Iron Man in Chinese boys' love fandom: A story untold

John Wei

Abstract


Superhero fan fiction is increasingly popular in the Chinese boys' love (BL) community. An exploration of the fan fic Gangtiexia: Zhongdu Yilai (Iron Man: Overly attached) investigates how the Hollywood cultural icon Iron Man/Tony Stark is reimagined in Chinese BL culture and to what degree this kind of rendition both echoes and extends as well as challenges and deviates from our current insights into BL fandoms. Through the lenses of queerness and technological human transformation, I explore the fresh contribution of Iron Man fan fiction to both local BL cultures and global superhero fandoms.

Keywords


BL; Cyborg; Fan fiction; Film; Superhero; <em>Yaoi</em>

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3983/twc.2014.0561

License URL: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

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