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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…)

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This Week in Fandom, Volume 86

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start, just a reminder for all Check, Please! fans to send us your questions for Ngozi Ukazu. You have until June 22nd to use our contact form (put “Ngozi Ukazu Guest Post” in the subject line) for your questions.

Apologies for last week’s mini-hiatus. Here’s the biggest story from then, in case you missed it.

Star Wars fans were recently in the spotlight due to actress Kelly Marie Tran deleting all of her Instagram posts after “months of harassment,” according to an article from E! Online. Fellow Star Wars actress Daisy Ridley also left Instagram in 2017 after being harassed. It’s part of what some people are calling a larger pattern of “toxic fandom,” which Wired presents in an interesting way:

The new versions come to seem like aggressive critiques of the older work and by extension an existential attack on people who love it. In their minds, critiques of monochrome casting become criticism of people who liked those prior versions—critiques of them—landing at the exact moment they lose perceived centrality in a story they thought they owned.


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Open Doors Celebrates the Completion of 11 Archive Imports in 2016!

We missed doing a round-up post last year, but we thought those archives deserved recognition as well!

Open Doors is pleased to announce the completion of eleven archive import projects in 2016, a total of over 17,000 works! We hope that you find both new and old favorites in the archives listed below.

Wolf and Hound

Completed: February 2016

Wolf and Hound was a Harry Potter fanworks archive focusing on the pairing of Sirius Black and Remus Lupin, founded circa 2003.

Find works at the Wolf and Hound AO3 collection. For more information about the archive and its move to the AO3, see the Wolf and Hound announcement post. To learn about the history of the archive or share some stories of your own, check out the Wolf and Hound Fanlore page. (more…)