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!

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.

Links Roundup for 12 September 2011

Here’s a roundup of stories about transformative works that might be of interest to fans:

  • The Telegraph reviews a new interpretive dance piece based on the life of Osamu Tezuka “revered in his homeland as “the god of manga”.” The review uncovers the fannishness at the heart of the project: “To render one art form through another is not easy…“As an adult, we sometimes try to undo our childhood. We are discouraged from saying what we really care about – things like cartoon books – but now I want to uncover it instead.”
  • Two other examples of how fans “render one art form through another” appear in Fandom in Stitches which pulls together quilt making patterns for a variety of fandoms, and the Post-It War taking place among office workers in France which “draws heavily on the nerd canon.”
  • Such creativity with fandom texts gets overlooked by videomaker CGP Grey who posted “Forever Less One Day” critiquing U.S. copyright law by using Star Wars and other texts as examples of how far copyright has been extended compared to its original intent. While informative, the video makes no mention of transformative works which fall under fair use even though his video is an example of commentary. (The video post also includes a transcript.)

If you’re part of manga fandoms or are involved in fan crafts, 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.

Links Roundup for 5 September 2011

Here’s a roundup of stories about fandoms around the world that we thought were of interest:

  • In a post about the ancient history of fan fiction the Arthurian cycle is discussed as an example of how fanfic develops and how fanon can become canon over time.
  • In an interview on Bookslut author Claudio Benzecry discusses his exploration of the world of opera fandom in Argentina. The discussion centers on how he distinguishes fans from people who simply support opera, and the things he learned about enjoying life from fandom.
  • Lastly, Pop Matters published an essay by Dutch researcher Suzanne Enzerink about Gone With the Wind fandom which explores some of the differences in fan engagement that were described in 2009 by fan obsession_inc as transformational versus affirmational fandom.

There are currently no pages on Fanlore for opera or Gone With the Wind. If you’re part of those fandoms we could use your contributions!

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.