Society & Culture
Ghostbusters - If Someone Asks if You're a Fan, You Say YES!
This week, we better not be a afraid of no ghost, because we’ve got the Ontario Ghostbusters helping us to get into the spirit of Ghostbusters fandom (and bustin’ makes us feel good)!
Next week, we’ll be honing our routine in preparation to talk about fans… of the Olympics!
Adrianna and Brily are co-presidents of the Ontario Ghostbusters. If you want to learn more about them, check out the Ontario Ghostbusters on social media:
History and Origins:
Ghostbusters is a supernatural comedy franchise created in 1984 by Ivan Reitman, Harold Ramis, and Dan Aykroyd about a group of eccentric parapsychologists who start a legit ghost-busting business (like exterminators) in New York City. The project was initially conceived as a “Ghostmashers” (starring Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi) with the cast traveling through space and time … and something about magic wands — the script was drastically rewritten after it was deemed ‘financially impractical’ and after the death of Belushi.
Since the first films release on June 8, 1984, the franchise has spawned a total of three movies, two television series, several video games, novelizations, comics, and is in the top 50 grossing domestic films (adjusted for inflation) of all time.
The search data is a bit hard to track; though there is a search topic for the Ghostbusters franchise, it has very little data compared to search data compared to the 2016 and 1984 Ghostbuster films. Even looking at just these two topics is hard to analyze the broad trend because of the massive distortion in search data around the release of the 2016 movie.
Taking a look at the data from a few different timescales, it is most likely that interest in the franchise has remained fairly flat, with the most notable spike in interest occurring in July of 2016 (release of Ghostbusters (2016)), and some much smaller spikes in August 2004 (Ghostbusters: Legion comic, possibly), and June 2009 (Ghostbusters: The Video Game).
Looking at the search data, Ghostbusters is popular in most parts of the world. Inexplicably, comparing the 2016 and 1984 search interest reveals slightly different popularity when looking at regions:
Ghostbusters (1984) top 5 countries by search data: Mexico, Costa Rica, Spain, Italy, El Salvador
Ghostbusters (2016) top 5 countries by search data: United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Ireland, Australia
The later entries start to overlap.
Size of Fandom:
Taking a look at some of the data we have, let’s see what we can estimate for the fandom size:
That probably puts the size of the fandom (depending on your measure of fan-ness) somewhere in the ten thousands of fans.
Looking at Fanfics, there are over 2600 Ghostbusters fanfics on Archive Of Our Own
There are over 39 000 results for Ghostbusters on DeviantArt. A lot of the top results appear to be inspired by the 80’s ghostbuster movies and cartoon.
Also worth noting:
In 2017, Royal Ontario Museum paleontologists Victoria Arbour and David Evans were studying a fossil of a newly discovered ankylosaur species, and decided that its head resembled that of Zuul from Ghostbusters. Accordingly, they named the species Zuul crurivastator
— Wikipedia - Ghostbusters
Is there something like the 501st legion for Ghostbusters? Like, a federation of Ghostbusters?
(Are there ghost hunters inspired by the Ghostbusters?)
After the announcement and release of the latest Ghostbusters film, was there a notable drop off in the fandom because the Ghostbusters are women? Or was there a rise in folks who only liked the old Ghostbusters?
Is there a significant chunk of Ghostbusters fans who have not seen the movies?
Z is out. Meh?
T is in. Tried to make a proton pack…
G is out. Will see a new movie if it comes out.
Adrianna is in. Ontario Ghostbusters wouldn’t let her out.
Brily is in. He can’t imagine doing better things with better people.
As it turns out, the Ontario Ghostbusters are the top result for “Ghostbusters Charity”!
The Ontario Ghostbusters are a fan costuming group who’s purpose is to give fans an up close experience with screen accurate equipment and memorabilia as well as raise money and attention for charitable organizations.
We come loaded with authentic screen accurate gear ready to bust and entertain the young and old. We also have hands on table displays so fans can get up close with our gear and even check out a little slime. No Ghostbuster display would be complete without an 8 foot Stay Puft, 6 foot Slimer and life size Vigo portrait. You can even suit up in a Rookie jump suit (GB1, GB2 or Reboot) and feel what it is like to strap on a Proton Pack (Please note, features may vary from event to event depending on venue).
— Ontario Ghostbusters - About Us
This week’s famous last words around next week’s fandom, Olympics!
When is Canada going to fund its fencing teams?
Predictions for the Winter games: Where will Canada place?
Are there people who only pay attention to the winter Olympics?
Why do we still do the Olympics? Is it like Daylight Savings Time?
How many people actively cheer for countries other than their own?
We are everywhere! Most notably though, we like to hang out in a few places on social media:
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How did you read this far without asking this question?!
Fanthropological is an anthropological (ish) podcast where we bring the fan’s-eye view to you! Each week, we take a look at a different fandom, dig up interesting background, trivia, and history, and try to get to why it is that people are a fan. We also try to highlight good causes related to that fandom, and find interesting things that fans have created to share those to the world. Each episode is about an hour. Ish.
We are the Nickscast! Three products of late-80s / early-90s pop culture who love exploring fandom and everything geek … who also happen to have been best buddies since high school, and all happen to be named Nick. Yes, we are super creative (dare we say, the most creative).
We are Nick Green, Nick Terwoord, and Nick Zacharewicz: We started the Nickscast as a labour of love, and as a place to entertain and to discuss our love of fans and fandom, and all that is shiny and interesting in that realm. It’s what lead us to start our first podcast, our satellite podcasts, Fanthropological, and so much more.
We want to help others learn more about different fandoms, and to create empathy with other fans: We dream of a world where other fans aren’t “those Weird-o’s”, but just folks with different tastes. A world where fandom is full of discourse and analysis, and there are plenty of tools and resources to help. Fans building communities to do good in the world. Because everyone’s a fan.
Special thanks to the Ontario Ghostbusters for taking the time to chat with us!
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