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This Week in Fandom, Volume 25

Welcome back to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s (mostly) weekly roundup of fannish news and trends! This week, IGN‘s Lucy O’Brien wrote about Overwatch‘s ‘seemingly effortless’ diversity and thriving fandom this week, calling Overwatch fanfiction ‘hugely seductive, full of suppressed yearning and racing heartbeats, the sort of guilty pleasures you’d find at an airport bookstore. But they’re clever, too, reimagining timelines, pasts, alternate universes, current events.’ The also article discusses the unfortunate lack of canonical romantic relationships between women in popular media. ‘”A lot of people who write femslash (two women romantically involved together) especially, never expect it to become canon”, says fanfiction writer SniperCT. “ It’s something that doesn’t happen. So nobody expects it. So say you know, Pharah hooked up with a guy, it would be disappointing but not unsurprising, because that’s what always happens”.’ What is your Overwatch ship? Let us know in the comments!


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Guest Post: Versaphile

From time to time, the OTW will be hosting guest posts on our OTW News accounts. These guests will be providing an outside perspective on the OTW or aspects of fandom where our projects may have a presence. The posts express each author’s personal views and do not necessarily reflect the views of the OTW or constitute OTW policy. We welcome suggestions from fans for future guest posts, which can be left as a comment here or by contacting us directly.

Versaphile is “officially an old timer, having been in online fandom since 1995: over the years I’ve been in X-Files, Due South, Stargate SG-1, Lord of the Rings, BTVS/ATS, Hornblower, Life on Mars, Doctor Who, and BBC Merlin fandoms. I used to do a lot of fannish infrastructure projects like recs and archives, as well as vids and manips, but now I’m happy writing ridiculously long and angsty Merlin epics.” Today, Versaphile talks about the experience of working with the OTW’s Open Doors project as the owner of archives they’re working to import into the AO3.

How did you first get into fandom and fanworks?

I inherited my parents’ Star Trek fannishness, but my own first proper fandom was X-Files. I came online in 1994/1995 and discovered Usenet and and more importantly, a.t.x.creative. I got into fanfic and never looked back.