September 18th, 2008

anime - amatsuki - smile - summer

Fandom, fanfiction & ships

Bah, have no idea where I'm going with this :(

While I haven't been reading Quality of Mercy for the longest time, I'm happy sarahtales was able to complete the story. Having said that, I found the discussion on the reactions to the ending rather interesting. Yes, some people read it as H/G and others read it as H/D (depending on if you were coming from reading Maya's het fic or were reading Drop Dead Gorgeous et all instead - and of course, shipping biases).

I do understand why peeps who were dissatisfied with the ending would have felt it was a bait and switch. The author never stated the actual pairings and if they'd known the pairing before hand or if the fic was labelled gen, they probably wouldn't have bothered.

Why is it though, that we find it so difficult to read ships different from our faves? What if a fic has subtext focussed on our OTP but also others? What makes it so hard to read, or in some cases, something we'd just skip?

I find myself doing that a lot, particularly when a fic has both Snarry and H/D and it seems to usually end as Snarry. I can't bring myself to read it because my OTP isn't present at the end. The thought of reading something like that sends me running in the opposite direction and I can't even explain my feelings which just seem to say "DO. NOT. WANT" - its such a gut reaction. And I know I'm probably missing brilliant fic because of it.

So, do we define ourselves as (H/D) shippers first and (HP) fans second? Why do we sometimes not enjoy a fic - no matter how well written - because it lacks our favorite ship or character(s). Is our involvement in fandom dependant on seeing those particular aspects that interest us? And when we don't get what we expect/want - it spoils the whole experience?
anime - amatsuki - smile - summer

Freaky accurate meme (rare, I know)

[001] The character decriptions for Stargate: Universe are out. Please do compare it to the earlier ones for Stargate: Atlantis.

For the new show, we have your Head of operations with a (tragic!)past, Mary Sue healer, rich girl with a (super!tragic) past, slacker!geek from broken home, newbieish jock!leader and the Tank.

As one of the commenters pointed feels a lot like Stargate: 90210. And with Gossip Girl, The Hills, Privileged, The OC etc. do we really need ANOTHER one of those?

[002] Haven't looked it up in ages but the friends of friends list is awesome for finding stuff:

For instance, the latest wank on harrydraco which resulted in a poll. I've always thought the point of the community was its fic searches and open policy to any/all H/D questions. Wouldn't say no to tagging though.

Also, I don't know why but I'm surprised when HP fen fall in love with anime. I'm just used to a lot of HP peeps not doing multiple fandoms *shrugs*. Or just being into one fandom (Prince of Tennis, Death Note, Hikaru no Go etc.). I guess with closed canon, peeps are branching out more now.

And lastly, fanart being used for profit on porn websites? Yup.

[003] I just noticed you can now get a comment notification for when someone's lj has been purged o_o

[004] Eoin Colfer will be writing the sixth book for The Hitch-hiker's Guide to the Galaxy series. While most fans will regard Colfer's book as nothing more than fanfiction or almost!canon, I'm still interested in getting a resolution that is not as bleak as book 5 (which is basically, "Rocks fall, everybody dies"). I especially liked the following:

The book will "make no claims for Eoin being Douglas", according to Prior. "It's not Eoin Colfer writing as Douglas Adams [...]It's absolutely about him being himself – Eoin the author, but with the cast of Hitchhiker."

[005] Snagged from bzzinglikeneon - yeah, she posts the most interesting memes XD.

This is the two question Enneagram test and yeah, it's FREAKY TRUE for me. I bolded the bits that I kept nodding to:

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Violin piece on youtube

Originally for lunylucy but I'm spamming y'all with it XD

Violins are gorgeous instruments but so few peeps on youtube ever sound good - mostly its just screeching wires.

This guy? IS FABULOUS.

It's from Full Metal Alchemist BTW :)