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Apr. 8th, 2015

For those of you interested in such things, I got my thinky thoughts hat out tonight.

http://marta-bee.tumblr.com/post/115826639263/on-leaving-fandom

Basically, mid0nz declared she was "leaving fandom," which got me thinking about what this meant: what it meant to be fannish as opposed just to like a work, what that looked like in a fandom like Sherlock where so many people try to make a profit off their fanworks while still considering them fanfic and fanart, and separately, whether people who publicly declared they were leaving a fandom were really leaving at all.

It's about Sherlock specifically, obviously, but I think it's interesting to anyone who's lived the fannish life, whatever the fandom. Thoughts welcome!

PS - let me just say I approve of mid0nz's decision and wish her well. This is more a case of "ooh, nice springboard into those things you're often thinking about in the back of your head" than "let's make a substantive comment on that post on its own terms." So please keep that in mind.

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lindahoyland
Apr. 8th, 2015 08:08 pm (UTC)
To me leaving would be quitting all fandom sites and never posting on them again. My LJ used to be exclusively Tolkien but now I post about my cats and share every day life with the people I know and count as friends. It just happened that way.

I can't see myself as ever making an announcement as I've no idea how long my Muses will oblige for and I'd never take down my stories.
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