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.

See Picspams for links to graphics based meta, which use images from the Show, alongside, or instead of text.

Meta Communities

The Supernatural community spn_heavymeta on Livejournal is dedicated to providing a platform for metaists and readers alike. In the first two seasons of Supernatural, the community 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.

Communities which focus on analysing fandom itself include Meta Fandom and Fanthopology which tracks mentions of fandom in the media.

The forums on Television Without Pity and supernatural.tv as well as blogs like The Winchester Family Business often contain meta-ish discussion, as do the comments sections on many media sites.

Famous aca-fan Henry Jenkins has written about Supernatural.

Some of us really do watch for the plot was published in 2007 through Cafe Press and was the first collection of fan meta on Supernatural.

In 2009, Benbella Books published In the Hunt: Unauthorized Essays on Supernatural.

In March 2010, the online journal "Transformative Works and Culture" published a special Supernatural issue.

Meta Essays

This is a selection of meta essays, primarily drawn from LiveJournal.

Dean

Sam


John Winchester


The Winchesters


Castiel


Other Characters


Mytharc Meta


The Impala


Supernatural & Its Visuals

Gender and Sexuality


Class


Ethnicity


Music


Miscellaneous


Fandom & Fanfiction