Essay about Characteristics of the Fandom Subculture
The term fandom can be used to refer to a specific fandom (e.g. the “Supernatural” fandom), but it is now commonly used in a broad sense to refer to many fandoms that overlap or interconnect, particularly on social media websites such as “Tumblr” …show more content…
“Being a fan, especially a fan who writes fanfiction, however, comes with all kinds of unwanted social stigmas, be they allegations of illegality, immorality, or just plain weirdness.” - The Daily Dot
Many members of fandom are forced to face accusations that they are stealing the creations of others, and that they are essentially plagiarising. The legal issues that surround fandom and all associated activities are numerous, and the majority are still ongoing in 2014.
Sites such as “The Organization for Transformative Works (OTW)” have been created for the sole purpose of circumventing the legal issues that surround fandom activities. One of the organization’s most known actions is the fact that they founded “Archive of our Own” in 2009. The archive was so successful that it was named one of