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This Week in Fandom, Volume 90

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! This week, there’s been even more discussion of angry fans and the “toxic fandom” issue, so we’re going to take a look at three stories that explore different elements of this topic.


Gamers are upset over recent plot developments in the MMORPG World of Warcraft. (Warning for spoilers at the links in this section.) This week, it was revealed that instead of occupying the world tree Tel’drassil as planned, Horde Warchief Sylvanas burned it out of spite, leading to the deaths of hundreds of civilians. As PC Gamer explains, this “is easily the most controversial moment in World of Warcraft’s history.” Because of a statement from game director Ion Hazzikostas that the world of the game is “a world of grey, it’s never been a world of black and white,” players had expected more nuance behind this event. When that turned out not to be the case, people were angry. (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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OTW Guest Post: Jordan Henry & Arielle Waldman

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.

Arielle Waldman and Jordan Henry are a writing team based in Los Angeles, California. Originally from the Midwest, Arielle has been working in the entertainment industry in LA since 2011 in areas including production, talent management, and television development. When not writing, Arielle likes to hunt for the best tacos in LA, create gourmet popcorn, and spend time with her niece and nephew — Australian shepherds Bella and Jake. Jordan grew up in southern West Virginia, but has been living and working in LA since 2013, primarily in television production and development. In her free time, Jordan can often be found baking, watching ice hockey, and trying to convince the world that Hufflepuff is the best Hogwarts house. Today, Jordan and Arielle talk about working on the webseries Kyloki.

How did you first get into fandom and fanworks?

When the two of us became friends, one of the first things we bonded over was our shared love of various fandoms. So once we started writing together, it really made sense to dive into something fandom-based for our first big project.

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