This Week in Fandom by Olivia Riley

This Week in Fandom, Volume 93

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start, have something adorable: actor Dave Bautista reading kids’ bad jokes. You’re welcome. (Warning for autoplay video at link.)


The Mary Sue this week is an article that I had summarized in my notes as “So You’re in Rarepair Hell.” It’s a commiseration piece for those fans who find themselves with an OTP that is eclipsed by the fandom juggernaut ship. “Everything else is about that one other ship, which might be fine but the obsession everyone else has with it is setting your teeth on edge. Congratulations, you’re in the Unpopular Opinion corner.” (more…)

OTW Guest Post: Lee & Colleen

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.

Lee is the founder of Carnation Books, and her goal in life is to read as much fanfiction as humanly possible. She lives in Silicon Valley with her programmer husband, their two cats, and one very cute dog. You can find her on Twitter. Colleen is a 30-something mom of two who has been in fandom in some capacity since the age of 14. She can be found on Tumblr and Twitter.

How did you first get into fandom and fanworks?

Lee: Back in 1996, a kid in my fifth-grade class told me about this cool TV show The X-Files, where these two FBI agents investigated paranormal phenomena (he probably didn’t phrase it quite like that, though). We had just gotten the internet at home, so the first thing I did was go to Yahoo! (which was an index of websites at the time) to find websites about The X-Files. I was enthralled, and spent the next few weeks reading detailed summaries of every XF episode that had aired up through the fourth season.

After I’d memorized everything about the entire first couple of seasons, I was desperate for more Mulder and Scully, so I wondered whether anyone had written stories set in the XF universe. Once I stumbled across an XF fanfiction webring, I was hooked; I spent the whole summer of 1996 carrying around a yellow accordion folder full of Mulder/Scully Romance fanfiction that I’d printed out. We had a dot-matrix printer, which meant that I’d spend hours tearing the dotted edges off of the paper and then carefully tearing the perforated paper into individual sheets.

I wrote my first fic when I was 11. Besides my obsession with XF, I was also into New York City and the TV show Friends, so I wrote a crossover wherein Mulder and Scully went to New York City to solve a case, fell in love (of course), and met up with the cast of Friends. It’s been lost to the tides of time, which is too bad, because I would love to go back and read it, but I was too shy to post it anywhere, and cloud storage hadn’t been invented yet.

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This Week in Fandom, Volume 85

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start, a note for those concerned about European Union copyright legislation: OTW Legal will be issuing an official post about this soon, so keep an eye out to learn how this might affect your fannish activities.


This week we’re calling all Check, Please! fans to send us their questions! Why? Because creator Ngozi Ukazu will be doing a Guest Post with the OTW. As with our other guest posts, this post will be distributed throughout our OTW News sites. We’d like to know what you’d like us to ask her!

You have until June 22nd to use our contact form (put “Ngozi Ukazu Guest Post” in the subject line) for your questions. As we have limits to the number of questions we can ask her we can’t promise that everyone will get their questions used in the final post, but it will give us an idea of what you’d like to know, and we can combine similar questions to send to her.

Whether or not you have any questions for Ngozi, do check out the fandom’s page on Fanlore. Share your knowledge and help keep the fandom’s information up to date! (more…)