc. 
  • In 2009, Geocities is taken offline. Thousands mourn because they never backed up really old fic that they liked. 
  • In 2012, most major broadcasting companies have caught on to the fact that tumblr has democratized fandom to a degree of anarchy and mob mentality, and utilize it, since tumblr is unmoderated. 


You forgot the most important bullet point: the origin of modern creator-fan drama and ship wars as we know them.

In 1868 Louisa May Alcott published her tremendously successful novel Little Women. She received dozens of letters from young girls and women who read her novel and adored it, but above all they adored Jo, and Jo’s relationship with the Marches’ young neighbor Laurie. Please, they wrote to her, please have Jo and Laurie get married, they are so perfect together, please please please.

Louisa May Alcott was infuriated. She wrote Jo as an extension of herself, and she’d originally intended for Jo to grow old single and unmarried, a dedicated writer and teacher and career woman. But there was all this pressure now from her editor and publisher to have Jo get married, so for the sequel to Little Women, titled Good Wives, Louisa May Alcott had Laurie marry the youngest March sister Amy, and she introduced the character of Professor Baehr, whom Jo went on to marry.

Bam bam, authors sinking ships before the internet was even invented.





what if in avengers 2 steve sticks his hand out waiting for his shield to bounce back to him but instead he gets the mjolnir

"Well done my colorful friend! Mjolnir has chosen a worthy wielder!"

"This shield does much damage! I like it!"

"This shield, I like it. ANOTHER!"
*throws it, watches it bounce wildly, hears something shatter, hears Tony scream*

(Source: punkrogers)

This is just to say


I have eaten

the spiders
that were in
my cave

and which
you were probably
for statistical purposes

Forgive me
I am an outlier
should not have been counted



someone told me
you were a civil war inside a body:

bruised/shattered, fingers broken and a
mouth full of blood;

you made an art of
tucking away the parts of you the daylight
couldn’t bear.

but one day

you will learn
it’s okay to show your bruises;

strip them from your body
and lay them out in front of me.
bare your skin
and tell me where it hurts
so I can kiss the broken parts of you.

there is something delicate
about someone

whose mouth still smells of copper

and whose fingers
are still twisted.