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As fandom (sometimes fandom ) is the totality of the fans referred to a certain phenomenon, such as a specific author, a film or a genre. The term is often used especially for the fan base of certain works from the fantasy or science fiction area.

Within the fandom, the underlying works are often imaginatively developed. Numerous additional works created by fans often entwine around the actual main work and are exchanged within the fandom. These minor works, called fan fiction , can be short stories, but they can also take on a scope that reaches or even exceeds that of the main work. If the secondary works are pictures, one speaks of fan art . Shippers are fans who deal specifically with the love affairs of the respective work and often also invent romantic or erotic connections between characters that do not represent a couple in the main work.

Organized, larger gatherings of fans are called conventions , and smaller local gatherings are called meetups .

The Wikifarm Wikia was renamed Fandom powered by Wikia and later Fandom and updated the logo accordingly. The name change was carried out, among other things, in order to appeal to fans more, to share their fan knowledge and to find a common place to exchange information.


  • Jochen Roose, Mike S. Schäfer, Thomas Schmidt-Lux: Fans. Sociological Perspectives . Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften 2010.
  • Cornel Sadvoss: Fans. The Mirror of Consumption . Cambridge: Polity Press 2005.
  • Christian Wenger: Beyond the Stars. Community and identity in fan cultures. On the constitution of the Star Trek fandom . Bielefeld: transcript 2006.
  • Matthias Völcker: Being a fan. The identity of the Star Wars fan. Wiesbaden: Springer VS 2016.
  • Henry Jenkins : Textual Poachers. Television Fans and Participatory Culture. London 1992.
  • Rainer Winter: The productive viewer. Media appropriation as a cultural and aesthetic process. 1995.
  • Franz Rottensteiner : Science fiction literature between outsiders and bestseller status. The subculture of the science fiction fandom , in: Franz Rottensteiner: In the laboratory of visions. Notes on the fantastic literature. 19 articles and lectures from 2000–2012 , Verlag Dieter van Reeken, Lüneburg 2013, ISBN 978-3-940679-72-7 , pp. 84–98.

Individual evidence

  1. the word Fantum (composed of the root word fan and the ending -tum ) is probably a so-called subsidiary form (see also Wiktionary: de: subsidiary form ) to the fandom borrowed from the American-English
  2. ( Memento of the original from October 31, 2016 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. : Wikia, Inc. Rebrands as Fandom powered by Wikia - press release of October 4, 2016 (English, accessed October 8, 2016)  @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  3. Wikia becomes fandom. October 4, 2016. Retrieved June 28, 2017 .