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This Week in Fandom, Volume 125

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we get started, did you see Paul Rudd’s Halloween costume? Feel free to post your thoughts on this or any other stand-out celebrity costumes in the comments!


First up, David Benioff and Daniel Weiss, the co-creators and showrunners of Game of Thrones, have been causing controversy this week. During an appearance at the Austin Film Festival, they recounted the history of the HBO show’s development and made a series of admissions which have had many fans and fellow writers up in arms. A Twitter thread by @ForArya, in attendance at the session, described the pair making statements about their experience (“we didn’t really have any”), the problems with their initial pilot (“everything we could make a mistake in, we did”), and their decision to remove many of the books’ fantasy elements (“we didn’t just want to appeal to that type of fan”). Read More

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This Week in Fandom, Volume 124

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start, are you participating in Inktober this year? Or are you more focused on getting ready for NaNoWriMo? Maybe both? Let us know in the comments!


One of the big stories this week is the upcoming near-closure of Yahoo Groups. According to an article from The Daily Dot, “After [October 28], users won’t be able to upload any new content. Then on Dec. 14, virtually everything stored on Yahoo Groups (files, photos, links, polls, conversations, etc.) will be erased, although you’ll still be able to join and email groups—all of which will now be private. Basically you have two months to trawl through your old Yahoo Groups posts and save the important stuff.”

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This Week in Fandom, Volume 123

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! A few pieces of good news for you this week: but first, did you see that Good Omens star Michael Sheen and his partner had a baby this week? In an extremely fan-friendly move, they’ve called their daughter Lyra; which is only appropriate given that the new His Dark Materials series has been filming in Wales, where she was born. Do you know anybody named after a literary character? Have you called children (or pets!) after your best-beloved heroes? Let us know in the comments!


And now, on to the news. A few weeks ago we talked about the fact that Tom Holland’s Spider-Man was apparently out of the MCU, as Disney had failed to come to an agreement with Sony (who own the rights to the character). Well, all is not lost! This week, both parties announced that they’d figured out a solution and that Spidey will definitely be getting another MCU movie of his own, scheduled to debut on 16 July, 2021. In an article for CNBC, Sarah Whitten argues that ‘we have the fans to thank’ for this change of heart, quoting a number of industry experts to support her claim.

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