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I had a lovely time on Thursday, finally having that long-delayed dinner with [livejournal.com profile] mizzykitty. After far too much sushi, we went back to mine to mainline B5 (she hasn't seen it! A possible new convert, hallelujah!) and geek out. It was ever so much fun, and it got me thinking.

B5 S1 waffling )


I also gave in to the inevitable and purchased S1 of the newer, brighter, more CGI'd remastered ST:TOS S1 boxset. It is, in a word, lush. ST:TOS squeeing )


I'm headed to bed now, to try to reset my body clock. Got to bed far too late last night, after a truly smashing party at [livejournal.com profile] mossman's. But it's work again on Monday, so needs must...
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I'm thinking of doing some on-going meta, and wondered if people wanted to join in. We all talk about the Bechdel test, and whether so-and-so show passes it, but that test is easiest to apply to movies, less so to TV shows. So I'm going to be perverse and apply it.

Over the next however long, I'm going to be doing a re-watch of TV shows, sometimes the entire show, sometimes just a season or two, and applying the test to each episode. Then each season will have a percentage score of how many episodes pass the test. Anyone want to join in on this? I think it would be a really interesting experiment.

Another thing that I found fascinating is - does a similar test exist for characters of colour? Because I'm not sure the same shows would pass that particular test...

Something to think about.
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... more META.


Meta-fy me, flist! Do your funky dance and bring all the postmodernists to my yard!

(today's silliness is brought to you by k being forced to be at work when there is no work for her to do. See k try to look busy. *fiddles*)
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I have been horribly productive over the last couple of days, finishing up bits of meta, stuff owed to people, books that needed reading - the works, really.

1. Book Review : Love (Toni Morrison) )

2. Meta: I completed my Dora Mae essay for [livejournal.com profile] idol_reflection. You can read it here.

3. Fic:
Various things I owe people. Yes, I am still working on the rest...

A) For [livejournal.com profile] queenspanky
The Authority, Midnighter/Apollo: kitchen kink
[livejournal.com profile] 100fandoms prompt #60 'bottle'.

A Domestic

B) For [livejournal.com profile] bluerosefairy
Supernatural, Dean: childhood
[livejournal.com profile] 100fandoms prompt #89 'heart'

a big boy, now. )
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I've had little to do but think for the past few days (well, other than sleep, or contemplating the bathroom tiles, of course), and it suddenly occured to me that entire genres of fic had come and gone and - well - they aren't around anymore!

So. I bet that there are more 'fan history'-savvy people out there who can help me out. Anyone know what happened to the following types of fic?

1. Author!fic: Not a Mary Sue, but a direct authorial insertion, where the author directly meddles in the 'verse. Could be that the author retains authorial powers, or that she is a victim of outside meddling (e.g. Babylon 5's Infinite Regress universe).

2. 'Get 'em!' fic: not merely dark!fic, or death!fic, but a type of fic that positively revelled in throwing everything including the kitchen sink at our belovee characters and watching them drop like flies. More like death and destruction as an entertainment form, rather than aspiring for any particular artistic achievements.

Help the curious?

(And, of course, if any other genres have disappeared off the face of the earth, tell me, for I am nosy. Yes.)
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I've had some thoughts on age and gender relations in fandom percolating in my head for a while now. I've said a few of these things before in relation to other rants, but these are specifically related to the phenomenon of de-aging and age relations. These thoughts - with a bit of enumeration in the vain hope that it'll make them make logical sense - are as follows:

Read more... )

Thoughts? Comments? Kitchen utensils?
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[livejournal.com profile] kita0610 points us to righteous indignation over incestuous faggot heathens. Expect the icon-makers to be recording the vast majority of that wank for posterity in various formats.

That particular wank does cramp my style a bit, though, because I've been gearing up to discuss incest!fics - or incest!rich fandoms - for a while now. (I decided that the Christmas break was JUST PERFECT for this discussion. Yes.) This will doubtless get me into hot water with many but, well, I'm not trying to be obnoxious, I just look for patterns. Everywhere. Help an obsessive-compulsive out? *bats lashes*

(Caveat: I'm specifically excluding cases where the incest is non-con.)

Read more... )

Like I said, if anyone knows their particular fandom well & can contibute to this, please comment!!

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Snaffled from everyone on my flist. Man, how much do I love this meme? It's so meta - a meme talking about memes - and oooh, it makes the pomo girl me curl her toes in happiness.

