• OTW Fannews: It's Tough Being a Fan

    By Janita Burgess on dimanche, 26 April 2015 - 5:11pm
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    • Esquire said a few words about the influence of Twin Peaks on current fandom. "Of course, binge-viewing with a second screen handy for reviewing fan-generated metatextual analysis is pretty much how people watch puzzle shows like Lost, Game of Thrones, True Detective, and Orphan Black these days. What they show you is fascinating, but the creators know that it's what they cunningly refuse to show you that turns normal viewers into lunatics who'll spend hours reading differing theories about Jon Snow's parentage. They understand that as with Twin Peaks, some of the most pleasurable parts about following the series involve what happens off the screen and in the mind of the viewer."
    • An article in Do Savannah revealed how different those minds could be, however. Asked about their Bob Dylan fandom, various fans in the Georgia city disagreed as to what they found most difficult about it. Responses ranged from other fans, people who didn't like Dylan, to the performer's own behavior. However one summed up with a poignant observation. "No one really wants their heroes to die. You hope they never will. Forever linked familiar strangers on parallel railroad tracks. It’s hard watching him get older, because he’s always been with me spiritually. But then, I guess he always will be."
    • Various articles about the latest fights over the Hugo Award nominations would agree with the 'other fans' complaint. As stated by Rob Salkowitz at ICv2: "Of course, the backlash movement can’t legitimately embrace its actual objectives: the maintenance of in-group power and privilege. Instead it justifies itself according to broader principles such as the defense of traditional standards, ethics and "objective" considerations of quality divorced from the grubby political goals of opponents. Unfortunately for the high-minded ideological ring-leaders, plenty of the rank and file followers don’t get that particular memo and see the whole uprising as an opportunity to give voice to every manner of pent-up grievance, resentment and personal hang-up that they can lay at the feet of "social justice warriors" or whoever is the enemy du jour."
    • Meanwhile Wired explored the reimagining of problematic canon content in The Radicalization of Jar Jar Binks. "Granted, it’s a little jarring to insert a contemporary political allegory into the most reviled science-fiction prequel ever committed to film. In fact, Lucas came under fire for engaging in political criticism of George W. Bush...rather than tightening up the story. But Doescher has a Ph.D in ethics, and wrote his thesis on racial justice issues. And Shakespeare’s history plays—the best genre corollary for what’s going on in Phantom Of Menace—often feel intensely prescient. From that vantage point, it’s a bold but calculated risk to choose Jar Jar as the vessel for such an ideologically charged message."

    What are the difficult parts of fandom for you? Write about those issues in Fanlore! Contributions are welcome from all fans.

    We want your suggestions! If you know of an essay, video, article, podcast, or link you think we should know about, comment on the most recent OTW Fannews post. Links are welcome in all languages! Submitting a link doesn't guarantee that it will be included in a Fannews post, and inclusion of a link doesn't mean that it is endorsed by the OTW.

  • It's Time for April Showers!

    By Pip Janssen on mardi, 31 March 2015 - 4:17pm
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    Banner by Sidhrat of the AO3 and Fanlore logos on wooden signs in a field that's being rained on.

    In the month of April we hope you'll help us spruce up AO3 and Fanlore by posting forgotten works and dusting off neglected wiki entries.

    We are proud to be able to offer an archive for fanworks at Archive of Our Own and we invite you to take the time to post both new works and old works that are languishing in ancient blogs or buried in your harddrive. Add them to AO3 so other fans can enjoy them! You can even backdate them to show their original creation date, and use our pseud system to preserve old fandom aliases.

    If you're posting works, use the tag April Showers 2015 so that everyone can find them.

    Or, if there's a fanwork already on the archive that you think more people should see, bookmark it and add it to our April Showers Recs collection.

    We also recognise that fandom history is far more than just fanworks - Fanlore records decades of fannish activity, from the days before the internet all the way to current events shaping fandom. If you have old zines, or fond memories of a long-ago convention, write about them on Fanlore. If there's new drama in your fandom, or a new trend in fanart, write about those too! Fanlore is open to everyone, and we encourage everyone to edit it and add their own experiences. Fannish history is our history.

    If you'd like to edit pages, but you aren't sure how, don't panic! There will be an editing party in the Fanlore chatroom on Saturday, April 4th at 16:00 UTC (when is that in my timezone?). Come and ask questions, familiarise yourself with Fanlore, or just chat with other editors.

    There will be a second chat towards the end of the month - keep an eye on the Fanlore community on Dreamwidth for the exact date and time.

