Look, ma! A week! It was a busy one, so here’s what’s below. Episode VII (references to the big rumor spoiler, but not any that gives it away,) Rebels reaction, the big Expanded Universe blowup, ranting about fan perceptions of Han Solo, and the usual nonsense.
Eric Geller at TheForce.net posted a lengthy piece today looking at the ‘movement’ to ‘save’ the Expanded Universe.
It’s pretty ugly, this movement, so much so that even someone with a cast-iron case of trainwreck syndrome (hi) will want to look away. Yes, Eric quotes me, but I haven’t made a study of these people: What I’ve already run across in my regular travels on Facebook and Tumblr is more than enough. I love getting silly and (yes) occasionally childish with fandom (ahem, Tumblr) but the hatred and negativity of all this is just above and beyond. And I cut my fandom teeth flaming Star Wars authors for ‘bad’ books. I used to read Fandom Wank regularly, for fun. I moderated message boards during the prequel era. I can handle more than your standard amount of fannish negativity.
There’s nothing wrong with being sad, or even a little angry, about the Legends announcement. There’s nothing wrong with wanting that timeline to continue. But there is something wrong with letting things get quite this toxic over a bunch of novels, no matter how beloved they may be. It poisons the well.
I hope these folks are channeling something like the snotty, flaming 17-year-old I was once, and they’ll grow up and move on, with or without Star Wars. There’s little doubt in my mind that this will die down, regardless. But it’s beyond sad to see EU fandom, even if it’s just the fringes, reduced to such a sad state. We’re better than this. I hope.
Seems legit! Onward! Continue reading
Teddie Films parodies Sia’s ‘Chandelier’ with this video and filk.
The usual mix of rumors, not-so-rumors, and the rest of the musings… Plus, Correct Opinions on Boba Fett! Continue reading
Star Wars vs. Star Trek, the state-by-state analysis. This is a bit silly, as these sorts of things always tend to be, but whatever.
It was a week… err, a month… Of crazy rumors. And crushing boredom. And also everyone was attracted to Mark Hamill’s beard. Strange things are afoot in this fandom, man.
Why marketers fear the female geek. It’s an older article (as well as a gaming one,) but it checks out. For instance: “We create opportunity by being vocal. We voice our frustration with how things currently are and progressive marketers will see an unsatisfied customer base… We have to keep being visible.”
Congratulations to the winner, D.C. Barns of Denver! Together, fans raised over $4.26 million for UNICEF, plus an additional $1 million contribution from Disney. Below the cut, a note from J.J. Abrams, and a robot hand…