This Week in Fandom

This Week in Fandom, Volume 133

Hello and welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things that are happening. Before we get started, did you see io9‘s interview with The Witcher creator Andrzej Sapkowski? It’s chock-full of entertaining content, perhaps the most relatable of which is Sapkowski’s acknowledgment that he wasn’t very involved in the development of the Netflix show because ‘I do not like working too hard or too long’. We feel you, buddy. Did you enjoy the interview? Let us know in the comments!


And now: those based in the UK, as is your friendly OTW comms blogger, may feel that they’ve heard quite enough about Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s decision to leave the royal family. On the other hand, there’s a fandom perspective on everything. That’s the tack which journalist Eleanor Peake took this week in an article for the New Statesman, which explores the ways that Meghan and Harry’s departure from the British royal family has impacted “royal-watchers” online. Peake interviews Reese, who runs a royal family podcast, explores fan communities on Tumblr and Facebook, and begins to ask some interesting questions about the relationship between celebrity fandom and what’s essentially RPF. The article also notes that responses to Meghan (both before and after the announcement of the split) are often underpinned by ‘racist’ commentary that takes a toll on black and mixed-race fans. ‘We’ve just been telling each other to take breaks and protect our mental health,’ Reese says. Read More

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This Week in Fandom, Volume 129

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things that are happening. This will be the last TWIF of 2019 – we’re back on January 7 – so we’d like to take this opportunity to wish all of our readers season’s greetings and a happy new year. What has been your fandom highlight of 2019? Let us know in the comments! (Here’s ours…)


We were also feeling the festive cheer this week at GQ.com, where Gabriella Paiella offered up ‘an oral history of the Folgers Incest Ad’. If you haven’t seen the ad (in particular, if you’re outside North America), it’s worth taking the time to learn a little more about this much-parodied piece. We like the article because it’s interested in why some media properties prove so fertile as inspiration for transformative works: not only parody and memes, but fic. Alongside her interviews with the team members involved in making the original advert, Paiella speaks directly with a number of fanfiction writers to get their perspective on what prompted them to contribute to the “Folgercest” fandom. More of this type of thinkpiece, please!

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This Week in Fandom

This Week in Fandom, Volume 128

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things that are happening! Before we start, the Wonder Woman 1984 trailer was released this week! Are you as excited about it as we are? Leave your thoughts in the comments!


Our first news story of the week concerns the upcoming Yahoo Groups closure, originally scheduled for December 14. Since Verizon announced the closure in October, the OTW has been working in support of fandom efforts to preserve as much content from the platform as possible; you might have heard the chair of our Open Doors committee on an NPR segment on December 9, or read the open letter we recently sent to Verizon asking them to extend the closing deadline.

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