This Week in Fandom by Olivia Riley

This Week in Fandom, Volume 104

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start, Oscar results! What do you think? Who was robbed? Who did you cheer for? Let us know in the comments!


Many fans of the tv show The Magicians are excited this week. Warning for spoilers in this section! Vulture recently published an article about the progress of Quentin and Eliot’s relationship. Following up from last season’s episode in which they grew old together, the fifth episode of season four included a scene where both characters admit to wanting to be together. Read More

International Fanworks Day celebration, featuring fandom-themed emoji and representations of fanworks around the globe

What Fanworks Mean to Me 2019

International Fanworks Day is coming up on February 15. To mark the occasion, the OTW called for submissions on “What Fanworks Mean to Me.” We are thrilled with the responses we have received, and we would like to thank everyone who submitted! Below are some of the responses we received.

For those of you who missed our challenge, we’d like to start a conversation on how fanworks are part of your life. For example:

  • What devices do you usually use to access fanworks? And when do you enjoy them?
  • How do you save fanworks to find again? Do you recommend them to others?
  • What are your favourite tropes to browse? What are your favourite fandoms to browse?
  • Do you prefer one type of fanwork (art, fic, vid etc)? What makes this your favourite?

Leave your comments here or drop in at our social media to tell us more! Read More

OTW Guest Post

OTW Guest Post: Judith Fathallah

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.

Judith Fathallah is presently a postdoctoral researcher at Solent University. Her first book was Fanfiction and the Author and she is currently working on a second book, provisionally titled The Genre Fandom Shaped: Emo, New Media and Genre. Today, Judith talks about her article in Transformative Works and Cultures.

How did you first find out about fandom and fanworks?

In 2002 I was fourteen. My family had recently gotten dial-up internet at home. I was allowed about an hour a day online which I mostly used for AOL messenger and MySpace. Through MySpace I discovered some of the bands which are still my favourites to this day, and started to find community around them with likeminded teens – even including a couple who went to my school!

I was quite an unhappy teenager and found MySpace a huge help in meaningful socialization. But I probably discovered Fanfiction.net from Googling things to do with Lord of the Rings, which I was then obsessed with. It absolutely blew my mind, because like a lot of us, I’d been writing fanfiction since I was six or seven, without realizing it had a name or that anyone apart from me did it. (Except for when I managed to persuade my older brother to produce for me more stories featuring Sonic the Hedgehog. Which he never finished, incidentally.) Read More