100 episodes

Fansplaining is a podcast about by, for, and about fandom. It’s hosted by Flourish Klink and Elizabeth Minkel. New episodes come out every two weeks. If you want to call us and leave a message for us to read on air, our number is 1-401-526-FANS!

Fansplaining Elizabeth Minkel & Flourish Klink

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    • 4.9 • 125 Ratings

Fansplaining is a podcast about by, for, and about fandom. It’s hosted by Flourish Klink and Elizabeth Minkel. New episodes come out every two weeks. If you want to call us and leave a message for us to read on air, our number is 1-401-526-FANS!

    Episode 163: Freya Marske

    Episode 163: Freya Marske

    In episode 163, Flourish and Elizabeth talk to novelist and Be the Serpent co-host Freya Marske upon the publication of A Marvellous Light, the first novel in her historical fantasy romance trilogy “The Last Binding.” As they discuss tropes, characterization, genre expectations, and other elements of fiction writing, Freya draws from her prolific fanfic-writing history to talk about the ways that fic did—and didn’t—prepare her to write original fiction, and the way her original fiction connects back to the fanfic world.

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Episode 162: Ways of Seeing

    Episode 162: Ways of Seeing

    In episode 162, “Ways of Seeing,” Flourish and Elizabeth dig into their recent respective fannish experiences—and how those experiences differ from the way they’ve “done fandom” in the past. Flourish considers whether their masked conga-line participation at four consecutive Harry Styles concerts counts as “community”; Elizabeth manfully resists saying Lee Pace’s name out loud while describing her descent into obsession with AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire; and they both talk about breaking patterns of feeling and behavior, and what it means to be a different kind of fan. They also respond to a letter from past guest Anisa Khalifa on what reader-insert fic can—and can’t—do for diversity and representation.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Episode 161: Brent Lambert

    Episode 161: Brent Lambert

    In Episode 161, Elizabeth and Flourish talk to writer and editor Brent Lambert about his work with FIYAH, a literary magazine of Black speculative fiction. Topics discussed include Brent’s formative experiences with collaborative fanfic writing, his journey from fan to pro, how the events of the 2020 Hugo Awards led to the creation of FIYAHCON, and the ways SFF publishing has (and hasn’t) changed with regard to race.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Episode 160: The Original Character

    Episode 160: The Original Character

    In Episode 160, “The Original Character,” Flourish and Elizabeth discuss the ways that fans create their own characters in their favorite story-worlds—especially when those characters are some version of themselves. Topics discussed include the history of the term “Mary Sue,” imagines and x Reader fics, generational shifts in the way original characters are perceived, and that time Flourish wrote a second-person One Direction fic that could arguably be described as sheer self-insert wish-fulfillment.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Episode 159: Gwenda Bond

    Episode 159: Gwenda Bond

    In Episode 159, “Gwenda Bond,” Flourish and Elizabeth interview Gwenda Bond, author of many novels, including Lois Lane: Fallout, Stranger Things: Suspicious Minds, and (just released!) Not Your Average Hot Guy. Topics covered include  the differences between writing licensed novels, fanfiction, and original fiction, the way social media impacts the relationships between authors and audiences, and why, despite a recent boom in rom-com novels, Hollywood seems so uninterested in the form these days.

    • 58 min
    Episode 158: Ask Fansplaining Anything: Part 11

    Episode 158: Ask Fansplaining Anything: Part 11

    In Episode 158, “Ask Fansplaining Anything: Part 11,” Elizabeth and Flourish read and respond to a new batch of listener questions. Topics covered include the primacy of shipping in fanfic culture, the ethics of pirating Chinese novels, how to organize your fic collection, and how worried we should be that the entertainment industry is spying on fandom.

    • 1 hr 15 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
125 Ratings

125 Ratings

MadStuart ,

Fabulous!

Fansplaining is a truly informative and thoughtful podcast about fandom. Both Flourish and Elizabeth spend a lot of time thinking about fandom, both their personal relationships with fandom and the relationship between fandom and culture at large. They do a lot of really good interviews, too, probably because Elizabeth is a journalist, and Flourish brings an interesting perspective as someone whose job was, for a time, explaining fandom to content creators. It's a great podcast and I can't recommend it enough!

Arconna ,

Informative and Crucial

Thank goodness for this show. I had no idea it existed (for reasons), despite having a toe in the fan studies pool. So discovering this show randomly on Castbox was a true treat. The hosts do a fantastic job exploring fandom in its myriad forms, whether it's social media or K-pop stans (that episode was *chef's kiss*) and more MORE more. If you're "in" fandom, this show is designed for you. If you're just super curious, this show is also for you. Basically, just subscribe. It's super good.

chiaroscurovrs ,

Favorite Fandom Podcast

I started listening to Fansplaining a while ago and it’s become a go-to for smart meta discussions! I have recently been working my way back through the archives and so enjoying the quality of guests and the chemistry of the hosts. Everything is thoughtful and informative and they have a great perspective on fandom from both inside and outside. Extra kudos! ;)

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