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Calling Filkers
There is a discussion taking place on Fanlore, the fan run wiki about media  fandom. Please weigh in there (accounts are free) or here.

Ex: Was Weird Al Yankovic a filker? 2) What about the recent  parodies by "The Hillywood Show"? 3. Or the Youtube video Vulcan Face, an audio and visual?

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carbonel From: carbonel Date: September 14th, 2016 02:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Not quite sure how to post there, but here are some of my thoughts. Feel free to repost. (For what it's worth, my experience with filk is primarily in the SF/fantasy convention world rather than (for this particular subject) in media fandom.)

1. Filk isn't all parody. It isn't even all "to the tune of." It may have started that way once upon a time, but these days there's a lot of SF/fantasy-themed original music. And then there's Bob Kanefsky, who made of career of parodying filk music -- does that make it second-order filk?

2. The discussion of whether Weird Al is a filker is very similar to any discussion of whether TV shows with canonically gay pairings count as slash. There's no one right answer. Me, I'd be happy to co-opt his "The Saga Begins" as filk, while leaving a lot of his other parodies outside the box.

3. The Wikipedia entry for "filk music" (referenced in the 2008 Fanlore comment) as of 9/13/16 appears to be accurate and reasonably nuanced.
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