Let’s Talk About Fandoms

Some brief words on mean and disconcerting fandoms.

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Photo by Raphael Lovaski on Unsplash

Ever felt completely victimized by a gal-pal? Did your boyfriend dump you out-of-the-blue? Were you the Other Girl? Or even worse, did you get left for the Other Girl? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you’ve probably fallen prey to the beautifully relatable music of Taylor Swift — an accomplished singer and performer who manages to sing out her diary and her story as if it’s yours.


Short prose about the debilitating effects of grief.

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Photo by Trevor Brown on Unsplash

For years I strived to exist in a mere state of being. Living with paralyzing trauma and anxiety had taught me to abide by a mantra that no longer told me that I must be perfect in order to deserve being alive. I spent days repeating the ill advice given to me from my therapist and online comraderies, “Stop expecting things from the world.” With this, I managed to stay grounded despite my depression and other flaws.


Gwyneth Paltrow, nonstop drama, and a healthy dose of country-pop, “Country Strong” was a perfect movie.

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(Photo Credit: Screen Gems)

“Loves, lives, and ambitions collide in the high stakes world of big-time country music stardom.”

Country Strong tells the story of the fictional country star Kelly Canter (Gwyneth Paltrow), who has fallen from the high graces of the public and landed herself in rehab for her struggle with alcoholism — which led to the accidental death of her unborn child.


I’ve never met a young adult drama that I didn’t like.

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“I guess we just misunderstood each other.”

The Irish drama Normal People chronicles the story of two young adults, around the ages of 18 to 24, and their profound love and admiration for one another. The television show is based on Sally Rooney’s novel of the same name and consists of 12 episodes. Premiering earlier this year in April, the show has bagged itself four Prime-time Emmy nominations and high critic ratings, earning a 90% on Rotten Tomatoes.


What’s something that Chris Evans, Ted Cruz, and Ted Yoho all have in common?

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Image of actor Chris Evans by Roberto E. Rodriguez, Getty Images.

Back in July, Captain America actor Chris Evans launched his political organization, “A Starting Point” which is an online “civic engagement platform” developed with the help of actor and director Mark Kassen and entrepreneur Joe Kiani.


A “way-too-personal” track-by-track review

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Alanis Morissette pictured by Shelby Duncan

As Alanis Morissette’s self-proclaimed biggest fan, Such Pretty Forks in the Road has been one of my most anticipated albums of the last year. It comes eight years after her 2012 album Havoc and Bright Lights and 25 years after the release of her most-iconic Jagged Little Pill album.


A Look at Terry Zwigoff’s 2001 Coming of Age Film

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Photo Credit: United Artists

The slow story of a friendship unraveling at every hinge is at the heart of the 2001 movie Ghost World. It is clear from the first fifteen minutes that the two friends, Enid and Rebecca, played by Thora Birch and Scarlett Johansson, are not on the same page — however, they have one thing in common: A zero-tolerance attitude towards people and general nonsense.

“You’ll get totally sick of all the creeps, and losers, and weirdos.”

“But those are our people.”

Ghost World is a highly-acclaimed film directed by Terry Zwigoff and written by Zwigoff and Daniel Clowes, the original creator of the graphic novel the film is based on. It earned rave reviews from critics like Roger Ebert and others, and today it is considered to be a cult-classic. …


Hamilton and Blackness on Broadway

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Sara Krulwich/The New York Times

The musical Hamilton is relying on its fanbase to defend the show’s harmful and problematic narrative among its theatrical release on the Disney+ streaming platform.

Rewind

Hamilton is a musical that premiered off-Broadway in 2015 at the Public Theater in New York City. …


A discussion on performative allyship

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Photo by Michelle Ding on Unsplash

Black Lives Matter has dominated the internet — the hashtags are seen everywhere, major corporations are being coerced into individualizing statements regarding the movement, and white social media influencers are finding themselves at a stalemate concerning what they should be posting on their grids.


The “thumpa thumpa” continues.

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“So the “thumpa thumpa” continues. It always will. No matter what happens. No matter who’s president. As our lady of Disco, the divine Miss Gloria Gaynor has always sung to us: We will survive.”

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Raven Brunner

Writer across the creative spectrum. Find me on Twitter and Instagram: @raventbrunner

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