    To help get you started, we're highlighting a different fandom every day via our twitter accounts; ao3org and fanlore_news. Follow us for a daily dose of fandom!

  • OTW Fannews: Fannish Legacies

    By Janita Burgess on jeudi, 26 March 2015 - 4:50pm
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    • The Conversation featured a discussion of Leonard Nimoy's impact on fandom. "[I]t’s no surprise that for many fans, the loss of Leonard Nimoy felt like the loss of a family member. Nimoy was happy to be known as the 'geek grandpa,' and embraced his key role in history and development of fandom. Those early fans – who, so many years ago, fell in love with Kirk and Spock – proved that their passion could make a difference, that fan communities could be a force for good. They took a page out of Star Trek and refused to apologize for being different. Just like Mr. Spock."
    • A less positive overview at The Guardian did not see it as a good thing that Trekker culture now rules the world. "The subculture around Star Trek has been famously productive for a long time. There are fan-produced shows, lexicons of Klingon, detailed technical diagrams of the show’s fictional technologies, voluminous Wikipedia entries, and terabytes of fan fiction. Conventions have been running for 40 years; fan-musicians write 'filk music' based on themes and events in the show. This productivity made Trekker a centrepiece of an intellectual effort, starting in the 1990s, to redeem fan culture, one which fed directly into contemporary orthodoxies about the nature of social media and digital culture."
    • One fan was influenced by other fandoms, but found in them equally important life lessons. "I grew up quite poor, and lived in shoddy (to put it politely) conditions until I was nine years old. I split my time between my father and stepmother, and my biological mother and stepfather. This was the way it was for four years. I used to get really jealous over the other students around me, and would cry when I saw happy families joking and laughing together...When I was in first grade, I discovered Batman. This made all the difference in my outlook on things. It didn’t matter that I stuttered, had crooked teeth, or came from a broken home. What mattered the most was what I did with the opportunities presented to me. I sought to excel academically, as well as help others do the same."
    • Fan site The One Ring is looking at its future as the Tolkien films end. "It’s important to remember that while the movies brought many of us to the writing of JRR Tolkien, and we are glad they did, millions of fans supported and loved Tolkien’s writing and the lifestyles and ethics described in them, for decades before the films came around. It was the pre-existing love of Tolkien that brought the founders and early staff together in the first place, before the first movie was released back in 2001. This popular support of Tolkien will continue to exist going forward, we believe for decades to come."

    What fannish legacies do you want to see preserved? Write about them in Fanlore! Contributions are welcome from all fans.

    We want your suggestions! If you know of an essay, video, article, podcast, or link you think we should know about, comment on the most recent OTW Fannews post. Links are welcome in all languages! Submitting a link doesn't guarantee that it will be included in a Fannews post, and inclusion of a link doesn't mean that it is endorsed by the OTW.

  • OTW Fannews: Fandom Texts

    By Pip Janssen on dimanche, 8 March 2015 - 4:48pm
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    • At The Conversation, Hannah McCann discussed studying fans of popular culture. "Researchers in the field of romance studies have argued that criticism of the genre often involves patronising female readers. Similar levels of critical concern are rarely turned on texts marketed to male audiences, or those seen as part of high culture. Studying romance fans themselves has been a way to recover the agency of female readers, in part by seeing female fans as active meaning-makers."
    • Media scholar Henry Jenkins and Patrick Galbraith held a conversation on Jenkins' blog In Defense of Moe. "These are people who actively seek alternatives to expectations of men, which is to say assigned sex/gender roles, in relationships with fictional characters. This can take the form of 'marriage' to a fictional character, belonging to a community of shared interest around a character, and so on. Manga, anime and games do not necessarily get us out of hegemonic sex/gender roles, as we have seen from Gamer Gate, but some certainly see that potential. Again, there is Honda Tōru, who argues for a 'moe masculinity' that embraces both the masculine and feminine sides of one’s self, which can be nurtured and accessed in interactions with fictional characters outside of the expectations of society."
    • wrote about a class on Dr. Who. "More than 200 people (about half SU students, half non-students) enrolled in the live class on the SU campus. About 3,000 people registered for the online class, meaning they can follow the lectures at home, watch the screenings and participate in the class discussions via Twitter and Google+. Rotolo said about 900-1,000 of those online students participate actively."
    • At Edge, Mary Sheehan argued for the significance of One Direction fandom for queer culture. "When both partners are the same gender, both partners have equal power. Young people seeking portrayals of open, equal relationships in media can identify with Larry Stylinson and these kinds of LGBTQIA ships. '[Larry Shippers’] actions are laden with the complexities of our current social climate. They formed a community and collective identity to solve their fears alongside those for the world around them.'"

