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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.  
 
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.  
  
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*[https://norahastuff.tumblr.com/post/612960599826153472/mittensmorgul-norahastuff-oh-boy-were Untitled Meta on Castiel + Free Will in 15.12] by norahastuff; mittensmorgul (March 2020); [https://web.archive.org/web/20200322234656/https://norahastuff.tumblr.com/post/612960599826153472/mittensmorgul-norahastuff-oh-boy-were archive link]
 
*[https://norahastuff.tumblr.com/post/612960599826153472/mittensmorgul-norahastuff-oh-boy-were Untitled Meta on Castiel + Free Will in 15.12] by norahastuff; mittensmorgul (March 2020); [https://web.archive.org/web/20200322234656/https://norahastuff.tumblr.com/post/612960599826153472/mittensmorgul-norahastuff-oh-boy-were archive link]
 
*[https://neven-ebrez.tumblr.com/post/613582948315381761/funny-thing-about-her-plan-though-she-didnt-say Funny thing about her plan though. She didn't say anything about needing you] by norahastuff, neven-ebrez (March 2020); [https://web.archive.org/web/20200325214055/https://neven-ebrez.tumblr.com/post/613582948315381761/funny-thing-about-her-plan-though-she-didnt-say archive link]
 
*[https://neven-ebrez.tumblr.com/post/613582948315381761/funny-thing-about-her-plan-though-she-didnt-say Funny thing about her plan though. She didn't say anything about needing you] by norahastuff, neven-ebrez (March 2020); [https://web.archive.org/web/20200325214055/https://neven-ebrez.tumblr.com/post/613582948315381761/funny-thing-about-her-plan-though-she-didnt-say archive link]
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*[https://verobatto-angelxhunter.tumblr.com/post/180932360650/what-happiness-means-to-an-angel-hello-fandom What does happiness mean to an angel?] by verobatto-angelxhunter (Dec 2018)
 
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==='''Supernatural & Its Visuals'''===
 
