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"Saving people. Hunting things. The family business."
Since it's first airing in 2005, the Supernatural fandom has truly grown into something incredible. A family has formed and often times members of the SPN fandom are a force to be reckoned with when it comes to proving just how deep a love of fictional characters can go.
We care about our boys, the Winchesters. We are concerned for them. We cheer them on, get angry or upset at them, wonder why they're not doing what we want them to be doing, wonder why they are doing the things they're doing and at the end of the day we call it love. We call it respect. Some may even call us crazy, but none of us mind. This isn't even mentioning the plethora of side characters and guest stars that kick us straight in the feels.
If you happen to miss an episode of Supernatural and are casually browsing your favorite social media sites, you start to see how blurred the lines of canon and fanfiction can become. You may not know if what you've stumbled upon is a spoiler or just a superfan's account of what they want to happen in the show. The best part is, you find yourself sucked into their fiction based on a fictional world that you are already fully invested in. You spend time watching the show, time researching behind the scenes info so you can try to guess what's going to be happening next, time reading and writing others' fics, time reaching out to other fans in crisis (the cast has helped in this avenue by creating the "You Are Not Alone Campaign", a support network that helps fans cope with various mental health issues) and of course spending money on SPN merch, conventions where the cast and crew will be at and well, more SPN merch.
Bri McPherson, the March Superfan of the Month, writes her own fanfiction based on the series (among various other things) and took some time out of her busy fandom-filled day to do an interview with me. Bri knows Supernatural inside and out and will defend and protect her characters and other members of the fandom. If Supernatural should ever end, (and well, all good things must come to an end, unfortunately) Bri will have left a lasting impression on the fandom which (like most things Supernatural) can never die.
Bri McPherson- March Superfan of the Month
*in a terrible Castiel voice* Hello, Bri. Tell us a few things about how you got involved in the Supernatural fandom.
Honestly? I blame Tumblr. I got caught up in seeing SPN gifs and posts about fan fiction. I'm a shipper at heart and I have a difficult time getting into a show or movie, etc, unless I have a ship to support. Destiel drew me in. Especially Misha Collins and Castiel. I shipped Destiel before I'd ever even seen a single episode or heard the actors' voices. That started three years ago this month and I haven't looked back since. I run two Facebook groups to help feed my addiction to SPN also.
Oh yeah, I blame Tumblr for a lot of things. *laughs* Was there a particular episode/moment that got you hooked on the show?
8x17 "Goodbye Stranger." The crypt scene. Hook, line and sinker really. I think that was one of the first actual episodes I ever watched actually.
Which character do you identify with the most and why?
That's a tough one to answer. I think part of why I like Destiel so much is I identify a lot with both Dean and Castiel. Dean's protectiveness, his devotion to his family, but also his issues with self worth. Castiel's drive to just do the right thing and try to make amends when he feels he's done something wrong, but also his protectiveness toward the Winchesters as well as the self worth again. They tend to have a lot in common that I can really identify with. Castiel always wants to see the good in humanity and I tend to be the same way.
Just for fun, who would win in a fight between Anna and Meg?
That's another tough one. Meg has cunning on her side, definitely, and I'd hate to take her on in a fight, but in the end, I'd have to go with Anna. She was a warrior for a long time. Plus all she'd have to do is touch Meg once to smite her and that would be it. They were both awesome characters though. I was sad to see them go.
I was too. Supernatural fans know that we love and lose those we love a lot. What would you show people who asked you to prove how big of a fan you are?
I've been lucky in what I've been able to collect as far as merchandise for the show. Let's face it, none of it is cheap sadly. I have three favorite things though. A friend of mine was kind enough to help me get a pic and autograph of Misha Collins from the Asylum convention in the UK a couple years ago. He autographed a sign that says "I love you, Bri" then held the sign up in the picture. I have both framed and they are hanging next to my desk. Also, the license plates of my car say DESTIEL. They're not just the fun decorative plates either. They're the legal tags from my state. I get comments on them from time to time from other fans and I even found a pic of my car on tumblr a couple years ago. It was awesome. Third, I went to Build-A-Bear last year and made two teddy bears. One dressed up like Dean and the other like Castiel complete with Samulet, trenchcoat and wings. I gave the Dean bear to my best friend in the Netherlands. They're called Bean and Bearstiel. Bean has his own Instagram account also: @teddydeanw. He's been licked by Misha Collins and I am so jealous. XD
*laughs* You are for sure not the only one who will be jealous over this! What does being part of "the family business" mean to you?
