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A History Of The Fictionkin Community

A group for fictionkin, fictives, people questioning such, and so on to interact.

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    Originally posted here - A History of the Fictionkin Community (Updated as often as when possible)

    There are people who identify as something or someone portrayed in (modern) fiction on an integral and personal level. The fictional source can be a novel, a television show, a game, or any other form of media. What fictionkin identify as can be human or nonhuman. (Thus not all fictionkin fit under the label of otherkin as otherkin is based on having a nonhuman identity.) Further fictionkin can identify as someone (human or otherwise) specifically portrayed in a fictional media or can identity as a fictional species without pinpointing a specific character named in the media. When such people first started appearing in the otherkin community, they were called otakukin. However nowadays the word has taken on negative coronations to many due to what “otaku” means though it is still rarely used by some for those who are anime/manga specific. Sometime during the mid 2000s the words fictionkin and mediakin also began to be used. Mediakin coming about due to some feeling uncontrolled with the use of the word “fiction” being used. At present, fictionkin is the most widely used and recognized term both in the fictionkin community and in the general otherkin community. So this article will go over some events which have occurred over the course of the fictionkin community or in relation/mention to fictionkin. In fair warning, this article will not be able to cover the history of the fictionkin community as fully as would be liked due to the lack of websites archived (due to many fictionkin websites being very small and so rarely archived by web archive sites, as well as many fictionkin websites simply being unknown to the creators of this article).

    To begin, while specific terms for people who identified as creatures or characters from modern fiction wouldn’t come about until the early 2000s (earliest time we know of is 2001), evidence for people who identified as creatures from modern fiction rather than myth existed long before that time in at least a few places that the creators of this article are aware of. Sometime in the late 1970s, three members of the Queen’s Daughters, Arwen, Elenor, and Loriel came to the conclusion they were not elves, but were rather hobbits. (Hobbits being a fictional species from J. R. R. Tolkien's series.) [1] Another example of people identifing as fictional species occurred on alt.fan.dragons during the mid 90s. On there during that time, there are several instances of people on the group who identified as Pernese dragons and at least a few instances of people identifying as dragons from the game Dungeons and Dragons throughout the mid 90s. [2] [3] [4] [5]

    The first instance of someone specifically labeling people who identified as fictional species or characters occurred sometime in 2001 on a website called, Temple of The Ota-’Kin. A webpage, hosted by the website Otherkin.net, called Temple of The Ota-’Kin dates back to 2001 based on the copyright mark and certainly before December 14th 2002 due to its record in the Wayback Machine. The creator of the page, Kinjou Ten coined the term otakukin to describe otherkin whose identities were heavily influenced by or similar to a creature from fictional media. Specific examples noted on the website was Tolkien-like elves and Pernese dragons.[6]

    On March 15th 2002, the yahoo group, Hobbit Otherkins was created. The group description stated, “For everyone with hobbit-blood in their veins or any otherkin for that matter." Words like “otaukin” do not appear suggesting them members solely identified as otherkin even though their species identity was of a fictional creature.[7]

    From Fiction was created on March 28th 2004 on Livejournal. The Livejournal community was created as a place for fictionkin to interact.# [8] The link was originally at Fic'kin: 100% Free-Range Otherkin.'s Journal but later was changed from_fiction - Profile some time later.

    Written before February 2004 (based on Wayback Machine’s archives) was an article written by Sprite Revenchatte titled “Identifying Your Otherkin Species: Ten Tips for the Terminally Tantalized.” Among the list of 10 tips the 7th one directly says “Don’t be afraid of identifying with race that exists in fiction.” Stating, “Healthy skepticism is a vital tool in sifting the spiritual wheat from the chaff when it comes to your true form, but don't dismiss possibilities from fiction just on the basis of their being ‘fictional’.” Noting how “otakukin” have a bad reputation in the otherkin community but noting how many myths are simply old stories.[9]

    On May 4th 2004 the Livejournal community called “Former Assassins” was created. The website was created mostly for those who are soulbonds, fictionkin, or fictives who were assassins or killed someone in a past life or something related to another life. The website offered a place to talk about their thoughts and feelings around “having killed.” The group as also open to multiples who’ve killed others inworld or other people who killed in their past lives.[10]

    On May 23rd 2005 the entry “Otherkin” on Wikipedia included its first reference to otakukin in its history. The mention being added was “However, those who profess more unusual beliefs are likely to meet with controversy. One example of this is the otakukin, or otakin, community, who associate with Japanese media such as anime or video games.” [11]

    On February 26th 2006 the Livejournal community was created called Identity Bonds. The group was created as a soulbonding group primarily but was also open to fictionkin and fictives.[12]

    On February 27th 2006 the Livejournal community called, “Fiction-kin and associated entities” was created under fictionals. The group was created for fictionkin stating “That means people who identify in some way with a fictional character - past life, co-location, deep empathy, introjections, or something else.” [13]

