Particularly interesting posts:

Sex-blogs generally
NB If you want to read for more background in the personal blogs, I suggest you go back to the beginning of the archive and read forward as several of them change character dramatically over time.


Critical works

  • Daniel Allington (2007) “How come most people don’t see it?: Slashing The Lord of the Rings.” Social Semiotics17 (1), March 2007. Available through the library online journals.
  • Kristina Busse (2006) “I’m Jealous of the Fake Me: Postmodern Subjectivity and Identity Construction in Boy Band Fiction.” Su Holmes and Sean Redmond, eds. Framing celebrity: new directions in celebrity culture. London, New York: Routledge.
  • Henry Jenkins (1992) ” ‘Welcome to Bisexuality, Captain Kirk’: Slash and the Fan-Writing Community”, In Textual Poachers: Television Fans and Participatory Culture. New York: Routledge. (in SL photocopy cabinets)
  • Henry Jenkins, “The Poachers and the Stormtroopers,” Talk presented at the University of Michigan, Spring 1998, Paper on the cultural and sociological implications of fan fiction, by a professor of media/communications at MIT. I recommend this!
  • Joanna Russ “Pornography By Women For Women, With Love,” Magic Mommas, Trembling Sisters, Puritans & Perverts. Trumansburg, NY: Crossing P., 1985 (pdf is on Vula)

Online introductions and articles

Fan fiction links

There is a lotof fanfic out there, and I really don’t mind which kind you choose to read – don’t feel obliged to stick to the examples I give. I suggest you try AO3 first; if nothing there interests you, try a Google search for fanfic + text of your choice (book, film, TV series, comic are the common ones, but you can, believe it or not, find World Wrestling Federation fanfic…). Be prepared to do a lot of skim reading to find the less agonising writers, not all of them are necessarily actually acquainted with the English language.

Just for fun


  • David Golumbia, “Games Without Play”, New Literary History, Volume 40, Number 1, Winter 2009, 179-204
  • Jamie M. Poster, “Looking and Acting in Computer Games: Cinematic “Play” and New Media Interactivity”. Quarterly Review of Film and Video 24, 2007, 325-339.
  • Kumail Nanjani talks about Heavy Rain: amusing talk fragment which highlights the way in which games have grown up with their audience.
  • “Of Mice and Men”, about competitive videogaming, The Economist‘s 1843 Magazine


Women and sexuality in computer games

Bioware RPGs

Game clips on YouTube

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