    What are some of your favorite articles or studies about fandom? Write about them in Fanlore! Contributions are welcome from all fans.

    We want your suggestions! If you know of an essay, video, article, podcast, or link you think we should know about, comment on the most recent OTW Fannews post. Links are welcome in all languages! Submitting a link doesn't guarantee that it will be included in a Fannews post, and inclusion of a link doesn't mean that it is endorsed by the OTW.

  • Table for Three is Coming to the AO3

    By Kiri Van Santen on vendredi, 27 February 2015 - 5:11pm
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    Banner of two men and a woman in an embrace with the title 'Table for Three a Triofic Archive'

    The Archive of Our Own (AO3) welcomes Table for Three, a Harry Potter archive dedicated to the Harry/Ron/Hermione ship!

    In this post:

    Background explanation

    Table for Three was founded as the definitive archive dedicated to the Harry Potter Trio Ship, featuring stories in which Harry, Hermione and Ron are involved with each other romantically. (This may be best summed up by a note on the homepage: If you're looking for the three primary characters of “Harry Potter” in a great writhing puppy pile, you've got to the right place.)

    In recent years, traffic and submissions to the archive have dwindled to near-non existence, and it’s become difficult for the mod to justify the considerable expense of keeping the archive open. To prevent these works from being lost, he contacted Open Doors to give them a new home on the Archive of Our Own.

    Open Doors will be working with Jonathan Andrew Sheen, the archive mod, to import Table for Three into a separate, searchable collection with its own identity. Eventually the links going to the old site will re-direct to the collection on AO3 so the works can continue to be found with their old URLs. We will begin importing works from Table for Three to the AO3 collection in March 2015.

    What does this mean for creators who have work on Table for Three?

    This is the part where we ask for your help!

    1. If you already have an AO3 account and have posted your Table for Three works there, please contact Open Doors with your Table for Three pseud(s) and e-mail address(es), so that we won’t import your works. (For instructions on mass-adding works to the new collection on the AO3, Table for Three, please see the Open Doors website.)

    2. If you don’t have an AO3 account but would like one to import your works yourself, please contact Open Doors with your Table for Three pseud(s), and the preferred e-mail address to send the AO3 invite to. (For instructions on importing works and adding them to the Table for Three collection, please see the Open Doors website.)

    3. If you don’t already have an AO3 account but would like one, as well as assistance importing your works, please contact Open Doors with your Table for Three pseud(s), and the preferred e-mail address to send the AO3 invite to. (Once your account is set up, let us know your AO3 name, and we can transfer your works to you.)

    4. If you would NOT like your works moved, please contact Open Doors with your Table for Three pseud(s) and e-mail address(es) so that we will not add them. (If you would not mind them being preserved but do not want your name attached to them any longer, please let us know that too--we can orphan your works instead of leaving them behind to be deleted.)

    All works archived on a creator’s behalf will be attributed with the creator’s name in the byline of the work. As we import works, we will e-mail notifications to the address associated with the work. When all works have been accounted for, the Open Doors committee will set up the URL redirects, and we will permanently close down the site.

    All imported works will be set to be viewable only by logged-in AO3 users. Once you claim your works, you can make them publicly-viewable if you choose. After 30 days, all unclaimed imported works will be made visible to all visitors.

    If you no longer have access to the email account associated with your Table for Three account, please contact Open Doors and we'll help you out. (If you've posted the works elsewhere, or have an easy way to verify that they're yours, that's fantastic; if not, we will work with the Table for Three mod to confirm your claims.)

    If you still have questions...

    If you have further questions, visit the Open Doors FAQ page, contact the Open Doors committee, or leave a comment on this post and we'll respond as soon as we can.

    We'd also love it if fans could help us preserve the story of Table for Three on Fanlore. If you're new to wiki editing, no worries! Check out the new visitor portal, or ask the Fanlore Gardeners for tips.

    We're excited to be able to help preserve Table for Three!

