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This Week in Fandom, Volume 98

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start, did you hear that the Doctor Who Christmas Special is becoming a New Year’s Special this year? What do you think? (I suspect my brother is unhappy, but maybe this means he’ll actually be mentally present while we’re opening gifts this year.)


This past week saw the release of the trailer for the upcoming film After, which is based on a novel adapted from a reader-insert One Direction fanfic. Reaction to the trailer has been mixed. While BuzzFeed News reports that fans are mostly excited, they also mention that some fans are cautioning about elements of the film that could be triggering for people sensitive to depictions of abusive relationships. (more…)

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This Week in Fandom, Volume 96

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start, did you see some of the awesome Halloween cosplay people did this year? Did you have an awesome cosplay for the occasion? Link us photos in the comments!


The big story this week is the movie Bohemian Rhapsody, the biopic about musician Freddie Mercury and the band Queen. The movie has had mixed reception, with a strong divide between the opinions of critics and audiences. Indeed, the Rotten Tomatoes score for it currently has a 60% rating from critics and 94% from audiences. The divide appears to be based around whether the movie is assessed for its portrayal of Mercury’s life or for its entertainment value. (more…)

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This Week in Fandom, Volume 95

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! We’re back after a little hiatus for things like budgets and fundraising–and thanks again to everybody who donated during our October Membership Drive! Before we start, did you know that it’s now possible to pre-order fandom-themed Chia Pets and Clappers? I may have just completed most of my holiday gift shopping.


Over the past couple weeks, everything has been Venom. Venom, Eddie, and Symbrock. If you’ve even glanced at Tumblr recently, you’ve probably seen fan art. A lot of fan art. So, is this just standard Marvel Cinematic Universe hype, or is there more? (more…)