Due South

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Introduction

Due South was in its first run on television from 1994 to 1999.

The Show

Due South was about a Royal Canadian Mounted Policeman (or Mountie) who was exiled to Chicago to work in the Canadian embassy there. He is accompanied by his deaf wolf, Diefenbaker. Constable Benton meets Det. Ray Vecchio on a case regarding a Canadian tourist. After that, Frasier and Vecchio are unofficial partners. After two seasons; the actor who played Ray Vecchio; David Marciano; left the show. In the show's canon; Vecchio has gone undercover for the FBI targeting a Mafia figure. To show that Ray Vecchio never left Chicago, another police officer; Stanley Kowalski takes over his name, etc. The show lasted just one more season with this premise. Slash fan fiction tend to be either Fraser/Vecchio or Fraser/Kowalski. In either case, the deaf wolf is problematic for writers and the deafness is usually ignored.

The Cast

Paul Gross - Constable Benton Frasier

David Marciano - Ray Vecchio

Beau Starr - Lt. Harding Walsh

Camilla Scott - Inspector Meg Thatcher

Ramona Milano - Francesca Vecchio


Terminology

Below is a list of terms and their definitions that are used in this fan community.

  • Duesers refers to fans of Due South.
  • to swing both Rays refers to liking characters Ray Vecchio and Stanley Raymond Kowalski equally.

Timeline

Below is a partial timeline of the Due South fan community.

1994

1995

1996

1997

syndication. [58]

1998

March 25, 1999 - RedSuitsYou was moved over from Onelist to YahooGroups. http://tv.groups.yahoo.com/group/RedSuitsYou/

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

Due South related chart from Blog Pulse dated April 18, 2007.
A lot of it depends on the particular fandom you're talking about. For example, in the Buffyverse and in Stargate SG-1 you'll see as much het as slash, and occasional femslash as well -- while in due South it's almost all slash; het happens, but it's pretty rare -- and Farscape is heavily het. [101]

Kerfluffles

In 1995, Annie Keitz lobbied for the creation of alt.tv.due-south after several kerfluffles on Due South mailing lists over what sort of content was appropriate. Part of these fights centered around posting of material rated R and NC-17, and over other content like slash. [102]

The Ray Wars

The Ray Wars centered around the conflict between Fraser/Vecchio and Fraser/Kowalski shippers.

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Relationship with the creators

Croatoan FanFic[108] - Where has all the Anne Rice fan fiction gone? quotes Paul Gross, the executive producer and actor who portrays Fraser as saying:

"I suppose the character is public ground. If you're willing to bring it into people's houses every week, the [fans] are entitled to certain liberties, where ever their imagination is carried by those characters." [109]

Influential fanworks

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Fan fiction

By the show's end run, the fan fiction community had developed and begun to borrow practice from other fandoms. By 1999, the term betareader was being used in the Due South fan fiction community. On April 7, 2000, the Bindlestitch mailing list was created. (Marythefan: [110]) This list was influential in the community.

Pairings

Popular Due South pairings include:

Fandom Members

Below is a partial list of Due South fans.

Fandom Size

December 2006

There were 331 stories on FanFiction.Net as of December 5, 2006.

April 2007

There were 350 stories on FanFiction.Net, 26 stories on FanDomination.Net, 0 stories on FicWad, 0 stories on Quizilla, 0 stories FanWorks.Org, 25 stories on AdultFanFiction.Net as of April 19, 2007.

June 2007

As of June 29, 2007, there are 0 Due South stories on FanLib, FanWorks.Org, FicWad, Quizilla, and MediaMiner.Org. There are 18 stories on SkyHawke, 26 stories on FanDomination.Net, 25 stories on AdultFanFiction.Net and 365 stories on FanFiction.Net.

December 2007

As of December 15, 2007, there are 81 items listed on FanWorksFinder, [111], 0 stories on FanWorks.Org and 0 stories on MediaMiner.Org. [112]

External Links

Sources

Below is a partial list of articles and academic sources to help you continue to learn about this community.

  • Atherton, T. (1998, July 16). Due South fans take intense tour down memory lane. Ottawa Citizen, p. F1. Retrieved August 12, 1998 from the Lexis-Nexis Academic Universe online database on the World Wide Web: http://web.lexis-nexis.com/universe/ [113]



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