No hating on each other for one. I get so tired of how cruel people can be. So I always try to bring in positivity. I needed a way to help support my family so I started selling fandom inspired chain mail last year. I have a huge Supernatural section and in that section, I feature designs inspired by popular characters. I decided upon creating these designs that I wanted to give back/pay it forward. So I found charities that Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, Jared Padalecki and Mark Sheppard supported and every time someone purchases a piece in one of those designs, I donate to those charities. I also sent the boys a bracelet in their characters' designs. Lauren Tom helped me design a Mama Tran bracelet to help her favorite charity also. She tweeted a pic wearing the bracelet I sent her in the colors she picked to thank me for it. For me, the family business/fandom means being there for each other, presenting a positive atmosphere to others in or out of that family, and doing what you can to help those in need. It's also about friendship. Thanks to SPN, I met my best friend. We've been friends for over 2 years now. She lives in Europe while I live in the US, but I actually got to meet her in person for the first time last year when she came to visit me. I'll be forever grateful for that.
Lauren Tom (Kevin's mom on the show) shows off a piece of Bri's jewelry on Twitter
That's an amazing example of how fandom really does create so many deep bonds and friendships with people. Congrats to you and your bestie. What a wonderful thing to have found and to be connected over so much distance through a TV show! And what an honor to have Lauren Tom wear a piece of your jewelry! You must be reeling still. :) Can you tell us about your fanfiction?
I'm almost 33 years old. I've been writing since I was 15. I started writing fanfic when I was 17 over on Ff.net. My very first fanfic was a Harry/Hermione story from the Harry Potter universe. I've done a lot of branching out since then. I write stories involving my ships because I've always been a sap for romance. I can remember shipping pairings from cartoons when I was 5 for instance. I've written not only for Supernatural, but also for Harry Potter, Marvel, Lord of the Rings, ReBoot, Star Trek Voyager and several other fandoms. It wasn't until I got into Lord of the Rings that I branched out from heterosexual pairings to homosexual ones as well. I'm always trying to think of ways to do things differently. I love coming up with unique ideas that you just don't see anywhere else and trying to make my stories stand out. I predominately write Destiel right now, but I am trying to branch out and considering other pairings and fandoms as well. I have over 90 stories on AO3 at the moment and I'm in the process of getting my much older fics transferred there as well. It will take some time to do so, however, but I should have that all completed in the next few months. Right now, my main focus are my two chapter fics in progress:Obligation and With You In Spirit. I'm stunned at the responses and feedback I've gotten for those. When people say you are your own worst critic, that tends to be very true for me. I'll admit that I sit there and read over reviews I receive from my readers and think 'They seriously liked the story that much? Wow.' I'm always thrilled with a good review, but also very humbled and appreciative as well.
Destiel license plate...now THAT'S true fandom
It is always wonderful to have people reading and enjoying your hard work, I totally get it. Last question. Is there anything other than cancellation that you think could possibly happen to make you leave the fandom behind?
Well, I don't think I would ever truly leave the fandom. I have too many friends in it and I really do love the show. I would stop watching, however, if Castiel/Misha Collins wasn't part of the show anymore. They are what drew me to Supernatural. I love Dean, but I came for Cas and have stayed for Cas. If Cas and Misha were gone I just don't think I would stay. I can handle Destiel never becoming canon, but I just love Cas too much. If he wasn't part of the show anymore, I feel like it would just ruin it for me or be a deal breaker so to speak.
Thank you so much, Bri for participating in this interview and for helping us get a better idea of the woman behind the quality fics.
Supernatural airs on CW, Wednesday nights at 9pm EST
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