May has arrived, and our April Showers Challenge has drawn to a close! Through the month of April, we were highlighting fandoms in need of love on the Archive of Our Own and our sister project Fanlore. We've been enjoying all the fannish May flowers which have appeared as a result.
595 works were posted on the AO3 under the April Showers Challenge tag. People didn't confine themselves to the fandoms we highlighted - we were happy to see people archiving works in more than 80 fandoms, including Captain Future, Starsky and Hutch and Monty Python and the Holy Grail! In addition, 2,122 works were posted in the fandoms we highlighted. See the full list below!
On Fanlore, fans took the opportunity to fill in some of their fannish history. The Fanlore team created a bunch of memories pages for the featured fandoms - memories pages are designed as an informal place to record your defining memories of a particular fandom, without worrying about exactly how to categorise them. Check them out and add your fannish history! Other April Showers activity on Fanlore included updates about the history of the fan convention. You can read more about what Fanlore have been up to during the challenge at their April Showers posts.
April Showers - The Masterlist
- Star Wars - 142 new works posted! Star Wars on the AO3 | Fanlore's main Star Wars page | Star Wars Memories
- Sailor Moon – 27 new works posted! Sailor Moon on the AO3 | Fanlore's Sailor Moon page | Sailor Moon Memories
- Figure Skating RPF – 7 new works posted! AO3's Figure Skating works | Fanlore's Figure Skating page | Figure Skating Memories
- The X-Files – 43 new works posted! X-Files on the AO3 | X-Files on Fanlore | X-Files Memories
- Diana Wynne Jones - 11 new works posted! Diana Wynne Jones on the AO3 | Fanlore's DWJ page | DWJ Memories
- Mass Effect - 19 new works posted! Mass Effect on the AO3 | Fanlore's Mass Effect page.
- The Losers - 4 new works posted! Losers on the AO3 | Fanlore's Losers page
- Kuroshitsuji | Black Butler - 5 new works posted! Black Butler on the AO3 | Fanlore's Kuroshitsuji page
- Johnny’s Entertainment - 39 new works posted! Johnny's Entertainment on the AO3 | Fanlore's Johnny's Entertainment page | Memories of Johnny's Entertainment
- Xena: Warrior Princess - 4 new works posted! Xena on the AO3 | Fanlore's Xena page | Xena Memories
- Jane Austen - 5 new works posted! Austen on the AO3 | Austen Fanlore page
- Final Fantasy - 130 new works posted! Final Fantasy on the AO3 | Fanlore's Final Fantasy page | Final Fantasy Memories
- High School Musical - 1 new work posted! High School Musical on the AO3 | High School Musical on Fanlore
- X-Men - 32 new works posted! X-Men on the AO3 | X-Men on Fanlore
- Backstreet Boys - 19 new works posted! Backstreet Boys on the AO3 | Backstreet Boys on Fanlore | Backstreet Boys Memories
- Sports Night - 57 new works posted! Sports Night on the AO3 | Sports Night on Fanlore | Sports Night Memories
- A Song of Ice and Fire - 10 new works posted! A Song of Ice and Fire on the AO3 | ASOIAF on Fanlore | ASOIAF Memories
- Kingdom Hearts - 39 new works posted! Kingdom Hearts | Kingdom Hearts on Fanlore | Kingdom Hearts Memories
- Inception - 225 new works posted! Inception on the AO3 | Inception on Fanlore | Inception Memories
- Naruto - 115 new works posted! Naruto on the AO3 | Naruto on Fanlore
- Disney RPF - 34 new works posted! Disney RPF on the AO3 | Disney RPF on Fanlore
- Doctor Who - 431 new works posted! Doctor Who | Doctor Who on Fanlore | Doctor Who Memories
- JRR Tolkien - The Lord of the Rings - 150 new works posted! JRR Tolkien/The Lord of the Rings on the AO3 | The Lord of the Rings on Fanlore | LOTR Memories
- Pokemon - 13 new works posted! Pokemon on the AO3 | Pokemon on Fanlore | Pokemon Memories
- The Fast and the Furious - 40 new works posted! The Fast and the Furious on the AO3 | on Fanlore | Gundam Wing on the AO3 | on Fanlore | Gundam Wing Memories
- Big Bang (Band) - 0 new works posted :(. Can you give Big Bang some love? Big Bang on the AO3 |Big Bang on Fanlore | Big Bang Memories
- Highlander - 253 new works posted! Highlander on the AO3 |Highlander on Fanlore | Highlander Memories
- Stephenie Meyer/Twilight - 57 new works posted! Twilight on the AO3 | Twilight on Fanlore
- Dragon Age - 138 new works posted! Dragon Age on the AO3 | Dragon Age on Fanlore
We've really enjoyed seeing people delving into their fannish history (recent and not-so-recent). Remember, you don't have to wait for a special occasion to archive on the AO3 or record your fannish history on Fanlore. Anyone who is interested is welcome to post their recollections (atany time) on Fanlore itself or to the Fanlore dreamwidth community posts linked in this post. Don't worry about formatting - their trusty team of wiki gardeners are eager to help out! On the AO3, you can use our import function to easily upload work hosted on other sites. If you don't have an account and you want one, then just add your email address to our invitations queue (wait time currently less than a week).
Enjoy fannish May flowers, and the wealth of fannish histories we share!