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This Week in Fandom, Volume 74

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start, Black Panther comes out this month! Are you excited? Let us know in the comments!


A new indie comedy that prominently features a narrative about fannish identity and fanfiction was just released in theatres. As Slate summarizes, Please Stand By tells the story of Wendy, an autistic woman who goes on a road trip in order to submit her screenplay to a Star Trek fanfiction contest. The Slate review claims that Please Stand By represents the best parts of Star Trek fandom, in contrast to the recent Black Mirror episode “USS Callister” and its portrayal of toxic fandom. Read More

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This Week in Fandom, Volume 73

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start, have you watched the Wayward Sisters backdoor pilot on Supernatural? Share your reactions in the comments!


A new feature in Den of Geek recounts different fans’ perspectives on the Lance Is Bi theory in the Voltron fandom. Fans share their various reasons for characterizing Lance as bisexual, which are then related back to broader issues of LGBTQ+ representation in mainstream media. For example, some fans cite readings of Lance’s competitiveness or admiration for male characters like Keith or Shiro as queer, noting that “[i]t’s not hard to read into those interactions as something more if you’ve literally walked that path yourself.” Read More

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This Week in Fandom, Volume 72

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start, have you seen the newest trailer for the upcoming Black Panther movie? Tell us if you’re excited for it in the comments!


A text fic about the K-pop group BTS has been gaining mainstream recognition since going viral on Twitter. As ComicBook.com reports, when creator flirtaus began publishing “Outcast,” an alternate universe horror story told through screencaps of fictitious text messages exchanged between BTS members Min Yoongi and Jung Hoseok, the story and its hashtag #BTSoutcast quickly amassed a huge following and trended worldwide on Twitter for several consecutive days. Read More