==='''Supernatural & Its Visuals'''===
*[http://bowtrunckle.livejournal.com/11982.html Kripke and His Camera: Pastels, Flowers, and Symbolism in WIAWSNB] by bowtrunckle
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See [[Title Card]] for title card metas
*[http://missyjack.livejournal.com/107140.html Blue Velvety Smoothness: Visual references in WIAWSNB]
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*[http://bowtrunckle.livejournal.com/18965.html Red Demons and Yellow Psychics: Color Association and their Role in Supernatural's Visual Language Part 1] by bowtrunckle
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*[http://bowtrunckle.livejournal.com/20659.html Red Demons and Yellow Psychics: Color Association and their Role in Supernatural's Visual Language Part 2] (This part focuses on Sam and his connection to demons) by bowtrunckle
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*[http://hearseeno.livejournal.com/2612.html The Supernatural Color Wheel] by hearseeno
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*[https://bowtrunckle.livejournal.com/18965.html Red Demons and Yellow Psychics: Color Association and their Role in Supernatural's Visual Language Part 1] by bowtrunckle (September 2007); [https://web.archive.org/web/20151031074005/http://bowtrunckle.livejournal.com/18965.html archive link]
*[http://zimshan.livejournal.com/200624.html There's a Reason To Hope: The Cinematographic Use of Lighting & Shot Composition in SPN 5.04] by zimshan
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*[https://sadelyrate.livejournal.com/33475.html The Angel in the House: On the Presence of a Higher Power] by sadelyrate (October 2007); [http://archive.today/2017.04.15-140530/http://sadelyrate.livejournal.com/33475.html archive link]
*[http://zimshan.livejournal.com/205606.html The Balance of Red & Blue: Color Symbolism in context of Fate & Free Will in Season 5] by zimshan
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*[https://bowtrunckle.livejournal.com/20659.html Red Demons and Yellow Psychics: Color Association and their Role in Supernatural's Visual Language Part 2A] by bowtrunckle (October 2007); [https://web.archive.org/web/20181210030250/https://bowtrunckle.livejournal.com/20659.html archive link]
*[http://bellanut.livejournal.com/305752.html#cutid1 Picspam tribute to Kim's directorial work on Supernatural] by bellanut
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*[https://bowtrunckle.livejournal.com/20909.html Red Demons and Yellow Psychics: Color Association and their Role in Supernatural's Visual Language Part 2B] by bowtrunckle (October 2007); [https://web.archive.org/web/20190624024808/https://bowtrunckle.livejournal.com/20909.html archive link]
*[http://www.coltshot-1.livejournal.com/48818.html "...a storyteller who spoke with his camera..." Part One] and [http://www.http://coltshot-1.livejournal.com/48914.html Part Two]. A picspam looking at Kim Manner's direction of Season One and Two episodes by coltshot1
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*[https://hearseeno.livejournal.com/2612.html The Supernatural Color Wheel] by hearseeno (December 2007); [https://web.archive.org/web/20190624035052/https://hearseeno.livejournal.com/2612.html archive link]
*[http://sadelyrate.livejournal.com/33475.html The Angel in the House: On the Presence of a Higher Power] by sadelyrate
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*[http://hearseeno.livejournal.com/10703.html Visual Tropes and Call-Backs in Early Season 5 Episodes] by hearseeno (September 2009); [https://web.archive.org/web/20190624033649/https://hearseeno.livejournal.com/10703.html archive link]
*[http://blacklid.livejournal.com/261368.html Supernatural Title Cards and the 5 elements] by blacklid
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*[https://zimshan.livejournal.com/205606.html The Balance of Red & Blue: Color Symbolism in context of Fate & Free Will in Season 5] by zimshan (November 2009); [https://web.archive.org/web/20180313071353/https://zimshan.livejournal.com/205606.html archive link]
*[http://meiou-set.livejournal.com/14753.html Supernatural Title Cards and their meanings] by meiou-set
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*[https://tirra-lyrra.livejournal.com/7162.html Statues in Supernatural] by tirra-lyrra (November 2009); [http://archive.today/2019.02.18-014448/https://tirra-lyrra.livejournal.com/7162.html archive link]
