About Me

Let’s Break The Ice a Little

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I’m a graduate student at Savannah College of Art and Design, pursuing my M.A. in Cinema Studies and Film production. Since I was a child, I’ve been enchanted by the moving screen image. I graduated with honors from Armstrong State University with a B.S. in both Criminal Justice and Political Science along with two minors in Film and Gender Studies.

Ideally, I plan to seek employment in the career of entertainment journalism, writing about current trends in film. My current cinema studies thesis, “Through Her Eyes: Fandom and the Female Gaze,” focuses on the relationship between female-oriented film texts, such as Twilight and the Hunger Games, and social media. I aim to redefine the concept of the post millennial fan-girl, articulating and translating fandom practices and behaviors for the non-fan.

This blog is designed to create a space where fans (be it of films, television, or celebrities) can gather and discuss their interests free on any outside judgement that academics tend to provide. I also hope to educate new comers to ideas of fandom and help them express their own fandom behaviors.

I explore several fandoms usually in the forms of fan discussion posts, gifs and images, episode reviews (both my own and links to other site’s reviews), and re-blogging fan-art. I also post links to fan-fiction in certain fandoms. Among the fandoms that I target include: Supernatural, Arrow, The Flash, Gotham, Marvel and DC (comics and films) Daredevil, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, True Blood, Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, The Mortal Instruments, Twilight, The Raven Cycle, Lord of the Rings, The Vampire Diaries, Pretty Little Liars and more. Not all of these fandoms are communities that I, myself, am actively involved with. I just take note of fandoms that have a high amount of online activity and incorporate them into my blog in order to facilitate fandom related conversations and study fandom para-texts.

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Fandom: Identification and Para-Texts
  • Politics and Ideology: Film as National Identity
  • Feminist Film Theory
  • The Horror Genre
  • The Cold War Paradox: Russian Films and The American Spectator
  • Film Noir

PUBLICATIONS AND PAPERS

  • America’s New Epidemic:  Mass Murder and the Escalation of School Violence  2009
    • Paper presented at 2011 Armstrong Annual Students Symposium, Savannah, GA
  • It’s Still Cold Out Here: American Foreign Policy and Post-Soviet Rhetoric   2011
    • Paper presented at 2012 Armstrong Annual Students Symposium, Savannah, GA
  • Bite Me: Sex, the Vampire Diaries and the Legacy of Twilight   2012
    • Paper presented at 2013 Armstrong Annual Student Symposium, Savannah, GA
  • Dissecting the New Flesh: Body Horror and the Cinema of David Cronenberg   2013
    • Paper presented at 2014 Armstrong Annual Student Symposium, Savannah, GA
  • Digital Stardom: Jamie Campbell Bower and the Tumblr Craze   2014
    • Paper presented at 2014 Armstrong Annual Student Symposium, Savannah, GA
  • Locked In the Coffin: Bela Lugosi and the Paradox of the Picture Personality   2015
    • Paper currently under consideration for publication
  • Members Only: The Other and the Fandom Discourse  2016
    • Paper currently under consideration for publication                                                       
  • Current Thesis: Through Her Eyes: Fandom and the Female Gaze

*A/N: I use a lot of images in my posts. All images seen are either home-made gifs made through Final Cut Pro and Adobe Photoshop taken from ScreenCaps of Film and Television clips or are Promotional Posters on IMDB. Images from other sources will documented in the post*

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