Hidden transcripts and public resistance

  • Kate Elizabeth McManus University of Minnesota
Keywords: Fan activism, The Handmaid's Tale, Politics, Protest


Fan fiction can be a way to explore emotional fallout after events in canon. It is not a stretch to use fan fiction to process real-life events. This small collection of observations is of some changes I have seen in the few fandoms I belong to in the wake of a few events in the early months of the Trump administration. The work fandom is doing has become a necessary part of how some people process these moments.