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The Vocabulary of Fandom: B

So, continuing with the vocabulary of fandom, we explore some words that start with B. In this list we do have fascinating words. So, prepare yourself for the ride!

Badfic (or Trollfic): it’s a piece of fan fiction written as poorly as humanly possible in a deliberate way. These are often funny stories that stress cliches in books or shows or emphasizing horrible grammar. It can be hilarious, or incredibly nauseating. Please note that “badfic” is also used to refer to awful fan fiction.

Backstory: it’s a piece of fan fiction based on or containing scenes of, the past story of a character. These stories tend to be set before the official story begins. It can also be an original story by the author as well.

BAMF: (bad as a mother fucker). It refers to a character who is incredibly awesome. These characters are witty, clever, and super hard to defeat. These characters can have any gender, and be heroes.

Bande dessinée: comics from the Franco-Belgian tradition.

Bandom: it’s a fandom that’s all about a musical group. Bandom communities can be large, or tiny, noisy or not.

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The Vocabulary of Fandom: A

Since the vocabulary of fandom can be quite challenging, I decided to write a new guide. This time, I’ll be presenting letter by letter. Focal vocabulary is what you need to enter into some sub-cultures. In the case of fandom, there are certain words that will help you navigate the world. Be aware, however, that there are far more than these!

A/A (Action/ Adventure): it’s a fan fiction genre that features stories with a lot of action. These stories can be heavily plot-driven. However, you can also find romance, mystery and more in them.

Abandoned: when an author doesn’t finish a story in fan fiction. It can be either because they couldn’t, or because they don’t want to do so. Abandoned pieces of fic main remain unfinished and incomplete, unless another author decides to give an end to them. (Think of it as a work in progress, aka WIP).

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Five Geeky Expressions Only Your Friends Would Understand

Yay! Fandom Friday is back! This time we’re going to explore five geeky expressions, only my friends would understand. To be fair, choosing only five geeky expressions is pretty hard since I use more than just five. Sometimes I forget who I have in front of me, and I speak in Greek to my friends. Because it was so hard to choose, I decided to feature those geeky expressions I use the most.

1. He’s such a Life-ruiner!

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I know, I’m an evil creature: I write an expression and use a gif with another one. I won’t excuse my naughty behavior. When I say that some character is a life-ruiner is good, believe me. It’s true. It means that the character is so perfect that he ruins your life in the most amazing way. In fact, so much so, that you can end up with an ovaries explosion. It isn’t bad, but amazingly good. When someone is so perfect that ruins your life and makes your ovaries explode, it means that you fancy that person to the bone. [Whoever invented the explosion expression has my deepest respect. And nope, it has no puns.]

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Focal vocabulary related to ships and fan fiction

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Here you have a list with some focal vocabulary related to ships and fan fiction. Enjoy!

Angst: Although it’s often used to describe fan fiction that is dark and characters that suffer a lot; it’s also used for situations or literary pieces with the same dark and suffering charged characters.

ATTHS: “And then they have sex.” From the X-Files fandom. It’s used by authors who don’t want to describe explicit sex in their fan fiction pieces.

AU: Alternative Universe.

Archive: A website that publishes fan fiction stories from many different authors.

BAMF: Badass motherfucker. It’s used to describe strong, independent and badass female characters (or a male character if you read slash).

Beta/beta reader: An editor of fan fiction; someone who reads the story before it is released to the main public.

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Lessons on Geek Anthropology: Do you speak Geek?

Welcome to the first lessons on Geek Anthropology of 2016! But before we start, think! Do you speak Geek? I know it’s a weird question to make but to speak the focal vocabulary, the specific vocabulary makes all the difference when we’re talking about the different Worlds of Geeks, Nerds, and fandoms. Fandoms and geek worlds have their own language: a set of particular words and expressions that will show up clearly who is a fan or not. Some common words or combinations of them might be used in a different way and have different meanings for fans. Using them in a correct way makes you a member of the fandom. Knowing the language of the fandom means having a certain identity, and using it is also a device to find others that share your same interests or who are exhibiting knowledge and thus social currency.

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Let’s go little by little. Have you noticed how much of your vocabulary is related to the fandoms you love? How many words are related to social media like Tumblr? Or how much of it you use with some friends and not your parents, for example?