Shows that I have seen enough of not to be entirely ignorant about(i.e. about two eps and upwards): all the Star Treks, the new Battlestar Galactica, the new Doctor Who, Red Dwarf, Desperate Housewives, The Simpsons, Futurama, Blackadder, Quantum Leap, Buffy, Xena, Hercules, ER, CSI: Vegas, The West Wing, Studio 60, Angel, Buffy, Firefly, House, Veronica Mars, Sex & the City, Carnivale, Deadwood, Lois & Clark, Alias, LOST, Stargate SG-1, er.... nope, I think that covers it.

Ask me about any other show, and I will tell you everything I have learned about it from teh Internets! And, yes, there are some biggies on there that are missing...
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Stolen shamelessly from [livejournal.com profile] likeadeuce. I went for a slight twist on this, as I have been navel-gazing more and more recently.

10 Unpopular Fannish Fandom Opinions

1. Having two male characters decide that they want a baby is enough justification for an MPREG fic. There's the issue of - well, it's not physically possible. Why is people wanting something seen as justification for letting them have it, despite all physical laws? If they want a baby, why is there no thought given to adoption? Why must magic immediately enter into it? I'm sorry, but even stretching my suspension of disbelief as much as I can, I can't buy psontaneous MPREG, no matter how well it is written.

2. There are ways to retcon rape that still allows our characters to get together. I'm mainly talking about Spike/Buffy here, but also about a recent Lois & Clark fic I read where alt!Lois was dumped in a dimension where Kal-El was an evil overlord and held her as a slave for three years - only to come back and (eventually) fall in love with alt!Clark. I'm sorry, but I don't see a way to allow such a huge breach of trust to be retconned in any way that would allow those two characters a 'happily ever after' relationship. They might be able to rebuild their friendship, maybe, but to go back into a physical relationship so quickly? No.

Btw, the L&C fic was extraordinarily well written, and very long - the author clearly understood the issues that would have to be overcome but, IMO, having this be solved in under a year was still unrealistic.

3. When offering f/b, you should respond with encouragement, and only offer criticism if the writer asks for it. No. I'm sorry, but 'feedback' does not equal 'encouragement'. If the writer wants encouragement, they should ask for it. Asking for feedback involves asking for what worked and what didn't. Asking your boss for feedback does not mean that they sing your praises - they'll cover your strengths and areas of development. This is no different.

4. Incest between character X and character Y is 'obvious'. No, it really isn't, not unless it's canon. My argument is as follows:

Saying that there is UST between two characters is one thing. Having them engage in behaviour that they don't canonically engage in works fine for me (i.e. unconventional relationships). People sometimes sleep with people they didn't really intend to sleep with - just look at Spike and Anya. However, you're not going to find two siblings 'accidentally' falling into bed together and not thinking, "OMG, this is my brother/sister, WHAT AM I DOING??" The incest taboo is one of the strongest taboos out there. The only one that comes close is cannibalism - and you'd hardly have your characters engaging in what without a second thought. So why this focus on having incest as 'natural'?

This is vaguely regarding the Malfoy!cest, Weasley!cest, Potter!cest and Win!cest out there. Now, I've read some amazing 'cesty stuff, but the only ones that work for me are the ones that acknowledge that a taboo is being broken. Just skipping over it as cowardice on the part of the writer, and it's lazy, to boot. If you don't want to deal with the implications of the pairing, why not pick a different pairing, one that doesn't have such taboos surrounding it?

Now, in cases like Carnivale or Rome, where there is canon incest, the fic tends to take the taboos into account - because it tends to be covered on the show in any case. Please, take note - if writing incest, watch a couple of shows that actually feature it and deal with it appropriately, don't write it as a fairy tale. There are no ways in which a parent/child sexual relationship can be written as natural. By all means, if you want to write it, then write it. But don't shy away from what you are writing.

5. Slash is a 'superior' art-form. [livejournal.com profile] metafandom has had ten million essays on this, and yet there still appears to be a substantial faction in fandom that believes that those who can, slash, and those who can't, het. Where this leaves gen!fic is anyone's guess. Maybe it's because I've moved away from large fandoms into small, obscrube ones where there is a dearth of any of fic, but this sort of chauvanism really gets to me. It's not so much that I don't like slash - I am a slasher, after all - but that I think in the clash between slash and het, gen gets lost along the way. Personally, I define 'gen' as anything that keeps to the canon of the series, and doesn't focus primarily on a relationship rather than a plot. It's a plot-driven story rather than a relationship-driven one, but that doesn't mean that it's not character-driven as a consequence. A well-written gen story can reveal more about a relationship than a slash or het story might in the same circumstances - yet it doesn't get any sort of consideration. Gen, it appears has been consigned to the children's section - OG-rated, smut-free, and entirely uninteresting.

