OTW Guest Post

OTW Guest Post: Betsy Craig

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.

Betsy Craig is the Founder and Organizer of FannibalFest Toronto, which is launching this year and takes place from November 2-5. Today, Betsy talks about Hannibal fandom and project learning curves.

How did you first get into fandom and fanworks?

Over the years I joined social media groups dedicated to fans of favorite TV shows. Reading through posts, I found members chatting about this thing called “fan fiction”. I decided to look it up online and discovered that other people “shipped” characters in TV shows like I did. I thought I was the only one picking up heavily implied but unexplored relationships between characters in the storylines.

I checked out a couple of sites…AO3 and fanfiction.net. Fanfiction.net was not easy to use nor did it categorize and explain what each piece of fiction was about like AO3 did. So I never really went back to fanfiction.net and just started reading fan fiction of TV show characters I liked. As time went on I found I had favorite writers and began to subscribe so I’d know when they had posted a new chapter to an ongoing piece or a new story all together.


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This Week in Fandom, Volume 63

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start, have you been taking part in the celebrations for the OTW’s 10th anniversary? If not, here are some links for things you may have missed so far: Transcripts for live chats with Lev Grossman, Christina Lauren & Catherine Roach, and Seanan McGuire & Martha Wells, plus a guest post from Henry Jenkins. That’s not all we’ve been up to, though, so go poke around our news posts for more!

There’s been a victory for fair use and parody in the US recently. As The New York Times reports, the Off-Broadway production Who’s Holiday!, was recently ruled as acceptable by a federal judge. The play parodies the cheerful nature of the Dr. Seuss story How the Grinch Stole Christmas! by creating a version where “Cindy Lou Who is all grown up. She is now a hard-drinking, prescription-drug-abusing middle-aged woman who lives in a trailer park and served time in prison for killing her husband, the Grinch.” While Dr. Seuss Enterprises initially issued cease-and-desist letters, the playwright, Matthew Lombardo, fought back in court and ultimately won. Mr. Lombardo now plans to stage the play this November. (more…)

OTW 10th Anniversary Chat

Transcript of the 10th Anniversary Chat with Lev Grossman

If you missed any of our posts or events celebrating our 10th anniversary, or want to attend future events, check out our announcement post. Below is the transcript for the chat held on September 9th.

The transcript has been edited for arrivals and departures in the room, greetings from the audience, and moderator instructions.

Hello and welcome! As advertised, the Organization for Transformative Works is running a series of chats during the month of September in celebration of our 10th anniversary. Today’s chat focuses on Book & TV Fandom! A transcript will be made public later today.

I’m your moderator, Janita Burgess, and I’m a co-chair of the OTW’s Communications Committee. We have some prepared questions for our guest and then we’ll be opening the floor to audience questions.

Today’s guest is author Lev Grossman. You can check out his bio by following the links on our announcement post.

Lev, as this event is part of the OTW’s 10th anniversary celebration, we thought we’d get things started by asking you some questions about your last 10 years! First off, what do you like to look back on as your major achievement(s) since 2007?