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The Baker Orange featured a campus fangirl who discussed her fannish history. "Although she chooses to forget about her fangirling over the Twilight series, she says it was the show that 'started it all.' When she went to the midnight premier for the first movie, the atmosphere of the event really turned her on to the idea of being a fangirl. 'It was a bunch of fans getting together. I think thats what made it so much fun because everybody was there because they wanted to see the movie the second it came out... Then I realized that there were fandoms for tv shows and books, all the fun stuff... It’s really easy to get so involved with it when your on social media. It makes it a lot easier to freak out with people who understand."

Being a fan is both an individual & community practice & those experiences can be found around the world.
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International Fanworks Day is coming February 15! Let us know how your fandom communities plan to celebrate!

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Women do indeed write code & create sites -- the AO3 is one of them. Plus, TV, publishers & marketers all want to nab fans for their own projects.
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Fandom can be risky for many in more physical ways, whether for Russian women in football fandom or Chinese fans in slash fiction fandom. "'The law doesn’t differentiate between dan mei and gay fiction in any way,' says a 28-year-old writer who asked not to be identified by name. In his view, crackdowns are a function of political whims, 'so if the government decides it’s going to crack down on gay-related content, it’ll just cast a wide net and go for dan mei, too.'"

Fandom can be a downer because it's important to us & problems can come from many places.
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Who calls themselves a fan? About 40% of people surveyed, plus gamers get academic scholarships & fanfic is for families too: http://bit.ly/1s9PdVA
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Supernatural's 200th episode focused on fangirls. Showrunner Jeremy Carver said “'Over the past couple of years we’ve seen a real, real swing in the number of 13, 14, and 15 year old female [fans] — girl who have been watching the show — and I for one have been really struck by at Comic Con this year [how] most of our questions seemed to come from young women,' Carver said. 'And they were really funny and really smart, and they were going toe-to-toe with the boys, and we were like ‘We’ve got to give these women a platform and a voice and a point of view. It just felt like a way to give back.'”

Fangirls are making appearances in not just convention halls & media articles but also canon texts.
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Legal FTW, AO3 updates users, Open Doors is working on a new import, DevMem is hoping supporters smile on us + more
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It's International Volunteer Day & we have 479 current & 1000+ past volunteers to thank for making OTW what it is.