Beauty and the Beast
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The fandom celebrates a television series, starring Ron Perlman, Linda Hamilton, Roy Dotrice, Jay Acovone, David Greenlee, James Avery and Edward Albert, that ran on CBS from September 25, 1987 until August 24, 1990. It has been characterized by some people as having more openly sensual fan fiction than most fandoms and a sometimes bitter division between classic and all season fans which is only now beginning to heal.
Below is a list of terms and their definitions that are used in this fan community.
ABOVE: Anyplace that is not in "The Tunnels" below.
BELOW: Anyplace that is in "The Tunnels", the community's home.
CLASSIC: Pertains to the first two seasons of Beauty and the Beast.
CLASSIC FAN: A fan who prefers the first two seasons, often preferring to ignore the third.
ALL SEASON FAN: A fan who likes all three seasons.
BATB: Stands for "Beauty and the Beast."
SND: "She's Not Dead" Usually means a fanfiction story in which Catherine is not killed during the third season.
AU: "Alternate Universe" A fanfiction story which features the main characters but takes place in a different universe that the traditional BATB universe. For example: the main characters may have met in another way, or lived in another time.
ALTERNATE THIRD SEASON: A fanfiction story in which the events of the third season occur but only up to a point. Similar to an SND although in an SND Catherine usually appears to die, whereas in an Alternate Third Season things do not usually go that far.
Below is a partial timeline of events that took place in this fan community.
1988 to 1989
- In the period between 1988 and 1989, the fan fiction community had published a number of fanzines and a number of letterzines. Fan art was becoming an important component of the fan fiction community. Abode of the Beast, Above and Below, Heartsounds, and Faded Roses are examples of early BATB fanzines.
- This fandom was perhaps the first major fandom to find each other online. Two of the most important online Beauty and the Beast communities during this time were on Prodigy and GEnie. George R. R. Martin , one of the writers of the series, was a member of the GEnie online community and gave the members valuable insights into the writing and production of the series.
- June 18, 1988, the first Beauty and the Beast Convention held in Los Angeles at the Hyatt Hotel. Guests included Ron Perlman, and David Schwartz.
- During August 1988, there was the Roy Dotrice Reunion 2, held in Lincoln (England), United Kingdom.
- Creation hosted their first Beauty and the Beast convention August 18 - Agusut 19, 1989, in San Jose, California.
- On January 24, 1990, Beauty and the Beast ended its last season.
- On July 21-23, 1990 TUNNELCON 1 was held at the Sahara Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada. The Chairperson was Betty Nieswender.
- On August 4, 1990, Beauty and the Beast last aired on CBS with the last of three previously unaired episodes.
- May 10-13, 1991 Celebration of Life Cruise was a cruise/mini-con to the Bahamas from Miami, Florida.
- In 1992, the publishing of Textual Poachers by Henry Jenkins caused a lot of dialogue in the community.
- September 1993 Of Love and Hope (OLAH) the first mailing list devoted to Beauty and the Beast is launched.
- July 8-10, 1994 Tunnelcon 3: A Family Reunion was held in Las Vegas, Nevada.
- August 1994 Masquerade 3 was held in Sheffield, England.
- Songs of the Bluebird the first website devoted solely to Beauty and the Beast was launched.
- July 7-10, 1995 A Distant Shore: The Fairytale Continues Beauty and the Beast Convention was held at the LAX Doubletree Hotel, Los Angeles, California.
- May 24-27, A Moment In Time was held at the Sacha's Hotel, Manchester, England.
- July 12-14, A Kingdom by the Sea: A Romantic Celebration was held at the Omni Waterside Hotel, Norfolk, Virginia.
- July 11-13, 1997 Of Things That Are Not And That Should Be: Reflections On The First Ten Years was held at the Sheraton Park Place Hotel, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
- In February 1998, Sci-Fi Entertainment ran an article on fan fiction. It referenced the Beauty and the Beast fan fiction community. An extract of a relevant section of the article says:
- There's also high-volume activity associated with Star Trek (referred to here as a aggregate for all four series, although currently Voyager seems to be leading to the greatest fanfic response ) and Lois and Clark: The New Adventure of Superman. But there are other, too: Star Wars, Babylon 5, Sliders, Xena, Dr. Who, Quantum Leap, Highlander, SeaQuest DSV, Beauty and the Beast - all of these popular science fiction and fantasy series have sites dedicated to the stories and characters of those universes.
