I’ve written something again, this time about the Glee Kink Meme and how it works with canon.
So if you want to read about nekos and G!P but in a way that makes it sound all intellectual you should totally read it.
Or y’know if you just want to read data about which ship has the most porn.

Georgetown University’s peer-reviewed Journal of Communication, Culture & Technology run a podcast. They interviewed me for it.

So if you want to listen to a Brit academic (me) talk about fandom and Glee you should totally go and do that.

Of course I can’t listen because like all sane people I hate the sound of my own voice. But you should be ok.

I wrote something about how the media don’t understand erotic fanfiction. As it’s me I mention Glee. You can totally read it if you want to.

I know I don’t really post here much but thought you guys might find this interesting. Fic is a big part of Tumblr and no one outside of fandom seems to be talking about this. So I have.

Let me know what you think.

Glee 3x19 Prom-a-saurus (or How Glee puts the Finn in Faberry)

I have mixed feelings about this week’s Glee, because Glee and consistency are like oil and water. However, before I get to the bad parts I just want to say there was one beautiful moment that had me in tears. Quinn, riding the high of knowing she actually made someone else far happier than she could ever have been, decides she wants to stop being so scared of her vulnerability and stands, held up by one of her oldest friends. For once friendship in its purest form is given a moment to shine (and it wasn’t even in the script). Quinn and Santana may argue, but ultimately they know how scared and unsure the other is and they help each other stand in the face of it all. I want more of that Glee.

Back to rage, and bar the obvious Finn/Quinn scene, there was something about how they handled the Faberry story that still smacked of the show’s usual issues with women.
Firstly let me say yay, Glee’s attempts to write a budding Faberry friendship is often the closest they get to any kind of narrative continuity or nuanced characterisation. 

Nevertheless there were numerous problems.

1. Why does no one seem worried that Rachel Berry is so willing to give up her goals?
2. Why is prom queen still seen as the only real validation a girl needs?
3. Why was Quinn’s moment of self-realisation so downplayed?
4. Why did Finn still get to take the credit for making Rachel feel accepted?
5. Why is every good Faberry conversation somehow about Finn? 
6. How are they still trying to paint Finn as a decent guy?

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If any of you ever thought, ‘hey, I wonder what stuff’s most popular on the GKM?’ my current research is right up your alley. The top 25 kinks of the Glee fandom as of today.

Because of this I just wrote a footnote explaining the difference between G!P and W!P (If you don’t know don’t ask). This job is weird sometimes.

If any of you ever thought, ‘hey, I wonder what stuff’s most popular on the GKM?’ my current research is right up your alley. The top 25 kinks of the Glee fandom as of today.

Because of this I just wrote a footnote explaining the difference between G!P and W!P (If you don’t know don’t ask). This job is weird sometimes.

Glee 3x18 Choke (Or The assassination of Rachel Berry by the coward RIB)

Wow. Really, wow, what was that?

This episode was a mess, another Very Special Episode of Glee that not only did a disservice to the secondary character it was trying to explore but saw to the further detriment of a central character. That character being Rachel Berry.

I understand the desire for drama, but this story smacked of easy storytelling. Glee thinks it’s creating a story about romance, friendship and community, instead it’s telling the story of female dependence. This wouldn’t be so galling if it wasn’t the opposite of the story they claimed to be telling when this show started. The only good moment in this episode - and it’s awful that this was the only good scene - was when Rachel was singing her pain. Lea Michele once again showed how deliver a song in a musical, not like a pop song, but like a part of the narrative. Her anguish was palpable. It was good because for once the song was about a character using music to cope rather than the recent motivation, using music to fix someone.

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boniverotica:

Today at the flea market, Bon Iver found a box of old hats.  He bought them all.  ‘I couldn’t decide which one felt most like home,’ he said.

Honestly made me LOL. Some good songs but man do people take this guy too seriously.

boniverotica:

Today at the flea market, Bon Iver found a box of old hats.  He bought them all.  ‘I couldn’t decide which one felt most like home,’ he said.

Honestly made me LOL. Some good songs but man do people take this guy too seriously.

Do we know anything about how big the Faberry community actually is? Are there any numbers on the various sub-fangroups out there? I am just wondering, because clearly the producers must know that with the last three episodes they have willfully antagonized every Rachel and Quinn fan. At a time where ratings are dropping I really can't understand how they dared risk losing these viewers.
Anonymous

It’s pretty much impossible to gauge the size of a fan base. From my own research I would say ardent faberry shippers that use Tumblr number about 1000/1500. However, shippers that don’t use tumblr, people that ship but don’t realise that’s what they’re doing, people who don’t ship but like either of those characters; those are hard to quantify. Shippers are vocal, and they make themselves known, but they are the minority and always will be. Sure writers sometimes cater to them because those are the fans that spend the money rather than the ones that just tune in; but in the grand scheme of things they don’t matter much. It’s the big numbers that matter. 

Glee 3x17 Dance With Somebody (or how Glee butchered characters and songs in 1 episode)

It’s no surprise that I was angered by this week’s Glee, I think a lot of people were. Why? Apart from the fact that I doubt many 17/18 year olds are that into Whitney, once again Glee has shown its acute misunderstanding of relationships and the gender dynamics within them, both romantic and platonic. It’s quite a feat really.

The greatest issue, but by no means the only one, was Quinn Fabray, no surprises there. This week she was marginalised, demeaned and ignored. Two weeks ago they went to a lot of effort to suggest that Rachel really cared about Quinn and her wellbeing after the accident. This week it seems female friendship and camaraderie is once more thrown out the window in favour of another heroic male, Glee’s favourite archetype. 

This time it fell to Joe to save Quinn from the pitfalls of bad self-esteem (and apparently spinal injury) that only a man can fix. Not only were the sexual undertones in the PT scenes uncomfortable because of connotations of vulnerability and dependency that are not healthy ways to start a relationship, but they somehow suggested that Joe could actually help fix Quinn’s very literal wounds.

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