    On April 4th 2006 a website called From Fiction was created. The website was created by a fictionkin who identified as Ken Ichijouji called Mordax. The early years of website included various articles such as “What Are Otakukin,” “Are Otakukin Crazy,” “Does Otakukin Negate Creativity.” Later versions also included other articles such as “The Doppelganger Problem” as well as linking to the More Than Fiction forum later on.[14]

    A thread called “Stop dissing otakukin, I am one” was posted on DeviantArt on April 10th 2006. In the thread fictionkin who identified as Ken Ichijouji made a short rant about being irritated how otherkin thought of otakukin as crazy even though otherkin also had a “crazy” of identity. They also spoke of their personal identity and views on such. [15]

    On November 5th 2006 the Livejournal community “Finging ‘Verse” was created at findingverse. The website was a place for fictionkin, fictives, soulbonds, etc to leave information on themselves and what their source was in hopes of finding others from the same source. The tagging system of the group being organized based of medium and them title of the source.[16]

    In 2007, the book A Field Guide to Otherkin by Lupa was published. The book was completely over the topic of otherkin and Lupa drew information from a survey she had done so the book would better reflect the beliefs and feelings of at least those who responded. Within the book there is a section over mediakin. The book, otakukin is described as a subset of mediakin. Mediakin being defined as people who identify as beings from movies, books or other kinds of media, while otakukin referring specifically to someone identifying as characters or species from anime or manga. The section went on to talk about the controversy around the topic of reincarnation when it comes to fictionkin, about pop culture magick, and so on.[17]

    On August 2nd 2007, the forum More Than Fiction was created by Mordax.[18]

    Sometime before April 16th 2008 (based on earliest archive at Wayback Machine), an article called “Some thoughts on Mediakin” was written by Lupa and added to Otherkin.net. The article talked about mediakin and Lupa’s personal views on them.[19]

    Embodied Past was created on May 18th 2008 on Livejournal. The community group was created as another a place for fictionkin to gather to talk about their experiences.[20]

    All on January 1st 2010, a person going by the username Tirea Na’vi appeared on the internet saying he identified as an Na’vi. He joined the forum Otherkin.com on December 31st 2009 and created an introduction thread just hours later on January 1st 2010 titled “Hello, Na’vi Otherkin here.” On the forum, Tirea Na’vi stated having previously identified as an elf with a tail, but came to identify as an Na’vi after watching the movie Avatar by James Cameron. He was active on the forum for several weeks before being banned. [21] On Livejournal, Tirea Na’vi created a personal account and Livejournal community also on January 1st before becoming inactive after February 2010. [22] [23] He also created a Twitter account in late December 2009 before it become inactive after April 2010.[24] This appearance of one person claiming to be a Na’vi fictionkin caused swift reaction which spread among the otherkin community and even outside of it (with websites talking about including FurAffinity Forums, GaiaOnline, and others). So widespread was the discussion of this one person, Tirea Na’vi, that mention of Na’vi fictionkin has continued to crop up on occasion for years to come.

    A book titled, Handbook of Hyper-real Religions edited by Adam Possami was published in 2012. It contains an article by Danielle Kirby on the topic of otherkin from the perspective of it being sort of like a religion. One subset of the article discuses “otakukin.” In the section, Kirby describes otakukin as people who specifically identify as characters or creatures from anime and manga while mediakin is a broader term from media in general. Kirby also describes otakukin as being controversial in the otherkin community. The only source Kirby cites on otakukin is the old Temple of the Ota-’kin website.[25]

    Published in 2012 the academic article on otherkin, “We Are Spirits of Another Sort” by Joseph P. Laycock, mentions mediakin on page 78. The author draws information on mediakin from their mention in Lupa’s book, A Field Guide to Otherkin. Noting how only 2 out of the 131 interviewed for Lupa’s book were “mediakin.”[26]

    On page 58 of Gothicka: Vampire Heroes, Human Gods, and the New Supernatural, a book published in 2012, references "Na'vi'Kin" and other kin. Otherkin is defined on page as people who identify as nonhuman, while Na‘vi’Kin is defined as specifically identifying as a na’vi from the movie, Avatar. The link used is the Livejounral community created by Tirea Na’vi.[27]

    On July 30th 2013, the Livejournal community was created called “Marvel Fickin, fictives, soulbonds, etc” at of_marvel. The group was created as a community for fictionkin, fictives, soulbonds, and others who were from the Marvel universe (a collection of comic series all happening in the same fictional universe created by Marvel). The creator was Ketrino (crystal_waters).[28]

    In September 2013, the Fictionkin Underground was created. The website included a forum among other features.[29]

    On October 28th 2013, the forum More Than Fiction was wiped clean by one of the admin’s there called Sletia.[30]

    On November 7th 2013, the Facebook group Otakukin Kazoku was created. The group defined otakukin as people who “believe they are the reincarnations of anime characters to make up for the fact that in real life they are utterly worthless and/or boring.” [31]

    In late 2013, the website From Fiction was archived and some of its contents moved to fromfiction.tumblr.com by Mordax.[32]

