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this is going around with the caption “SHOW THIS TO YOUR BRONY FRIENDS”

but i feel like this would benefit a majority of this site not just the bronies 








how is it possible to love fictional characters this much and also have people always been this way?

like, did queen elizabeth lie in bed late sometimes thinking ‘VERILY I CANNOT EVEN FOR MERCUTIO HATH SLAIN ME WITH FEELS’ 

was caesar like ‘ET TU ODYSSEUS’ 

sometimes i wonder


oh my GOD

the answer is yes they did. there’s a lot of research about the highly emotional reactions to the first novels widely available in print. 

here’s a thing; the printing press was invented in 1450 and whilst it was revolutionary it wasn’t very good. but then it got better over time and by the 16th century there were publications, novels, scientific journals, folios, pamphlets and newspapers all over Europe. at first most were educational or theological, or reprints of classical works.

however, novels gained in popularity, as basically what most people wanted was to read for pleasure. they became salacious, extremely dramatic, with tragic heroines and doomed love and flawed heroes (see classical literature, only more extreme.) books in the form of letters were common. sensationalism was par the course and apparently used to teach moral lessons. there was also a lot of erotica floating around. 

but here’s the thing: due to the greater availability of literature and the rise of comfy furniture (i shit you not this is an actual historical fact, the 16th and 17th century was when beds and chairs got comfy) people started reading novels for pleasure, women especially. as these novels were highly emotional, they too became…highly emotional. there are loads of contemporary reports of young women especially fainting, having hysterics, or crying fits lasting for days due to the death of a character or their otp’s doomed love. they became insensible over books and characters, and were very vocal about it. men weren’t immune-there’s a long letter a middle-aged man wrote to the author of his favourite work basically saying that the novel is too sad, he can’t handle all his feels, if they don’t get together he won’t be able to go on, and his heart is already broken at the heroine’s tragic state (IIRC ehh). 

conservatives at the time were seriously worried about the effects of literature on people’s mental health, and thought it damaging to both morals and society. so basically yes it is exactly like what happens on tumblr when we cry over attractive British men, only my historical theory (get me) is that their emotions were even more intense, as they hadn’t had a life of sensationalist media to numb the pain for them beforehand in the same way we do, nor did they have the giant group therapy session that is tumblr. 

(don’t even get me started on the classical/early medieval dudes and their boners for the Iliad i will be here all week. suffice to say, the members of the Byzantine court used Homeric puns instead of talking normally to each other if someone who hand’t studied the classics was in the room. they had dickish fandom in-jokes. boom.) 

I needed to know this.

See, we’re all just the current steps in a time-honored tradition! (And this post is good to read along with Affectingly’s post this week about old-school-fandom-and-history-and-stuff.

Ancient Iliad fandom is intense

Alexander the Great and and his boyfriend totally RPed Achilles and Patroclus. Alexander shipped that hard. (It’s possible that this story is apocryphal, but that would just mean that ancient historians were writing RPS about Alexander and Hephaestion RPing Iliad slash and honestly that’s just as good).

And then there’s this gem from Plato:

“Very different was the reward of the true love of Achilles towards his lover Patroclus - his lover and not his love (the notion that Patroclus was the beloved one is a foolish error into which Aeschylus has fallen, for Achilles was surely the fairer of the two, fairer also than all the other heroes; and, as Homer informs us, he was still beardless, and younger far)” - Symposium

That’s right: 4th Century BCE arguments about who topped. Nihil novi sub sole my friends.







Do you ever just want to punch an entire fandom in the face?







IDK I don’t even feel like Harry Potter is a fandom on tumblr. It’s more like the Gen Ed course that everyone has and then they specialize into fandoms beyond that.

watching fans bring up fandom things to celebrities


I was looking at this book with stuff about every religion and

what have we done

Me: Harry Potter is, like, the gateway fandom. You start reading the books, then all of a sudden you have a Sonic Screw driver, you're carrying salt everywhere and awkwardly in love with Sherlock Holmes and you don't really know how any of it happened, but you're pretty sure it started because Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Dursely of 4 Privet Drive were proud to say that they were perfectly normal thank you very much.
Friend: I don't even know how to respond to that.



