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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OTW Guest Post: Laura Beveridge & K-K Bracken

From time to time, the OTW will be hosting guest posts on our OTW News accounts. These guests will be providing an outside perspective on the OTW or aspects of fandom where our projects may have a presence. The posts express each author’s personal views and do not necessarily reflect the views of the OTW or constitute OTW policy. We welcome suggestions from fans for future guest posts, which can be left as a comment here or by contacting us directly.

Laura Beveridge is a writer for the Geekiary, and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in science communication. You can read her multi-fandom fanfiction under the AO3 handle CompletelyDifferent. K-K Bracken is an editor and contributor for The Geekiary and the C.O.O. of Saga Event Planning, an event planning company specializing in single-fandom conventions. Together with Laura, she is writing a YA novel that is inspired in many ways by their mutual love of all things fanworks.

How did you each first get into fandom and fanworks?

LAURA: For me, fandom started with Harry Potter. It was my parents’ bid to try getting me interested in reading and overcome my dyslexia. It paid off, big time. I’m not sure if he actually remembers, but my first interaction with fanfic came from my Dad. He wrote a daughter-insert fic where Ginny Weasley sought my help in saving the kidnapped Harry. Eight-year-old me was over the moon.

I feel like I personally started exploring online collections of fanworks at around age twelve or thirteen.

K-K: HP for me as well! I wrote essays for Mugglenet and organized fake Hogwarts classes for my friends. I was always an avid reader but the interaction and expansion that come with fandom was delightful to get into. I remember being on a mailing list of over 1000 and swapping fic and theories with fans from all over the world. Read More

This Week in Fandom Volume 12

This Week in Fandom Volume 12

If Devin Faraci’s proclamation that ‘fandom is broken’ had you seething last week, you aren’t alone.

In an article for Vox, Constance Grady discusses a number of anti-fanfic essays and blog posts and reminds us that bashing women’s interests is nothing new.

What is scary about transformative fandom is that it’s a place where young women love their media without reservation, and where they can make stories for themselves. That’s why as a culture we’ve decided that transformative fandom is weird and gross and morally wrong, and that’s why all the articles in the world explaining that transformative fandom is a totally legitimate way to interact with a text aren’t really making a dent in the never-ending stream of repulsed investigations of fandom. Because fandom is the province of young women and, culturally, we find young women terrifying.

Grady also corrected the persistent myth that fanfiction is ‘meant to replace and correct the work that inspired it,’ sharing her own experience as a fan of the show Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
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