oh my god? the x files-fandom was the fandom that invented the word ‘shipping’? JESUS CHRIST I LOVE Y’ALL
Yes, back in the early days, there were two camps of fans: “Relationshippers” (people all about the MSR) and the “NoRomos” (people all about the platonic partnership.) Relationshippers was eventually shortened to “shippers.”
The X-Files popularity just happened to parallel the birth of the internet. Philes took it by storm with the creation of fan forums, chat groups, and hundreds of websites devoted to the show, characters, and the actors. 🙂
The X-Files fandom also coined the term UST (Unresolved Sexual Tension) as a fanfic descriptor. 😀 Fandom history is pretty neat.
Man X-Files was my intro to fandom and fic and it shaped me so much
You know this post?
It’s true! But the corollary is, “And if not Star Trek, probably X-Files.”