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Fansplaining is a podcast about by, for, and about fandom. It’s hosted by Flourish Klink and Elizabeth Minkel. New episodes come out every two weeks. If you want to call us and leave a message for us to read on air, our number is 1-401-526-FANS!

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Fansplaining is a podcast about by, for, and about fandom. It’s hosted by Flourish Klink and Elizabeth Minkel. New episodes come out every two weeks. If you want to call us and leave a message for us to read on air, our number is 1-401-526-FANS!

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Favorite Fandom Podcast

By Nyrosah - Aug 09 2019
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I started listening to Fansplaining a while ago and it’s become a go-to for smart meta discussions! I have recently been working my way back through the archives and so enjoying the quality of guests and the chemistry of the hosts. Everything is thoughtful and informative and they have a great perspective on fandom from both inside and outside. Extra kudos! ;)

Informative and often humorous

By Dr_Mary_Crowell - Mar 18 2019
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I learn so much about different aspects of fandoms—not just fan fiction writing although fan fics are a big focus of the show.

iTunes Ratings

108 Ratings
Average Ratings
101
3
2
1
1

Favorite Fandom Podcast

By Nyrosah - Aug 09 2019
Read more
I started listening to Fansplaining a while ago and it’s become a go-to for smart meta discussions! I have recently been working my way back through the archives and so enjoying the quality of guests and the chemistry of the hosts. Everything is thoughtful and informative and they have a great perspective on fandom from both inside and outside. Extra kudos! ;)

Informative and often humorous

By Dr_Mary_Crowell - Mar 18 2019
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I learn so much about different aspects of fandoms—not just fan fiction writing although fan fics are a big focus of the show.
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Fansplaining

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The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

Updated by OwlTail 7 days ago

Rank #1: Episode 127: A Fan of Fandom

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In Episode 127, “A Fan of Fandom,” Elizabeth and Flourish get (too?) meta answering a listener letter about the term “fan of fandom,” which Flourish had previously dismissed as “cute.” They discuss the ways different communities use the terms “fan” and “fandom,” the role of affect in their fannish lives, and whether approaching all media with a fannish lens might lead to more inclusive fan spaces—and more diverse media.

May 27 2020

1hr 11mins

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Rank #2: Episode 72: Alternate Universes

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In Episode 72, Flourish always knew that someday she’d hear the words written on her wrist—

In Episode 72, Elizabeth is a florist. Every day Flourish walks past her flower shop and—

In Episode 72, “Alternate Universes,” Elizabeth and Flourish are joined by Morgan Leigh Davies, co-host of the “Overinvested” podcast, to discuss alternate universe fanfiction. Topics covered include the relationship between canon and fanon, the “any two guys” trope, how AUs can raise or lower stakes, and the true nature of teens.

Apr 18 2018

1hr 16mins

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Rank #3: Episode 112: Rainbow Rowell

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In Episode 112, Flourish and Elizabeth talk to Rainbow Rowell, author of Fangirl, Carry On, Wayward Son, and many other novels, as well as the current run of Marvel’s Runaways comics. They dig into the fandom experiences that inspire Rainbow’s fiction, the differences (and similarities!) between fanfic and original writing, and Flourish feels the pain of being the only non-lurker in the conversation.

Oct 30 2019

1hr 26mins

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Rank #4: Episode 94: Save Our Show (It’s A Metaphor)

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In Episode 94, “Save Our Show (It’s A Metaphor),” Elizabeth and Flourish talk fan petitions—to keep a show on the air, to get a ship together, to de-canonize a piece of content, and everything in between. On a recent trip to Los Angeles, Flourish gathered perspectives from a variety of entertainment industry professionals, asking the question: Are fan petitions ever effective?

Feb 20 2019

1hr 5mins

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Rank #5: Episode 116: The Year In Fandom 2019

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In Episode 116, Elizabeth and Flourish revive their end-of-year tradition and revisit big fandom trends in 2019. What changed, what got better, and what got worse? (According to Flourish, everything got worse.) Topics covered include the premature death knell for Tumblr, myths about the “monoculture,” truths and falsehoods about “fantitlement,” the messy rise of 8,000 streaming services, and, of course, “J. K. Rowling and the Infinite Pool of Bad Opinions.” And finally, since this decade is FINALLY over, they talk about what’s changed for fans over the past ten years. Spoiler alert: everything.