For every fandom on tumblr

You’re welcome



sherlock and doctor who are losing in a big way, guys




A few days ago Alessia had the magnificent idea to start a, well, fandom radio.
To quote her:

How about putting on a fandom music only webradio?
Like, one day a week, I could broadcast some fandom music for a couple of hours. We could have theme nights, ficlets readings, fandom discussions through chat, news of the week announcement, interviews with musicians in the fandom and stuff like that. (x)

The idea is to start off smallish with just a couple of hours of airing at first and then to add features such as fandom news, interviews to artists, event promotions and things like that. (x)

However to bring this project about she still needs some help.

Do you know any cool fandom musicians? Or do you write songs yourself?
Would you like to be a host for this radio?
What else should be part of the programme?

Send Alessia an ask here if you have any ideas and follow fandom-radio to get updates!

The lovely Frauke wrote this post about the fandom radio and this idea is actually coming to life! I’ve already found a platform from which to stream and I’ve set up a blog last night and we’ll start posting there all the announcements. As I’ve said before, the plan is to go on air in October at the latest but there are a few issues to solve so please be sure to answer the polls: Your opinion is very important!

We love us some fandom music…

asked the girl in charge, seems like it’s all fandoms, so don’t be afraid to click and ask or make suggestions!


Whose fandom owns the title for the “mother of all fanfiction honeypots” and paved the way for (cough) Fifty Shades of Grey?  Our Sherlock Holmes fandom, of course!  In this video, the PBS Idea Channel discusses Sherlock Holmes fanfic, the wider fanfiction community, artistic movements and trends, and authors like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle who create loose continuities that appeal to fan writers.


Happy Fandom Summer from the Baker Street Babes!  Stay tuned for more!


The Sherlock fandom, circa 1965


At A Scintillation of Scions V, I (Curly) presented a paper entitled The Validation of the Internet Fandom: Bridging the Gap Between Traditional Fandom and the Age of Tumblr. It was very well received and made a lot of people cry (gyah sorry!). My heart sort of swelled as I walked back to my seat and kept getting stopped, Sherlockians new and old thanking me, telling me how fantastic it was, and that they were so proud and pleased. I hadn’t felt like I had done anything monumental or extraordinary, but after awhile I realized that maybe I had done something important.

So, here is the paper in its entirety, as well as the recording from the actual presentation (so I can prove people laughed and clapped!) I hope you like it.


The Validation of the Internet Fandom: Bridging the Gap Between Traditional Fandom and the Age of Tumblr

By Kristina Manente

Scintillation of Scions V

June 9, 2012

I have an addictive personality. I’ll get addicted to outfits or hummus sandwiches, movies and songs. I should have known I’d end up here at Scintillation for one simple reason: as a child I watched The Great Mouse Detective. I watched it so many times over and over again, I’m sure it’s melted my brain. And drove my mother insane. I was hopelessly in love with it. I still am. It was a staple of my childhood and while I was vaguely aware of whom Sherlock Holmes was growing up, I wasn’t a Sherlockian.

            I didn’t start reading the canon until last year. I thought Watson was always rotund with a bushy mustache (well, part of that is true), and I had no idea who Jeremy Brett was. In fact, when the Robert Downey Jr movie adverts first showed, my first thought (other than god Jude Law is hot) was that of Basil of Baker Street. Of the cartoon mouse who unashamedly stole my heart. I didn’t know what would happen in the next two to three years. I didn’t know about Sherlock or how it would change my life forever.

            Sherlock is my first fandom, and I use fandom in the sense of a distinct internet community. A community of thousands who all love the same thing, who write about it, laugh about it, argue about it, art about it, cry about it, and lust over animated gifs of Benedict Cumberbatch together. It’s a beautiful mad thing. I stepped in unaware and I have never been more glad. Fandom has introduced me and countless others to the original stories. It has celebrated these magnificent characters and it has changed my life, and many others.

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For some reason a bunch of folks from PBS came to my studio and interrogated me about pop culture, internet memes, fan art, and tumblr.

Here’s the video they recorded during the interrogation – which also happens to be my very first on-camera interview — pardon the nervousness … the lights were crazy bright.

pbsarts:Fan Art: An Explosion Of Creativity

The fan art community is one of the most creative and active online. Taking pop culture stories and icons as its starting point, the fan community extends those characters into new adventures, unexpected relationships, bizarre remixes, and even as the source material for beautiful art. Limited only by the imagination of the artist, the fan art world is full of surprises and brilliance.

so interesting! A great view on fan art



joining a fandom