As we celebrate the past ten years of the Organization for Transformative Works (OTW), let’s also take a moment to look towards the future. Thanks to your donations, there’s a bright path ahead of us! Your continued support funds all our projects, from the Archive of Our Own (AO3) to the Fanlore wiki, from Transformative Works and Cultures (TWC) to our Legal Advocacy team. Here’s a taste of what you can expect from some of these projects soon: (more…)
From time to time, the OTW will be hosting guest posts on our OTW News accounts. These guests will be providing an outside perspective on the OTW or aspects of fandom where our projects may have a presence. The posts express each author’s personal views and do not necessarily reflect the views of the OTW or constitute OTW policy. We welcome suggestions from fans for future guest posts, which can be left as a comment here or by contacting us directly.
Betsy Craig is the Founder and Organizer of FannibalFest Toronto, which is launching this year and takes place from November 2-5. Today, Betsy talks about Hannibal fandom and project learning curves.
How did you first get into fandom and fanworks?
Over the years I joined social media groups dedicated to fans of favorite TV shows. Reading through posts, I found members chatting about this thing called “fan fiction”. I decided to look it up online and discovered that other people “shipped” characters in TV shows like I did. I thought I was the only one picking up heavily implied but unexplored relationships between characters in the storylines.
I checked out a couple of sites…AO3 and fanfiction.net. Fanfiction.net was not easy to use nor did it categorize and explain what each piece of fiction was about like AO3 did. So I never really went back to fanfiction.net and just started reading fan fiction of TV show characters I liked. As time went on I found I had favorite writers and began to subscribe so I’d know when they had posted a new chapter to an ongoing piece or a new story all together.
If you missed any of our posts or events celebrating our 10th anniversary, check out our announcement post. Below is the transcript for the chat held on September 30th which concludes our series of guest talks. We would like to thank all of our guests for their time and support which has made these events possible.
The transcript has been edited for arrivals and departures in the room, greetings from the audience, moderator instructions, and side conversations.
Kirsten: Hello and welcome! As advertised, the Organization for Transformative Works is running a series of chats during the month of September in celebration of our 10th anniversary. Today’s chat focuses on the Young Adult genre.
I’m your moderator, Kirsten Korona, and I’m a staffer with the OTW’s Communications committee. We have some prepared questions for guests and then we’ll be opening the floor to audience questions.
Today our guests are author Tessa Gratton and Young Adult Services librarian and YALSA board member, Kate McNair. You can check out their bios by following the links on our announcement post.