September 21st, 2019

Anya final stand, S7

AO3 vs the Hugo Award Defense Squad

Apparently some people are really, really upset about AO3 members saying they won a Hugo (and also about profiting off the Hugo Award name on Etsy, but that seems to be a relatively minor concern). From what I can tell, these people are very unhappy that AO3 won the Best Related Work award at Worldcon this year and even unhappier that most of AO3 doesn't know who they are or give a damn what they think. In fairness, I count myself somewhat more dialed-in to the old-school SFF fandom than a lot of folks in fic fandom, and until last week I had no idea who any of these specific people were. Honestly, it blows my mind that this conversation is still going on and that the people involved are so wildly lacking in self-awareness as to think random internet strangers on the street are going to take them seriously.

I can tell there are a lot of hurt feelings on the fic fandom side of things as a result of this, which is totally understandable. However, to me, the most important thing is that AO3 did win that award, which means that the people yelling right now are in the minority. I've seen people point out that when the Sad Puppies Hugo slate happened in 2015, a lot of previously-disengaged SF fans joined the Worldcon community specifically to fight back, and that a lot of those people stuck around, which may be causing a sea change for the Hugo Awards. Arguably it already has - look at the proportion of female and minority winners in the years since then.

I guess I'm just contrary, because my takeaway from all this is that I want to buy a voting membership so I can nominate for the Hugos next year. If you can't join 'em, beat 'em.

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