• OTW Fannews: It's Tough Being a Fan

    Tags: Fandoms, Movies, Music, Television, News of Note

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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."

  • OTW Fannews: Judging Women's Fandoms

    Tags: Anime and Manga, Fanfiction, Gender and Sexuality, Music, Sports, Television, News of Note

    Womens Fandoms

    The Global Times of China speculated about the appeal of Mary Sue stories. One reader responded "The reason I like reading and watching Mary Sue stories is because I can be swept away by the beautiful romantic relationships...The heroine doesn't stick to one man, and no one blames her." Her first experience with Mary Sues was in "a piece of fan fiction set in the world of Slam Dunk, a popular Japanese manga comic about a high school basketball team that was adapted into an animation series in 1993. 'The Mary Sue character was the same age as me, and had a similar mentality to life as me, so I was able to perfectly identify with her...[Reading it] was as if I was in the cartoon world myself, and having these romantic relationships with the handsome basketball players.'"

  • OTW Fannews: Improving on the Original

    Tags: Books, Business Models, Commercial Works Authors, Fanfiction, Television, News of Note

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    Sherlock showrunner Steven Moffat had positive words for fanfiction in a recent interview. Asked for "the best or funniest piece of Sherlock fan fiction or fan art you’ve seen" he replied, "A load of it has been superb. There’s a tendency to disparage it. I don’t agree. Even the slash fiction, that’s a great way to learn to work. No one really does three-act structure, but just trying to put words that make somebody else turned on, that’s going to teach you more about writing than any writing college you can go to. It’s creative and exciting. I refuse to mock it—because I’m a man who writes Sherlock Holmes fan fiction for a living!" He added that "[EL James] turned her fandom of something into something that’s an industry in itself. Why are we not applauding until our hands bleed? No, we mock her. We say, 'Oh, it’s not very good.' Except she managed to write something that everybody wants to read...By what standard is it not good if loads and loads of people love it?'"

  • Tag Wrangling & Graphics Volunteers Needed

    Tags: Communications Committee, Fanart, Tag Wrangling Committee, Volunteers & Recruiting, Volunteering

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    We would like to thank everyone who responded to our previous call for Communications Staff: AD&T Liaison, Strategic Planning staff, and Translation volunteers. Today, we're excited to announce the opening of applications for:

    • Communications Graphics Volunteers - [closing 26 April 2015 UTC]
    • Tag Wrangling Volunteers - [closing 26 April 2015 UTC (or after 50 applications are received)]

    We have included more information on each role below. Open roles and applications will always be available at the volunteering page. If you don't see a role that fits with your skills and interests now, keep an eye on the listings. We plan to put up new applications every few weeks, and we will also publicize new roles as they become available.

    All applications generate a confirmation page and an auto-reply to your e-mail address. We encourage you to read the confirmation page and to whitelist volunteers -(at)- transformativeworks -(dot)- org in your e-mail client. If you do not receive the auto-reply within 24 hours, please check your spam filters and then contact us.

    If you have questions regarding volunteering for the OTW, check out our Volunteering FAQ.

  • OTW Fannews: Skewing the Process

    Tags: Education and Curriculum, Fanfiction, Fannish Communities, Fannish Practices, Music, Race, Ethnicity, and Nationality, Television, News of Note

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    Matt Binder wrote in Salon that right-wing conservatives in the U.S. were trying to exploit the activities of misogynistic fans for personal gain and political capital. "A common tactic used by right-wingers is the call to 'stop politicizing everything' — while at the same time trying to push forth their own political agenda in the culture wars, of course. Keeping politics out of any art form is laughable, but there is a certain extra level of hilarity in attempting to do so with one that already has a long history of social justice...these are actual panels from an actual Green Lantern co-starring Green Arrow comic from April 1970 addressing racial justice head-on."

  • OTW Fannews: Coming Together

    Tags: Cosplay, Fanart, Fanfiction, Fannish Endings, Race, Ethnicity, and Nationality, Television, News of Note

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    Bustle‘s Emma Lord focused on the successful protest of a fanfiction ’comedy’ act at WonderCon as part of discussing misconceptions about fanfic writers that she’s tired of. “WonderCon recently had to pull Chris Gore’s ‘Fan Fic Theater’ panel, in which he was going to read out loud actual fan fiction and make fun of it for sport. Like many fellow authors, I took to Twitter to question what the panel was for, and within thirty seconds of my incredibly civil tweet asking what was up, I’d been blocked by Chris Gore himself…It didn’t take long for the convention to cancel the whole thing, because duh, WonderCon, you can’t make fun of the very audience for your event and expect them to not get defensive about it.”

  • Ebooks Tree and Fanwork Content

    Tags: Archive of Our Own, Announcement

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    The OTW began receiving reports on Monday, April 13, that a site called Ebooks Tree was hosting downloadable files of works posted to the Archive of Our Own, and that they were charging for access to these files. Since then our Legal team has been investigating the entities involved and our Accessibility, Design, & Technology Committee has been finding out what had been done with AO3 content and how.

  • OTW Elections Open Chat April 25

    Tags: Elections, Event

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    The Elections Committee is looking to get an early start on the 2015 election season with an Open Chat! As a new committee, we want to give everyone a chance to get to know us and what we do.

    The chat will be held in the Public Discussion room on April 25 at 21:00 UTC (what time is that for me?) and will last for 90 minutes.

  • OTW Fannews: Global Rights

    Tags: Fanart, Fanfiction, Intellectual Property, Race, Ethnicity, and Nationality, News of Note


    The EFF reported on Japanese fans and organizations protesting the terms of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). "In addition to opposing lengthy copyright terms, the anime and fan-art community are also concerned about the TPP's criminal enforcement provisions. There is a particular section that says that 'competent authorities may act upon their own initiative to initiate a legal action without the need for a formal complaint' by the copyright holder. The fear is that this would lead to a major crackdown on derivative works, including written or drawn fan fiction, recorded music covers of songs, or cosplayers, who may upload photos of themselves dressed as characters."

  • OTW Fannews: The Mirror Writers

    Tags: Books, Business Models, Commercial Works Authors, Fanfiction, Gaming, Race, Ethnicity, and Nationality, YouTube, News of Note

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    • A number of media articles have recently mentioned fanfiction in relation with the pro side of writing. One was in TIME where Rhys Griffiths discusses the continuation novel. Describing various works not written by the original authors, Rhys calls them an attempt "to obscure the act of literary ventriloquism that is occurring. The continuation novel differs from fan fiction (also enjoying a purple patch, which is unlikely to be a coincidence) chiefly in its ‘official’ nature. The books are commissioned by the deceased author’s estate, written with its approval, and marketed using both author’s brand associations."

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