Links Roundup for 18 November 2011

Here’s a roundup of stories about fans in the media that might be of interest to fans:

  • Australia is launching a comedy television series about fans which “has been compared to The Big Bang Theory“, only Outland features a group of gay sci-fi fans. “Outland’s producer Laura Waters said: “[Production company] Princess Pictures is proud that closeted science fiction fans will finally have a voice and that a full family of gay Australian characters can go where they never ventured before – prime-time television.” (A trailer for the show is available at the link.)
  • An increasing amount of media attention is being paid to fan conventions as journalists take part in them. The result of more “insider” type coverage is reflected in this lengthy television segment on Steampunk fandom that provides not just a look at fan cons, but goes farther to investigate the fandom’s origins, and explain its creations and its influence on popular culture.
  • Some of the increasing news coverage of fans can be attributed to their visibility in the social media that journalists happen to pay attention to, making them more familiar with both fans and fannish practices. The multigenerational fans that were shown in the Steampunk con segment, for example, belie the “loner” label so often used in the past in stories on fans. As this essay by a second-generation U2 fan points out, fandom can be a way of life for many. “I must say that U2 are the most important band in my life. They’ve been the soundtrack of the past several years, and they’ve been there for me through all the toughest times, as well being right along for the good times. ”

If you attend fan cons or are part of the Steampunk or Harry Potter fandoms, why not contribute to Fanlore? Additions 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 3 October 2011

Here’s a roundup of stories about fans talking about fandom that might be of interest to fans:

  • The social media analytics company Banyan Branch produced a report on social media chatter regarding the upcoming fall US television season and revealed that fan activity is not equivalent to show ratings. While this is likely of no surprise to many fans (Firefly, anyone?), such data may help networks get a broader understanding of what their ratings mean for a given show in terms of how it’s actually connecting with its audience.
  • Versa Sharma blogs about her life from ages 14 to 25 growing up with Harry Potter at the Huffington Post, concluding “I work in journalism, a dream of mine for many years, because I believe, like Dumbledore, that “words are our most inexhaustible source of magic.””
  • A blog post asking about the seeming dearth of female anime fans online stirs some discussion about how a focus on only some activities or interests can obscure participation, and provides a good example of how strictly defining a “fan” can erase womens’ experience & the diversity of fannish cultures.

If you’re part of Harry Potter or anime fandoms, why not contribute your own stories and projects 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 28 September 2011

Here’s a roundup of stories about enduring fandom that might be of interest to fans:

  • Last week, US NPR radio show Fresh Air rebroadcast its interview with author Allison Pearson about her novel I Think I Love You, in which she fictionalizes her experience as a Partridge Family fan in 1970s England. She discusses both her own life and the novel, noting, “We carry our younger selves with us our whole lives, and we can measure out [our] lives somewhat by music we’ve loved or icons we’ve loved.”
  • Liz Danforth, an editor, writer, game scenario designer, and game developer discussed her turn into fan fiction, which she believes has resulted in some of her best work. “I felt the itch to write the first fiction I had even attempted in almost a decade, but I was shamefaced at the prospect of writing fanfic. I was a pro! Fanfic was for amateurs!…To my shock, I found I was still a writer after all. I had stories to tell. I had a character I adored, living in a world that I was passionate about. If there is nothing else WoW ever gave me, it gave me back a part of myself I truly believed lost. And I will be grateful forever.”
  • For those who express their fannishness without the written word, a new site, Star Wars Remix, launched this month seeking contributions from those who see their fandom in everyday objects, from thumbtacks to burgers.

If you’re part of music, gaming, or Star Wars fandom, 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.