Fans response to Ghostbusters was immediate and swift. Fans immediately latched
onto the characters and, displeased with the way the intersectional characters
were treated, immediately turned to the age-old fix-it tool of fandom:
Abby, who was given no overt
sexuality or romantic identity, was turned into an asexual lesbian. Fans
saw her admiration of Gertrude Aldridge (“We saw a real life ghost, and she was
beautiful.”) as context that she might be queer. They backed it up when
Abby appeared mystified with Erin’s attraction to Kevin. Abby, who also seemed
to not be sexually interested in anybody, was determined to be asexual.
Fanfiction immediately sprung up about Erin and Abby’s college relationship and
what it might have entailed, as well as her close relationship with Holtzmann
in canon. (1)
Erin, with her history of bullying, was fleshed out by becoming a
character with mental illness, including anxiety and depression. Fanfiction writers wrote her as to taking
medication and attending therapy to help manage these mental illnesses, turning
her into an icon for positive mental health representation. With her
interested, and flustered, reaction to much of Holtzmann’s canon flirting, the fandom
determined her to be bisexual. The relationship between Erin and Holtzmann
(named Holtzbert) quickly became the fandom’s most popular romantic pairing,
with Erin specifically mentioned as bisexual in the fanfics—a turning point in
fandom, as until recently bisexuality was not well represented in fandom. Erin
close friendship with Patty was also explored, as well as her previously
mentioned pre/post college relationship with Abby. (2)
Patty’s storyline was quickly fleshed out by fans to give her an
education to match her history degree. History, architecture, and/or
architectural history became educational paths that Patty had pursued before
Ghostbusters, or would pursue with support from the Ghostbusters after the
events of the movie. Her friendship with Holtzmann was explored as something
more romantic, and fans provided ways the movie could have involved Patty more
in the exposition. (3)
Holtzmann was given the biggest
fandom overhaul. She was immediately accepted by the fans as gay and proud—a
suave lady killer with impeccable bed sport manner. The fandom fights back
and forth about whether or not her background is a tragic kid of the system or
a girl who grew up with loving family that supported her idiosyncrasies. This
dichotomy comes out of the fandoms desire to break out of the tragic lesbian
stereotypes that so often haunt Sapphic characters. Many fans also immediately embraced her as nuero-atypical,
taking her canon eccentricities andturning them into headcanons
that place her somewhere on the autism spectrum and as some flavor of mentally
ill. (4) (5)
One of the most interesting things that came out of Ghostbusters: Answer the Call was the fandom deciding to involve
all of Ghostbusters in a polyamorous relationship. This
ship, called #Polybusters by the fans, is a fandom rarity. Generally fans fight
over romantic monogamous pairings of characters in so called “ship wars.” One
of most famous incidents of this sort of ship war is the Katara/Aang versus
Zuko/Katara ship war of the Avatar: The
Last Airbender fandom, and the Bella/Edward vs Bella/Jacob ship war of the
Twilight Fandom. (6)
Instead of devolving this way (at
least, at first), fans of Ghostbusters decided that a healthy, consensual polyamorous
relationship between the four women would be a better solution than ship wars
or love triangles. This interpretation of Ghostbusters provides great representation
to those in the fandom who identify as polyamorous and is a welcome change from
usual fandom behavior of arguing over which monogamous ship is superior.
This is not to say the Ghostbusters fandom does not have its
own ship war—the ship of Holtzmann and Erin (Holtzbert) is constantly under
fire for being racist and fat shaming, as the fandom immediately paired the two
thin white women together over all other options (this was before the infamous “we’re
dating” deleted scene became public knowledge). Despite the existence of
this ship war, it is encouraging to see a fandom thinking about
intersectionality when it comes to their romantic pairings, as it means the
fandom is particular about their media in a way that feminist humor would
So there you got Abby and Erin, the core relationship of the movie with Erin literally jumping on the other side for Abby. But you also have Holtz and Abby who’ve known each other for a while and worked together all these years and Abby was Holtz’s family as stated in her final speech. BUT you also got Patty and Holtz, always being the dynamic and fun duo, the Baby™ petnames and having each other’s backs. BUT ALSO you got the heavy gay subtext on literally every scenes with Holtz and Erin, The Wink
™, The Dance™, The Bickering™, The Swiss Army Knife™
and so on..