    On January 1st 2014 the Facebook group called “Other(kin), Therians and Fictionkin” was created. The group description described fictionkin with the paragraph, "Like some other otherkin, some fictionkin also explain their existence with reincarnation, believing that fictions have been realities in other dimensions. This of course strongly implies that original fiction writers do not really deserve the credit for creating their characters, leading to some interesting discussions around copyright law and intellectual theft."[33]

    On June 11th 2014, the website, which included a forum, called Fictionkin Dot Com was created.[34]

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    [2] Barblie Walker. “hello?,” alt.fan.dragons, January 19 1995, Google Groups [accessed February 20 2015].
    [3] Drameth, a young seeker of knowledge. “More Dragon Kin,” alt.fan.dragons, January 7 1995, Google Groups [accessed February 20 2015].
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    [6] Temple of the Ota’Kin, Wayback Machine, December 14th 2002, https://web.archive.org/web/20021214224307/http://otakukin.otherkin.net/ (accessed October 11 2014).
    [7] “Hobbit Otherkins,” Yahoo Groups, https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/hobbit-otherkins/info [accessed February 5 2015]
    [8] “from_fiction’s Journal,” Livejournal, http://from-fiction.livejournal.com/profile (accessed August 2 2014).
    [9] Sprite Revenchatte, “Identifying Your Otherkin Species,” Otherkin.net, http://www.otherkin.net/articles/identifying.html (accessed October 20 2014).
    [10] formerassassins, Livejournal, http://formerassassins.livejournal.com/profile (accessed October 20 2014).
    [11] “Otherkin: Revision History, Wikipedia, May 23 2005, http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Otherkin&oldid=14104589 (accessed October 20th 2014).
    [12] “identity_bonds,” Livejournal, http://identity-bonds.livejournal.com/profile (accessed October 23 2014).
    [13] fictionals, Livejournal, http://fictionals.livejournal.com/profile (accessed October 20 2014).
    [14] From Fiction, https://web.archive.org/web/20060430073530/http://otakukin.atspace.com/ (accessed October 20 2014).
    [15] Greer-The-Raven, "Stop dissing otakukin, I am one," April 10 2006, https://web.archive.org/web/20071006045122/http://forum.deviantart.com/community/complaints/612247/? (accessed October 11 2014).
    [16] findingverse, Livejournal, http://findingverse.livejournal.com/profile (accessed October 20 2014).
    [17] Lupa. A Field Guide To Otherkin. Megalithica Books: Stanford, 2007. Page 202-206.
    [18] Mordax-sama’s Profile, More Than Fiction, http://www.otakukin.proboards.com/user/1 (accessed September 2 2014).
    [19] Lupa, “Some thoughts on Mediakin,” Otherkin.net, https://web.archive.org/web/20080416012107/http://www.otherkin.net/articles/mediakin.html (accessed July 11 2014).
    [20] “embodied_past‘s Journal,” Livejournal, http://embodied-past.livejournal.com/profile (accessed August 2 2014).
    [21] Tirea Na’vi, “Hello, Na’vi Otherkin here,” Otherkin.com Forum, https://web.archive.org/web/20100324115037/http://www.otherkin.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=1802 (accessed October 23 2014).
    [22] “We are Na’vi [Na’vi Reborn],” Livejournal, http://tothehometree.livejournal.com/profile (accessed October 23 2014).
    [23] “tirea na’vi - na’vi spirit,” Livejournal, http://tireanavi.livejournal.com/profile (accessed October 23 2014).
    [24] Shey’bu, Twitter, https://twitter.com/naviotherkin (accessed October 24 2014).
    [25] Possami, Adam, Handbook of Hyper-real Religions, Leiden: Brill Academic Publications, 2012. http://books.google.com/books?id=B0...GwQ6AEwCQ#v=onepage&q=otakukin "2000"&f=false
    [26] Laycock, Joseph P. We Are Spirits of Another Sort: Ontological Rebellion and Religious Dimensions. 2012 http://www.jstor.org/discover/10.15...36&uid=2&uid=4&uid=3739256&sid=21104043350691 (accessed November 24 201:relievedface:.
    [27] Nelson, Victoria. Gothicka: Vampire Heroes, Human Gods, and the New Supernatural. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2012. Page 58
    [28] of-marvel, Livejounral, http://of-marvel.livejournal.com/profile (accessed October 20th 2014).
    [29] Fictionkin Underground Forum, http://10501628.weebly.talkiforum.com/ (accessed Ocotber 15 2014).
    [30] “Welcome to the forums,” From Fiction, October 28 2013, http://www.otakukin.proboards.com/thread/475/welcome-forums (accessed September 2 2014).
    [31] Otakukin Kazoku, Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/groups/OTAKUkin.Gatherings/ (accessed October 20 2014).
    [32] From Fiction L A Fictionkin Blog, http://fromfiction.tumblr.com (accessed October 20 2014).
    [33] “Other(kin), Therians And Fictionkin, Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/groups/569013236508415/ (accessed October 23 2014).
    [34] Fictionkin Not Com, http://fictionkin.com/forum/ (accessed Ocotber 15 2014).
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