The Fan Meta Reader

“thoughts of a gen x-er potterhead,” by darthstitch

Curator’s note: Please join me in welcoming new co-curator, Jess Glass. Jess is a student at DePaul University, and she’s been invaluable in seeking out meta to get the Reader back … Continue reading

July 30, 2015 · 1 Comment

“‘This is my design’: Transgression and Possession by Hannibal’s Cannibals,” by plain-flavored-english

[Note: You guys said you were interested, so here goes! This is a little different from my previous metas. It started as a paper I wrote for an MA class … Continue reading

July 9, 2015 · 1 Comment

“Avengers: Age of Ultron – Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow,” by thoughtfulfangirling

****Spoiler Alert**** This seems a hard one to do without causing a lot of emotions, so let me just say that her arc in this movie was both as bad … Continue reading

July 6, 2015 · 1 Comment

“The Lion in the Room – Predatory Discourse in NBC’s Hannibal,” by Kirsty Worrow

In Hannibal, a frequent technique utilised by the writers is the use of metaphor, particularly relating to animals. These devices build and develop our understanding of characterisation and shifting inter-character dynamics. … Continue reading

June 22, 2015 · 3 Comments


Thanks to all the readers of The Fan Meta Reader for your continued support! As you know, the Reader has been languishing a little since the beginning of the year, … Continue reading

June 15, 2015 · Leave a comment

“My Reaction to Mad Max: Fury Road and the Utter Perfection that is Imperator Furiosa,” by nospockdasgay

Curator’s Note:  The second of two posts this week on Mad Max: Fury Road is a personal piece on disability, representation, and identification. This post also ran on The Mary Sue on … Continue reading

June 4, 2015 · 1 Comment

“Mad Max and Homer’s Odyssey,” by earlhamclassics

Curator’s Note: This week we’re looking at meta focusing on the recent release, Mad Max: Fury Road. There are no significant spoilers here. Fear not. I’ve been thinking about Mad Max: Fury … Continue reading

June 1, 2015 · 1 Comment

“Fandom in/as Contact Zone,” by tea-and-liminality

Curator’s Note: This is from a Tumblr post I drafted while preparing for a conference paper on the same topic in Spring 2014, which itself came from trying to figure … Continue reading

May 28, 2015 · 3 Comments

“The Kinematics AOU Meta You Didn’t Know You Needed,” by quiescentire

Curator’s Note: One of my favorite kinds of meta, although I can’t claim to understand it well, is what I’m playfully calling STEM meta – meta that takes on the … Continue reading

May 25, 2015 · 2 Comments

“Sherlock, Sally and Otherness,” by pennypaperbrain

Curator’s Note: We do our best to keep our own predilection for Sherlock meta to a minimum here on the Reader, but this wonderful look at the character of Sally Donovan has … Continue reading

May 21, 2015 · 2 Comments