This Week in Fandom

This Week in Fandom, Volume 128

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things that are happening! Before we start, the Wonder Woman 1984 trailer was released this week! Are you as excited about it as we are? Leave your thoughts in the comments!


Our first news story of the week concerns the upcoming Yahoo Groups closure, originally scheduled for December 14. Since Verizon announced the closure in October, the OTW has been working in support of fandom efforts to preserve as much content from the platform as possible; you might have heard the chair of our Open Doors committee on an NPR segment on December 9, or read the open letter we recently sent to Verizon asking them to extend the closing deadline.

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This Week in Fandom, Volume 127

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we dig in, isn’t baby Yoda so cute? He’s been all over the internet since The Mandalorian introduced him and he’s just too adorable. Feel free to gush and squee in the comments!


Who’s excited for Star Wars episode IX, The Rise of Skywalker? As fans all around the world are preparing for the last film of the trilogy, several trailers have dropped to tease us with new footage: an international trailer, a TV spot hinting at a spectacular duel between Rey and Kylo Ren, and a film clip where our heroes are in a frantic chase with Stormtroopers. A nostalgic and touching featurette was also released, reminiscing about the previous trilogies and discussing how everything will come full circle with this last opus. It’s a real emotional rollercoaster spanning from 1977 to 2019. You might want to have tissues nearby while watching, especially with the footage of our favourite rebel princess and space mom Carrie Fisher. Read More

This Week in Fandom

This Week in Fandom, Volume 126

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! With NaNoWriMo in full swing, how are your projects going? Feel free to groan, commiserate and celebrate in the comments!


First up today, the long-anticipated His Dark Materials TV series debuted on 3rd November, and the internet is in uproar over everything from Mrs Coulter’s outfits – worn by an exquisitely villainous Ruth Wilson –

to the surprise drop of a particular actor’s image in the most recent episode, indicating a future appearance (minor spoilers at the link!). Some commenters found the hustle to get this actor on board relatable; it seems like the “hot priest from Fleabag” label is going to be following Andrew Scott around at least until he makes a longer appearance in the HDM series.

Other fans were less happy about this character being introduced so early because it suggests there may be changes in the order of plot events from the book, but it looks like these differences were green-lit by Philip Pullman and the show will stay largely faithful to its source.

Meanwhile, Phillip Pullman tweeted about the 2007 film The Golden Compass and hinted that the new series won’t shy away from the book’s more challenging themes:

And lastly on this topic, despite the controversies around the Game of Thrones series and co-creators, it seems that its success may have cleared the way for more television with an epic scale and budget. In a press conference launching the show, His Dark Materials’ Executive Producer Jane Tanner discussed how the success of Game of Thrones allowed her to finally get her ‘passion project’ off the ground:

“I am a great believer that the timing often is right when it’s right…And I really had to wait for television to go epic, and for Game of Thrones to happen, and for myself to be working in Los Angeles for eight years, and to really see how you could build a large-scale television show.”


While we’re on the subject of book adaptations, Samantha Edmonds wrote for SyFy Wire about Good Omens, queer subtext and how adaptations can improve on the original in ‘How Fandom Made The Good Omens Miniseries Better (And Gayer) Than The Book’. Regardless of whether the book or the series is your personal favorite, it’s certainly noticeable that fandom spaces have been full of new Good Omens content since the series’ broadcast, as fans have responded to the showrunners’ decision to canonise the books’ queer subtext.

For those seeking even more of the internet’s favourite Ineffable Husbands, it’s worth noting that Neil Gaiman has published his original script, including many scenes featuring Aziraphale and Crowley that didn’t make the final cut.


And finally, GeekGirlCon was held this weekend in Seattle. Social media is full of cosplay photos:

The fandom podcast Fansplaining also recorded their first ever live episode at the convention (keep your ears pricked for it soon!), and we really hope someone does a writeup of the Research & Data Science in Fandom panel:

You can find more recaps on GeekGirlCon’s blog in the coming week.

Did you go to GeekGirlCon? Tell us all about it in the comments!