Jenkin’s article made one point clear to me that I think I’ve always kind of recognized, but never fully understood the repercussions of. Culture today is created and appropriated through consumerism, rather than creativity and democratized channels. Our heroes and villains are predominantly the kind protected not so much by their super strength or alien powers, but by copyright laws. Superman, Batman, Harry Potter, etc. are all examples of this. Fan culture, however, allows the public to claim these figures as our own. And in a lot of ways, at least in my opinion, this is a good thing. Once a fictional character becomes such an iconic piece of our culture, shouldn’t that character belong to the public? I certainly think so.
I think it’s interesting that a lot of the videos mentioned in Jenkin’s piece are parodies of the original they’re based on. While I assume that a large portion of fan writing is serious, what is it about film that invites parodies over serious reimagining?