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This Week in Fandom, Volume 72

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start, have you seen the newest trailer for the upcoming Black Panther movie? Tell us if you’re excited for it in the comments!


A text fic about the K-pop group BTS has been gaining mainstream recognition since going viral on Twitter. As ComicBook.com reports, when creator flirtaus began publishing “Outcast,” an alternate universe horror story told through screencaps of fictitious text messages exchanged between BTS members Min Yoongi and Jung Hoseok, the story and its hashtag #BTSoutcast quickly amassed a huge following and trended worldwide on Twitter for several consecutive days. (more…)

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This Week in Fandom, Volume 71

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start, did you watch the 2017 Doctor Who Christmas special during TWIF’s holiday hiatus? Let us know what you thought of it in the comments!


Marvel recently announced Create Your Own, an upcoming website where fans will be able to create their own comic strips that feature Marvel characters. However, there’s a catch (or ten): as The Verge hilariously recounts, not only will Marvel own the rights to all comics produced on the Create Your Own platform and forbid creators from sharing their comics anywhere but on the website itself, but “[a]ccording to the lengthy terms, you can write stories about whatever you want, except for just about any dramatic situation you could possibly imagine.” (more…)

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This Week in Fandom, Volume 70

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! (I’m Stephanie, taking over as the primary writer for TWIF, and I’m stoked to be here.) Before we start: Star Wars: The Last Jedi, again, had a domestic opening weekend gross that was the second-biggest ever recorded. If you’ve seen it, let us know what you thought of the movie in the comments!


An entertainment group called Botnik Studios has compiled a hilarious Harry Potter fanfiction based on text generated by artificial intelligence. “Harry Potter and the Portrait of What Looked Like a Large Pile of Ash” comprises about three pages of fiction that contributors wrote using predictive keyboards trained with text from all seven Harry Potter books. The fanfic mirrors Rowling’s writing impressively well in its style and vocabulary, if not in its spectacularly bizarre content: (more…)