OTW Fannews: Fandom Awakens & Stretches

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  • New York magazine took the opportunity to point out what the release of a new Star Wars film really means and included some early numbers from AO3. “[I]f you have even passing knowledge of the internet you won’t be surprised to hear that hundreds of authors and illustrators in the fan-fiction community are already hard at work asking tough questions, like, ‘Yo, what if these two (or three) characters kissed?’ But in a Star Wars universe with at least four major new roles, the key question is: Who are we most excited to read about boning?”

  • Birth Movies Death was stuck on the idea that we’re in a remix culture where official and unofficial fanworks all co-exist. “The most interesting fanfic is the kind where the fan takes a property they love and says ‘I don’t see myself in here, so I’m putting myself in it.’ I don’t mean that in general Mary Sue terms, but social progress terms – making characters queer, introducing characters of color, bringing in characters of other backgrounds…when Lucasfilm finally hires a filmmaker who isn’t just a white guy who grew up on Star Wars is when we’ll truly be entering a truly new phase of the saga.”
  • The Mary Sue considered the relative importance of fanon vs. canon. “This all seems to be part of a larger conversation that I’ve seen happening lately, across fandoms in genre fiction everywhere: how much should canon matter? How much should creators’ opinions matter? Can our own passion for what we believe the canon should be overpower what the ‘truth’ of the source material is? And does the ‘truth’ really matter, at that point? Can fandom bring about Death of the Author so effectively that we make our own ‘truth’? Even referring to the canon as ‘truth’ here makes me squirm, because it suggests that fan-fiction and fan-art and fan interpretations are somehow false and therefore wrong … which they may be, according to the source material, but they feel true and so valid and so life-affirming to fans.”
  • Meanwhile Upvoted discussed the continuity of fandom across generations. “An immigrant from Vietnam, Greenleaf’s electrician dad developed a love for science-fiction in America watching TV shows like Star Trek and Johnny Quest. Then he saw Star Wars in the theaters when it came out in 1977. ‘Definitely seeing Star Wars was a big thing for him, but I think he kept it to himself'” Now, however, it’s all in the open. “‘Once he saw me bringing a lot of costumes home and making them, he got interested…He’d ask me, ‘Can I try it on? Can I wear it?’ I’ve taken him to a lot of character events and introduced him to a lot of people, and he’s really gotten into it.’”

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