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This Week in Fandom, Volume 62

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start, kudos to the stars and fans of CW shows, especially Supernatural, for raising over US$300,000 for victims of hurricane Harvey. Great work!


The biggest fandom event of the week–possibly of the year–is one many people never thought would happen. The author of the infamous Harry Potter fanfic My Immortal has been revealed. A couple weeks ago, there was a scandal involving a book called Handbook for Mortals appearing on the New York Times bestseller list. Some fans found the book to be so poorly written that they compared it to My Immortal, and things just kind of escalated from there.

There’s a very thorough account of what happened in a pair of articles by BuzzFeed: Article 1, and Article 2.

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This Week in Fandom, Volume 61

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start, have you seen the Sesame Street version of Despacito, “El Patito” (Rubber Duckie)?


The New Yorker magazine published an article on fanfiction this week titled The Promise and Potential of Fan Fiction. A significant portion of the article is based on OTW staffer Francesca Coppa’s book The Fanfiction Reader, and it is also well researched in other elements of its discussion. It’s a thoughtful and positive portrayal of fanfiction in a much more popular mainstream publication than those that normally discuss fanworks.

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