So which is considered the oldest fandom? ( By what is considered a fandom by today’s standards) Sherlock or Star Trek?
Star Trek fandom basically created the idea of fan fiction, but Sherlock fandom nagged the writer to bring Sherlock back from the dead so the series didn’t end.
Sherlock or Star Trek???
*dusts off lectern*
Star Trek is generally considered the first western tv/film fandom. (The Man from UNCLE had a fandom slightly before then, but it didn’t persist or make a huge splash like Star Trek did).
Sherlock Holmes is generally considered the first western modern fandom in the sense that it’s the first piece of media to have a fandom amidst modern ideas of copyright. (There are other fandoms that came a bit earlier, especially with the serialized publication of novels, but, again, they didn’t persist or make a huge splash like Sherlock Holmes did.)
As many other people have pointed out in response to this post, fandom (aka participatory culture) has been a thing basically forever, both in terms of writing fanfiction (though it wasn’t called that) and in terms of having Feels and Opinions about stories and sharing them with the creators.
Modern notions of fandom are generally characterized by our concept of intellectual property ownership and the methods of media distribution, both of which create a divide between producers and fans that makes each identity more discrete.
(Sorry for being a bad academic and not citing anything here, but I’m on mobile and don’t feel like sourcing it all.)
(Waves) I’m a graduate student studying Classical Japanese literature, and last year a colleague of mine did her MA thesis on 山路の露 (“Yamaji no tsuyu,” “Dew on the Mountain Road”) which is an honest-to-god fix-it fic of The Tale of Genji (aka the world’s first novel) that the 13th-century author wrote so her otp could get together.
A great many Knights of the Round Table were OCs added in to the narrative by local storytellers who wanted a knight from their area of England. Some of them have absolutely fucking crazy powersets, and a non-zero amount of them have same-sex romances. Lancelot himself, one of the most famous knights, is Chrétien de Troyes’ super cool good at everything totally hawt Gary Stu from the 12th century.
The fic writers for BBC’s Merlin are arguably the truest inheritors of English-language fanfiction, especially the ones that make knight OCs and slash them.
In addition to the lovely and true examples listed above, fairy tales and most folklore and ancient semi-historical epics fall under this umbrella as well. Retellings and revisions and translations and artistic renderings and ballads and poems and plays and alternate universes where these stories are transplanted to new settings and… It’s all there.
There is no first fandom on record because “fandom” is just a modern name for a universal human impulse that dates back to long before the written word. While we may mark milestones in fannish development in different cultures, mostly driven by new technology and social structures and access, we cannot – nor should we try to – define the world’s “first fandom”. We cannot possibly know the first story any human ever told another, and that other then retold. We cannot know the first painting that a human was inspired to imitate or translate into song. That is lost to pre-history.
The Epic of Gilgamesh is basically somebody looking at the existing canon of episodic Gilgamesh stories and going “you know what, this needs a coherent character arc.”
“…..and let’s make it a lot more gay.”
omg I need to have this shit on my blog for reasons
Tale as old as time….
This is really interesting and thought-provoking
You’re an artist having a wonderful day posting your art to Tumblr dot com. You don’t always get a ton of attention, but that’s okay. But then one day somebody reblogs one of your posts…
You’re super excited! Someone appreciates your hard work. Then you see the profile picture, and it’s something like this…
[Screenshot of a Tumblr notification that shows an icon that looks suspiciously like a white girl in a bikini showing off her butt, though it’s so small it’s hard to tell. “axpgthglewut reblogged your photo.”]
You’re suspicious at this point, but mildly optimistic. Maybe someone likes both T&A and your Steven Universe fan art. Then you go to their blog and…
[Screenshot of my drawing of Lapis Lazuli. My original description was replaced with the text “you want to fool around?” and a link that leads to God knows where.]
It’s happened. Again. For some bizarre reason a p/orn bot is using your completely safe for work art to get click throughs to something that’s definetly not safe for work.
You desperately want at least your attribution back, but since Tumblr is so horrifically set up you’re very sure there’s no way to do that.
Except you can!
Tumblr allows you to report copyright violations which includes removing your description and injecting their own link. But how to do this?
Step 1: Report them
Go to that human icon, click it to go to the drop down, and select “Report”.
Step 2: Select “Community Violation”
This behavior is explicitly against the Tumblr terms of service so that’s where it goes.
Step 3: Select “Misuse of your identity or work”
Step 4: Select “Misattribution or non-attribution”
Step 5: Select “yes”, this is your work that’s being misattributed.
Step 6: Select “yes”, you posted it to Tumblr.
Step 7: Select “Someone reblogged it and injected a link to their own blog.”
Step 8: Put in the link to your original post, the link to their reblog, and your email. Then submit!
You can get it the link to the reblog without going to their blog directly by going to the dash view of the blog, hovering over the top right corner, right clicking and selecting “copy link address.
While all of us here on this trash website enjoy picking on staff, in my experience they take care of this kind of thing relatively quickly (usually 2-3 days).
I hope this has helped at least some of you, and remember: only you can stop bot reblogs. [insert gif of Smokey the Bear here]
Thank you so much these kind of links are smothered all over my art posts and I didn’t think there was anything I could do about it
i did not know about this functionality. Here have a useful thing, friends!
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*droning* “Hail Sulis, queen of the harvest, blessed is thy holy light, we ask you to accept this goat as a sign of our reverence to your power and benevolence”
“Do remember that the spring fete is coming up and we will be drawing lots for the sacrifice on the next full moon, additionally there will be a cream tea to benefit the stone circle maintenance fund this coming Wednesday, and we must remember to thank Mrs. Springfield for providing several of her excellent cakes”
Why Christopher Lee did not make this speech in the Wicker Man is beyond me