    - The Open Doors team

  • OTW Fannews: Spreading Around Fanworks

    By Kiri Van Santen on jeudi, 26 February 2015 - 5:29pm
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    • Public radio station WBEZ announced they would be producing fan-written minisodes of its historical drama podcast PleasureTown. "In minisode 1, we meet Esther, the town seamstress, who spins a yarn about her lost heritage and life under the watchful eye of the menacing Miz Janine. The PleasureTown legend continues... this time, at the hands of its fans."
    • Kasterborous reposted some Doctor Who Crossover fan art. "One of the greatest things about the Doctor Who fandom is their passion for all things Who and their propensity for wanting to mashup the Doctor with just about any other programme or intellectual property out there. From SuperWhoLock to Eleven and the Ponds meeting Capt. Picard and the crew of the Enterprise, it would seem there really isn’t anywhere in time and space the TARDIS can’t show up."
    • While an article at D magazine regrettably elevated fan films over fanfiction, it pointed to another Whovian fanwork, Doctor Who: The Soldier Stories, as part of an article on the “Fan Days” festivities in Dallas, Texas. "Comic books and entertainment in the sci-fi/fantasy wheelhouse tend to get viewed as escapist fare, a chance to get away from some of the more dull or soul-crushing aspects of the real world. That may be true to a degree, but it ignores the community and connections that form from an appreciation of the things that get discussed at events like, say, Dallas Comic Con. It’s a chance for the fans to let their freak flags fly proudly."
    • Fanfic writers got a little more credit in an article at Publishers Weekly which included them in A Look Ahead to Self-Publishing in 2015. "Gardner says she expects to see 'more real person fan fiction and stories about breaking news in the coming year.' Also, while genre fiction remains strong, she’s seeing a change in subject matter—'sexy cowboys' are giving way to sexy MMA fighters in the romance genre, and jinns are taking over from vampires as common protagonists in the fantasy realm."

    Where are all the places you find fanworks? Write about them in Fanlore! Contributions are welcome from all fans.

    We want your suggestions! If you know of an essay, video, article, podcast, or link you think we should know about, comment on the most recent OTW Fannews post. Links are welcome in all languages! Submitting a link doesn't guarantee that it will be included in a Fannews post, and inclusion of a link doesn't mean that it is endorsed by the OTW.

  • International Fanworks Day Roundup

    By saphsaq on samedi, 21 February 2015 - 5:07pm
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    Journée Internationale pour les Œuvres Aficionados

    La journée internationale des oeuvres aficionados est maintenant derrière nous. Nous souhaiterions remercier toutes les personnes ayant participé à ce défi que nous nous somme lancé pour célébrer cette journée! Si vous l’avez manqué, voici quelques activités que vous pouvez retrouver :

    1. Le défi des oeuvres aficionados courtes, #IFDrabble. Explorer le tag #IFDrabble où vous voulez, ou le tag International Fanworks Day 2015 (Journée internationale des oeuvres aficionados 2015) sur l’AO3. Nous partageons quelques unes de nos entrées préférées ci-dessous!
    2. Un petit oiseau nous a parlé de célébrations dans d’autres communautés aficionados, n’hésitez pas à jetez un coup d’oeil à la liste pour voir ce qui a été partagé!
    3. Fête des commentaires : Vous pouvez voir les liens vers les oeuvres aficionados favorites que les gens ont fait et n’oubliez pas de laisser vos propres commentaires, vous aussi!)
    4. Le 8 Février, nous avons organisé un chat en live sur le thème “Pourquoi Les oeuvres aficionados devraient-elles être célébrées?”, avec trois auteures : Cecilia Tan, Tara Sue Me et Racheline Maltese. Ces trois auteures ont commencé avec l’écriture de fictions. Des maison d'éditions leur ont ensuite ouvert leurs portes et publient aujourd'hui leurs oeuvres, tout en participant toujours à la création d’oeuvres aficionados. Aux côtés de Francesca Coppa, la modératrice, ce panel a ainsi discuté de la valeur et de l’importance de tous les types d’oeuvres aficionados. Si vous l’avez manqué, il vous est toujours possible de lire la transcription(en anglais).
  • Podsumowanie Międzynarodowego Dnia Twórczości Fanowskiej

    By Priscilla Del Cima on mardi, 17 February 2015 - 6:31pm
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    Baner autorstwa Ani przedstawiający twórczość fanowską, włączając w to cosplay, tekst i inne sztuki wizualne

    Międzynarodowy Dzień Twórczości Fanowskiej już za nami, ale chcemy podziękować wszystkim, który wzięli udział w naszym challengu i w obchodach tego święta! Dla tych, którzy je przegapili, mamy kilka rzeczy:

