It’s clear we’re now in a different moment, albeit one that incorporates elements of the previous movements.
Wikipedia says we are currently in a “fourth wave,” linked to the revival of open feminist activism around 2012.
The recappers and their communities identified fiercely with the characters and their bad choices, and “shipped” characters they longed to see in romantic relationships.
From the perspective of academic literary criticism this point of view is a basic category error: as Linda Holmes recalls in Herman’s article, “It’s easy to think ‘they’re getting angry at a fictional character.’” Fiction is not life, and fictional characters are not real people: this is the basic epistemological bracket within which all literary criticism takes place (though this point gets fudged all the time when we talk about the important historical context of works of art).
From there it can go anywhere from some light dildo and toy insertion to hardcore and extreme ass fisting.