*[http://hearseeno.livejournal.com/10703.html Visual Tropes and Call-Backs in Early Season 5 Episodes] by hearseeno
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*[https://zimshan.livejournal.com/214722.html Tracking the Visual Story: The Saga of Red & Blue Continues...] by zimshan (April 2010); [https://web.archive.org/web/20181207044251/https://zimshan.livejournal.com/214722.html archive link]
*[http://tirra-lyrra.livejournal.com/7162.html Statues in Supernatural] by tirra-lyrra
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**Repaired images [https://web.archive.org/web/20190624001458/https://theheatdeathof.tumblr.com/post/185804133267/tracking-the-visual-story-the-saga-of-red mirror 1/3], [https://web.archive.org/web/20190624002046/https://theheatdeathof.tumblr.com/post/185804134172/whered-all-this-green-come-from-the-toxic mirror 2/3],[https://web.archive.org/web/20190624002615/https://theheatdeathof.tumblr.com/post/185804135127/517-how-the-red-blue-collide-with-green mirror 3/3]
*[http://andreth47.livejournal.com/33490.html The Writing On The Wall: a study of the graffiti in The End] by andreth47
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*[https://bowtrunckle.livejournal.com/85738.html Comparative Directorial Styles: Edlund, Rohl, Singer, Scgricca, and Manners] by bowtrunkle (July 2012); [https://web.archive.org/web/20190218005312/https://bowtrunckle.livejournal.com/85738.html archive link]
*[http://www.thewinchesterfamilybusiness.com/article-list/category5/12082-a-visual-review-qtwo-and-a-half-menq.html A Visual review of Two and a half Men] by Ardeospina
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*[https://galwithglasses.livejournal.com/38872.html SPN women in white - the road so far] by galwithglasses (November 2012); [https://web.archive.org/web/20190627024546/https://galwithglasses.livejournal.com/38872.html archive link]
* [http://www.thewinchesterfamilybusiness.com/articles/60-season-six/16071-a-visual-review-qlike-a-virginq.html  Visual review of Like a Virgin] by Ardeospina
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*[https://bowtrunckle.livejournal.com/87454.html Season 8: Dissecting Visual Drama] by bowtruckle (January 2013); [https://web.archive.org/web/20190218004641/https://bowtrunckle.livejournal.com/87454.html archive link]
* [https://missyjack.livejournal.com/742413.html Supernatural Noir: season six in review] by Jules Wilkinson
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*[https://sikai.tumblr.com/post/54938244092/why-do-you-dress-me-in-borrowd-robes-the-role “Why Do You Dress Me In Borrow’d Robes?” The Role of Costumes and Mirrors In 8x11/8x20 And What It Might Mean For the Character Development of Dean Winchester] by sikai (July 2013); [https://web.archive.org/web/20150303052615/http://sikai.tumblr.com:80/post/54938244092/why-do-you-dress-me-in-borrowd-robes-the-role archive link]
* [http://bowtrunckle.livejournal.com/85336.html Comparison of Jensen's choice of shots in The Girl Next Door] with Hitchcock's Stranger on a Train by bowtruckle
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*[https://larinah.tumblr.com/post/100724025897/the-star-brite-drive-in-theater-intrigues-me-it The Star-Brite Drive-In theater and some thoughts on why show went to the trouble of using visual effects to add it to Soul Survivor] by larinah (October 2014); [https://web.archive.org/web/20180903160102/http://larinah.tumblr.com/post/100724025897/the-star-brite-drive-in-theater-intrigues-me-it archive link]
*[http://zimshan.livejournal.com/214722.html Tracking the Visual Story: The Saga of Red & Blue Continues...] by zimshan
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*[https://hearseeno.tumblr.com/post/105084137174/visual-motifs-flowers-mystery-secrets-and Visual Motifs - Flowers: Mystery, secrets, and things yet to be revealed] by hearseeno (December 2014); [https://web.archive.org/web/20180903210855/https://hearseeno.tumblr.com/post/105084137174/visual-motifs-flowers-mystery-secrets-and archive link]
* [http://bowtrunckle.livejournal.com/85738.html Comparative Directorial Styles: Edlund, Rohl, Singer, Scgricca, and Manners] by bowtruckle
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* [http://bowtrunckle.livejournal.com/87454.html Season 8: Dissecting Visual Drama] by bowtruckle
 