    1. Challenge dotyczący krótkich prac, #IFDrabble. Sprawdź tag #IFDrabble, gdziekolwiek uprawiasz fandom albo tag International Fanworks Day 2015 na AO3. Poniżej linkujemy niektóre z naszych ulubionych prac!
    2. Feedback Fest: Zobacz linki do ulubionych prac jakie zamieścili inni (i też je skomentuj!)
    3. Słyszeliśmy o uroczystościach w innych społecznościach fandomowych, zatem spójrz na listę i zobacz, czym się podzielili!
    4. 8 lutego mieliśmy okazję porozmawiać na temat "Why Fanworks Should Be Celebrated" (Dlaczego twórczość fanowska powinna być świętowana) z takimi autorkami jak Cecilia Tan, Tara Sue Me i Racheline Maltese. Wszystkie z nich zaczynały jako pisarki fanfiction, a następnie zaczęły publikować profesjonalnie — i wciąż biorą udział w tworzeniu prac fanowskich. Panel moderowała Francesca Coppa, a uczestniczki dyskutowały na temat wartości i znaczenia wszelkiego typu twórczości fanowskiej. Dla tych, którzy nie mogli wziąć udziału, przygotowaliśmy transkrypt (w języku angielskim).

    A gdyby tego było mało, kilka prac z IFDrabble które wpadły nam w oko:

  • Sommario per la Giornata Internazionale dei Fanwork

    By Priscilla Del Cima on mardi, 17 February 2015 - 6:29pm
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    Banner realizzato da Ania di vari fanwork tra cui cosplay, fanfiction e arte visuale

    La Giornata Internazionale dei Fanwork è ormai alle nostre spalle, ma vorremmo ringraziare tutti coloro che hanno preso parte alla nostra challenge e ai festeggiamenti della giornata! Se sei stat@ assente, ecco alcuni cose che puoi recuperare:

    1. La challenge per fanwork brevi, #IFDrabble. Cerca la tag #IFDrabble ovunque tu esprima il tuo essere fan, oppure la tag International Fanworks Day 2015 (Giornata Internazionale dei Fanwork 2015) su AO3. Qui sotto condividiamo alcuni fanwork partecipanti tra i nostri preferiti!
    2. Fest del Feedback: Visualizza i link ai fanwork preferiti che gli altri utenti hanno fatto (e assicurati di lasciare anche tu il tuo feedback!)
    3. Abbiamo saputo di altre celebrazioni in altre comunità del fandom, vai a dare un'occhiata alla lista e scopri cos'hanno condiviso!
    4. Lo scorso 8 febbraio abbiamo tenuto una live chat a tema "Perché i fanwork dovrebbero essere celebrati", con la presenza degli autori Cecilia Tan, Tara Sue Me e Racheline Maltese. Tutte e tre hanno iniziato scrivendo fanfiction e hanno finito con l'essere pubblicate professionalmente — e tuttora continuano a realizzare fanwork. Insieme alla moderatrice Francesca Coppa, i relatori hanno discusso il valore e l'importanza di ogni tipo di fanwork. Se hai mancato l'appuntamento, puoi comunque leggerne la trascrizione (in lingua inglese).

    E nel caso non fosse ancora abbastanza, ecco alcuni fanwork per IFDrabble che hanno catturato la nostra attenzione:

  • Обзор Интернационального дня Фан-работ

    By Priscilla Del Cima on mardi, 17 February 2015 - 6:28pm
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    Баннер создан Ania из разных фан-работ, включая косплей, текст и визуал

    Вот и закончился Интернациональный день Фан-работ, и мы хотим поблагодарить всех, кто принял участие в нашем челлендже и праздновании! Если вы его пропустили, то еще можете нагнать:

    1. Челлендж коротких работ, #IFDrabble. Загляните в тэг #IFDrabble в ваших фанатских сообществах или в тэг International Fanworks Day 2015 (Интернациональный день Фан-работ 2015 на Archive of our own - AO3 (Нашем Архиве). Ниже мы поделимся нашими любимыми работами!
    2. Мы слышали, празднование прошло и в других фандомных сообществах, так что пройдитесь по списку, посмотрите, чем они поделились!
    3. Фестиваль Отзывов: просмотрите предоставленные фанатами ссылки на любимые работы (и не забудьте оставить свои отзывы!)
    4. 8 Февраля мы провели онлайн чат с авторами Cecilia Tan, Tara Sue Me и Racheline Maltese на тему "Why Fanworks Should Be Celebrated" (Почему стоит праздновать фан-работы). Все эти авторы начинали с написания фанфиков, потом стали публиковаться профессионально - и они до сих пор занимаются фан-работами. Вместе с модератором Francesca Coppa (Франческой Коппа) они обсудили ценность и важность всех видов фан-работ. Если вы пропустили чат, то еще есть возможность прочитать его запись (на английском языке).

    А если этого недостаточно, вот несколько привлекших наше внимание работ по тэгу IFDrabble:


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