SO what I mean to say here is: every ships in Ghostbusters (2016) are wonderful and whatever pairing you’re shipping, it is good and pure so please enjoy
Hello all Ghostbusters 2016 fans! This July 15, 2017 will mark the 1 year anniversary of the movie being released to theaters, and you know what that means!
~*~ IT’S TIME FOR AN APPRECIATION WEEK ~*~
Here’s the deets: When: July 8-15 (Saturday - Saturday) Where: right here *points to blog* and also in the tag “Ghostbusters Appreciation Week” What: Lots of exciting events! Including daily themes, blog shout-outs, and organized rewatches. If we’re all extra good, perhaps the fic fairies will even bring us some new goodies to read :D How: With your help of course! We’re welcoming all 2016 Ghostbusters fans, regardless of ship or character preferences to come create, to gush, and to host some rewatches in their local time zone! Posts tagged with Ghostbusters Appreciation Week will get reblogged here for everyone to see. You can follow the daily themes or merely ramble your feelings away in a big ol’ text post. Do whatever you want! Our fave movie is turning a year old and we need to celebrate! Daily themes are listed below so you can start prepping now.
1 Year Celebration Themes:
Day 1 – Favorite Scene
Day 2 –
Your Primary/Most Active Ship(s)
Day 3 – Favorite Reference to 1984 Ghostbusters
Day 4 – Favorite Weapon
Day 5 – Favorite Music Selection
Day 6 – Favorite Ghost
Day 7 – Your Secondary/Less Active Ship(s)
Day 8 – Creator’s Choice/Party Day
Again, the official tag for this week isGhostbusters Appreciation Week. All event and mod announcements will also use the tag GB Mod. Further tagging rules and other information can be found in the links below. We will post reminders as we get closer to the event, and post clarifications as needed.
If you have any questions, just send an ask or use the Tumblr messenger. If you run a character or ship appreciation blog and would like to be an affiliate, let us know and we’ll add you. If you are a role-playing blog, hold off for now. In June, we will post more information on the blog shout-outs, and we’ll start gathering role-playing and personal urls then.
TL;DR: we’re hosting a Halloween contest with Actual Physical Prizes! You can enter fanart, fanfiction, costume and cosplay, edits, videos, photos of your GB figures, and you can even win by promoting the new Answer the Call comic and sharing your favourite contest entries!
Promotion of Ghostbusters: Answer the Call Comic/Nomination of Contest Entries
A faux animation cel art commission by Eevachu, featuring you or any character in the style of Real Ghostbusters (example pending)
Ghostbusters 101 Issues #1-#6 cover variant A (the connecting covers)
Ghostbusters 101 trade paperback
Awoobusters merch (stickers, postcards, magnets and buttons)
Ghostbusters: Answer the Call Issue #1
Holtzmann logo stickers and buttons
An item from TDotBabs’s RedBubble store
Submit a creative entry into one of four categories celebrating
Ghostbusters: Answer the Call comic release with a Halloween theme. Entries are welcome to include other
Ghostbusters franchise characters, but the focus must be on the 2016 movie /
Answer The Call characters.
Submissions will be automatically disqualified for the following:
Submission that express hateful / harmful opinions towards
any Ghostbusters property, especially the 2016 movie. You’re allowed
to not like something, but I want none of the negativity that happened around
the 2016 movie happening around here. If this movie just isn’t for you, you
have plenty of the other movies, so get over it.
Submission is from someone who has expressed hateful/harmful
opinions towards any Ghostbusters property (including ships and
specific characters) in the past, so I’ll be checking. You don’t get to come
into my house after being a toilet boy.
There is a fifth category where you can promote the new
Ghostbusters: Answer the Call comic, promote this contest and/or nominate your
favourite submissions by reblogging, retweeting or sharing a link on any social
Sharing the image of the cover(s) and including the Previews World code
AUG170423 for issue #1, SEP170501 for issue #2 and OCT170470 for issue #3, that can be used to order the
comic at someone’s local comic store, etc. Please tag Corin Howell (artist) and
Kelly Thompson (writer) on their social media, if possible, when you’re
promoting the comic. Corin is @rinpin on tumblr and @Rin237 on twitter, Kelly
is @1979semifinalist on tumblr and @79SemiFinalist on twitter.
