This Week in Fandom, Volume 106

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start, some breaking news: the EU’s Copyright Directive, which includes Article 13, has passed in the European Parliament. While this won’t affect AO3, it does have significant consequences. We’ll have more on this next week.

The big news of the week is the announcement that the 15th season of Supernatural will be its last. The stars of the show announced the news with a video on Twitter:

There have been various articles published about this news, including reactions from others involved in the show and a wishlist for the final season. But its the fans who had the biggest reactions. Nerds and Beyond published a roundup of fan reactions to the ending of the show. There are too many wonderful words to choose some to quote, so go take a look at all of them.

What do you think? Are you sad about the news? Relieved? Overwhelmed? Let us know in the comments!

In other news, author JK Rowling is facing the ire of the internet for a recent statement. She recently commented in a Blu-ray extra for the second Fantastic Beasts movie that Dumbledore and Grindelwald had “a love relationship” that included “a sexual dimension.” People are upset by the fact that this was mentioned after the fact, rather than being depicted in the movie itself. As an article from NBC points out, this is just the latest metatextual addition Rowling has made to Dumbledoire’s character.

When Rowling first “outed” Dumbledore in 2007, it was mostly seen as a win for diversity, but as the years have passed more and more people have started wondering if she isn’t simply trying to get credit for diverse characters she didn’t really create. As the “Fantastic Beasts” series continues to unfold, those accusations feel increasingly accurate. Has Rowling committed the classic writer crime of telling and not showing?

Lastly, the Raynor Memorial Libraries at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, is collecting oral histories of Tolkien fandom. According to an article from Journal Sentinel, they’re aiming to collect 6,000 3-minute recordings of people talking about their experiences as fans of Tolkien’s work. If you’re interested in contributing your story, check out the library’s website.

We want your suggestions! If you have a story you think we should include, please contact us! Suggestions are welcome in all languages. Submitting a story doesn’t guarantee that it will be included in a TWIF post, and inclusion of a story doesn’t mean that it is endorsed by the OTW.

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  1. Guest commented:

    An no, not Supernatural!!!???
    What the heck J.K.? How much more you gonna reveal and screw up the work you created? The Cursed Child is already considered awful story wise, and not canon at all by most in the fandom (though the effects of the musical are nice, doesn’t cover had storytelling and ignoring facts you established). Your tidbits on how witches and wizards went to the bathroom before bathrooms was… Unnecessary to say the least. May have been interesting to a few but… And the timeline break in the recent movie with Minerva… Consistency, and consideration would be helpful.

    P.S. Regarding the new copyright laws, will you guys be giving an unbiased fair view for both sides of the coin, or just the one side you seem focused on? I was going through the comments on the article you linked, and one comment struck out at me and made me smile. The guy who commented this: “My wife is a creator of copyrighted material, and I can tell you that her and her cohorts are very happy that the Europeans are coming down on the side of the artists.

    I’m not sure what you’re angry & scared about, but there are lots of places to enjoy copyrighted material. You might have to pay, for a movie, or to stream a show, or buy a book, but hey, the artists deserve to get paid. They made this stuff.” This person’s wife, and cohorts, got a win they seems to be very happy with, and hearing how happy they are makes me happy in a way. At the same time though, crummy thinking how some fans are with pirating a work for free or pay (to which I admit to enjoying a pirated work once instead of paying, but the action makes me feel so much more guilty now), reproducing copyrighted content in most fics like song lyrics for example, or commissions on copyrighted work, there’s more but.. I think you get what types of stuff I’m talking about. I’m thinking of the good these laws create for copyright holders, for artists who work their butts off to give us these works, and who aren’t fairly treated by tech companies all the time, that a lot of ppl seem to take for granted. Most of these arguments I see seem to be trying to create a scare by over exaggerating, or just whining about how it affects them with no one pointing out the good it creates. No one seems to talk about the good, at all it seems. It just looks like tech companies and self entitled fans are trying to scare monger anyone onto their side. Which can be confusing, thankfully I have some level headed friends (one who made me freak out before explaining it to me) and a few of those comments on that article to help me see the good, and not fear the incoming. I know you guys might be biased, and may hate this with a passion, but could you consider talking about the good this creates too, and not just the bad? No offense intented, you don’t have to ofc, just a thought after reading and over thinking. Sorry ?