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For my communications class, I am officially writing an 8-12 page paper on the Supernatural fandom. I was going to do something on fandom in general with a focus on how the internet functions in fandom, but he wanted me to write about a specific fandom, preferably one of which I am a member. I'm sure starting the research about scholars' work about fandoms will help me organize my ideas, but for now I'm all over the place. Right now I'm still pretty clueless about my thesis for the paper, but I think I want to look at:
-how people view the fandom, both within and outside of it
-what the fandom it means to us, especially looking at it as a form of imagined community (a communications concept)
-reoccurring commonalities between fandom members
-how people participate in the fandom
-the impact of the internet (maybe)
If I still don't have enough, I'll probably talk about stuff like how we interpret the show, popular concepts in the fandom, etc.

I feel weird about coming back after ceasing my SPN fandom activity for so long (it's been two months or so and I posted on fanforum, which moves really fast) and asking questions about it, but I'm going to have to suck it up. I'm not actually sure who on my flist is part of the SPN fandom and I don't think anyone who is actually reads my journal anymore. Still, if you see this and you're part of it, let me know! If you know someone who is willing to give me some input, send him/her over here.

I'm going to post a question here for anyone who is part of ANY fandom. I'm having trouble articulating my answer, but maybe someone else will have more luck. I don't care if your answer is as simple as one word or is complicated and pages long, I just want to know:
What is fandom for you?


Also, if anyone knows how I can get in contact with the person who goes by Jintian (who wrote the "Fandom Is" poem), I'd love to ask for permission to include some of it just in case I find a way to make it work.
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