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Open Doors Celebrates the Completion of 16 Archive Imports in 2017!

Open Doors is pleased to announce the completion of 16 archive import projects in 2017, a total of over 42,000 works! We hope that you will find old and new favorites in the collections listed below.

Completed: March 2017 was a Turkish-language multi-fandom fanfiction and original fiction archive founded by Glenien in 2007 with the goal of bringing together all Turkish fanfiction writers and readers, while educating and advising them on fandom culture. As a large, multi-fandom, non-English, manually imported archive, was one of our most complex import projects ever! We would like to especially highlight the contributions of Glenien and her team of import volunteers for completing the import in a matter of months, the Translation Committee’s Turkish team for taking on a lot of extra expedited work, and the Tag Wrangling Committee for organizing nearly 400 tags across about 20 fandoms.

Find works at the Turkfanfiction AO3 collection. For more information about the archive and its move to the AO3, see the Turkfanfiction announcement post. To learn about the history of the archive or share some stories of your own, check out the Turkfanfiction Fanlore page. (more…)

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This Week in Fandom, Volume 74

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start, Black Panther comes out this month! Are you excited? Let us know in the comments!

A new indie comedy that prominently features a narrative about fannish identity and fanfiction was just released in theatres. As Slate summarizes, Please Stand By tells the story of Wendy, an autistic woman who goes on a road trip in order to submit her screenplay to a Star Trek fanfiction contest. The Slate review claims that Please Stand By represents the best parts of Star Trek fandom, in contrast to the recent Black Mirror episode “USS Callister” and its portrayal of toxic fandom. (more…)

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This Week in Fandom, Volume 73

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start, have you watched the Wayward Sisters backdoor pilot on Supernatural? Share your reactions in the comments!

A new feature in Den of Geek recounts different fans’ perspectives on the Lance Is Bi theory in the Voltron fandom. Fans share their various reasons for characterizing Lance as bisexual, which are then related back to broader issues of LGBTQ+ representation in mainstream media. For example, some fans cite readings of Lance’s competitiveness or admiration for male characters like Keith or Shiro as queer, noting that “[i]t’s not hard to read into those interactions as something more if you’ve literally walked that path yourself.” (more…)