This Week in Fandom

This Week in Fandom, Volume 108

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start, in case you haven’t heard, parts of the MCU movie Avengers: Endgame have been leaked. Be careful with spoilers, people.


Speaking of spoilers, this next section has plenty for The Magicians. Also, warning for mention of suicide.

The season four finale of the SyFy show aired this past week, and it sent fans reeling. In short, main character Quentin sacrificed his life to save his friends, and he won’t be back next season. Fans are upset about the message this sends, given that Quentin was a bisexual man who suffered from clinical depression, and they’re alleging that the show is using the Bury Your Gays trope and glorifying suicide. Read More

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Transformative Works and Cultures Releases No. 29

Transformative Works and Cultures has released No. 29, titled Fans of Color, Fandoms of Color.

The essays in this issue describe, interpret, and contextualize transformative works and practices by fans of color, about characters of color, or both. Fandoms include Harry Potter, Game of Thrones (via #DemThrones), The Walking Dead, Black Panther, and How to Get Away with Murder.

Other essays discuss K-pop, slash, parody videos, Filipino fans, and martial arts. Read 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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