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This Week in Fandom, Volume 71

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start, did you watch the 2017 Doctor Who Christmas special during TWIF’s holiday hiatus? Let us know what you thought of it in the comments!

Marvel recently announced Create Your Own, an upcoming website where fans will be able to create their own comic strips that feature Marvel characters. However, there’s a catch (or ten): as The Verge hilariously recounts, not only will Marvel own the rights to all comics produced on the Create Your Own platform and forbid creators from sharing their comics anywhere but on the website itself, but “[a]ccording to the lengthy terms, you can write stories about whatever you want, except for just about any dramatic situation you could possibly imagine.” Read More

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This Week in Fandom, Volume 70

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! (I’m Stephanie, taking over as the primary writer for TWIF, and I’m stoked to be here.) Before we start: Star Wars: The Last Jedi, again, had a domestic opening weekend gross that was the second-biggest ever recorded. If you’ve seen it, let us know what you thought of the movie in the comments!

An entertainment group called Botnik Studios has compiled a hilarious Harry Potter fanfiction based on text generated by artificial intelligence. “Harry Potter and the Portrait of What Looked Like a Large Pile of Ash” comprises about three pages of fiction that contributors wrote using predictive keyboards trained with text from all seven Harry Potter books. The fanfic mirrors Rowling’s writing impressively well in its style and vocabulary, if not in its spectacularly bizarre content: Read More

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OTW Guest Post: TyphoidMeri

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.

TyphoidMeri, an expat American, lives in Derbyshire, England with her very patient husband, teenage son, a bored house cat, and an overly nosy sausage dog. You can see her art and doll creations on her Instagram. Today, Meri talks about her fandom history and the fanworks she creates.

How did you first get into fandom and fanworks?

The very first bit of fanfiction I wrote was when I was ten or so, of course I didn’t know that was what I was doing when I sat down to write an alternative ending to a series of books I’d just finished reading. The book was pretty formulaic stuff, a kid being transported to another world and becoming more than what she was on earth, but in the end she returned home after her series of adventures was complete. I hated it. I was angry with canon, as so many of us grow to be, so I wrote a story to make things better. I wrote fixit fic before I knew what that was, or what fandom was.

It wasn’t until high school that I found some nerdy friends who were into some of the same shows as me, namely Star Trek: the Next Generation, Highlander the Series, and The X-Files. But it wasn’t until I went to university, with its free access to the internet, that I fully dipped my toes into the waters of fandom and fanworks. I found some lifelong friends and my future husband.

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