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dailydot:

More than a decade after the Harry Potter craze kicked fanfic culture straight into the mainstream, we’re still seeing regular appearances from that most embarrassing of journalistic genres: the poorly researched thinkpiece expressing shock, horror, bemusement, and condescension for fandom and the (mostly female) fans who write fanfiction.

So for anyone out there who has just been hired to explain the intricacies of fanfic culture to a confused and ill-informed audience, here are a few misconceptions we can get out of the way before you even start:

Myth: Reporters should ask celebrities what they think about the awkward fanfic fans write about them

No. First of all, asking a celebrity to simply “react” to fanfiction being written about the fictional character they portray (and occasionally the actor themselves) is actually shorthand for “I’m a lazy reporter who would rather exploit fans than do the work of rounding up real questions for this interview.”

Secondly, this celebrity who is having lots of slash written about them has already been asked about their thoughts on slash by the other 145 million unoriginal reporters who came along before you and went, “What can I do to be edgy? Oh, I know, I’ll show them the fanfiction about them on the Internet!” They are sick of being asked this question.

Thirdly, depending on any number of personal/social/contextual factors that have nothing to do with the show, the fandom, or the content of the fanfic, being asked about fanfic could make them feel uncomfortable, which means you were just rude and invasive for stupid reasons.

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(In which Gav and Aja attempt to debunk every terrible article ever written on fanfic, which we hopefully will never have to read again.)

GUYS THIS PIECE IS 5,000 WORDS LONG AND TOOK TWO MONTHS OF US GOING “OH CRAP WE FORGOT TO INCLUDE X!!”  And in the end our editor just threw up her hands and didn’t cut a word.

So congrats, fandom, THIS IS THE SINGLE LONGEST ARTICLE IN DAILY DOT HISTORY.

>.>

Who would ever think fanfic writers were male? >.> It is 100% true. Sometimes I feel like it is the only space where you are presumed female instead of presumed male on the internet. 

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emptyheadgamer:

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Well as long as we’re talking about the ancient internet, who remembers this.

still the best song….. and it isn’t THAT old is it?

lovekiller:

Impromtu shoot after the Moon Crisis Masquerade event at the Rothick art haus. I had very little light so these are a little hot but LOOK AT THE MOON!

Bridget as Sailor Moon - http://bridgettheunicorn.tumblr.com
Caitlin as Sailor Chibimoon - 
Ariane as Sailor Uranus - http://konekoanni.tumblr.com/
Hannah as Luna

Please do not remove this text. <3

kagerouhetastuckfortressronpa:

Finding good posts about equality and oppression

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Those posts excluding disabled people and ableism

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nancydrewho:

*saves game*

*presses exit game*

"Do you want to save your game before you exit?"

"I should just in case" 

miss-nerdgasmz:

miss-nerdgasmz:

everyonelovesrobots:

seasonalweasel:

hyrules-moon:

blindtank:

laughhard:

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What is that

Stop playing

fUCKIGN

#REALLY

#I’m shaking my head to see it #I’m shaking my head now in disapproval

shook my laptop instead.

miss-nerdgasmz:

miss-nerdgasmz:

everyonelovesrobots:

seasonalweasel:

hyrules-moon:

blindtank:

laughhard:

submitted by

:i

What is that

Stop playing

fUCKIGN

#REALLY

#I’m shaking my head to see it #I’m shaking my head now in disapproval

shook my laptop instead.

priscillapricey:

gryzio:

d-hizzle:

oh my god two words in that just UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE

All hope is lost so quickly I can’t stop laughing.

danish tv is the best thing ever

yumetabibito:

"I-it’s not like I’m emotionally invested in a Free! couple or anything!" Yumeta says as she bookmarks more Makoharu doujinshi to add to her next order.

(I’m much more embarrassed over watching Free! than I am watching YGO, to be perfectly honest.)

nerdsandgamersftw:

This dog cosplays much better than I could ever cosplay.

DeviantArt user Carrisa (Leafeon-ex) created this amazing Umbreon costume for her dog Jaguar.

DO NOT DO THIS TO YOUR DOG.
This is a terrible costume for a dog to be in. 

There is not spot for the dog to pee. There is not way the dog can poop in this costume.

The costume is black and fuzzy and thus likely very hot just like furries endure and even with fans installed, furries overheat and must drink lots of water. It is completly uncool to make a dog go through. It also has stuffing which means it is even hotter! Dogs can die from being overheated in a costume like this.

Even the paws are covered in this costume.

The only opening is the dog’s mouth. The dog cannot see well. This is mean to do to a dog.

This is about the cruelest costume I have come across. Please do not do this to your dog. 

They also use a choke chain on their dog. Also very cruel. Please don’t do this to your dog. Don’t condone this costume. It is just awful!