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I've seen several posts floating around Tumblr in the last week lamenting the demise of old-school LJ fandom, which prompted me log on and check my old f-list, which came with the pleasant surprise that some old friends have been posting recently! (I mirror all my posts at LJ, but because my f-list seldom shows much besides posts from communities I've honestly lost interest in, I'm guilty of abandoning it for long stretches of time.)

The combination of these events has me thinking about what I personally miss about LJ-style fandom. 

I think a lot of it comes down to the fact that LJ fandom was a lot more personal. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy Tumblr a lot, but mostly I know the people I follow there by what they are interested in, not who they are. Part of that is definitely down to a lack of critical conversation. I found friends on LJ (and before that, in forums) not just based on shared interest, but from the ability to have interesting conversations about those shared interests.

One of the phrases that baffled me when I was just starting out on Tumblr was "don't tag your hate." My primary fandom, to my ongoing shame, for the past few years, is Teen Wolf. The source material is, putting it kindly, not very good. But on Tumblr, if I want to be critical of the show at all, fandom tells me that I shouldn't dare tag my post #teen wolf. I have to react positively to everything in fandom, or be banished to some weird, untagged corner where no one else can accidentally hear my opinion? It's weird.

(And don't even let the librarian side of me get started on how, from a metadata standpoint, "don't tag your hate" is a terrible, nonsensical idea.)

Lately I've mostly used my journal as a dumping ground for all the personal stuff that doesn't fit on Tumblr--and that I'm honestly not comfortable sharing that openly anyway--but I think it's time to open it back up and start writing about the fannish side of things here too. We'll see how long that lasts ;)
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Once again at the request of [personal profile] ceitfianna: Teen Wolf-how did you get into it? When did you first fall for Stiles? Sterek, what fanfic should I read? Anything you can think of.

I'm not 100% sure Fi realizes how potentially dangerous it is asking me to write about "anything I can think about" about Teen Wolf, because it's a bit of an obsession these days, but I'll try not to go too crazy.

The Show )
The Fic )

Got another topic suggestion? Go here to suggest something! (In the absence of which I will continue rambling about looking for jobs.)
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[ profile] lunamystic introduced me to two amazing fanvids this weekend!

I can identify the episodes of most of the scenes. I have clearly seen The West Wing too many times!

In which we discovered that costume dramas have lots of rain. And that Richard Armitage is really swoonworthy.
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And today, in the spirit of randomness, my answers to a set of questions from [ profile] isiscaughey

Comment to this post, and I will list seven things I want you to talk about. They might make sense or they might be totally random. Then post that list, with your commentary, to your journal. Other people can get lists from you, and the meme merrily perpetuates itself.

Her questions and my answers under the cut )
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The fannish-inclined among you should go read [ profile] seanan_mcguire's new post I know a little girl and her name is Mary Mac: The Misuse of Mary Sue. (And then you should go read her books too... can't remember if I've said on here, but I recently read One Salt Sea, which is one of the best of the Toby Daye books thus far.) I definitely think it's worth examining that the term "Mary Sue" is usually thrown at female characters--often by female fans!--as an easy way to dismiss them.

Also, from her essay...
We've all met her. She's the violet-eyed, crimson-haired, secret daughter of Amadala and Obi Wan, sent to be raised on the hidden planet where the last Jedi ran to escape the war, and she has just emerged back into the universe with her spinning light saber batons to save her half-brother Luke from falling to the Dark Side.

I would probably read that! And I bet [ profile] d4ni would too! It's that shared love of Star Wars and bad fanfic.
alexiscartwheel: (tw - action gwen)

  • Is it just me, or is the currently LJ header extremely busy and annoying?

  • Torchwood is all grown up and being written about in The Atlantic! I was trying to explain Torchwood to a friend who'd never seen it, which is always... interesting.

  • Time has a kinda decent article about fanfic. Nothing earth-shattering to learn if you're in fandom, but you can at least get a chuckle about the sex pollen. Or the reminders of how you met two people at a party and scared off the crowd discussing Snarry and twincest in HP fandom. Good times. Gotta say, though... Time's website is really annoying. Must you break up each article with unrelated links. "See the top 25 films adapted from fantasy books about orphaned wizards!"

  • I'm on Google+ now... it's mostly pretty quiet. Like Facebook, with fewer people, and no Farmville.

  • I failed to mention the other day that I've finally made it to Season 7 of Buffy (and Season 4 of Angel)! Spike and Xander are roommates again! There are evil goings on at Sunnydale High! Weird Anya backstory! Needs more Giles, though.

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Doctor Who fandom is going batshit today, but at least it's not Torchwood wank! (I don't usually read [ profile] fandomsecrets [because it is a wretched hive of scum and villainy I don't care about your thoughts on yaoi] but yesterday's was basically the all Torchwood special wangsting edition.) Moving right along...

The Doctor has a new outfit! And a new companion!

