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[User Picture]From: talullahred
2005-06-06 07:08 pm (UTC)

I found this list very interesting and I would like to congratulate the author on it, but I owld also like to ask if there is a reason why the Lord of the Rings/Tolkien fandom is included. Marion Zimmer Bradley herself wrote in it and I know many people who only have interest in this specific fandom, sooo...?

Another fandom that might be interesting to explore because of the debate is has generated whether it's truly slash or not is the Queer as Folk fandom.


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[User Picture]From: partly_bouncy
2005-06-06 07:17 pm (UTC)
That list is kind of out of date. :) I do have history stuff on both of those fandoms but I'm working having a better way to present that information because the format became unwieldy. I've opted to try to compile the thing into a fanzine as the thing had morphed into about 150 pages... Nothing on Queer as Folk on it yet though.
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[User Picture]From: talullahred
2005-06-06 07:22 pm (UTC)
150... That's a lot. :)

I'll be looking forward to reading the next version.


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[User Picture]From: partly_bouncy
2005-06-06 07:35 pm (UTC)

Various sundry of links I've posted to LJ on this topic

I've mostly given up posting the comprehensive thing. I'm doing fandom community specific timelines and a year by year bit. I'm going to go with printing it as a fanzine for the whole thing mostly because I can't really find a web based format that works for me.

Bits and pieces are getting posted to LiveJournal and a few other places in an effort to refine some bits of knowledge... update my timelines, add more pieces of information... They also discuss various aspects of fan fiction history. Some links are:

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[User Picture]From: talullahred
2005-06-06 09:53 pm (UTC)

Re: Various sundry of links I've posted to LJ on this topic


Thank you so much for these links. This is truly fascinating. I've only been around for a year and a half but I'm a scientist and this type of information is profoudly appealing to me.

I ended up joining two of those comms you posted in and I'll be keeping an eye out for more of your work.

I've noticed you focus mainly on big fandoms. I wonder if there is this sort of info compiled for smaller fandoms as those listed in Slash Cotillion...

Anyway, thanks again,

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[User Picture]From: partly_bouncy
2005-06-06 11:10 pm (UTC)

Various dates: to 1980

The following are dates I culled based on those fandoms. These are the only ones I have that pertain to those. :/ A lot of it comes down to what I have been fed by others and what I've just stumbled across in my own reading. These are only a few because by the time I got to Xena on the list of television shows I went erk. As Xena, highlander, Indiana Jones, Queen of the Swords, NSync I have a number of dates for...

I included Dark Shadows information as it relates to Dracula...

1920 to 1930
  • Jane Austen fans began to write their own stories based on her characters and to distribute those stories in fanzines.

  • The Sherlock Holmes Literary Society was founded. The Society was created to continue and promote the work of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The society had such distinguished members as Mgr Ronald Knox and Dorothy L Sayers.

  • Baker Street Irregulars, group of fictional characters featured in the Sherlock Holmes stories, was founded by Christopher Morley.

  • On January 31, gender switching was discussed in the Sherlock Holmes fan fiction community by the Baker Street Irregulars. (http://www..hwslash.net/slash.html)

  • On January 20, The Sherlock Holmes Society of London was founded on the ashes of the Sherlock Holmes Literary Society. It had the same ideals as the previous incarnations.
  • The Memoirs of Solar Pons, the second collection of Sherlock Holmes pastiches featuring Solar Pons, was published by August Derelth. (http://janusbooks.com/2004_07_SH.html)

  • The World of Dark Shadows was founded as the first Dark Shadows fanzine.
  • ShadowCon was held. It was the first national Dark Shadows convention and was organized by fans of the show.

  • Shadowgram was founded. It is one of the first Dark Shadows fanzines. (http://www.istrianet.org/istria/legends/vampires/chrono.htm)

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    [User Picture]From: partly_bouncy
    2005-06-06 11:11 pm (UTC)

    Various dates: 1980 to 1989

  • By this time, Star Trek fen had migrated to, among other fan fiction communities, this one. In doing so, they brought with them publishing traditions, critique habits and their terminology.
  • The World Federation of Dark Shadows was founded. (http://www.istrianet.org/istria/legends/vampires/chrono.htm)

