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The complex relationship between TV producers and Slash fans as demonstrated by Supernatural

Abstract : This analysis explores the relationship between Supernatural producers and fans of the most popular pairing of the show, which involves the characters Dean Winchester and Castiel. The series has always enjoyed a very active fan community among which slash shipping – the belief that two same sex characters would be interesting or believable in a romantic relationship – is extremely popular. The fans’ involvement has often been encouraged by the producers through various means resulting in a complex relationship between slash fans and the series which evolved a lot over the years. With an analysis of a large corpus of episodes, fanfics, and paratexts, I attempt to paint a comprehensive picture of the different aspects of the interconnection between Supernatural slash fans and the actors, writers, and producers of the TV show. This thesis explores the many reasons why the series has always been so attractive to slash fans as well as the constant back and forth between encouraging and discouraging these fan’s activities and interpretations on the producers’ part. By looking at fanfiction and fan testimonies, my work also analyses how this ambiguity affects slash fans’ creative works and their relationship to the show’s producers.
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Marguerite Thebault. The complex relationship between TV producers and Slash fans as demonstrated by Supernatural. Linguistics. 2021. ⟨dumas-03380207⟩



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