Elusive Lover is Moving to the AO3

Elusive Lover, a Luke Skywalker/Han Solo Star Wars fanfiction, fanart, and poetry archive, is being imported to the Archive of Our Own (AO3).

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Background explanation

From 2000-2014, the Elusive Lover archive presented stories, poetry and art featuring Han Solo and Luke Skywalker, including materials previously published in the printed zine. At the time the site went up, it was the first and only archive dedicated exclusively to Han/Luke slash. A lot of hard work, love, and creativity went into the site which, sadly, has been offline for the past four years. Importing the Elusive Lover collection to Archive Of Our Own will keep it available for new generations of fans and readers – hopefully providing delight, entertainment and inspiration.

Open Doors will be working with Cara Loup to import Elusive Lover into a separate, searchable collection on the Archive of Our Own. As part of preserving the archive in its entirety, all images currently hosted in the Elusive Lover archive will be hosted on the OTW’s servers, and embedded in their own AO3 work pages.

We will begin importing works from Elusive Lover to the AO3 after October 2018.

What does this mean for creators who had work(s) on Elusive Lover?

We will send an import notification to the email address we have for each creator. We’ll do our best to check for an existing copy of any works before importing. If we find a copy already on the AO3, we will invite it to the collection instead of importing it. All works archived on behalf of a creator will include their name in the byline or the summary of the work.

All imported works will be set to be viewable only by logged-in AO3 users. Once you claim your works, you can make them publicly-viewable if you choose. After 30 days, all unclaimed imported works will be made visible to all visitors.

Please contact Open Doors with your Elusive Lover pseud(s) and email address(es), if:

  1. You’d like us to import your works, but you need the notification sent to a different email address than you used on the original archive
  2. You already have an AO3 account and have imported your works already yourself.
  3. You’d like to import your works yourself (including if you don’t have an AO3 account yet).
  4. You would NOT like your works moved to the AO3.
  5. You are happy for us to preserve your works on the AO3, but would like us to remove your name.
  6. You have any other questions we can help you with.

Please include the name of the archive in the subject heading of your email. If you no longer have access to the email account associated with your contributions to Elusive Lover, please contact Open Doors and we’ll help you out. (If you’ve posted the works elsewhere, or have an easy way to verify that they’re yours, that’s great; if not, we will work with the Elusive Lover moderator to confirm your claims.)

Please see the Open Doors Website for instructions on

If you still have questions…

If you have further questions, visit the Open Doors FAQ, contact the Open Doors committee.

We’d also love it if fans could help us preserve the story of Elusive Lover on Fanlore. If you’re new to wiki editing, no worries! Check out the new visitor portal, or ask the Fanlore Gardeners for tips.

We’re excited to be able to help preserve Elusive Lover!

– The Open Doors team and Cara Loup

Open Doors

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