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Fandom: Firefly
by Liss (inalasahl)
at August 24th, 2006 (06:54 pm)

Set 500 years in the future, Joss Whedon's Firefly blends sci-fi and western tropes in its tale of smugglers and fugitives trying to survive on the raggedy edge of civilization.

Overview:
While Firefly fandom is large, it is also unusually disjointed. With no one central gathering place, it is not unusual to hear those who regularly produce fic or meta to claim not to be a part of fandom. It is also not unusual for fannish participation to be sporadic, folks producing fic from time to time in Firefly while being active mainly in other fandoms.

There were three main migrations into fandom: Browncoats who joined the fandom during the run of the television show, those who joined after the DVDs came out and those who joined after the release of the movie. The original US/Canadian airing of the episodes was wildly out of order (and missing three eps). While there are no major disagreements among fans of different eras, there does seem to be quite a difference in what weight certain scenes are given in terms of character relationships.

Additionally, there are many still popular, still recced fics written during the original airing, which was:
The Train Job
Bushwhacked
Our Mrs. Reynolds
Jaynestown
Out of Gas
Shindig
Safe
Ariel
War Stories
Objects in Space
Serenity, the ep

The "corrected" DVD airing order was:
Serenity, the ep
The Train Job
Bushwhacked
Shindig
Safe
Our Mrs. Reynolds
Jaynestown
Out of Gas
Ariel
War Stories
Trash
The Message
Heart of Gold
Objects in Space

However, this still differs from the taping order so whichever way you view it, canon sometimes spins backwards or contradicts itself. (Two lines were also changed in the episode "Objects in Space.") Finally, Joss changed some elements of canon (most notably, River's rescue from the Alliance) for dramatic effect in the movie.

Just under three years after the cancelation of Firefly, a movie version, Serenity, was released. A special preview screening had been available in some areas in the previous four months. The movie takes place roughly eight months after the end of the series. A 3-book comic series takes place in that eight-month gap and contains canonically important information for understanding parts of the movie. I highly recommend reading it before seeing the movie.

NB: IMDB incorrectly listed Zoe's full name as Zoe Warren and Wash's full name as Jerry Lee "Wash" Warren. These sometimes crop up in fic. Thanks to the movie and extra-canonical sources, we now know that their names are Zoe Alleyne and Hoban "Wash" Washburne, respectively. Zoe's name appears without diacritic marks in all official print sources (including shooting scripts and tie-in merchandise). During the run of the series, it was not clear whether "Book" was a first name, last name or religious name. It crops up as all three in fic. Additionally, the "special" (rough) version of the movie that aired four months before the official premiere made Book's name look like Meria Book to many viewers. It is actually Derrial Book.

Common Terms

Browncoats: Fans of Firefly, from the in-show nickname for those who fought against the Alliance in the war.

Spoilers: It's been nearly a year since the US/Canadian premiere of the movie, and several months since the international premiere so spoilers are technically fair game. However, I have yet to see anyone refer to the major spoilers of the movie outright without a warning. People just don't. Therefore, when in doubt, warning and cut-tagging are still best.

Serenity: The ship, the pilot episode and the movie are all called this. The ship is usually distinguished by context. The episode may be referred to as "Serenity," the ep. The movie title is usually in italics or simply called "the big damn movie" or the BDM.

CSI: Crazy Space Incest, the term for the River/Simon ship.

Information

the_cortex
the fandom newsletter

whedonverse_nb
notice board

crack_van Firefly overview can be found here. To rec Firefly fic for the comm, signups are here.

For translations and suggested pinyin spellings of the Mandarin in the show, I recommend going off lj to either Consequence Free or the Firefly Chinese Pinyinary.

General Discussion

fireflyfans
Originally the lj gathering place of those from Fireflyfans.net, long since open to everyone.
fireflying
fannish grab bag

Vidding

fireflywaves

Icons & Art

ff_icons
icons
fireflicons
challenge community
firefly_caps
challenge community
ff_stillness
challenge community
kayleestill
Kaylee challenge
jayne_stills
Jayne challenge
firefly_graphix
wallpapers, banners and other graphics
firefly_daily
caps and wallpapers

Fanfic

club_joss
discussion of specific fics
ff_fanfic
fanfic
fireflyfanfic
fanfic & recs
ff_friday
short fic challenge community
firefly100
drabble challenge community
fireflygirls
f/f slash
fireflyslash
all slash
afterserenity
post-movie fic
realfireflyfic
real person fic
fireflybeta
beta requests
inevitableslash
Wash slash

Shipping

ship_manifesto is a multi-fandom shipping community. Links to the Firefly essays are here.
ruttingtownhall
all Firefly ships
civilizedrules
Inara/Simon
enginesex
Simon/Kaylee
geniusxmechanic
River/Kaylee
iluvmycaptain
Mal/Kaylee
light_it
Simon/River
jaylee_ship
Jayne/Kaylee
jayne_simon
Jayne/Simon
ji_beyond_this
Jayne/Inara
mercandthemate
Jayne/Zoe
kayleewash
Kaylee/Wash
mal_inara
Mal/Inara
mal_river
Mal/River
mal_zoe
Mal/Zoe
rayne_shippers
River/Jayne
shiny_hats
Mal/Jayne
shinyheroes
Mal/Wash
the_pretty_fits
Mal/Simon
zoe_wash
Zoe/Wash

Characters

ourpreacherman
Book
manthycalljayne
Jayne
oh_so_shiny
Kaylee
applebits
River
shiny_vests
Simon
zoe_fan
Zoe
devilwoman_
Saffron
ff_littlepeople
minor characters

Actors

baldwin_daily
Adam Baldwin
alantudyk
Alan Tudyk
fillion_daily
Nathan Fillion
nathanfillion
Nathan Fillion
seanmaher
Sean Maher

updated 04-09-2008
updated 08-13-2007