Firefly

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Introduction

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Terminology

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

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Timeline

Below is a partial timeline of events that took place in the Firefly fan community.

2001

  • On March 22, 2001, the mailing list milliways-L was created for the posting of science fiction related fan fiction and discussion. Fandoms represented included would eventually include this one. [1]

2002

2003

2004

2005

  • "In 2005, New Scientist magazine's website held an internet poll to find "The World's Best Space Sci-Fi Ever". Firefly came in first place, with its cinematic follow-up Serenity in second." [24]
  • On January 14, 2005, the show premiered on television in Sweden. [25]
  • On March 31, 2005, the show premiered on television in France. [26]
  • On July 31, 2005, there was wank in the fandom that was called "Nathan Fillion tries to exert his starpower to crush a comics store" [27][28]
  • On September 20, 2005, there was wank in the fandom that was called "The newsletter should post old stuff so you get my favorite pairing " [29][30]
  • On October 3, 2005, there was wank in the fandom that was called "Your fanaticism killed the box-office!" [31][32]
  • On October 9, 2005, there was wank in the fandom that was called "Nobody's going to pick up our show and it's all Fox's fault!" [33][34]
  • On October 10, 2005, there was wank in the fandom called "The failure of Serenity brings on the stages of grief." [35][36]

2006

Comparitive size of fandom based on archive sizes from November 2006
Same chart as above only including Quizilla totals from December 2006
  • "On June 23, 2006 fans organized the first worldwide charity screenings of Serenity in 47 cities, dubbed as Can’t Stop the Serenity or CSTS, an homage to the movie’s tagline, "Can’t stop the signal."[66] The event raised over $65,000[67] for Whedon's favorite charity, Equality Now." [37]
  • "Another campaign on June 23, 2006 referred to the date as Serenity Day,[69] on which fans bought—and got others to buy—copies of the Serenity and Firefly DVDs in hopes of convincing Universal that creating a sequel was a good business decision. On this day, Serenity and Firefly were ranked second and third, respectively, on the DVD Best Sellers list. The date for both campaigns were chosen because it is series creator Joss Whedon’s birthday." [38]
  • "In July 2006, a fan-made documentary was released, titled, Done the Impossible, and is commercially available. The documentary relates the story of the fans and how the show has affected them, and also features interviews with Whedon and various cast members. A percentage of the DVD proceeds are donated to Equality Now." [39]

2007

2008

  • In 2008, fans raised over $150,000 for Whedon's favorite charity, Equality Now." [44]
  • On March 26, 2008, there was wank in the fandom called "Serenity is sexist and Joss Whedon rapes his wife" [45][46]
  • In September 2008, TV Guide ran an article about fans, including Firefly fans, who helped to save their shows. [47]
  • By September 2008, the visibility of the Firefly fandom in the wider Joss Whedon fandom had begun to dim. [48]

Kerfluffles

Like Jesus, in a way

On April 2003, there was wank in the fandom called "Like Jesus, in a way." [49][50]

Nathan Fillion tries to exert his starpower to crush a comics store

On July 31, 2005, there was wank in the fandom that was called "Nathan Fillion tries to exert his starpower to crush a comics store" [51][52]

The newsletter should post old stuff so you get my favorite pairing

On September 20, 2005, there was wank in the fandom that was called "The newsletter should post old stuff so you get my favorite pairing " [53][54]

Your fanaticism killed the box-office!"

On October 3, 2005, there was wank in the fandom that was called "Your fanaticism killed the box-office!" [55][56]

Nobody's going to pick up our show and it's all Fox's fault!

On October 9, 2005, there was wank in the fandom that was called "Nobody's going to pick up our show and it's all Fox's fault!" [57][58]

The failure of Serenity brings on the stages of grief.

On October 10, 2005, there was wank in the fandom called "The failure of Serenity brings on the stages of grief." [59][60]

Serenity is sexist and Joss Whedon rapes his wife

On March 26, 2008, there was wank in the fandom called "Serenity is sexist and Joss Whedon rapes his wife" [61][62]

The Fandom

Charity Work

  • "On June 23, 2006 fans organized the first worldwide charity screenings of Serenity in 47 cities, dubbed as Can’t Stop the Serenity or CSTS, an homage to the movie’s tagline, "Can’t stop the signal."[66] The event raised over $65,000[67] for Whedon's favorite charity, Equality Now. In 2007, $106,000 was raised,[68] with a goal of $150,000 in 2008." [63]

Influential Fanworks

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Influential Communities

On January 24, 2008, misskitten on FanLib said of this community,

It may be for some fandoms, but not all. Some of my fandoms are well-repressented on LJ, but I wouldn’t say any of them are the main channel for that fandom’s fanwork. For Firefly I would say the main channel is Fireflyfans.net, for Gilmore Girls I would say Fanfiction.net and BWR are the main channels. Firefly seems well-repressented on LJ, at least to my impression, though I’m not an LJ user, but I can’t say GG has that strong a presence on LJ, at least not that big a group… [64]

Fandom Members

Below is a partial list of fans of Firefly.

See also Firefly fans.

Pairings

Kerfluffles

This section needs information added.

Fandom size

November 2006

As of November 22, 2006 there are 132 stories on Twisting the Hellmouth [65] and 2,334 stories on FanFiction.Net. [66]

Misc

See also Firefly fan fiction community size.

External links

Meta discussion

See also

Sources

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

  • Becque, S. (2007). Big damn fans fan campaigns of Firefly and Veronica Mars. Undergraduate honors paper--Mount Holyoke College, 2007. Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology.
  • Loyd Case "The Death of Fandom". ExtremeTech. August 2007. FindArticles.com. 03 Dec. 2007. http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_zdext/is_200708/ai_n19427213



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