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Focal vocabulary related to comics

Hatsune Miku. Example of Japanese animation.

Anime: [from the Japanese abbreviation “animation,”] Japanese animated hand-drawn or computer-made films.

Anthropomorphism: [from the Greek, “anthropos” (man/ human) + “morphe” (shape/ form)]. A literary device by which you attribute human characteristics or behavior to anything other than a human being, including animals, objects, gods…

Antihero: a main character or protagonist that lacks some o the qualities of an idealized hero, like morality or courage, and acts in an unheroic manner. An example: Wolverine.

APA: “amateur press association.” A group of people who publish collections of works and distribute them among their members. Many APA were founded in the 30s by fans of science fiction, comics, cinema, etc. APAs are being changed by internet mailing lists, etc; though many still exist.

Asynchronous: [from Greek “synkhronos” (happening at the same time); from “syn-” (together)+ “khronos” (time)]. The depiction of sound in a panel that is not happening at the same time as the events that are pictured in the panel. The sound can be music, dialogue or sounds.

Back issue: a back number of a comic.

Bande dessinée: comics from the Franco-Belgian tradition.

Broadsheet: a single page of printed material which has images and words printed on it (for example, a newspaper). The first broadsheet newspaper was published in 1618 in Europe.

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Focal vocabulary related to Loki’s Army fan fiction

AU: (acronym) alternative universe

Archive: (noun) a website that publishes fan fiction stories from many different authors.

Beta/beta reader: (noun, compound noun) an editor of fan fiction; someone who reads the story before it is released to the main public.

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Bromance: (compound noun, brother + romance) a close relationship between two men, but nonsexual. It can also be a complicated love relationship between two straight men.

Canon: (noun) description of the events that happened in the movies as they happened.

Conventional relationship: (expression) a relationship with two characters that has taken place within the Canon.

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Focal vocabulary related to hipsters in Barcelona

Focal vocabulary related to hipsters in Barcelona, and hipster-wannabe.

Chonindie: (compound noun, mix of Spanish and English) choni (Spanish) + indie (English). “Chonis” are girls with very low cultural level, very poor manners, and who use heavy make up. Usually dress with few clothing and very tight. Adding indie means that there’s a hipster type of “choni” who mixes brands, and might use “cool” words, but in a bad way and with very bad manners.

Cooltureta: (noun, Spanish & Catalan) hipster, pronounced like “cultureta” in Spanish.

“Cooltureta,” by Moderna de Pueblo.

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Hipsters, hipsters everywhere

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Two days ago I went to the local comic book store to simply hang out. Since they never have what I want, and I end up buying everything online, I had very low expectations. However, I found a local comic book about hipsters in Barcelona. The comic book caught my eye because of its incredible cover:

  • First, the title cooltureta, a hybrid word composed by “cool” (from English) and “cultura” (culture in Spanish and in Catalan). The Spanish word “cultureta” refers to hipsters (literally translated as “tiny culture”), specially those localized in specific districts in Barcelona. Hipsters are young people who want to become “cool,” as geeks are, but who fail to do so: it’s all about appearances.
  • The second thing that got my attention was the second part of the title: el cómic la novela gráfica, which means the comic the graphic novel. Since the comic is all about hipsters, using the word “comic” wouldn’t be that cool, thus we find it rectified and underneath we find the cool word “graphic novel.”
  • And lastly, the pseudonym of the author “Moderna de Pueblo”, which means, literally, “the modern country bumpkin.” It refers to the classical stereotype of the country bumpkin but with some modern fashionable twist around her. Thus, the author presents herself as a “hipster”, or at least, she does it in an ironical way.

The cover is a masterpiece. Not only it portrays a stereotype graphically, but it also conveys information about its contents through the chosen wording. Even the name of the author give us hints on what she is planning to tell us in her story. We know it’s all about a hipster guy who lives in Barcelona. And we also know that the author has some things to tell us about this guy (and these might not be pleasant).

Though the word hipster is known by some in Barcelona, the words that refer to hipsters are “modernet” (in Catalan) and “cooltureta” (in Spanish and also Catalan). The funny thing about cooltureta is the mix of English and Spanish/Catalan used. Though the pronunciation of “cooltureta” and “cultureta” is the same, the way in which you write it makes all the difference: you are distinguished from the masses, you are way “cooler” than the rest.

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