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How To Appreciate Your Authors

In this episode, Lita and Amara join Enthusiasm Girl to talk about the various tools fans have and use to appreciate the authors they love, and the ways in which those tools influence authors and readers. What's the etiquette around leaving critical comments or reviews on a fic? Is it motivating or frustrating when an author gets a comment on their WIP telling them they need to post more often? Why is sorting for fic in a new fandom by kudos or favourites maybe not really going to find you...


Creators and Fanfiction: Interrogating The Text From Whose Perspective?

In this episode, Chris and Joan join Enthusiasm Girl to talk about the relationship between creators and fanfiction writers. We get into the legal dimensions of the relationship that have caused crackdowns, lawsuit fears and the disclaimers that a lot of young fans wonder about. We talk about the evolution of creators over the years from deity-like "Powers That Be" to accessible and equal partners in the narrative accessible via Twitter. And we name some specific names of creators whose...


Fluffy Romantic Tropes in Fanfiction

In this episode, Enthusiasm Girl is joined by Tia and Lexi to talk about romantic tropes, those sometimes cliche, sometimes transcendent plot beats that drown you in fluff and bring the feels. What does it mean to love fluff and romance when your fandom's canon is dark and violent? Why is romance in fanfiction sometimes expressed in AUs that take extraordinary characters and put them in mundane settings like coffee shops, flower shops or college campuses? How can you both love romance...


Fanfiction in Anime and Manga Fandoms

In this episode, Joan is the mod and she talks to Lita and Zee about fanfiction in anime and manga fandoms. They share their own history with anime and manga and get into how the Japanese culture and language gets absorbed into fic for better or for worse, a Sailor Moon fic that may or may not have been the worst fanfiction out there prior to My Immortal, and the subtle differences between loving dubs vs. subtitles. Plus a whole lot more. Check out our website at


Episode 21: The Continuing Evolution of Defenders Fandom

In this episode, Lita and Birdy join Enthusiasm Girl to continue the ongoing conversation tracking Daredevil and Defenders fandom as it evolves, specifically talking about the impact of Daredevil Season 2 and Luke Cage. We marvel at how very wrong we were about certain things last year, dig into the appeal of Karen/Frank, Mariah/Shades, Matt/Karen and make an argument for why Elektra deserves more fic. We also look forward to the Defenders and get excited for less of Matt in costume, more...


2016 in Fic and Fandom

It's a few months into 2017, but we're talking in this episode about all of the controversies, fic and fandom goings on that happened in 2016. Contributors Birdy and Summer join Enthusiasm Girl to ask the important questions of the previous year. Will Harry Potter fans end up like Hobbit fans thinking less is more as J.K. Rowling expands the Potterverse? Why exactly did Stormpilot lose ground to Kylux and Reylo? Why is there not more Doctor Strange fic? And is fandom, as some have claimed,...


Episode 19: In Defense of Villains, "Problematic Faves" and "Trash" Ships

In this episode, Lita and Zee join Enthusiasm Girl to talk about what it means and how it's perceived in fandom when you write or read about villains or morally grey characters. Some fans are in it for the redemption, others for the whump, while others come to it purely for the wrongbad dynamics. But no matter where the impulse comes from, we dig into why there's nothing wrong with it, the implications of defining it as "problematic" or feeling the need to call ourselves trash for liking...


Episode 18: Alpha/Beta/Omega Universes in Fanfiction

It's finally the A/B/O episode you've all been waiting for! In this episode, the mod talks to Lita and Chris about pack dynamics, knotting, gender and sexuality, domestic mpreg and why A/B/O is not whatever you're assuming it is. Keep the conversation going at Fic Recs: The Change by Ceebee ( Born From the Earth by venusm ( Love in the Waste by dancinbutterfly...


Stomping on Each Other's Lawns: Generational Divides in Fandom

Are older fans who write smut creepy? Do younger fans want to censor everyone? Is it possible for a young fan to love The X-Files and an older fan to love 1D? In this episode, the mod talks to two new contributors, Yentl and Zee, about reading and writing fanfiction no matter what age you are, how what our idea of what a fan looks like is probably very different from the reality, and about how we can bridge generational divides in fandom to better understand each other.


Marvel's Civil War Special: Team Tony

We're back with part two of a two part Marvel Civil War Special! In this episode, Di and Chris join the mod to talk about loving Tony Stark, going all the way back to the early days of MCU fandom. We explore his relationship with his bots, the competence of Pepper Potts, the fluidity of his sexuality, why Frostiron is so appealing, and whether or not Tony should be considered a villain or just his own worst enemy. That, plus we ask whether you can buy friends, what is up with the...


Marvel's Civil War Special: Team Steve

The OTPodcast is a meta round table podcast where fans discuss all things fanfiction. It's part one of a two part Marvel Civil War Special! In this episode, Lita and Dusty share their love of Steve Rogers in fanfiction with the mod, from the early days when fans imagined him as Skinny Steve living in the 1940's, through to post-Avengers fanfiction where he sometimes had hate sex with Tony, but other times helped him raise Peter Parker as their own, through to now heading into Civil War...