    1982 to 1988
    More fandoms were represented in fanzines. The following fandoms are represented in fanzines during this period: "ST, SW, Raiders of the Lost Ark, mixed media zines, Battlestar Galactica, S&H, Space: 1999, Dracula, SF, Doctor Who, westerns, The Questor Tapes, B7, Buck Rogers, Hill Street Blues, Darkover, Alias Smith and Jones, A-Team, Airwolf, Captain Scarlet, Dark Shadows, Greatest American Hero, Hardcastle & McCormick, Indiana Jones, Knight Rider, MASH, Magnum PI, Miami Vice, The Professionals, The Phoenix, Rat Patrol, Remington Steele, Riptide, Simon & Simon, Man from UNCLE, Wizards and Warriors, Wild, Wild West, Man from Atlantis, Superman, Sapphire & Steel, Tales of the Gold Monkey, TJ Hooker, Tomorrow People, Blade Runner, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Sherlock Holmes, Japanimation, the Chronicles of Amber, etc.“ (Langley)

    1984 to 1986
  • Robin of Sherwood was in its first run on television.

    1984 to 1988
  • Personal computers, aided by their word processing programs, started to have an impact on the publication of fanzines. They, along with the growth of coping services, led to a growth in the number of fanzines and created a situation where more fen could produce their own, high quality fanzines. (Langley)

  • Albion started publishing this year. This fanzine would run for at least eleven issues.

  • The Phantom of the Opera fan fiction community has a zine presence. An example of a fanzine put out this year in this community includes Faded Roses issue 2. This zine was published by Cheryl Duval.

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    [User Picture]From: partly_bouncy
    2005-06-06 11:12 pm (UTC)

    Various dates: 1990 to 1995

  • Faded Roses issue 3, published by Cheryl Duval, contained some Phantom of the Opera fan fiction.

  • Faded Roses issue 4, published by Cheryl Duval, contained some Phantom of the Opera fan fiction.

  • The Turn of the Wheel issue 1, published by Mary Ann McKinnon, contained some Robin of Sherwood fan fiction. This was primarily a gen fanzine.
  • In September, ForKni-L Mailing List was created by Jean Prior and Laurie Salopek for the posting of fan fiction relating to Forever Knight.

    1992 to 1996
  • Forever Knight was in its first run on television.

  • Oaken Heart was published this year. This Robin of Sherwood fanzine had fan fiction that covered all seasons of the show and featured most of its characters.
  • Sherlock Holmes and the Greyfriars School Mystery, a privately printed zine by Val Andrews, was published. (http://janusbooks.com/2004_07_SH.html)
  • Forever, published by Tara O'Shea, contained Forever Knights fan fiction.
  • Good Guys Wear Fangs issue 3, published in 1993 by Mary Ann McKinnon, contained Forever Knights fan fiction.
  • FKFIC-L was around and active in 1993.

  • Robin of Sherwood: The fanzine, Lady Wolfshead, was published this year.
  • On January 13, “Like a Shepherd,” possibly first piece of X-Files fan fiction, was posted to the Internet. It was a Forever Knight/X-Files crossover and was written by Lisa Payne.
  • On the Wings of the Knight, published by Peg Kennedy, contained Forever Knight fan fiction.
  • Leap Into Knight was published. This was a Quantum Leap/Forever Knight novella, stand alone fanzine. The story was written by Sandy Hall and Sharon Wisdom. In 1995, it won a FanQ for Multi-Fandom Stand Alone Zine.

  • Robin of Sherwood: The fanzine, Outlaw Tales, was published this year.
  • In the summer of 1995 in the Forever Knight fan fiction community, Susan Garrett issued a "Song Challenge." This would inspire authors well into 1999.
  • Bedtime Stories from the Dead of Winter was published this year by Forever Knight Fan Club. It contained winning stories and poems in their Dead of Winter '95 contest.
  • Daydreams and Knightmares was published. It was a two-sided story collection by Susan Garrett. In 1996, this zine would win a Fan Q for best Forever Knight fanzine.

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    [User Picture]From: partly_bouncy
    2005-06-06 11:13 pm (UTC)

    Various dates: 1996 to 1998

  • The first biennial Robin Hood Conference was held. This was an academic conference that would be held at least two more times. Among the many things that would be covered at this conference was Robin of Sherwood fan fiction.
  • Robin of Sherwood: The fanzine, Celtic Oak, was published this year.
  • Between March and April, the RUSS-L mailing list was created as Russell fans felt increasingly isolated in the greater Sherlock Holmes fan fiction community. (http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Acropolis/8950/russell/thehive.htm )
  • Amantes de la Noche #1 was published by Marg Baskin. This was a third season zine. It featured stories by Debra Fiorini, Christina Kamnikar, Le Phantom, Jamie Melody Randell and others. This zine was adult and required an age statement.
  • The Bargain, written and published by Christine Hunt, was nominated for a FanQ in the category of best Forever Knight stand alone zine.
  • In June, Biting Satire, or Forever Knight Lite! was published by Pam Jensen. This fanzine was distributed in a binder.

