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This Week in Fandom, Volume 63

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start, have you been taking part in the celebrations for the OTW’s 10th anniversary? If not, here are some links for things you may have missed so far: Transcripts for live chats with Lev Grossman, Christina Lauren & Catherine Roach, and Seanan McGuire & Martha Wells, plus a guest post from Henry Jenkins. That’s not all we’ve been up to, though, so go poke around our news posts for more!


There’s been a victory for fair use and parody in the US recently. As The New York Times reports, the Off-Broadway production Who’s Holiday!, was recently ruled as acceptable by a federal judge. The play parodies the cheerful nature of the Dr. Seuss story How the Grinch Stole Christmas! by creating a version where “Cindy Lou Who is all grown up. She is now a hard-drinking, prescription-drug-abusing middle-aged woman who lives in a trailer park and served time in prison for killing her husband, the Grinch.” While Dr. Seuss Enterprises initially issued cease-and-desist letters, the playwright, Matthew Lombardo, fought back in court and ultimately won. Mr. Lombardo now plans to stage the play this November.


According the The Denver Post, Noah Kaufman, a physician who has also been a competitor on American Ninja Warrior recently partnered with other ANW veterans and opened an obstacle course gym inspired by the television show to encourage children to live healthy lives.

“At the recently opened Wolf Den Ninja Training Facility in Loveland [Colorado, USA], Kaufman and the other co-founders are on a mission to battle [trends of childhood obesity and related diseases]… People can take part in challenges similar to those found on the show, such as swinging on ropes, jumping across pedestals and scrambling up a smaller version of the show’s popular ‘warped wall’ — experiences that can be a lot more fun than running around an indoor track.”

Would you enjoy an ANW-themed workout? Would it make you more likely to be active? Let us know in the comments!


In other news, BuzzFeed is holding a themed celebration (?) called This is Stan, “a collection of stories about the ever-changing culture of standom – the good, the bad, and the ugly — that explore what it means to be a super fan right now.” While there are many articles written for the collection, a standout is an essay on queer pop music stans.

The essay, which starts with Leave Britney Alone, veers all the way back to Frank Sinatra, and then fast forwards to today, is an in-depth discussion of what marginalized people gain and enjoy from their fandom.

“This presentation of pop fans as feminized hysterics is part of a long-standing media fascination with the “excess” of fandom that can be traced back to the teen bobby-soxers associated with Frank Sinatra in the early 1940s. But just as those white teenage girls were using fan performances for their own ends — and gaining something of value from the community they formed in the process — so are modern stans. Stan wars aren’t just irrational fan fights; rather, they are shade-throwing contests and spaces for queer of color performance and reading; they are often spirited debates over the racial and sexual politics of pop fandom. Ultimately, standom represents new critical perspectives in the ongoing theater of enthusiasm that is pop music.”

Does this essay resonate with your own experiences? Or do you know a different kind of standom? Why not write about your experiences on Fanlore?


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.