Problems with Perceptions in Fandom

Part of the process of understanding the phenomenon of fractured fandom is to gather stories that thematically reveal its nature, such as my ongoing analysis of how My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic fans reacted to the feature film Equestria Girls and its soon-to-be sequel Rainbow Rocks.  The more stories we can gather, then the more…

Nicolas Winding Refn and the Construction of a Stable Masculinity: Part IV

Christopher Olson continues his discussion of the construction of masculinity in the films of Nicolas Winding Refn by analyzing the violent portrayal of the main characters.  Does this type of portrayal glorify or condemn such violence?  Stay tuned for Olson’s thoughts on just that issue.  Nicolas Winding Refn and the Construction of a Stable Masculinity:…

Nicolas Winding Refn and the Construction of a Stable Masculinity: Part III

In this third part of his analysis of how the Danish director Nicholas Winding Refn portrays masculinity in his films, Christopher Olson deconstructs the films to understand how Refn creates men that reflect this idealized notion of individualism as an important characteristic of men. Read all about how this applies to Pusher, Bronson, Valhalla Rising, and Drive in Nicolas…