The internet loves a good fan theory. The trouble is, the phrase “fan theory” has started to go the way of words like content or hipster or artisan or any of the other words whose definitions are so vague, so all encompassing, that they have very little meaning at this point.
“Fan theory” is currently used as a descriptor for the following things:
- A prediction for an upcoming storyline
- Analysis of a character’s motivations
- Analysis of a storyline
- Fan fiction
- The dissection of a trailer and conclusions drawn from moments in said trailer
- Explanation of subtext, predicated on the explainer failing to recognize subtext.
- Recognition of dramatic irony or a plot turn before the reveal
None of the above should be considered fan theories, in the opinion of this blogger.
So then, you may ask, what the heck qualifies as a fan theory?
What is a fan theory?
I’ve been seeking to answer this question for a while, and previously dedicated an entire blog post to it: What We Talk About When We Talk About Fan Theories. And while I’m happy with that article and its reception, I find that the term “fan theory” is increasingly bandied about, with increasingly little meaning, especially during Game of Thrones season. Continue reading “Why That Game of Thrones Fan Theory Is Not a Game of Thrones Fan Theory”