Links Roundup for 19 September 2011

Here are a few action alerts that might be of interest to fans:

  • Many fans have used bookmarking sites such as del.icio.us to keep track of fan works they want to read, have viewed, or want to return to. Many more fans have also used one another’s lists to find new material. However, this functionality and fannish history may soon be lost once Delicious completes its transfer to new ownership. Fans wanting to save their bookmarks for their own use and that of others have until September 23 to authorize migration of their data to the new website or transfer it to another service.
  • Last week two authors attempting to publish a novel with a diverse representation of characters encountered a specific response from an agent suggesting that there is no market for gay characters in young adult (YA) literature. Their response was to ask that readers make their voices heard about what they want to see published. YA author Malinda Lo posted a follow-up providing statistics on how much YA literature contains queer representations and who is doing the publishing.

If you use bookmarking sites as part of your fannish habits or are part of YA literature fandoms, why not contribute your experiences to Fanlore? Contributions are welcome from all fans.

We want your suggestions! If you know of an essay, video, article, event, or link you think we should know about, comment on the most recent Links Roundup — on transformativeworks.org, LJ, or DW — or give @OTW_News a shoutout on Twitter. Links are welcome in all languages!

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Links Roundup for 16 September 2011

Here’s a roundup of stories about fannish legacies that may be of interest to fans:

  • The Atlantic looks at the Snakes on a Plane phenomenon and notices how it was a sign of things to come: “[T]he attention paid to Snakes served as a kind of coming-out for all sorts of new-millennium cultural strains: the absurd humor of the message-board masses, the way content creation had become second nature for an entire generation…the way lowly fans could now make enough noise for professional entertainers take notice.”
  • In a more personal legacy story, U.K. author I. Beacham discusses how reading Voyager femslash led to her writing career focusing on lesbian romances. ““All Hail, Fan Fiction!” Writing fan fiction is what got me started. I was—still am—a great Star Trek: Voyager fan and adored the potential romance between Captain Janeway and Seven of Nine…I will always be incredibly thankful to the fan fiction readers out there who helped me to write better and encouraged me.”

If you’re part of Star Trek Voyager fandom or a femslash reader, why not contribute your experiences to Fanlore? Additions to the site are welcome from all fans.

We want your suggestions! If you know of an essay, video, article, event, or link you think we should know about, comment on the most recent Links Roundup — on transformativeworks.org, LJ, or DW — or give @OTW_News a shoutout on Twitter. Links are welcome in all languages!

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Links Roundup for 9 September 2011

Here’s a roundup of stories about fan protests that might be of interest to fans:

  • Fans on Tumblr planned a Blackout Day to protest changes on the site on September 3. It’s not clear how effective the protest was in terms gaining the attention of Tumblr management but it may have had an impact on site traffic.
  • During Comic-Con in July, fans protested DC Comics’ decision to reboot many of their series, a change which erased or sidelined a number of female and minority characters and contributed to the reduced number of female creators at DC. DC cited fan concerns in their announcement that they would be preparing “new projects with women creators in the coming months.”
  • Numerous fan clubs for Michael Jackson have been protesting a planned charity concert in Wales to honor him, citing concerns about where the money will go, the invited performers, and the timing of the event while the trial of Jackson’s doctor continues.
  • A fan dubbed Clipper Darrell is planning to stage a sleep-in to protest the NBA lockout which will deprive him of seeing his Clippers basketball team. Although his is a solo protest, a group of Dodgers baseball fans have staged two protests regarding poor management of their team. While the effectiveness of these efforts is in doubt, the article concludes “you have to give fans credit when they are willing to stand up for what they believe in…This group of fans is doing something about it.”

If you’re part of a fandom on Tumblr or DC Comics, why not contribute your experiences to Fanlore? Contributions are welcome from all fans.

We want your suggestions! If you know of an essay, video, article, event, or link you think we should know about, comment on the most recent Links Roundup — on transformativeworks.org, LJ, or DW — or give @OTW_News a shoutout on Twitter. Links are welcome in all languages!

Submitting a link doesn’t guarantee that it will be included in a roundup post, and inclusion of a link doesn’t mean that it is endorsed by the OTW.