Dec 27 2019

1hr 33mins

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Rank #6: Episode 93: User-Generated Content

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In Episode 93, “User-Generated Content,” Elizabeth and Flourish tackle the thorny intersections between making stuff you love and getting paid. They start with the recent round of layoffs at BuzzFeed—including the revelation that a good portion of their traffic comes from uncompensated “community” members—and segue into a conversation about the uncompensated things fans enjoy doing, and the complicated ways that the tech, media, and entertainment industries profit off fans’ work. What is exploitative—and what is just fans having fun?

Feb 06 2019

1hr 15mins

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Rank #7: Episode 77: The Truth About Toxic Fandom

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In Episode 77, “The Truth About Toxic Fandom,” Elizabeth and Flourish examine a few widely-held conceptions about “toxic fandom,” also known as “broken” or “entitled” fandom. They explore whether these behaviors are inherent to being a fan, the culpability of both social media platforms and the producers and creators of source material, and how abusive fan behavior looks depending on the demographics of a fan community.

Jun 27 2018

1hr 2mins

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Rank #8: Episode 85: Age and Fandom

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In Episode 85, Flourish and Elizabeth talk about the ever-contentious topic of age in fandom. They start with childhood—are there aspects of childhood that are naturally fannish?—and continue on through later stages of life, including the way mainstream society pits fannishness against maturity (unless you’re a sports fan!). Topics covered include ageism, the empathy gap online, Ann M. Martin, and the glory that was the mall in the 1990s.

Oct 17 2018

58mins

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Rank #9: Episode 109: Covering Fandom

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Amidst a string of mediocre-to-bad articles about fandom in mainstream publications, Flourish demands answers from Elizabeth: How does one of these things get made? They discuss different kinds of publications, pitching, editing, differences between academic and journalistic writing, and fandom’s tall poppy syndrome. They also respond to a listener who asks whether there’s a statistical way to determine a fandom’s percentage of “filthy kinksters.”

Sep 18 2019

1hr 19mins

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Rank #10: Episode 111: Canon, What Canon?

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In Episode 111, “Canon, What Canon?” Flourish and Elizabeth discuss listener questions about the relationship between fans and the source material—including what happens when fans are more interested in fanon than canon. Topics discussed include headcanon orthodoxy, fanworks about fanworks, characterization, “death of the text,” and whether Agent Dana Scully would prefer Herbal Essences or Pantene shampoo (and none of it strawberry-scented, damnit!).

Oct 16 2019

1hr 17mins

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Rank #11: Episode 80: Real Person Fiction

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In Episode 80, “Real Person Fiction,” Elizabeth and Flourish are joined by Aja Romano, internet culture writer at Vox, to discuss RPF: writing fiction about celebrities and other real, living people. Topics covered include stigma towards RPF within fandom and in the broader culture; the many ways real people turn up in all sorts of art; and what happens when a celebrity encounters online discourse about themselves. They also discuss a listener message about one of Fansplaining’s favorite topics: fandom, capitalism, and the monetization of fanworks.

Aug 08 2018

1hr 3mins

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Rank #12: Episode 98: The After Effect

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In Episode 98, “The After Effect,” Elizabeth and Flourish talk about characterization and RPF, pegged to the release of the film After, adapted from Anna Todd’s massively popular Harry Styles fanfic. What happens when different groups of fans clash over their interpretations of a celebrity—especially when some are interested in trying to divine the “truth” about their fave, while others are primarily interested in personal fantasies? They also answer listener questions about anti culture, fanfiction, and cycles of attention online.

