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Top 10 Fans Who Changed The Pop Culture They Adored

By Thao Pham Mar 14, 2024

10. Indecent Star Treks

It was a common joke about Star Trek viewers almost from the beginning of the show’s existence that some of them desired to see James T. Kirk and Dr. Spock dating. It is said that female followers preferred picturing the two in amorous settings but avoided picturing either with another woman. The topic matter was covered in the officially sanctioned novel Killing Time, which was published in 1985 by fanzine contributor Della Van Hise. It was supposedly about a battle with the Romulans, but it was by no means its most striking feature.The idea of such a narrative becoming an official Star Trek product upset Gene Roddenberry, despite his beliefs about the ethnic variety of the Enterprise crew (never mind how he would have felt if one of Della Van Hise’s more graphic stories had been published). The reason it was ever published was due to his lack of interest in Star Trek novels prior to that.After ordering the destruction of the original edition in its entirety and approving 52 changes to eliminate any references to homosexuality, Roddenberry became much more involved in the editing of all subsequent Star Trek books—that is, until he hired someone to do it for him. If Killing Time hadn’t forced Roddenberry to read the Star Trek novels before accepting them, just think of all the other outrageous turns they may have gone.

9. The Lego Fan Who Had An Impact

Australian Lindsay Fleay worked on a stop-motion stop-motion film from 1985 to 1989 in which Lego toys use a magic gateway to escape a self-contained Lego world. The 16-minute animation, which features oddities like two Lego men and a clay creature driving around a human shoe, gets its name from this miraculous portal.Fleay completed the production without Lego Corporation consent, even though she received financing from the Australian Film Commission. Actually, as soon as they learned about it, their first move was to put an end to the movie: after Fleay informed the corporation about the project, Lego’s attorneys pursued him with a cease-and-desist letter.However, the film was eventually approved for distribution and served as an inspiration for a large number of additional Lego stop-motion films. The most well-known of these is undoubtedly the unexpected blockbuster The Lego Movie, which recognised the impact of its predecessor by including a means for the main character to transition from a self-contained Lego universe to the real world and referring to that device as “The Magic Portal.” Unauthorised fan films don’t often make claims like that.

8. Sex Pistols Pay Homage To A Groupie

Compared to most patients, “Pauline,” a patient at a Birmingham asylum, had far more stimulating interactions with the band Sex Pistols. She originally corresponded with Johnny Rotten in the 1970s, exchanging some strange and terrible details of her purported lifestyle in a letter. She was said to have lived in a tree home she had built on the grounds of the sanitarium for the majority of her period rather than in a cell. Being somewhat of a nymphomaniac, she also claimed to have had sex with and been impregnated by some of the staff.It was alleged that she had intercourse with band members after she ran away; the most famous incident had her showing up at Johnny Rotten’s front door wearing a garbage bag. The other band members were hesitant to discuss her at all, much less admit to having sex with her.In the 1977 song “Bodies,” Rotten honoured her by bringing up specific details about her life, like the fact that she lived in a tree. This specific song can be found on the album Never Mind the Bollocks, which Rolling Stone named one of the best debut rock albums. It’s a pretty fantastic way for a fan to be remembered by her favourite band.

7. E.L. James Stops The News

The Twilight fan fiction that became the best-selling erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey had its character identities modified before it was published. Stephenie Meyer, the author of Twilight, first stated that she was happy with E.L. James’s enormous success. Although she denied having read the book, she praised the author, saying, “Well done.” Something happened since then that most likely made Meyer a little resentful.Early, unfinished chapters of Meyer’s 2008 Twilight novel, Midnight Sun, were leaked online while he was writing it. Bella Swan felt mortified that her version of the Twilight narrative, which was leaked, was so poorly done that she was shocked it was ever published. Instead, Edward Cullen’s perspective was supposed to be used in Midnight Sun.Meyer eventually felt like going back to work on the Midnight Sun project after finishing a book titled The Life and Death of Bree Tanner. However, she claimed to have shelved the project once more in October 2015 after discovering E.L. James’s novel “Grey,” which was slated to be the Midnight Sun of books because it would narrate the events of Fifty Shades of Grey from Christian Grey’s point of view rather than Anastasia Steele’s. This is most likely the first instance of a fan accidentally and independently postponing the publication of a book in a beloved series.

6. Fan Encourages A Pixar Character To Support His Preferred Sport

Although most people consider “Cars” to be one of the worse Pixar films, John Lasseter felt deeply about it, and it had a significant impact on NASCAR, an American racing organisation. In fact, CNN noted in 2006 that NASCAR was struggling to attract younger viewers, and the network hoped the film would assist them. Without even intending to, Douglas Keever—the notoriously ardent NASCAR fan—contributed significantly to make it work out for everyone.While investigating NASCAR events in 2001, Lasseter met Keever inside a tent. Keever gave Lasseter a beer and introduced himself as “Mater.” He continued by comparing it to “tuhmater, but without the tuh” and gushing about how he had never missed a NASCAR race. Lasseter was so enamoured with the man that he based Mater, the primary character, entirely on him, down to the eccentric manner he introduced himself. In the film, he also got Keever to play an automobile that exclaims, “Dip me in axle grease and call me slick!” It was an impromptu line.Cars continued to be a great hit for Pixar, generating billions of dollars in revenue from retail sales. None other than Mater emerged as the film’s internationally acclaimed breakout character, going on to star in Cars 2. Most significantly, for a fan of NASCAR like Keever, Cars came to represent the sport as an unofficial flagship film. Keever also did, by a tight association. For a country boy introducing himself over a brewski, not bad at all.

