Senior Project Advisor
LGBT, queer, gender, sexuality, media, fanfiction, fandom, asexual
Initially, I planned to make a short film for my senior project, exploring the themes of gender, fan culture and identity. Due to COVID-19, I ended up just writing a screenplay instead. I've decided not to submit the screenplay here, since I want to hold off on presenting it to the world until I've reached the 'final' final version (a completed film), and so instead, this is just an informal reflection on some of the motivations that went into writing the screenplay.
In this reflection, I explore a couple of topics related to fandom, gender, and sexuality. First, I critique some common ways that fanfiction communities are characterized by popular culture, providing my own interpretations of how gender plays a part in those depictions. I also provide a couple of potential explanations for the popularity of slash fic among female fans, and look at a brief history of how queercoding in 20th century film and TV has informed present-day queer representation. Finally, I walk through some examples of 'queerbaiting' and 'queercatching,' to provide a backdrop for how LGBT+ fans experience queercoding today.
Theatre & Dance
Mintiero, Luci, "Personal Reflection on 'Boy Crazy: A Screenplay About Gay Fanfiction, Queerbaiting, and Asexual Identity'" (2021). WWU Honors Program Senior Projects. 441.
Subjects - Topical (LCSH)
Sexual minorities in motion pictures ; Fan fiction; Advertising—Motion pictures
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