* [https://hearseeno.tumblr.com/post/105084137174/visual-motifs-flowers-mystery-secrets-and Visual Motifs - Flowers: Mystery, secrets, and things yet to be revealed] by hearseeno
 
* [https://sikai.tumblr.com/post/54938244092/why-do-you-dress-me-in-borrowd-robes-the-role “Why Do You Dress Me In Borrow’d Robes?” The Role of Costumes and Mirrors In 8x11/8x20 And What It Might Mean For the Character Development of Dean Winchester] by sikai
 
  
 
==='''Gender and Sexuality'''===
 
==='''Gender and Sexuality'''===
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*[https://archiveofourown.org/works/15158384 This Is the Song That Never Ends] by sisabet (July 2018)
 
*[https://archiveofourown.org/works/15158384 This Is the Song That Never Ends] by sisabet (July 2018)
 
*[https://bluestar86.tumblr.com/post/189655807218/destiel-the-intimacy-of-touch-and-holding-hand Destiel - The Intimacy of Touch and Holding Hands] by bluestar86 (December 2019); [https://web.archive.org/web/20200206012702/https://bluestar86.tumblr.com/post/189655807218/destiel-the-intimacy-of-touch-and-holding-hands archive link]
 
*[https://bluestar86.tumblr.com/post/189655807218/destiel-the-intimacy-of-touch-and-holding-hand Destiel - The Intimacy of Touch and Holding Hands] by bluestar86 (December 2019); [https://web.archive.org/web/20200206012702/https://bluestar86.tumblr.com/post/189655807218/destiel-the-intimacy-of-touch-and-holding-hands archive link]
*[https://drsilverfish.tumblr.com/post/189694711559/understanding-the-closet-in-narrative-healing Understanding the Closet in Narrative - Healing Hands/ Holding Hands in 15x08 Our Father Who Aren't in Heaven] by drsilverfish (December 2019); [https://web.archive.org/web/20200329022146/https://drsilverfish.tumblr.com/post/189694711559/understanding-the-closet-in-narrative-healing archive link]</div>
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*[https://drsilverfish.tumblr.com/post/189694711559/understanding-the-closet-in-narrative-healing Understanding the Closet in Narrative - Healing Hands/ Holding Hands in 15x08 Our Father Who Aren't in Heaven] by drsilverfish (December 2019); [https://web.archive.org/web/20200329022146/https://drsilverfish.tumblr.com/post/189694711559/understanding-the-closet-in-narrative-healing archive link]
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*[https://naruhearts.tumblr.com/post/189715501541/the-purgatory-spell-in-15x08-love-death-and-an The Purgatory Spell in 15x08 - Love, Death and an Underworld Journey] by naruhearts (December 2019)
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==='''Queerbaiting'''===
 
==='''Queerbaiting'''===
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**[https://larinah.tumblr.com/post/107029472507/supernatural-is-a-show-about-humans-monsters Part 5 - Ain’t That America/To Dream the American Dream]; [https://web.archive.org/web/20160823195513/http://larinah.tumblr.com/post/107029472507/supernatural-is-a-show-about-humans-monsters archive link]
 
**[https://larinah.tumblr.com/post/107029472507/supernatural-is-a-show-about-humans-monsters Part 5 - Ain’t That America/To Dream the American Dream]; [https://web.archive.org/web/20160823195513/http://larinah.tumblr.com/post/107029472507/supernatural-is-a-show-about-humans-monsters archive link]
 
**[https://larinah.tumblr.com/post/107350215042/supernatural-is-a-show-about-humans-monsters Part 6 - This Land is Your Land, This Land is My Land/This is My Father’s World]; [https://web.archive.org/web/20160823195513/http://larinah.tumblr.com/post/107350215042/supernatural-is-a-show-about-humans-monsters archive link]
 
**[https://larinah.tumblr.com/post/107350215042/supernatural-is-a-show-about-humans-monsters Part 6 - This Land is Your Land, This Land is My Land/This is My Father’s World]; [https://web.archive.org/web/20160823195513/http://larinah.tumblr.com/post/107350215042/supernatural-is-a-show-about-humans-monsters archive link]
**[https://larinah.tumblr.com/post/100724025897/the-star-brite-drive-in-theater-intrigues-me-it The Star-Brite Theater]; [https://web.archive.org/web/20160823195513/http://larinah.tumblr.com/post/100724025897/the-star-brite-drive-in-theater-intrigues-me-it archive link]
 
 
**[https://larinah.tumblr.com/post/120787763967/funny-im-in-the-business-of-making-dreams-come Funny, I'm in the business of making dreams come true…Rowena, Crowley, Gavin, and Seth and the pursuit of the American Dream]; [https://web.archive.org/web/20160823195513/http://larinah.tumblr.com/post/120787763967/funny-im-in-the-business-of-making-dreams-come archive link]
 
**[https://larinah.tumblr.com/post/120787763967/funny-im-in-the-business-of-making-dreams-come Funny, I'm in the business of making dreams come true…Rowena, Crowley, Gavin, and Seth and the pursuit of the American Dream]; [https://web.archive.org/web/20160823195513/http://larinah.tumblr.com/post/120787763967/funny-im-in-the-business-of-making-dreams-come archive link]
 
