Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start, how’s March Madness going for everyone? Fun times? Bitter defeat? Lots of game day snacks?
There’s been a lot written about race, ethnicity, and culture in fandom lately. YA fantasy author Alwyn Hamilton wrote a personal essay for BizzFeed about how growing up bicultural created a social disconnect that was eventually remedied by books and fandom. Her experience of discovering fandom and opening up through a love of media is one shared by myself and at least a dozen people I know, and the way it helped ease the cultural divide shows the positive impact fandom can have.
I internalised books in a way you only do when you’re first finding things on your own, and you sense that this book was written just for you, and you can’t help but feel that revealing anything about it might potentially be revealing something vulnerable and personal. […] [But Harry Potter] was a universal phenomenon, a cultural touchstone I shared with friends and classmates. […] And if [another girl] wasn’t afraid to admit her love of the Wizarding World, I supposed I could put myself out there too and own it. […] Telling you about a book or movie I love still feels like baring a piece of my soul. The difference is, I’m now good at baring that part of myself.