Meta Essays

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A meta essay, or meta (short for meta-analysis) refers to an essay that explores the text of a show in more detail than an episode review or recap. Broader themes, or deeper analysis are investigated, often with supporting evidence in the form of screencaps, pictures or charts.

Some of Us Really Do Watch for the Plot is a collection of meta essays written by fans in the first two seasons and published by fans.

See other entries in the Meta category for books and academic essays.

Meta Communities

In the first two seasons of Supernatural, the Supernatural community spn_heavymeta on Livejournal followed a set regime, where members would submit essays for each episode on Dean, Sam and John. After Season Two this structure was abandoned, and the community simply provided a central place for people to link to their metas.

The forums on Television Without Pity (now closed) and as well as blogs like The Winchester Family Business often contain meta discussion, as do the comments sections on many media sites.

Meta Essays



John Winchester

The Winchesters


Other Characters

Mytharc Meta

The Impala

In "The Automobile as Moving Castle,” Thomas Knowles reads the Winchesters’ beloved 1967 Impala as a Gothic character within the series. Knowles suggests that the interior of the car, which functions as a surrogate home for Sam and Dean, mirrors the subversive and deathly interiors that make up the more traditional Gothic castle. Read on Google Books: 25-26, 27-28, 29-30, 31-32, 33-34, 35-36.

Supernatural & Its Visuals

Gender and Sexuality







Ethnicity and Race



Fandom & Fan Works