2016 continues to be a year full of high-profile celebrity deaths. With the recent passing of Anton Yelchin, best know for his role as Chekov in the Star Trek reboot movies, fans have been paying tribute to the young actor.
In February 2009, not long after the OTW website went live, the first “Links Roundup” post went out, pointing out discussions of fannish activities. This irregular series changed to several posts a week in August 2011 and took on the title OTW Fannews in 2012 as more and more of these stories started to appear.
- At Tor.com, Liz Bourke discussed how fanworks taught her about herself. “I didn’t really understand that I wasn’t asexual, until I started reading fanfic in earnest, in the last couple of years. That I did—that I could, that I was allowed—to feel attraction and desire. That those feelings mightn’t look the way that the society I’d grown up in held as a normal default, but that didn’t mean they didn’t exist. That I didn’t have to be afraid of being attracted to all kinds of people, include other women…And as long as mainstream narratives still uphold a default sort of protagonist, and a default sort of experience, fanfiction is going to stay important.”