Apr 17 2019

1hr 8mins

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Rank #13: Episode 59: Fandom Histories

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In Episode 59, “Fandom Histories,” Elizabeth and Flourish discuss common narratives of fandom history and lay out their approaches to thinking about the antecedents of modern fan culture. Topics discussed include 19th century amateur press associations, early science fiction fandom, gatekeeping, the concept of “feral fandoms,” and myths about people in the past. They also respond to a listener question about romantic relationships in fanfiction, and discuss where fic and romance overlap—and where they don’t.

Oct 18 2017

1hr 5mins

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Rank #14: Episode 102: OOC

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In Episode 102, Elizabeth and Flourish talk about characterization: how fans interpret it, get attached to it, and fight about it. How do fans collectively come to an understanding of a fictional character? Does this change with textual vs visual source material? What does “OOC”—“out of character”—mean to people in different fannish spaces? They also respond to a listener letter about the history of fandom, and discuss what can be documented—and what cannot.

Jun 12 2019

1hr 13mins

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Rank #15: Episode 56: Ships And Showrunners

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In Episode 56, “Ships and Showrunners,” Elizabeth and Flourish talk to Lilah Vandenburgh, a long-time fan who is now a writer, director, and showrunner for film and television. They discuss how shipping culture has evolved in recent years, the pressures on showrunners and other entertainment pros to interact, and the ways that structural inequality shapes fan behavior. Also Elizabeth reports back with her review of Sean Stewart’s narrative game, “Sherlock Holmes: The Last Breath.”

Sep 06 2017

1hr 4mins

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Rank #16: Episode 46: Defining Fanfiction: The Survey

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In episode 46, “Defining Fanfiction: The Survey,” Flourish and Elizabeth discuss Fansplaining’s newest survey, which asks respondents to define what fanfiction is—and what it isn’t. They discuss the genesis of the survey and the thinking behind its questions before launching into a wide-ranging discussion about intent, authorship, context, and more. They also tackle the survey’s specific examples, from Lev Grossman’s “The Magicians” to the Aeneid to “50 Shades of Grey” to the “Riker Googling” Twitter account, and Flourish coins the term “Schrödinger’s fanfic.”

Apr 19 2017

1hr 23mins

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Rank #17: Episode 75: Bad Fans

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In Episode 75, “Bad Fans,” Elizabeth and Flourish discuss Emily Nussbaum’s concept of the “bad fan”: people who read against the expectations of the source material to celebrate the bad behavior of characters, from anti-heroes to villains. They then discuss a listener letter about the concept of redemption: what makes a character redeemable? Do all characters deserve to be redeemed? How does fandom grant redemption? Finally, they discuss alternate universes—yes, again.

May 30 2018

58mins

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Rank #18: Episode 43: A Fangirl Goes To Hollywood

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In Episode 43, "A Fangirl Goes to Hollywood," Elizabeth and Flourish talk with Britta Lundin, a longtime fangirl who’s now a staff writer on the CW’s new Archie Comics adaptation, Riverdale. Topics covered include her journey from fan to pro (including what it’s like to be a fan *and* pro), working with your idols, the writer’s room process, and fan/creator interaction, with special focus on two points of controversy on Riverdale: potential queerbaiting and asexual/aromantic erasure.

Mar 08 2017

1hr 21mins

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Rank #19: Episode 66: The Humanizing Turn

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In Episode 66, “The Humanizing Turn,” Elizabeth and Flourish use a Star Wars meta that Flourish recently published as a jumping-off point to discuss tropes, characterization, and what we want from stories, in both canon and fanfiction. When do we grant stories complexity—and when do we simplify them, slotting characters into archetypes? They round out the discussion by responding to a listener question about “anti culture” and how both the methods and the content of anti-shipping have changed in recent years.

Jan 24 2018

1hr 5mins

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Rank #20: Episode 101: Stan Culture

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In Episode 101, “Stan Culture,” Flourish and Elizabeth talk with Keidra Chaney, co-founder and publisher of The Learned Fangirl, about the terms “stan,” “stanning,” and “stan culture.” They discuss the evolution of “stan” from a derogatory term to point of pride (for some), the structures of stan culture, similarities between pop music and sports fans, and the transactional nature of some stan behaviors.

May 29 2019

1hr 10mins

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