  • Wildwood was published this year. This fanzine was an anthology of Robin of Sherwood fan fiction.
  • In September, The Hive, a Sherlock Holmes pastiche site based on Russell's novels, was created on Geocities. (http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Acropolis/8950/russell/thehive.htm )
  • On July 29, Sunnydale Slayers was founded.
  • In November, alt.tv.buffy-v-slayer.creative was created.
  • In May, Amantes de la Noche #2 was published by Marg Baskin. It featured stories by Janice Cox, Christina Kamnikar, Apache, Bonnie Pardoe and others. This zine contained some mild adult content but did not require an age statement. Some of the material published in this zine ended up being published on the Internet.
  • Black Amber was published. This zine was a collection written by Jacqueline Taero and dedicated to Javier Vachon. It was published by Special Services Unlimited.
  • Conquistador: The Vachon Collection was published by Special Services Unlimited. This zine was an adult fanzine featuring Vachon stories and third season settings.
  • Dark, Dark My Light was published. This was written by R. A. Johnston, as a sequel to “The Devil You Know.” It was published by Special Services Unlimited.
  • FKFIC-L was around and active in 1997.
  • The Forever Knight community was giving out Halo Awards this year. Among the categories included were Crossovers and Historic stories.

    1997 to 2003
  • Buffy: The Vampire Slayer was in its first run on television.

  • The Forever Knight Fan Fiction Awards were founded to award quality Forever Knight fan fiction posted to the Internet. The first year, stories from 1997 and 1998 were eligible. Among the categories for this award were Best Historical Novel and Best Novel.

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    [User Picture]From: partly_bouncy
    2005-06-06 11:13 pm (UTC)

    Various dates: 1999 to 2005

  • The fanzine, Mystic Forest, was published this year. This fanzine’s stories concentrated mostly on the magical, mystical, fantasy aspects of Robin of Sherwood.
  • On August 19, the Slayer's Fanfic Archive received a Cease & Desist notice from Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation for the site, the Slayer's Fanfic Archive.
  • Buffy: The Vampire Slayer fan fiction community reached a critical mass. There are several possible dates. One suggested date is after the airing of the episode, Hush. After this episode aired, a lot of "teenies" entered the community.
  • BuffyBringers was founded.
  • The Forever Knight Fan Fiction Awards were awarded.
  • In May, Coroner Tales was published. It contained a collection of seven Natalie stories by Judy Freudenthal. Of note, two of these stories had originally been published by on Internet and were revised prior to being published in this zine.

  • In November, Tales of Sherwood Forest was published. It included fan fiction by A.M. Calluwaert, an essay on Robin of Sherwood fan fiction in cyber space by Claire Stemp, a convention report and pictures from Silver Arrow 2000, episode reviews and more.
  • Better Buffy Fics list was founded.
  • Willtara, a mailing list, was founded on January 30 of this year. It was created for the discussion of and posting of fan fiction realted to the female/female slash pairing of Willow/Tara.
  • The Forever Knight Fan Fiction Awards were awarded.

  • On July 28, the BibleSlash mailing list was created.
  • On March 21, the Darker Side of Sunnydale was founded.
  • On September 7, Ignis Verbis, a fan fiction archive, was founded.

  • DarcyFic, a mailing list dedicated to the distribution of Darcy centered fan fiction, was founded on February 15.
  • Firthness.com was founded on June 23. This site was dedicated to the character of Darcy.
  • On January 8, Buffy Fiction Archive was founded.
  • On August 23, The Bloody Awful Sandlot, a fan fiction archive, was founded.
  • The 2002 Raven Awards were given out in the Forever Knight fan fiction community.

  • In this year, various articles were written in the Les Miserables community about Mary Sue and some of the problems regarding her that were happening in the community.
  • Duck's Fan Fiction Archive, a Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan fiction archive, received a Cease and Desist. (http://www.denialbubble.com/ducksfanfic/new.html)
  • In March, alt.tv.buffy-v-slayer.creative discussed the legalities of ActorFic.
  • XanderZone, a mailing list, was founded on March 17 of this year. It was created for the discussion and posting of Xander related fan fiction. Slash fic was and is not tolerated on the list.
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    [User Picture]From: talullahred
    2005-06-07 08:35 am (UTC)

    Re: Various dates: 1999 to 2005

    Ooh, thanks! I keep finding new interesting things in these lists. :)

    *goes off to explore*

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