Not so. Gen fic is often the best-crafted fic out there, as it relies on something other than 'shipper support to keep the story going. If a het or slash fic falters, a smoochy scene between the OTP will often keep it afloat for a while - but a gen fic doesn't have that to fall back on. The standards, in short, are higher and more consistent throughout the fic. That is not to say that you can't have badly-written gen fic, but I'd argue that it is easier to spot, especially if parts of a gen fic are badly written.

This view primarily stems from my preference for fics that have a plot other than bringing our two characters together. I would argue that there can be an adult gen fic, although the current ratings/segmentation system does not allow for it. It is a fic rated higher than the standards PG for either sex or violence, but it is not about an OTP and so cannot be called a shipper fic. Doing so is a disservice to it.

6. A Season 1 version of Character X is fine for my Season 7 story. You'd be surprised how many people justify an interpretation of a character with evidence from 5 years previous. Seriously, as a character witness, would you cite someone's behaviour of a decade ago as justification for their actions now? If the Season 7 version of a character would not do what you need them to do for the fic, there might be a good reason for that.

7. My story is AU - it's a 'what if character X never fell in love with character y but character z instead, and then the world ended and character x was turned into a turtle and they all moved to the bottom of the ocean and spoke in tongues'. No, your story is not an AU of Fandom A, it's an original fic story that uses the same names as fandom A characters. Please, stop kidding yourself. A good example of an AU is the Babylon 5 fanfic "A Dark Distorted Mirror" that takes the 'what if?' question of: "what if the Minbari had not surrendered at the Battle of the Line?" and runs with it for 5 volumes, covering all 5 seasons of the show. All the characters that show up in the show show up in the fic, and the changes that the 'what if?' brings to their world is explored.

A bad example of an AU is an AU where Harry killed Voldemort as a baby and was raised by unicorns and fell in love with a unicorn princess and they had babies and this story is about what happens when the babies grow up and go to Hogwarts.

No. Please, no.

8. Telling writers about our story ideas is really funny and they really appreciate our enthusiasm! No, what you are doing is potentially holding up the development of the show. Those in the B5 fandom might well remember that the reason why "Passing Through Gethsemane" was held until the third season was because someone pitched JMS an unsolicited idea that was remarkably similar to it - and held up the development of the episode until the legal wrangles could be sorted. It's also the reason why [livejournal.com profile] warren_ellis doesn't really use his lj anymore - one too many people left story ideas in the comments section for him to cope with.

9. My OTP is TRUE and DESTINED because -. Oh dear god, am I ever glad that I am not remotely involved in the HP fandom shipper wars. Why? Just - why? Can you imagine something similar breaking out over Jane Austen pairing Fanny Price with Edward rather than the dashing Henry Crawford? No. Why? Because it's a book. You can dislike the choice, sure, and you can dislike it quite a bit, but hating other people for preferring a different pairing is the equivalent of green/purple.

10.Spoilers are EEEEVIL! And by spoilers I mean even one-word responses to episodes such as 'squee!' or 'bums!' Remember how people were pissed off at being 'spoiled' for the HP:HBP book covers? It's like that, only worse. My god, how do you live in the world? Suppose that someone sitting behind you on the bus says how excited they are over last night's LOST - wouldn't that spoil it for you?? There are spoiler warnings, and then there are ridiculous requests regarding spoiler warnings, and this falls into the latter category.
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Five fanfic cliches I hate:

OK, I very nearly started off listing the five fandom cliches I hate, but they're something else entirely, aren't they? So, here we go.

1. 'Slash' involves making one of the characters effeminate
Nothing makes me click 'back' faster than the emasculation of one of the main characters. Having Spike or Mulder or Daniel Jackson referred to as having the body of a 'willowy young boy' does this thing to me where I sorta throw up a little. Stop it. Just - stop it.

2. Het happiness means marriage and babies
If I come across a fic where a character gets pregnant, has an abortion and then decides that it was the right thing to do? I'm going to marry the author. Because all female characters, no matter how gutsy and ballsy, want to do, it appears, is get married and have babies. If they get pregnant before marriage? Ooops, well, the baby will bring our two lovebirds together! I have seen this done in the Veronica Mars fandom and - urgh! urgh! urgh! Whatever happened to cohabitation without a ring or small miniature copies of yourselves running around? Why is there so much baby!fic out there??