I don't really consider a picture of their outfits is spoilery, especially once released by the BBC. If you do, don't click, and just stop reading now, kay? I really had no expectations for Matt Smith's attire (I figure if you build up this image of "OMG the eleventh Doctor must wear a dickie" then you're just setting yourself up for disappointment.) but I think I quite like this. The bow tie is awesome and sort of old school. Apparently there are also suspenders/braces, which is also fun. (It is my opinion that suspenders are superior in functionality to belts, but suspenders on females seems to be limited mostly to those who are either strippers or genderqueer, of which I am neither, or marching band members, which I'm not anymore.) Anyway. The only thing I'm not so sure about are the rolled up trousers. Is that a permanent thing, or did he just get off his bike and was trying to keep his trousers out of the chain?

Also, I want Karen Gillan's magenta/maroon/whatever Converse. I think it's been well over a year since I bought a new color, so it's totally time, right?

Spoiler cut for that casting thing that's got fandom's collective knickers in a twist )
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[ profile] author_by_night pointed out that today is a HP fandom milestone: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix was published, and asked where we were that day.

I was at work. At the time I was a page at the local public library, and I worked every Saturday from 9am-1pm. All morning I watched people come in to pick up their reserved copies of the book, but I had to wait until my shift ended to go home and read. I had placed a copy on reserve for myself back in January, the very first day the title was entered into the library catalog, so I had a number in the mid-300s. I knew it would come in the first day, but by around noon I was starting to worry that it might not get checked in before I went home. (Delivery boxes aren't unloaded in any specific order, after all.)

As for fandom, I started reading HP shortly after the US publication of Prisoner of Azkaban, I got my library copy of Goblet of Fire on the release day, and discovered online fandom sometime thereafter. By June 21, 2003 I was a regular poster at FA and had just decided to give up lurking and start posting at the Sugar Quill. Wasn't the final chapter of After the End posted the night before? I had been following it for some time, so reading the ending gave me something fun to do while I waited for the book!

As an Harry/Ginny shipper I was in a very unpopular minority. Fandom at large seemed to prefer Harry/Hermione and Ginny/Draco. (Although earlier in the series I thought Harry/Hermione was plausible, I didn't actively ship them. And then there was Goblet of Fire with it's Ron/Hermione goodness. At this point, my non-HP friends think I'm totally cracked.) Anyway, I remember one of my biggest hopes for the book was that Ginny would feature more prominently, and JKR definitely delivered! I can't really remember any other specific expectations, though I'm sure I had some.

Just for the lulz, I found my reaction to OotP from the Quill forums. Eighteen year old me says... )
Ah, nostalgia. Harry Potter fandom was just too much fun! :D
alexiscartwheel: (kaylee)
Anyone else excited for the new X-Files movie? Cause I sure am!

I was a huge X-Files fan back in the day. When I started watching, my mom wouldn't let me stay up late enough to watch, so I taped the episodes to watch on Mondays. They were all fuzzy because we had terrible reception without cable, but I enjoyed them just the same. I even managed to convert my vehemently anti-Sci-Fi sister to it. The show also led to my first foray into online fandom. There were fan communities aplenty back in the late 90s, though the sites and forums I used to frequent are long gone now. (If it hadn't been for The X-Files fandom, who knows if I'd have made it to The Sugar Quill and met some of my LJ friends! X-Files fandom even prepared me for ship wars.)

The new movie is non-conspiracy related, which is a very good thing, in my opinion. The conspiracy was plenty convoluted when the show was still on, and I certainly don't remember all the details now that the show has been off air for years. Most of my favorite episodes were "monster-of-the-week" eps. Talking about it kinda makes me want to dig out one of my videos and watch one!

I read an article about the new movie in USA Today, and they have a picture of Mulder and Scully along with it. No one is wearing a suit! Scully isn't wearing black! And has long hair! Craziness! Heh. I can't wait for more Mulder and Scully. The mysteries and alien conspiracies are cool, but the interaction between Mulder and Scully always drove the show. I can't wait to see my favorite alien hunting FBI team on screen again!

So who wants to go to a movie in July?
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Last night, J.K. Rowling had her book tour stop at Carnegie Hall, and she answered some pretty interesting questions about the Harry Potter series. Of course, the two biggies are ships!

First off, Neville/Hannah!! I'm really excited that it's canon. Before I discovered Neville/Hannah, I couldn't really ship Neville with anyone because none of the more popular pairing seemed quite right. If you haven't been introduced to the joys of the Neville/Hannah pairing, go read Asking for Roses by Dogstar. She really understands Neville, and picked up on all the little hints of Hannah's personality that make her a great match for Neville.

Second, Dumbledore/Grindelwald! LOL. It's canon too! That should make the slashers happy, eh? I always like Dumbledore, but I think DH just gave him so much more depth. He wasn't the perfect figure that many readers seem to have wanted him to be, but I think it's much more interesting that his wisdom was gained through experience, that he had to re-evaluate his values and goals.

There's also a new SQodcast today, so as fandom days go, today's been pretty fun!
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