Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start, did you know that International Fanworks Day is coming soon? We’ve got lots of things planned, so mark your calendars so you don’t forget to join in the fun!
There’s a new fandom documentary in the making, this time focusing on the fandom of the TV show Wynonna Earp. The documentary, titled “#Fandom: The Power of Positivity and Kindness,” recently premiered its teaser trailer. Nerd and Beyond interviewed the creators of the documentary to find out more. When asked what inspired the project, they answered “The ‘Earpers’ are like no other fandom we have been in before. They have presented inclusivity, positivity, kindness, support, and even make a difference throughout their communities.”
The documentary is scheduled to be filmed this year. You can follow the creators on Twitter @Fandom_Doc for more information.
Elsewhere, there’s new information on just how much K-Pop group BTS is worth to the South Korean economy. According to UPI, they add roughly US$3.5 billion per year. According to the article, “BTS’s unprecedented global success has raised the profile of South Korea popular culture abroad — the so-called ‘Korean Wave.'”
This international popularity has had significant effect. “Since the band’s debut in 2013, BTS has been credited with annual exports of clothing, cosmetics and food products. Exports of BTS-related products make up 1.7 percent of the total South Korean consumer goods exports.”
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Wired has published an article about explicit political RPF fanfiction and its function as social commentary. Specifically with regard to works written about US President Donald Trump, the article states that such works are satire motivated by anxiety.
America is deeply anxious about President Trump’s relationships with dictators and homophobes, about the way he wields and cedes political power in ways that strain credulity. These stories are a release valve for pent-up anxiety, and a way to lay the problems of our troubled time bare by taking them to their (il)logical extreme.
Lastly, The Mary Sue has made the suggestion that, now that fake dating movies are a thing, coffee shop stories should be the next trend in romantic comedies. “Happy endings abound… The plot is simple, yet inviting.” Basically, we could all use some heartwarming stories full of trope-y goodness. Would that be something you’d watch?