Canon vs. Fandom
Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series! "Celebrating" the canon since 2006.
Fandiction: “canon” is considered the official, original material to which fans devote themselves. See the anime episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh! (canon) versus, for example, Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series fan videos (fandom). The fan love for the canon is proclaimed through acts of ridiculous/wonderful fanfiction, art, fanvids, endless forums, and entire websites—all which contribute to the wealth of the fandom. However, the relationship between fans and the canon also can be… rocky. The Yu-Gi-Oh! fandom can be said to have a mock-love relationship with its own canon, as various texts poke fun at the show's deep seriousness of card games and its ridiculous amount of friendship-talk. But despite all the wank, at the end of the day, they're still watching it.
Fanessays are also a part of fandom, thought they make up a much smaller percentage of the fan-love. Fanessays are like a rant, just less CAPSLOCK, !!1!, and they maybe even academic! or formal!language. Some fans go the distance, using footnotes and referencing their sources. Some useful fanessays include:
- "Hurt/Comfort: a Confession and a Celebration"
- "Rape in Yaoi" and "Fanfiction's Use of Sexual Assault"
- "Fangirls: the fetishization of homosexuality and 'authenticity'"
- "Duel Puzzle"
- Or the entirety of The Fanfic Symposium
Other useful fandiction:
- wank: When fans indulgently argue about mind-screwy off-the-wall theories related to the series canon. Taken to the point where an outsider might go, "Oh! Come on! Seriously! You're arguing about this?" The "this" usually meaning who's with who, family tree speculations, or who's the best at XYZ...
- squee: squeal + glee. Meaning (unnatural) noises of happiness. Signifies a severely positive effusive love triggered by something awesome happening (in canon or fandom, or even in the real world). What one fan squees at, another may...
- squick: squeamish + ick. Meaning a negative reaction triggered by encountering something disgusting. Again plays to a personal palate.