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This Week in Fandom, Volume 90

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! This week, there’s been even more discussion of angry fans and the “toxic fandom” issue, so we’re going to take a look at three stories that explore different elements of this topic.


Gamers are upset over recent plot developments in the MMORPG World of Warcraft. (Warning for spoilers at the links in this section.) This week, it was revealed that instead of occupying the world tree Tel’drassil as planned, Horde Warchief Sylvanas burned it out of spite, leading to the deaths of hundreds of civilians. As PC Gamer explains, this “is easily the most controversial moment in World of Warcraft’s history.” Because of a statement from game director Ion Hazzikostas that the world of the game is “a world of grey, it’s never been a world of black and white,” players had expected more nuance behind this event. When that turned out not to be the case, people were angry. (more…)

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This Week in Fandom, Volume 89

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start, did you hear that FictionAlley, the Harry Potter fanworks site, is moving to AO3? This was apparently big enough news that The Daily Dot published an article about it. You can check out the official announcement post for more information.


The Mary Sue recently published a delightful article about coffee shop AU fanfiction. The author, Samantha Puc, is actually a coffee shop employee as well as a writer, and the article talks about both why she (still) enjoys coffee shop AUs: (more…)

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This Week in Fandom, Volume 88

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start, the Star Wars “toxic fandom” discusion is still ongoing, and according to ScreenRant, James Gunn, director of Guardians of the Galaxy, thinks that toxic Star Wars fans should go to therapy. So we’re gonna leave that topic alone for a while and see how things go.


Instead, let’s talk about Tumblr. Kotaku published an article recently that was titled In 2018, Tumblr is a Joyless Black Hole. The article traces the history of Tumblr, saying that it was initially a welcome alternative to the limitations and social hierarchy of Livejournal. (more…)