amatara: (TP Cooper and Albert)
I've been lucky enough never to have been active in a fandom (or at least not been in contact with that particular part of said fandom) where character hatred and My Ship Versus Your Ship were things to worry about. Not that the phenomenon didn't exist at all in 'my' fandoms, but it was rare enough that you could avoid it by just being moderately cautious which fannish circles to frequent. Part of the reason, I think, is that the fandoms dearest to my heart are small and rare and not very recent, which is a pretty good incentive for fans to stick together. At least that's how it was on LJ and DW, which were my main fannish playgrounds so far.

On tumblr, though... Nope.

So I thought it would be a fun idea to track some tags for fandoms that I like. I've been in a haze of Twin Peaks love for some time, ever since rewatching parts of it when writing my last fanfic, so the twin peaks tag was an obvious choice.

Oh. Oh, dear.

Honestly, I never thought I'd see that kind of hatred of characters, ships, cast members, and so on, or that kind of vitriol directed at fans for expressing certain opinions, about A CULT SHOW THAT'S OVER 20 YEARS DEAD.

Did you know there's a tumblr called laraflynnboyle-liferuiner? Which delivers exactly what the name advertises: collected nastiness about Donna Hayward and actress Lara Flynn Boyle (particularly, how she is allegedly solely responsible for ruining Twin Peaks' second season by veto'ing the Dale/Audrey relationship? Ummm... Yeah, right).

And did you know that there's an Audrey/Cooper shipping war raging, and that it's apparently not done to both like Annie as a character and her relationship with Cooper, and like Audrey as a character and her friendship with Cooper? No, because if you like Annie then you're a moron who doesn't know what decent character building is, and if you like Audrey and Cooper together then you're a shallow shipper bitch who doesn't care about anything but shipping... or at least that's what I gleaned from posts like this one, or this or this.

Seriously, it makes me feel dirty just to read the stuff.

I already unfollowed a few so-called 'fannish' blogs because of this shite.
I'm seriously considering never looking at the twin peaks tag ever again, and just stick to following the small handful of fans who seem to think sharing squee about this show beats pouring vitriol onto it, and who don't let their dislike of certain characters (which is perfectly fine to have, btw) ruin their own and other fans' enjoyment of the show. I might have expected that of a new, shiny fandom, but... Really, tumblr? Really?

(That said, there are definitely fandoms on tumblr that don't have this issue, and that are all about sharing the love - the Babylon 5 fandom being a prime example of that. So it's not that I'm disgusted with fandom on tumblr as a whole. Just... certain bits of it. And I'd like to believe that tumblr having a younger audience than LJ explains it, but I don't really think that's true, and even if it is it's not an excuse.)

Gah, how I miss LJ the way it was a few years ago, when everything was still shiny and happy and active and yay!

Come baaaaack, everyone! Can't we just have a great big squeefest here? I WANTS IT, PRECIOUSSSS... *yearn*
amatara: (Timov and Londo)
Too little time to spare for fannish stuff these days, and what time there is I'm trying to divide between writing my Babylon 5 story for [ profile] help_japan and continuing to squee over X-Men: First Class, but a meme is always fun! I probably won't be able to do this properly, being one day at a time, but we'll see.

1 – How did you first get into writing fanfic, and what was the first fandom you wrote for? What do you think it was about that fandom that pulled you in?

Strictly speaking, I was writing fanfic before I even knew what fandom was. I was thirteen or so, quite fond of sci-fi but not exceptionally so, owning and loving the Star Wars movies and trying to catch ST: TNG when I had the chance... which was when I discovered the Star Trek movies and fell like a brick for the old TOS crew. From then on, I was a fan in the true sense of the word: I started collecting everything Trek-related that I could get my hands on (which wasn't spectacular: magazine clippings mostly, plus the occasional novel I bought in the single specilaized sci-fi and comics store in my country that I knew of and that I got to visit once or twice a year), got a subscription to a Trek fanzine... and wrote the obligatory horrid Mary Sue story, which was my official first foray into fanfiction. That was long before we had Internet, and because I was too young to actually become a member of a fanclub and go to meetings, fandom, to me, was just that single sci-fi bookstore along with a pen-pal whom I found by putting out an ad somewhere.

By the time we finally did get internet at home, I was seventeen and far more interested in my real-life teenage friends than in anything else, so I didn't have the reflex then to acquaint myself with online fandom. That only happened a few years ago, when I bought the box set of Babylon 5 on Amazon for no other reason than that it was cheap and seemed fun, and fell head over heels in love with the show. This time I did go scouring the web for resources, and, lo and behold, people had been writing fic in this fandom! There were comms about this fandom! People were actually doing this as a hobby! It felt like I'd just had a revelation: yes, yes, I want this too! I think I spent a few weeks lurking, on LJ and elsewhere, and then I wrote the first fanfiction I wrote since my teenage days: Changes of Heart. I still remember emailing[ profile] selenak, one of the authors whose fanfic I'd been devouring, to spout a cartload of squee about her writing and finally, feeling nervous as all hell, asking her to beta my story. She said yes. And so, as they say on Babylon 5, it begins... :)

As for why this particular fandom pulled me in: it was partly coincidence, I think, just a matter of finding the right kind of show at the right time. B5 was the first show ever that I saw on DVD in its entirety, and the storyarc really did grip me from beginning to end; that, and a certain Centauri named Londo Mollari. *g* If it seems funny that a middle-aged, overweight character with a ridiculous hairdo might have been what eventually pulled me into fandom, well, it probably is. I can only say: it happens to the best of us. *winks*

2 – Name the fandoms you've written in, and how much you've written in that fandom, and if you still write in it.

Like everyone else, I'll just copy from my list of works on AO3.

´╗┐Babylon 5 (14)
Twin Peaks (13)
Lost (4)
Star Trek: The Original Series (2)
Despicable Me (2010) (1)
Star Trek (2009) (1)
Torchwood (1)
X-Men: First Class (2011) (1)
Stargate Atlantis (1)

Not too impressive, compared to what some other produce, but given that English isn't my first language meaning it takes me quite some time to put a story together, and I'm a perfectionist to the point of obsessiveness, and I'm no longer a grad student with time to write during working hours, I have to say I'm pretty happy with my output. If this list makes one thing clear, it's that I don't stray out of my comfort zone very often: I generally write in the same limited set of fandoms, except very occasionally for a fic exchange or auction where I make a conscious attempt to try something else. Except for those few fics that were a one-time event, like, say, Despicable Me and possibly Torchwood and SGA, I definitely see myself writing in all of these fandoms again.

The rest of the days )


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