Tag @Eevachu if you can, so I can share promotional entries.
Please DO NOT repost contest entry images without asking the creator’s
permission FIRST, nomination by reblogging or retweeting is preferred!
You may nominate multiple favourite submissions.
One reblog / one retweet / one share on a social media platform
of each contest submission only. Likes and faves don’t count! You may make as
many promotional posts about the comic as you’d like.
Yes, reblogging this post about the contest counts as a promotional entry into the contest (if you fill out the form!)
Submissions with higher nominations are not guaranteed to win,
but popularity may be a factor in the case of judges’ crippling indecision.
You may submit as many entries as you’d like in as many
categories as you’d like.
If you are submitting into the fanart, fanfiction,
cosplay/costume or other category, we encourage you to focus on QUALITY over
quantity, more entries in these categories is not going to make it more likely
that you win. If you’re submitting in the promotion / nomination, we encourage
a bit more quantity, but please keep the quality of your posts in mind, as
quantity won’t guarantee you win you this category.
All entries must be new for this contest and must not have been
This contest is designed to encourage participation, the goal is
to have fun and encourage fandom unity!
Fill out the entry form at the end of the contest with links to
all your individual submission and or promotional/nomination posts in order to
qualify for a prize. Please fill out the form only once, as you’ll be able to
edit your entry form whenever you’d like if you need to add additional links.
Prizes for each category will be awarded based on the quality
and quantity of entries in each category. First place will win the first choice
of prizes, second place will choose from the remaining prize pool, and so on. Some larger prizes may not be given if there are not enough entries.
One of the more ridiculous things I’ve seen is that Holtzbert and it’s shippers is/are rooted in racism and fatphobia. Like, no? For me personally going into the movie, I saw the spark between Holtz and Erin. Was it the focus of the movie? Nope. Not at all. But I saw it and I dunno. One day I found some cute Holtzbert fanart and I thought about how cute they’d be together. So that’s how I became a Holtzbert shipper.
Fatphobia? Nope. Nothing wrong with Erin or Patty or Holtz being shipped with Abby, certainly not for her weight. There’s way more important things to talk about in the movie, and they never once make any sort of crack or reference or mention of her weight.
Racism? Nope. That’s probably the most offensive belief, that not shipping Holtz or whoever with Patty means we’re being racist.
You know, as much shit as the movie got, to the point that we lost money and 90% likely won’t get a sequel, you’d think the fandom of the movie and the shippers would be friendlier to each other. And especially not hurl insults like assuming other shippers are racist because they don’t ship a character with Patty.
As for fan fic cliches and inaccuracies, yeah, I see those a lot. I personally try to write around them. I write Holtz as plenty self conscious and socially awkward a lot of the time. I write Patty as the cool-headed walking fortune cookie of wisdom. I write Abby as the understanding, smart and honest team mom. And I write Erin as slowly coming out of her shell, and that even Holtz’s love can’t fix it overnight. Fan fic cliches are something to avoid for sure.
I dunno. Yeesh. As much hate as the movie got, I’d figure the fandom would be more inclusive than this. And once again, shipping Holtzbert doesn’t automatically make you fatphobic or racist. That kind of thinking is what hurt the movie’s performance. There’s nothing wrong with shipping whoever. It’s not even a matter of agreeing with the ship. I don’t ship Polybusters, but i don’t think something is wrong with it.
It doesn’t matter which ship is the most popular either. It just happened to be Holtzbert and could easily have been one of the other ships. Geez.
I also love the “Holtzb*rt” spelling thing going around, that’s trying to equate it to a slur or whatever. Wow. You call Holtzbert shippers racist and prejudiced but you’re trying to make up a slur? Yikes. Grow up, people. Ship who you want to ship, stop ragging people who ship something different. The amount of hate is really terrible and heartbreaking to see considering how much irrational hate the movie as a whole got.
I have no problems with any of the ships from the movie. I just happen to have chosen Holtzbert as my ship. Not a big deal.