3. The two people who hate each other have the best sex - and it brings them together for LOVE&HAPPINESS
Yep, I'm guilty of the first part of this one, mainly because I've found that it also works in real life. HOWEVER, I have at least never deluded myself that good sex = love&happiness, and the next person who writes a post-Confidence Man lovefest-ing Sayid & Sawyer snuggling because of the happiness-making powers of Sawyer's amazing magical cock will have my foot so up her arse that she'll be able to use the heel as a toothpick.

4. Rape heals all wounds
Yeah, this one makes me so angry I could kill things. Rape does not lead to healing sex, and so using it as a plot device to bring your favourite characters together? IS BEYOND TACKY. It's actually very very distasteful. Sure, tv is several steps removed from reality, but in what possible world could the brutal rape of a character lead to healing sex immediately after, making the rape the catalyst for love&happiness? I'm thinking of a specific CSI fic in this instance, where just that happened. I stopped reading said author's fic from that point onwards.

5. First time penetrative sex = orgasms all around
Yeah, that'll happen.
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Fandom seems to be split into two camps: those who think that offering thanks for feedback is required, and those that don't. (Okay, there's a small third batch that really haven't thought about it one way or the other, but give it time.) The ones who think it's not required often use the example of 'thank you' cards offered for gifts to iterate the ways in which thanking someone for gratitude is not usual. I think that this misses the point somewhat: offering thanks for feedback is not about whether or not it is required by courtesy, but about whether it fulfils certain social functions in the (cyber)society. As with all societies, it differs depending on where you look.

Feedback is both gratitude (the 'thanks' offering) and a gift in itself. It is part of a reciprocal gift-giving that cements social ties in the cyberculture. The visitor - the newbie - turns up, introduces his/herself, and offers fic. This is the arrival gift of the newcomer. They are, in turn, offered the reciprocal gift of feedback. This is both a form of gratitude for the original gift, and a reciprocal gift. The newcomer must thus offer thanks for the feedback to complete the exchange. I'm focusing on newbies here because it is there that the social rules governing gift-giving are most often formalised, and offence is most easily given. The newbie that turns up without a gift can be greeted politely enough, but, as a rule, they are not greeted with extended conversations, merely the polite motions of welcome. The newbie that offers fic (or photos, or icons), however, is greeted more avidly with the reciprocal gift of feedback. If they are not, this is often taken as an insult and the newcomer feels unwelcome. How many of us have encountered situations where we have joined a new community or mailing list, posted something and waited anxiously to see if someone comments? Some people I know often join new communities to post their stuff to, flooding people's flists, knowing that people are more likely to respond to newcomer posts.

(A side note - I mean here newcomers to the community, not necessarily the fandom. Different communities and mailing lists comprise distinct subsets of the (syber)culture of fandom, so the [livejournal.com profile] babylon5 community, for instance, is very different from the B5RS mailing list.)

If that newcomer receives feedback and then does not respond to it, some people will be forgiving - but the more socially sensitive will be offended. The newcomer must follow the strictest rules of courtesy, not those acceptable between long-standing acquaintances. They must offer thanks for the reciprocal welcoming gift of feedback. This cements the link between the newcomer and the community - the "I turned up, I posted, everyone feedbacked, and they made me feel welcome" route to social interaction.

In the 'real world', the example of thank-you cards is somewhat flawed. More appropriate is the example of hand-made gifts - not only do you say 'thank you' for receiving them, but you also offer a compliment on the gift itself, which is then cause for gratitude on the part of the gift-giver. The notable aspect of this is that hand-made gifts are more common among close friends or family members, where the gift can be conflated with the gratitude on the part of the recipient. This implies a certain artifically  created and enforced 'closeness' to online communities which perhaps explains some of the confusion: we expect a certain degree of distance and caution when we encounter people online, yet the fandom rules dictate that we behave in a familiar manner. This may be part of the reason that some people feel that feedback is merely a 'thank you' and does not require reciprocity: it gives the wrong degree of intimate familiarity, implying that the gift was crafted specifically for the recipient's pleasure, and that the compliment goes over and above social requirements, thus resulting in a need for another thank-you.

