Anonymous asked: Hey, sorry to bother you but could you explain to me what a meta is? I've googled it but I haven't found anything that really explains it to me in a definite manner.
The best definition I can find online is probably here: http://fanlore.org/wiki/Meta
It’s a concept I’m not sure exactly how to describe as much as it’s something I’ve grown to inherently know what it is and isn’t? Primarily, meta in fandom terms is used for discussion about the universe in ways the creators haven’t addressed - so a fan meta for this past season of Teen Wolf (when we were told we would learn Stiles’ real name, which was a lie) might discuss the possibilities of what his name could be while looking in context at what the show had presented, and what the creators had commented about - then delved into the text some more. (In the case of Teen Wolf, unfortunately, fan meta tends to be a lot better thought-out and continuity-aware than the actual show is).
Essentially, it’s the term used for when fans are commenting or interacting with a piece of work that involves more than just a review, reaction, or recap.
I’ll sometimes tag my commentary meta-ish or mini-meta when I’m going on a bit of a rant that’s less analysis of things and more bringing a lot of little points together to rag on what’s become a ridiculous level of shits-not-given by the powers-that-be, because I see it as less analytic and introspective than what I tend to deem ‘meta’, but more than just a general commentary.
I hope that helped somewhat!