My Little Pony on The Pop Culture Lens

In the fourteenth episode of The Pop Culture Lens podcast, Christopher and I are joined by Aaron Kashtan of Miami University in Ohio (https://ogresfeathers.wordpress.com) to discuss the gendered and transmedia nature of the long-surviving and recently rejuvenated franchise, My Little Pony. Our discussion focuses on the distinctions between the earlier manifestations of this franchise and … Continue reading My Little Pony on The Pop Culture Lens

Fandom as Repeatedly Returning to What Matters Most

Being a fan can mean many different things to many different people. It may mean a person likes to collect memorabilia for a favorite sports team. It may mean a group like to wear costumes and reenact an important event. It may mean individuals compete with one another to test their knowledge in trivia contests. … Continue reading Fandom as Repeatedly Returning to What Matters Most

Categorizing Fractured Fandom

Defining Fractured Fandom According to the discipline of fan studies, at this point in history, being a fan is considered a positive for any individual. Being a fan helps people discover their identities, and to determine what they like and do not like. Being a fan helps people find friends, establish communities, and develop a … Continue reading Categorizing Fractured Fandom

The Fetishistic Turn in My Little Pony

This blog post originally appeared at Clearance Bin Review almost a year ago, in consideration for the then upcoming release of the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic movie Equestria Girls.  Given my research on that topic, I decided to bring it here as well, under the umbrella that is the fractured fandom project. Almost … Continue reading The Fetishistic Turn in My Little Pony

When Audiences Collide: The Fractured Fandom of My Little Pony

This post comes from a presentation I will be giving at the Popular Culture Association conference in Chicago on April 18th, 2014.  This presentation comes from the beginning of the research I am doing with the help of my research assistant, Elizabeth Robinson.  It is also an expanded version of the presentation I gave at … Continue reading When Audiences Collide: The Fractured Fandom of My Little Pony

Support Grayson and All Young Bronies

If you are a My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic fan, and you have not heard of Grayson Bruce, then you need to do some reading.  And not just about Grayson, but about all the other young male fans of the series who are being bullied, by kids and adults alike, just because they have … Continue reading Support Grayson and All Young Bronies

Equestria Girls Sequel: Rainbow Rocks

The first was apparently a big enough hit (in home video sales at least) for the hit animated series that a follow-up is coming this fall. My Little Pony's Equestria Girls are returning in a sequel called "Rainbow Rocks."  The trailer went out online a couple days ago, and Hasbro released it on their MLP:FIM Facebook … Continue reading Equestria Girls Sequel: Rainbow Rocks