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A Portrait of the Auteur as FanboyThe Construction of Authorship in Transmedia Franchises$
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Anastasia Salter and Mel Stanfill

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781496830463

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2021

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496830463.001.0001

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Conclusion: Fanboy Backlash and the Futures of Fan Auteurs

Conclusion: Fanboy Backlash and the Futures of Fan Auteurs

(p.147) Conclusion: Fanboy Backlash and the Futures of Fan Auteurs
A Portrait of the Auteur as Fanboy

Anastasia Salter

Mel Stanfill

University Press of Mississippi

The conclusion contrasts two cases of fangirl auteurs—the Wachowski sisters and Ava DuVernay—with the rise of fan backlash. On one hand, media makers can no longer opt out of the spaces and patterns of fan engagement. This brings a great deal of risk as campaigns for hiring and firing—sincere or otherwise—are an increasingly widely used tactic in fandoms and the culture wars alike. On the other hand, DuVernay and the Wachowski sisters are interesting cases whose established auteur status enabled them to move into fandom. The Wachowskis have historically avoided the spotlight and have embraced outsiderhood only recently. DuVernay takes an overtly political approach to being a public figure, directly naming systems of inequality. Proliferating fannish media can allow a wider variety of auteurs, but tentpole properties continue to be haunted by the specter of mainstream fan rage.

Keywords:   Wrinkle in Time, Matrix, Media representation, Reactionary fandom, Media industry

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