*[https://defilerwyrm.tumblr.com/post/159128199496/spn-hunters-and-poverty SPN Hunters and Poverty] by durenjtmusings, kayanem, wingstocarryon, ameliacareful, chiisana-sukima, drsilverfish, defilerwyrm (April 2017); [https://web.archive.org/web/20200404211501/https://defilerwyrm.tumblr.com/post/159128199496/spn-hunters-and-poverty archive link]
 
*[https://defilerwyrm.tumblr.com/post/159128199496/spn-hunters-and-poverty SPN Hunters and Poverty] by durenjtmusings, kayanem, wingstocarryon, ameliacareful, chiisana-sukima, drsilverfish, defilerwyrm (April 2017); [https://web.archive.org/web/20200404211501/https://defilerwyrm.tumblr.com/post/159128199496/spn-hunters-and-poverty archive link]
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==='''Miscellaneous'''===
 
==='''Miscellaneous'''===
*[http://astri13.livejournal.com/18381.html Somebody save me: the point of view of people in peril on the boys] by astri13
 
*[http://technosage.livejournal.com/135853.html Free will & determinism in the Supernatural universe] by technosage
 
*[http://silver-spotted.livejournal.com/13067.html  The long arm of the law] by silver_spotted
 
*[http://kentawolf.livejournal.com/1514.html “Why do I hafta be some kind of hero ?": A Hero’s Journey Analysis of Supernatural] by kentawolf
 
 
*[http://percysowner.livejournal.com/2220.html How the writers' strike affected Season 3] by percysowner
 
*[http://percysowner.livejournal.com/2220.html How the writers' strike affected Season 3] by percysowner
*[http://community.livejournal.com/spnematography/17877.html The Viewers Guide to the Pilot] by bowtrunckle & hugemind (with emphasis on cinematography)
 
*[http://weesta.livejournal.com/750194.html Repeated language] by weesta
 
*[http://chasingtides.livejournal.com/431437.html Brains trumps legs: Disability in Supernatural] by chasingtides
 
 
*[http://redrikki.livejournal.com/54146.html Vampires as a metaphor for denial in Supernatural] by redrikki
 
*[http://redrikki.livejournal.com/54146.html Vampires as a metaphor for denial in Supernatural] by redrikki
*[http://meret.livejournal.com/851603.html Chakras in Supernatural] by meret
 
 
*[http://astarloa.livejournal.com/110468.html Bitten and Baudrillard] - hyperealism and Supernatural by astarloa
 
*[http://astarloa.livejournal.com/110468.html Bitten and Baudrillard] - hyperealism and Supernatural by astarloa
*[http://neven-ebrez.tumblr.com/post/60620054881/season-divines-themes-hints-through-movies-books-and Season Nine themes] as told through its episode titles (spoilers) by neven-ebrez
 
 
*[http://thefanmetareader.wordpress.com/2014/09/15/establishment-culture-or-why-supernatural-is-just-as-good-a-show-as-mad-men-by-fangirlingthebook/ Establishment Culture, or Why Supernatural is Just as ‘Good’ a Show as Mad Men] by fangirlingthebook
 
*[http://thefanmetareader.wordpress.com/2014/09/15/establishment-culture-or-why-supernatural-is-just-as-good-a-show-as-mad-men-by-fangirlingthebook/ Establishment Culture, or Why Supernatural is Just as ‘Good’ a Show as Mad Men] by fangirlingthebook
  
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*Todd Doyle, Elizabeth. 2008. [https://www.popmatters.com/move-over-alpha-geeks-here-come-the-fangrrls-2496186665.html Move Over Alpha Geeks, Here Come the Fangrrls]. ''Popmatters'', February 21; [http://web.archive.org/web/20190218043424/https://www.popmatters.com/move-over-alpha-geeks-here-come-the-fangrrls-2496186665.html archive link]
 
