OTW Fannews: Paying Tribute

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  • Canada’s National Post reported on the 141st birthday of Lucy Maud Montgomery by citing not only the various incarnations and tributes to Anne of Green Gables but also its fanfiction. “Anne fans are pretty prolific in the fan fiction department, filling up the corners of the Internet with stories devoted to Anne’s experiences with postpartum depression or Anne and Gilbert’s romance (some are not as…chaste as the originals).”
  • Tech Times reported on a Hannibal anthology of fanworks. “So, why focus on fan fiction surrounding Hannibal? ‘It was a combination of both my interest in starting a fandom press in general and my love and admiration for the show,’ Fleck said. ‘After doing Brooklyn last year, I knew I wanted to eventually attempt another fanbook, but I had planned on waiting at least another year before doing it due to the time commitment. Watching Season 3 of Hannibal unfold changed that plan — the finale was the nail in the coffin, I knew Hannibal was something really special and I wanted to do a Hannibal book.'”
  • WhoSay wrote about the short film “Fan Friction” produced for RocketJump: The Show. “The opportunity to have a story about two female characters and their friendship was really important, particularly because in geek and nerd culture there’s a lot of hostility towards women historically. So it was an important and deliberate choice to make it two female characters. The goal with the short was to make it a love letter to female fans of nerdy stuff. Ideally that will make them feel included into a world where they are often excluded from.”
  • Deadline wrote about a planned documentary focusing on Phantom of the Paradise fandom. “Phantom of Winnipeg will tell the story of that fan community and how it’s still going strong today. Like a concentrated and highly idiosyncratic Rocky Horror Picture Show, the film found in Winnipeg a devoted audience of, weirdly, 9 to 13-year-olds, who bought hundreds of tickets. Phantom actually outsold Jaws in its initial release, and local sales of the soundtrack helped the album go gold in Canada. The film also spawned ‘Phantompalooza,’ a local festival held biannually since 2004.”

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