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Fandom troubles don’t usually include chemical attacks, but squabbles & prejudice can lessen the awesome
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In this month’s Events Calendar: Marvel X-Factor big bang begins, find conventions for anime and more, and three calls for papers let you pick your topic!
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"After all of this, my new definition of fan fiction is as follows: Fan fiction is a thing that some people do; it usually involves being inspired by another’s work. Some fan fiction is good. Some is bad. That’s about as in depth as I can go right now with my definition... Is Tolkien just fan fiction of Anglo-Saxon and Norse mythology?"

Fan fiction can be hard to define, but some are still eager to commodify it.
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Open Doors is importing the Harry Potter archive Ink Stained Fingers to AO3--if you were a contributor, read more: http://bit.ly/1CjyVd6

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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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There are 16 days left to donate to the OTW in 2014. Donations are tax-deductible for U.S. supporters: http://bit.ly/1GqS8f8
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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