*Todd Doyle, Elizabeth. 2008. [https://www.popmatters.com/move-over-alpha-geeks-here-come-the-fangrrls-2496186665.html Move Over Alpha Geeks, Here Come the Fangrrls]. ''Popmatters'', February 21; [http://web.archive.org/web/20190218043424/https://www.popmatters.com/move-over-alpha-geeks-here-come-the-fangrrls-2496186665.html archive link]
 
*[https://chasingtides.livejournal.com/351035.html The Radical Notion that Women are People too: Sexism Among Spn Fans] by chasingtides (April 2009); [http://archive.today/2020.03.24-224951/https://chasingtides.livejournal.com/351035.html archive link]
 
*[https://chasingtides.livejournal.com/351035.html The Radical Notion that Women are People too: Sexism Among Spn Fans] by chasingtides (April 2009); [http://archive.today/2020.03.24-224951/https://chasingtides.livejournal.com/351035.html archive link]
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* [https://fanlore.org/wiki/The_J2_Haiti_Fic Racism in SPN fanfic]: The J2 Haiti fic
 
*[https://chasingtides.livejournal.com/298973.html Wheelchairs and Shotguns: Handicapped Other in Supernatural Fandom] by chasingtides (January 2010); [http://archive.today/zKF4j archive link]
 
*[https://chasingtides.livejournal.com/298973.html Wheelchairs and Shotguns: Handicapped Other in Supernatural Fandom] by chasingtides (January 2010); [http://archive.today/zKF4j archive link]
 
*Freund, Katharina. 2010. "'I'm glad we got burned, think of all the things we learned': Fandom conflict and context in Counteragent's 'Still Alive.'" ''Transformative Works and Cultures'', no. 4. [https://doi.org/10.3983/twc.2010.0187 https://doi.org/10.3983/twc.2010.0187].
 
*Freund, Katharina. 2010. "'I'm glad we got burned, think of all the things we learned': Fandom conflict and context in Counteragent's 'Still Alive.'" ''Transformative Works and Cultures'', no. 4. [https://doi.org/10.3983/twc.2010.0187 https://doi.org/10.3983/twc.2010.0187].

Revision as of 09:22, 26 September 2021

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.

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 supernatural.tv as well as blogs like The Winchester Family Business often contain meta discussion, as do the comments sections on many media sites.

Meta Essays

Dean

Sam

John Winchester

The Winchesters

Castiel

Other Characters

What Makes a Story Work?

Mytharc + MOTW meta

Narrative Structure

Genre and Themes

The Impala

Supernatural & Its Visuals

See Title Card for title card metas

Gender and Sexuality

Gender Performance and Masculinities

The Wittier Rape[1]

Women's Work[2]

Discussions of Characters' Sexuality: Sam

Discussions of Characters' Sexuality: Dean

  • Emily E. Roach, "Supernatural: Wincest, Destiel and Dean Winchester's Bisexual Panic" in Queerbaiting and Fandom: Teasing Fans Through Homoerotic Possibilities ed. Joseph Brennan (University of Iowa Press, 2019).[3]

Discussions of Characters' Sexuality: Cas

Shipping

See Pairings for a list of all Supernatural character ship pages

Fandom Stats

Fandom Surveys

Wincest

Destiel

Queerbaiting

Definition and history of Queer Baiting on Fanlore

Supernatural's America[4]

Religion

Ethnicity and Race

Music

Miscellaneous

Fandom & Fan Works

References

  1. 7.15 Repo Man Hallucifer: That's what I'm talking about, Sam! Real interaction again, I miss that! The rapier wit - the wittier rape - come on, I'll be good, I'll even help you solve your little Nancy Drew mystery or whatever.
  2. "woman in the refrigerator, woman as victim, woman as object and woman as tempter," Women's Work on Fanlore
  3. "Research: Book Chapters" Emily E Roach, https://eroach.academia.edu/research. Accessed 30 April 2020.
  4. Title of section heading inspired by larinah's Supernatural's America meta series