betsyfh (betsyfh) wrote in narnia_movies,

Preserving history: Chronicles of Narnia on Geocities

If you haven't heard, Geocities is closing on October 26, 2009. Geocities has played an important role in the history of the Chronicles of Narnia fandom. On Fan History Wiki, we want to help chronicle the history of this fandom on Geocities before it is lost forever. We'd love to have you involved.

One way that we're trying to preserve the history of the Chronicles of Narnia fandom on Geocities is by creating articles about Chronicles of Narnia stories on Geocities. So far, we have information about 4 stories. These articles use Template:StoryGeocities. If you want to create a new article about a story, you can copy and paste the template into an article with the title and author. If there are a lot of stories you'd like to add to Fan History, you can create an excel file with columns for title, author, fandom, url, archive name. This can than be e-mailed to and we will add it to Fan History for you. The stories can be written by you or by others.

In preserving stories, we are not copying the text of those stories. We're just creating articles about them to get a feel for what fandoms were big on Geocities, when stories were written, and so that long term, trends in the fandom can be assessed. (When did slash become popular in the fandom? What were the major AU themes? Did and when did the fandom embrace PWPs?) We're also looking to see how fandom responded to certain stories. Because some people have issues with their stories being linked to or discussed in places where they can't control, if you find an article about story you wrote, we'll delete it upon request.

Fan History is also trying to preserve the history of fansites and fan fiction archives located on Geocities. Like story pages, you just need to copy and paste a template (fansites, fan fiction archives) to the blank article and fill it out. If there are a lot of sites, just put them into an excel file and send it to and we'll get it on the wiki. Fansite and fan fiction information is important to preserve. We'd love to see more of the history of these sites documented, especially given how important the webhost was to parts of the fandom.

If you don't feel comfortable creating new articles, we'd still appreciate if you could contribute by editing the Chronicles of Narnia article to include more information about the role of Geocities in the fandom.

Thank you for your help!
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