Or maybe we're just obsessed with appearing inadvertantly rude. Hmmm. Thoughts?
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Where single-person narratives dominate the folktale, the montage of characters now has strength in pop-culture. We have multi-character shows and tales, where it is unclear where our loyalties are expected to lie. I'm talking about shows, texts and films such as Deadwood, Rome, Star Trek (in its many incarnations, although perhaps not TOS), Babylon 5, X-Men, Serenity/Firefly, Carnivale, Fables, E.R., Third Watch and The West Wing. I am not talking about 'buddy shows' such as Supernatural or about texts such as Buffy, Angel, Alias, Harry Potter or Pirates of the Caribbean which have a central character around which the action revolves. Those would be examples of folktales or quests.

These are mainly notes for when [livejournal.com profile] athena25 and I actually get around to writing all of this up; if any scholarly work already exists in this area, please do point me in that direction. [livejournal.com profile] athena25, luv, do you want to add to this with the arcana stuff you came up with?

the first lot )

If anyone comes up with any more or has comments on the ones above, please comment. I am rather interested in this whole thing.
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Taken from [livejournal.com profile] penknife. My first fandom was Babylon 5, as it was the first fandom i wrote stuff for, and thought up stories for. Technically, ST:TOS was the first show I ever devoted myself to watching, but as I was about ten years old, I didn't register it as anything more than entertainment. Babylon 5 made me sit up and take notice, and it formed my perceptions of what being a fan actually entailed. Later on, I would apply those lessons back to the ST:TOS as a reader - never a writer - and to the Buffyverse as both.

Five things Babylon 5 taught me about fandom )
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This meme strikes me as a little weird, as I'm not quite sure how to characterise my work. A few people worked out which [livejournal.com profile] multiverse2004 story I wrote, but as far as I know that's the only one that people have actually guessed was written by me. OTOH, [livejournal.com profile] athena25 swears that I have a recogniseable 'style', even if it just consists of poor grammar and pretentious use of quotations. Hmmmm. *thinks*

No idea, in other words.

Good. Wonderful. Fabulous. I need more tea.


Gacked from everyone:

Top Ten Signs You're Reading a [livejournal.com profile] kangeiko Fic:

10. There. Are. Sentence. Fragments. Everywhere.

9. The title is either one word, usually a noun, or a quotation, or in another language. Author's notes are required to make head or tail or it.

8. There will be fairy tale references, or mythological references, or classical literature references. The author's pop culture IQ is very low.

7. No actual sex will take place in the story. If it does, it's Allegory, Metaphor and Significant.

6. No happy endings. Ever.

5. What is this thing you call 'plot'? No, it is all introspective, character-revealing vignettes, or alternative takes on episodes or scenes. Occasionally, it's done in the first-person, in the present tense, and would probably be done in crayon if [livejournal.com profile] kangeiko thought she could get away with it.

4. It will have the words: "betaed by [livejournal.com profile] athena25 somewhere in the header, despite [livejournal.com profile] athena25 not having even heard of the fandom ten minutes before a hard-copy of the fic was plopped down in her lap.

3. There will be parentheses. And semi colons. And all the commas [livejournal.com profile] kangeiko can sneak past the hawk-eyed gaze of [livejournal.com profile] athena25.

2. There is slash. Even if there isn't.

1. The two protagonists will usually hate each other 'til the end of the world. Or love each other 'til the end of time. Or both. This is Good and Normal (tm).
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So I was sweating blood over my Multiverse fic last night, when [livejournal.com profile] athena25 said, “you’re very emotionally involved with it.” To which I barely managed to stop myself from snapping back, “don’t be bloody ridiculous.”

I freely confess that I am emotionally involved in the writing process. If I just write 1-5K words of any old thing whilst drunk, it doesn’t have the same impact on me as writing 1-5K carefully-thought out words that have been edited and ripped to shreds. I might say, “oh, here’s a wee thing I just knocked out,” but by that I mean, “here’s something that has not undergone three weeks of rigorous editing and red ink but has instead been merely read through by myself – several times and with much agonising.” I do not mean, “I wrote it three seconds ago, I haven’t read it through, and I don’t give a toss whether it’s all spelled correctly or not.” Pride in the writing process is just like diligence in personal hygiene: it’s unseemly to suffer a lack.

Similarly to personal hygiene, of course, it is also unseemly to take pride in the finished product, for it is vanity. Vanity is not our friend. Vanity makes us think that our work is our baby, and every criticism is thus a personal attack. Vanity leads to arrogance and also to hysterical on-line fits, and that is clearly the Dark Side.