5. Disney Animates Five Fan Songs

Since its 2012 debut, Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja on Disney has shown 100 episodes. One of those has a big endorsement from Morgan Prude, a 22-year-old Auburn University student. She composed a tribute song in the style of an acoustic rendition of “Ninja of Norrisville” and shared a video of herself singing it. She anticipated that the song would only be a quick joke that maybe her friends would watch because she didn’t have a large YouTube following.When Scott Thomas and Jed Einoff, the show’s executive producers, viewed the video, she really struck it lucky. Laura Marano, a member of the cast, was tasked by Scott Thomas with doing a cover of the song that her character Rachel sings during the production. He stated that the song was the focal point of the entire episode since it persuades Randy Cunningham to spend the day with her. Fans of lesser-known projects should occasionally create fan tributes, as the creators are more likely to come across it and be appreciative of your lack of competition.

4. Admirers of George R.R. Martin Turn Into Partners

Martin and his followers have occasionally had a tense relationship at times; for example, he has been known to brush off supporters who are concerned that he won’t live to finish his most well-known book series. Elio M. Garcia and Linda Antonsson are two fans with whom he is most definitely not at odds. The pair he had met in 1995 created a fan website for Martin’s book in 1998, a year after the first volume of the A Song of Ice and Fire book series was released. They were waiting for his approval to turn the novel into a tabletop game.They established Westeros.org in 1999 in order to archive all of the book content. Martin eventually acknowledged that they were more knowledgeable about it than he was, and he frequently talks with those fans about his writing, so their criticism is likely the only one that an author would value. The pinnacle of their collaboration was co-writing The World of Ice and Fire guidebook with Martin himself in 2010. 2014 saw the publication of that collaboration, which went on to become a New York Times best seller.It’s been a difficult task for them. Sometimes they spend up to thirty hours a week moderating forums, linking to pertinent websites, and updating the site’s content.

3. Fear of Sarah McLachlan

Similar to the Sex Pistols, McLachlan also had to cope with a personal crazy fan. (On the other hand, McClachan’s was far more subtle.) When she was 24 years old in 1991, Uwe Vandrei, a computer programmer, became enamoured with her. The messages were sugary and pleasant at first, but they soon became unsettling. McLachlan obtained a restraining order and hired a bodyguard after he started stalking her. Two years later, she made “Possession” available as a single and included it in her successful album Fumbling Towards Ecstasy. The song was clearly inspired by her conversation with Vandrei and described from what she believed to be his point of view.Vandrei sued McLachlan for plagiarism because he believed that the song was overly influenced by some of the poetry he’d included in his unsettling letters. He asked to meet her in person as part of the settlement, along with the customary requests of cash and credit for the song. When he was discovered dead in an Ontario forest on November 3, 1994, from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, the legal processes came to a conclusion. It was among the scariest demonstrations of how terribly wrong fan passion can go.

2. Children Earn Their Fan Story

Many kids wanted to write the script for their favourite programme, but Renee Carter of Waynesboro, Virginia, was more skilled and driven than most. In 1991, she collaborated with her friends Sarah Creef and Amy Crosby to create storyboards for a popular Warner Bros. cartoon episode called Tiny Toons Adventures, which they eventually submitted. They had to ask Carter’s mother to ship the script for them because, as 13-year-olds, none of them had enough money to do so.The storyboards ended up on the desk of executive producer Steven Spielberg, who brought the writers to his studio to turn them into the episode “Buster and Babs Go Hawaiian” because he thought it was so good. The original idea was to pay them $250 for the notion of the episode, which is typical for pitched scripts. However, since their storyboards were included, this was bulked to almost $3,000 (a good incentive for any aspiring writers to consider how to draw).Spielberg makes an appearance in the episode as himself, and the three young authors also make cameos when the main characters bemoan the poor quality of the screenplays. The episode is full with gags about the process of making the film. The title card that appears at the end of the video essentially tells viewers that they should send their scripts somewhere else if they have any to submit.

1. August Derleth Creates the Cthulhu Mythos in Lovecraft

Horror writer H.P. Lovecraft passed away in anonymity, mostly unnoticed by critics during his lifetime, despite his fame and influence. However, August Derleth, who gathered all of Lovecraft’s writings after his passing, was one of his admirers. When Scribner refused to publish them, Derleth established his own publishing company to maintain their visibility. Derleth’s attempt at a quick money grab was undoubtedly difficult. Over a ten-year period, he lost $25,000 in his attempt to revive Lovecraft’s career.The phrase and idea of the “Cthulhu Mythos” were first used by Derleth, who also transformed Lovecraft’s gods from a collection of one-shot stories into a cohesive cosmos. Many believed that his techniques contradicted Lovecraft’s beliefs. According to others, Derleth was more interested in categorising them into a “good guys vs. bad guys” dynamic, although Lovecraft’s nihilism would have rejected such divisions. Even some of Lovecraft’s unfinished pieces, such “The Shuttered Room” (adapted into an Oliver Reed movie) and “The Lurker at the Threshold” (a 1,200 word collection that Derleth turned into a 50,000 word book), were taken and finished by him, all the while bearing Lovecraft’s name. How many readers can truly claim to have contributed so much to the notoriety of another author?

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