“Twilight” Is Pretty Great Actually

We are in something of an era of revisiting “Twilight” in more neutral-to-positive terms, as we come to understand that much of the backlash against the series was built on a general societal hatred for teenage girls and the media made for them. I’m embarrassed to say I was a part of that backlash, poking fun at my sister and mum for their enjoyment of the series despite never reading any of the books or watching the films. Though I had absolutely zero taste in media as a teen so I don’t know why I thought I could judge. Continue reading “Twilight” Is Pretty Great Actually

Star Wars: The Toxic Fandom

Anyone who uses social media to discuss their favourite tv shows or movies has probably run into a crazy fan or two. Most major franchises – Star Wars, Marvel, DC, Harry Potter, Doctor Who, Game of Thrones, Disney, etc- have a large following on social media that unfortunately includes some people whose goal is to make everyone else miserable.

These “Toxic Fans” (or “Toxic Fandoms” as a group) are defined as fans that are overly negative towards opposing opinions, are possessive, entitled, and/or abusive towards people they think are “ruining their franchise”. These groups of people have been in the spotlight recently for being so abusive they’ve made actors flee social media entirely. An example of this is with Rian Johnson’s “Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi” (2017) and its character Rose Tico and actress Kelly Marie Tran. Continue reading Star Wars: The Toxic Fandom