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date: 31 October 2020

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This chapter introduces readers to the practice of creating fan music videos, commonly referred to as vids or fanvids. Fans combine preexisting material from films or television with music in order to refocus the original source material for various purposes, ranging from critique to celebration. This chapter focuses on vidding as queer practice; it provides an overview of vidding from the mid-1970s to the present and incorporates close readings of vids dedicated to Star Trek and the British drama series Bad Girls, originally broadcast on ITV from 1999 to 2006. The chapter argues for the importance of music as a central facet related to the meaning-making process of vids, a dimension that has been neglected in current scholarship on fannish vidding.

Keywords: vids, fannish vidding, fanvids, queer, Bad Girls, Star Trek, fans

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