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This Week in Fandom, Volume 98

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start, did you hear that the Doctor Who Christmas Special is becoming a New Year’s Special this year? What do you think? (I suspect my brother is unhappy, but maybe this means he’ll actually be mentally present while we’re opening gifts this year.)


This past week saw the release of the trailer for the upcoming film After, which is based on a novel adapted from a reader-insert One Direction fanfic. Reaction to the trailer has been mixed. While BuzzFeed News reports that fans are mostly excited, they also mention that some fans are cautioning about elements of the film that could be triggering for people sensitive to depictions of abusive relationships. Read More

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This Week in Fandom, Volume 80

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start, a quick PSA: Recently, a lot of fans have been concerned about US legislation known as SESTA/FOSTA and the effect it might have on fanworks. The OTW Legal committee is currently working on a news post to explain the legislation and what it means for fans and for the Archive of Our Own. This post should be available later this week on AO3 News and the OTW’s main website.


Some sad news this week about the passing of Isao Takahata, co-founder of Studio Ghibli. Comicbook has published an article stating that Takahata died at the age of 82: “Plagued with a heart condition, Takahata’s health began to wane last summer, and he passed away with his loved ones by his side not long ago.” The article also includes several tributes to Takahata from Twitter users. Read More

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This Week in Fandom, Volume 73

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start, have you watched the Wayward Sisters backdoor pilot on Supernatural? Share your reactions in the comments!


A new feature in Den of Geek recounts different fans’ perspectives on the Lance Is Bi theory in the Voltron fandom. Fans share their various reasons for characterizing Lance as bisexual, which are then related back to broader issues of LGBTQ+ representation in mainstream media. For example, some fans cite readings of Lance’s competitiveness or admiration for male characters like Keith or Shiro as queer, noting that “[i]t’s not hard to read into those interactions as something more if you’ve literally walked that path yourself.” Read More