You fannibals get so much attention from the actors I am a little jealous but I'm so happy for you because you are so lovely and respectful to them. I feel the cast is happy to interact with you (you don't get to see that from many celebrities) and I think that if any fandom deserves that kind of treatment from the actors is you guys.
// It’s because the fandom is relatively new compared to all the other fandoms.
And a lot of us were in other fandoms before we moved to Hannibal as our main one.
And we saw the faults of all the fandoms around us, and decided to really rally together to make this one work.
We ship things as intensely as other fandoms and their ships, but we work hard to be really respectful about it, because we’ve seen how that can go wrong, and we don’t want a bad relationship with the cast. All the fighting on twitter between fans and cast members in the other fandoms is horrible. Fans insult them, and they sometimes insult the fans back.
We are blessed to have people are great as Bryan, and Hugh, and Mads, and nbchannibal. They are all just as much fans of the show as we are, and a large majority of us make it our life mission to make sure the entire fandom treats them with respect.
I also think it helps that our motto is “Eat the Rude.” it gives us something positive to be about.
The problem that needs to be fixed is not kick all the girls out of YA, it’s teach boys that stories featuring female protagonists or written by female authors also apply to them. Boys fall in love. Boys want to be important. Boys have hopes and fears and dreams and ambitions. What boys also have is a sexist society in which they are belittled for “liking girl stuff.” Male is neutral, female is specific.
I heard someone mention that Sarah Rees Brennan’s THE DEMON’S LEXICON would be great for boys, but they’d never read it with that cover. Friends, then the problem is NOT with the book. It’s with the society that’s raising that boy. It’s with the community who inculcated that boy with the idea that he can’t read a book with an attractive guy on the cover.
Here’s how we solve the OMG SO MANY GIRLS IN YA problem: quit treating women like secondary appendages. Quit treating women’s art like it’s a niche, novelty creation only for girls. Quit teaching boys to fear the feminine, quit insisting that it’s a hardship for men to have to relate to anything that doesn’t specifically cater to them.
Because if I can watch Raiders of the Lost Ark and want to grow up to be an archaeologist, there’s no reason at all that a boy shouldn’t be able to read THE DEMON’S LEXICON with its cover on. My friends, sexism doesn’t just hurt women, and our young men’s abysmal rate of attraction to literacy is the proof of it.
If you want to fix the male literary crisis, here’s your solution:
And don’t just be like ‘Megan this is you nitpicking get over it and live a little’ because newsflash I am not the only one who a) knows Betsy’s history, b) feels this way, and c) is upset because congrats on erasing an actual woman of color (Kwannon) when you try to act like…