This is written in collaboration with Shippers Guide To The Galaxy, a brilliant YouTuber who analyses shipping and fan culture on her channel. The video is embedded below!
When it comes to television shows the phenomenon known as shipping is no new thing. Pairing characters together as a practice has gone on in this medium since the 60s. However, there are some pairings that become so large they become part of the fandom landscape and it appears that Sterek shall be one such pairing. Sterek comes to us from the world of Teen Wolf a teen drama show loosely inspired by, but not based on, the 80s dramedy of the same name and the show contains various allusions to that source material. This show has actually become far more known for its shipping and fan culture as well as its social media presence rather than any clever throwback references. Continue reading “Sterek: The Teen Wolf Shipping Phenomenon (ft. Shippers Guide To The Galaxy)”
Christopher Zeischegg is a writer, musician and filmmaker who spent eight years in the adult film industry under the name “Danny Wylde“. Upon contacting him in hope that I would be able to interview him, he was kind enough to send me his two books – The Wolves That Live In Skin and Space and Come To My Brother.
I read The Wolves That Live In Skin and Space first, wanting to garner a sense of Christopher’s life as I had read that it was semi-autobiographical. He draws upon many elements of his life throughout his work, interspersing some fictitious moments for the sake of the story, but the result is a very human novel. The same goes for his other book Come to my Brother. In examining our psychosexual patterns – be it through the lens of a burned-out porn star who acts as a conduit for our fantasy or that of a tortured boy who is turned into a vampire by his long-lost love – the same undercurrent of intimacy and closeness is brought up to a microscope. It’s not always through rose-tinted glasses that Christopher depicts these relationships, some of them are very toxic and damaging, but in creating these slice-of-life characters and their interactions we’re left with raw emotions that are honest, vulnerable and fascinatingly real. Continue reading “Christopher Zeischegg’s “The Wolves That Live In Skin And Space” & “Come To My Brother” | Booktalk |”