Regarding Multiverse, I am very emotionally involved in writing this fic, despite (because of?) the fact that it is now officially Late. It therefore has to simply glow with the sheer amount of effort I have put into it. It doesn’t necessarily mean that the finished product is going to be any good, but it should be as polished as I can possibly make it, given the original premise and any turns of phrase that I can manufacture that are not too hideous. So what does this ‘effort’ actually involve? For this fic:

Genius at work )

Approximately half the fic is in a state where I am comfortable submitting it. Unfortunately, the key emotional scene (tm) is still missing. I will be sweating blood and tears over it until it is fucking done, and that does not mean that it’ll be good; it means that it’ll be polished.

It’s not an obsession. It’s dedication.
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I'm off to bed, yes, because tomorrow = work, but first -

Having come across this via the rage from my entire flist, I have to say the following:

[livejournal.com profile] cousinjean, you can fuck the fuck off. I don't want to read your excuses, or any of your apologists' excuses about how people shouldn't rant and yell over what was "a mistake". You know what?

I have a right to rant and yell and take this personally. Go here and you'll see my name up there; the UK rep. I helped do that. I worked my arse off to do that.

I organised and I marched and I lobbied, all so that you and everyone else could continue writing Buffy fanfic and not be shut down, and what do you do? You decide to ruin it for everyone else.

Yes, people were pissed off, and yes, many took it very personally. That's because your actions affected them personally. Maybe you are relatively new to fandom, and weren't around when websites were being shut down left right and centre. "But Joss loves fanfic!" so many of your apologists say. Yes he does, you simple-minded cretins, and FOX hates it. FOX did their utmost to shut down their entire fanbase (X-Files, Millennium, Buffy et al), and damn near succeeded between 2000 and 2001. (Anyone remember the Slayme.com and Tripod closures? The Geocities disappearing websites? The change in TOS?) I and many, many others, worked our arses off, and you're going around not only trying to profit monetarily from this, but to do so at the cost of other fans.

Fuck you.
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We all rave about our favourites. We do. All I have to do is call up my flist and there is a page full of rave reviews of Sirius and Severus and Arvin and Jack and the Doctor and the other Jack and Londo and G'Kar and... well. I have noticed that 1) they tend to be predominantly male (a tired conversation that I shall not have again), 2) it's the same pairings, same characters, over and over again. This is why i tend to fall out of love with fandoms for months at a time (a fickle thing, yes I am). This is also why, I suspect, the HP fandom is obsessing with style over substance: that is, stylised, word-orientated short fics over longer, plot-driven fics. I'm guilty of the same thing. There isn't that much left for me to say about those particular characters, and so I resort to putting words together in no particular order, trying to see which visceral feelings I can squeeze out of them. Much like pulling teeth, I think. Judging from what amount of writer's block and lack of creativity complaints coming from my flist, I guess that many people are feeling the same.

There just isn't that much to say anymore. Certainly I don't have that much left in me to say about Severus Snape (at least until July 16!) or Remy LeBeau (which is why the terrible "Cold" series will likely never be finished, 'tho I have the majority written in draft form). Many people are feeling the same. Look around you: how many writers are throwing their hands up and quitting the Buffy fandom? How many writers abandoned B5 for Stargate, for that matter? In the HP fandom, rare pairings are some of the fasten-growing 'ships out there. This, my friends, is a good thing.

I call upon you now to embrace your dissatisfaction with yet another Snape-had-a-bad-childhood story, or the upteenth Sydney-and-Sark-shag-in-a-strangely-stylised-manner-that-leads-to-Revelations fic. Focus, instead, on those lesser loves that you forget to rave about: the characters that keep you spell-bound but that somehow never make it on to "Fave Characters Eva!11!" lists.

I'm going to offer up one love today:

Alias: Marshall
Marshall is the guy I would love to write for but never could. His innate optimism and his determination to see the best in everything means that he is often ridiculed, both on screen and in fic, which makes me exceptionally angry. But Marshall doesn't mind. In S4, he does spectacular things (which I cannot explain because it would be spoiler-y) that only prove my love of all Normal Characters. Asking a hero to do heroic things is a bit by-the-by for me: that's their job, after all. But juggling a wife, a baby and saving the world while the rest of your team are frantically dickwads to you takes a special kind of sainted patience. (Incidentally, this is also why I loved S1!Sydney so much)

Other fandoms (and loves) to follow. Right now I would give my eye-teeth for some lovely Marshall fic. Or, indeed, a Marshall icon.
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I originally wrote this in a slightly incoherent manner that could well be misinterpreted, so I decided to expand and explain my aversion to most kinds of rapefic.

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