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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 60

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start, are you excited about whatever Taylor Swift is up to? How about a stand-alone Star Wars film focused on Obi-Wan Kenobi? Starring Ewan McGregor or not?


Orphan Black recently ended after a 5-season run, and many fans are sad to see it go. However, as with many contemporary TV series, dedicated fans may be responsible for the fact that the show ran as long as it did, due to new ways of measuring its success. The New York Time published an article exploring the “Clone Club” fandom of Orphan Black. The article quotes star Tatiana Maslany as saying “Their [the fans’] adamant vocal nature was the reason our show was anything — a success — and seen the way it was.”

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This Week in Fandom, Volume 57

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start, Steven Moffat would like everyone to know that there has been no backlash from anyone about Jodie Whittaker being cast as The Doctor. Ok, Steven. It’s not like it’s ever been a controversial issue.


The talk of the moment is the new video game dating sim Dream Daddy. In the game, the player character and the datable non-player characters are all dads, with cisgender and transgender options for both and a variety of races. Kotaku recently did an earnest interview with game creators Leighton Gray and Vernon Shaw about the achievements and criticisms of the game, which they published as two articles (link 1) (link 2).

According to Gray and Shaw, their overall approach to the game was serious with a side of humour. “Especially being a very queer game, it wouldn’t have felt right for it to be 100 percent a joke. [We] harped on this concept of sincerity a lot. When you tell a story to the internet, it’s hard to tell a serious story at face value. You have to wrap in a couple of layers of jokes and irony and cynicism for people to really accept it.”

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