by: Kaela Joseph, PhD

On November 5th, 2020, amid a global pandemic, the rumored resignation of controversial president of Russia, Vladamir Putin, and perhaps the most pivotal election in US history, Destiel, the once purely subtextual ship of the human character Dean Winchester and the angel Castiel on the CW…


by: Tanya Cook, PhD

Supernatural wrapped up its historic 15 year run last month, but tonight, the Winchesters continue the good fight with Georgia political leader Stacey Abrams. Actors Jensen Ackles (Dean Winchester), Jared Padalecki (Sam Winchester), Misha Collins (Castiel), and show creator Eric Kripke, are participating in a virtual…


by: Tanya Cook

**Spoiler Alert: This post discusses Season 2 of The Boys and contains spoilers.**

I admit it. At first, I really liked The Boys’s Season 2 new main character Stormfront. Here was a heroine who spoke truth to corporate power, was social media savvy, had a bad ass haircut, and seemed like she was gonna take Homelander down a notch or…


by: Tanya Cook

Earlier this summer, thousands of k-pop fans, or fans of Korean popular music, stunned the world when they matched popular group BTS’s $1 million dollar donation to Black Lives Matter in 25 hours. While this is not the first time k-pop fans have stepped up in a…


Celebrating 25 Years of Xena: Warrior Princess

by: Tanya Cook

On September 4th, 1995, Xena: Warrior Princess (XWP) debuted. Originally a spinoff of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Xena quickly developed its own passionate fan base. …


By: Tanya Cook, Kaela Joseph, and Jamie Puglin

On June 10th, J.K. Rowling, author of the beloved book series Harry Potter, released an opinion essay detailing her reasons for her continued support of biological essentialism with regards to sex. Biological essentialism refers to the belief that men and women carry…


From May 30th-May 31st 2020, thousands of people participated in the second ever at-home GISH mini-hunt. GISH (Greatest International Scavenger Hunt) is usually an annual week-long event, created by Supernatural’s Misha Collins, in which teams complete a variety of tasks in order to benefit Random Acts and other charitable initiatives…


As Supernatural wraps up its record-setting 15 year run, we wanted to share our thoughts on the show as both fans and academics. Luckily, Lynn Zubernis offered us the opportunity to write a chapter for her latest edited volume on the legacy of Supernatural. There’ll be Peace When You Are…


*Big warning here for Endgame Spoilers, friends.*

Released less than two months ago on April 26, 2019, Avengers: Endgame has skyrocketed to second place on the list of the top grossing films. As of the writing of this article, Endgame has earned more than $2.7 billion at the box office


by: Tanya Cook

Like many of you, I was dismayed to read the NYT article on Sunday which broke the news that the Trump administration is proposing limiting the definition of gender to sex assigned at birth. If the Department of Health and Human services restricts the legal definition of…

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We (Tanya and Kaela) are two fans and academics who study how fans help and support each other and their communities.

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