Becky is my hero: The power of laughter and disruption in Supernatural

  • Judith May Fathallah University of Cardiff
Keywords: Fan community, Fan fiction, Gender, TV

Abstract

Interpreted through Mikhail Bakhtin's theories of resistant laughter, the fan insert character of Becky from Supernatural can be read as an invitation to appropriate the narrative for their own pleasure. However, outsiders to the fan community may not recognize that Becky's depiction is hyperbolic and may thus read the character as a damaging stereotype.

Author Biography

Judith May Fathallah, University of Cardiff
Postgraduate at the University of Cardiff. Interests include media, fandom, English and American Lit, gender studies and postmodernism.
Published
2010-09-15
Section
Symposium