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, Volume 140

Hello and welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things that are happening! It’s been a strange week for many of us but some things remain reassuringly constant: as Jessica Mason observed in The Mary Sue, Supernatural has a gif for this. Season 5 episode ‘The End’, which aired in 2009, featured a postapocalyptic world in which prophet Chuck Shurley advised Dean to ‘Hoard toilet paper… like it’s made of gold’. Time for a rewatch?


We might be stuck rewatching old episodes of our favourite shows for a little while; like many other movie and television productions across the world, production came to a halt this week on the current (and final) season of Supernatural with just two episodes left to film. Producer Jim Michaels tweeted a reassuring message to fans:

As well as production delays, the Covid-19 situation has seen the postponement of numerous festivals, conventions, and movie releases. As well as the new James Bond film, No Time To Die, which has been delayed until November, Disney is holding off on the live-action Mulan, and X-Men movie The New Mutants, which has already seen a series of delays, had its April release date cancelled.

On the other hand, some studios have opted to hurry forward the release of some titles to streaming: Birds of Prey, the Harley Quinn movie that’s still showing in some theatres, will be digitally available from March 24. And new forms of entertainment have been springing up into the void that the others have left! Twitter is hosting Covideo Parties, art clubs and bedtime stories for bored children (or just those who like to be read to sleep). Culture adapts pretty quickly, it seems! Read More

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This Week In Fandom, Volume 139

Hello and welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things that are happening. Are you on TikTok? You might have noticed the new fanfiction trope-inspired trend going around, the Soulmate AU! People are experimenting in this beloved Alternate Universe by creating stories around Soulmate-Identifying Marks (words) on their wrists, or seeing the same colour as your soulmate— check out the #soulmateau tag on TikTok to see them. If you had a soulmate-identifying mark or a soulmate colour, what would it be? Feel free to get creative in the comments! Read More