This Week in Fandom

This Week in Fandom, Volume 148

Hello and welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things that are happening. Before we get started, did you know that this week marks one year since the Game of Thrones season finale? Yes, it has been an extremely long year. In any case, fans marked the occasion on Twitter with exactly the enthusiasm that those of us who do remember those dusty days of 2019 might expect.

Disconcerting times for many of us this week as the New York Times published an article about the Omegaverse (or ‘wolf-kink erotica’, as the headline writer has it). The (paywalled) piece, which includes interviews with OTW staffers Rebecca Tushnet and Kristina Busse, addresses the topic in the context of a lawsuit brought by one romance novelist, Zoey Ellis, against another, Addison Cain. Cain issued DMCA takedown notices against Ellis’s work, costing her (Ellis says) money and readership, on the basis of plot similarities which will be very familiar to anybody who’s dipped a toe (or indeed, a whole joyful limb) into the waters of A/B/O:

In both books, Alpha men are overpowered by the scent of Omega heroines and take them hostage. In both books, the women try and fail to suppress their pheromones and give in to the urge to mate. In both books, the couples sniff, purr and growl; nest in den-like enclosures; neck-bite to leave “claim” marks; and experience something called “knotting,” involving a peculiar feature of the wolf phallus.

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This Week in Fandom

This Week in Fandom, Volume 145

Hello and welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things that are happening! Before we get started, did you watch the Parks and Recreation quarantine special this week? Were you glad to have the opportunity to catch up with Pawnee’s finest, or did the unusual filming conditions make it hard for you to connect? Let us know in the comments!

Okay! This week there was some big news for those of us who were around in fandom in the mid-2000s: yep, that’s right, Stephenie Meyer will be publishing Midnight Sun in August this year. The novel, which was announced via a mysterious countdown on Meyer’s website, will tell the story of Twilight from Edward Cullen’s point of view. The book has a chequered history already: twelve chapters were leaked online back in 2008, prompting Meyer to abandon the project (and post the leaked chapters on her site); in 2015, EL James’ decision to publish Grey (that is, Fifty Shades of Grey retold from Christian’s perspective) prompted a further delay. But in a video broadcast on Good Morning America this week, Meyer confirmed the 2020 publication date and told fans that it ‘didn’t seem right to make [them] wait any longer’. It’s worth noting that this will be Meyer’s second transformative republication (maybe we could call it a remix?) of her own work: Life and Death, a gender-swapped retelling of Twilight, appeared in 2015. Read More

This Week in Fandom

This Week in Fandom, Volume 143

Hello and welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things that are happening! As we start to get into the rhythm of life at home, we’ve managed to pull together a fairly tasty update for you with some highlights from around the web. First up, did you see John Krasinski’s Some Good News this week, and the surprise he organised for 9-year-old Hamilton fan Aubrey? As Krasinski says, ‘If you can’t get to Hamilton, bring Hamilton to you.’ Have you seen any other good celeb home broadcasts this week? Feel free to share them in the comments!

On this week, Ryan Britt talks to Star Trek: Picard showrunner Michael Chabon (warning: the article contains some spoilers) about his decision to make himself approachable to fans, regularly taking questions via Instagram in a move which effectively cuts out the media middleman. As Britt identifies, Chabon isn’t the only creator taking a similar tack: Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, of The Witcher, and Rafe Judkins of the new Wheel of Time TV series also take conspicuous pleasure in engaging directly with the fandoms for their respective shows. ‘I did it to connect to the people who love it. That was the motivation’, Chabon says. We’re definitely always happy to see people make time and space for fans, although we’re not totally sure this is quite the ‘brave new trend’ that Britt suggests. Joss Whedon was notorious for haunting Buffy fan spaces back in the day! Read More