This Week in Fandom, Volume 122

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start, here are the 2019 Emmy Award winners, courtesy of Vulture. What do you think of the results? Let us know in the comments!

There’s a new article from The Indian Express about fandom and fannish practices of fans in India. It talks about AO3’s Hugo win and how that’s “a moment of recognition” for the “oft-maligned genre.” The article tells the stories of numerous fans from around India and why they participate in fandom and produce fanworks.

When Suraahi started exploring fanfiction at the age of 13, it was to fill a void she found in fictional works. “I began writing because as a queer woman I couldn’t find any representation in literature. Just the fact that I could be gay in this space is what mainly kept me going,” she says.

“There are no binaries in fanfiction. The question of genres is something that is very fluid. Most importantly, unlike traditional publishers, fanfiction communities have nurtured and accepted everyone regardless of their caste/gender/sexuality/class,” says Suraahi.

The Geekiary published an article this week talking about hyperfixation and fannish activity. The article looks at why people hyperfixate, how hyperfixation manifests, and whether it’s a good thing or bad thing. (Spoiler alert: it can be both.) It’s an interesting look at a common fannish practice, which talks about how hyperfixation can be a type of “flow” that’s helpful for psychological conditions.

“We consume entertainment because they bring us gratification,” says Licensed Professional Counselor Mei Hua-Burns. “They may be fun or exciting, or allow us to experience complex emotions like empathy or sadness. Sometimes they make us gain insight or feel intellectually challenged. When entertainment deeply inspires thoughts or feelings, we appreciate them more and therefore consume more of it.

“Like most aspects of life, too much of a good thing can become dysfunctional,” continued LaRae LaBouff in her Psych Today piece. “Hyperfocus is a problem when the person experiencing it begins to ignore the world around them. Time passes without realizing it. Others are ignored and responsibilities fall by the wayside. At that point, and especially when it happens repeatedly, it’s no longer a positive state like flow, but becomes debilitating.”

What do you think? Do you hyperfixate? Do you enjoy it, or wish it wouldn’t happen? Let us know in the comments!

Lastly, Ash Ketchum is finally a Pokemon League champion! It took more than 20 years and 1000 episodes, but he’s finally got himself a trophy, and fans are super excited. Are you one of those fans?

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