- March 27-29, 1998: BEAUTY AT THE BEACH: TO SEE THE WORLD IN A GRAIN OF SAND was held at the Sheraton Oceanfront Hotel, Virginia Beach, Virginia.
- By June of 1998, the concept of badfic must have been present in the community as there appears to have been community member crossover with such authors as daemon, Diane and Sandy2. The X-Files Badfic Hall of Shame appeared in a post to alt.tv.beauty+beast answering the request for places to find X-Files fan fiction.
- July 16-18, 1999 A KINGDOM BY THE SEA REVISITED: THE ROMANCE CONTINUES was held at the Holiday Inn International Drive Resort, Orlando, Florida.
- July 7-9, 2000 A DISTANT SHORE II: REMEMBER LOVE was held at the Hilton Burbank Airport, Burbank, CA.
- On August 1, 2000, the mailing list VincentsChamber was created. 
- September 30 - October 1, 2000 MASQUERADES 2000 was held at the Forte Posthouse 'Albany', Nottingham, England.
- May 4-6, 2001 A MOMENT IN TIME 2001 was held at the Davenport Park Hotel, Stockport, Manchester, England.
- July 13-15, 2001 ONCE UPON A TIME IN NEW YORK CITY: A HOMECOMING was held at the Holiday Inn - 57th Street Midtown, New York City, New York.
- On January 18, 2002, the EpisodeDiscussion mailing list was created. 
- May 24-27, 2002 A Moment in Time 2002 was held at the Davenport Park Hotel, Stockport, Manchester, England.
- On June 20, 2002, the Beauty and the Beast mailing list BBTV was created as a Yahoo Group. 
- July 12-14, 2002 A Kingdom by the Sea III, A Celebration of Love was held at the Holiday Inn International Drive Resort, Orlando, Florida.
- On July 17, 2002, the mailing list irecommend was created. 
- batb_fanfiction, a mailing list for the posting of Beauty and the Beast fan fiction, was founded on October 28, 2002.
- July 11-13, 2003 FOLLOW YOUR HEART: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST BY THE BAY was held at the Crowne Plaza San Francisco-Union Square, San Francisco, California.
- On July 16, 2003, the Classic Alliance of Beauty and the Beast site was created. 
- On August 3, 2003 the third season friendly Beauty and the Beast: 3s and Beyond online mailing list was created 
- On December 3, 2003, Chandler's Beauty and the Beast Page was created. 
- On January 25, 2007, The Beauty and the Beast of It Webring was started.
- On February 13, 2007, the first season of Beauty and the Beast came out on DVD causing great excitement in the fandom.
- From July 6 to July 8, 2007, A Life Without Limits  was held to help the fandom to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Beauty and the Beast.
- In March 2008, Beauty and the Beast fan fiction writers reacted negatively to FanFiction.Net's policy change regarding the exclusion of certain characters from stories.
There have been some kerfluffles in the Beauty and the Beast because zine producers have charged excessive prices for their zines, to the point where some fen thought they were price gouging. 
There have many kerfluffles in the fandom concerning the third season. Many fans outright reject the third season and consider it never to have happened. Some even go so far as to insist that any discussion of "third season topics" in a mailing list be clearly labeled so that so that so-called "classic" fans will know not to read those posts.
Other fans either liked the third season or simply do not like having to label their posts.
- Kaleidoscope 1
- Kaleidoscope 2
- Kaleidoscope 3
- Acquainted with the Night 1
- Acquainted with the Night 2
- Acquainted with the Night 3
- Quantum Beast
- Where the Rainbow Ends
- Heartsounds 1
- Black Cover
- Captured Moments
- Kay Simon
- Lynn, helps maintain CABB 
- Margaret Davis
- Nan Dibble 
- Queen, The Linda Hamilton File maintainer 
- Sharon Wells
- Becky Bain
- Eric Tullis
- Stephanie Wiltse
- Peter J. Formaini
- Anna Kelley, formerly known as Anna Deavers
- Wayne Kelley
- Monica Cross
- Most BATB fanfiction is on BATB sites such as TunnelTales , The Steam Tunnels , and The Beauty and the Beast Reading Chamber (191 stories) .
- The mail list bbtv had 552 members as of April 3, 2007. As of December 8, 2007, the list had 640 members.
- As of January 24, 2007, there were 50 television based Beauty and the Beast stories on FanFiction.Net and 221 movie based Beauty and the Beast stories on FanFiction.Net. As of December 8, 2007, there were 67 television based Beauty and the Beast stories on FanFiction.Net and 292 movie based Beauty and the Beast stories on FanFiction.Net.
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