fandom nostalgia

Sep. 23rd, 2017 04:56 pm
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  • Sometimes I get nostalgic for metafandom. Not the way it was before people stopped updating - basically having trended in the way of being totally about social justice, just like Tumblr, just like the blogosphere, and not really about fandom in particular - but the way it used to link to talk about the whys and hows of how fandom was done, in the beginning.

    I am often nostalgic for earlier versions of how fandom was done, lately. Not necessarily because of the actual things that happened to and around me but because of the way it made me feel. The kinds of discussions and sense of community and etc etc cannot be replicated in the Tumblr-based successors to media fandom which have their own norms and which I'm sure someone will be nostalgic about in 15 years when they've long been replaced by something else. I even get nostalgic for mailing lists and I was on very few for a hot second before I largely switched to message boards for about six months in 2002 and then after that to LJ.

    I lurked a lot on people's websites - especially the 'elite' archives full of the best fic from mailing lists - and then slowly circled closer and closer in to actual community. And then the grand era of LJ where I didn't ever feel like one of the cool kids but followed and was followed by hundreds of people and posted hundreds of comments a week. Ah, the vigour of youth.

  • Speaking of fannish nostalgia, I've been occasionally randomly looking up fans of various size of name on Fanlore, to see who was a Big enough Big Name Fan to end up with a page about them. I totally ran with a lot of BNFs back in the day! And never gained any fame or notoriety of my own hahaha which is probably both a good and a bad thing. (Good: getting featured on fandomwank never looked fun. Bad: the people who got super popular and notorious now have book deals and huge followings and have made it and I'm still cooling my heels.)

    Bizarrely, Fanlore has a page about my fanfic site, as though it ran from 2003-2005, when:
    (A) It still exists (and this reminds me to update it); and
    (B) I don't think enough people were actually looking at my fic site from 03-05 for it to warrant having a page about it on Fanlore. That's just bizarre.

  • And in my nostalgia I ended up looking at old fic sites from 00-02 on the wayback machine, feeling nostalgic about websites with frames, old arguments about darkfic (Buffy fandom was a great place for gen, seriously), web rings and fanfic awards, all the different places fandom has happened for me. I know all the very valid reasons frames stopped being valid HTML and why it's a bad idea to do site layouts in tables; nonetheless, I did both. I had so many websites. It was so fun.

    I feel like we talk about fandom, or at least fanart fandom and fanficdom, as if it all happens in one or two places, or in one way. Even now that's not true. Even beyond the almighty AO3, people still post fic to FF dot net, and there's all that celebrity RPF on Wattpad, and people post fic on Tumblr (terrible platform for it, jfc), and DW, and LJ. There are still fandom-specific archives, including those that are still (somewhat) active - I've read plenty of fic on the Kirk/Spock archive this year. There are still fanauthor websites, and I read fic on those, and not just The Sentinel fic I'm nostalgic about. (Seriously, note to self: update the damn website).

    And fannish discussion happens in lots of different places, with many different community norms: forums (still), and Tumblr, and here, and communities that still live on LJ, and Wordpress, and the book bloggers on goodreads, and . . .

    A lot of fandoms in the 80s and 90s and very early 00s flourished as their own discrete entities, building their own community norms, creating their own fan languages, many of which were then combined into the fannish soup when LJ started to be the big thing and pan-fandom communities started to organise. And some of those terms have fallen by the wayside: noromo, altfic, lemon. But I think the re-splintering of fandom en masse as LJ disintegrated into an increasingly unusable platform and people have fled to multiple different places has put the lie to the idea that there really is one big fannish community.

    But I'm still nostalgic for some of the things that worked when fandom on LJ flourished, some of the people I knew, some of the fic and art and discussion - a lot of which has been lost to time.

Sidetracks - September 21, 2017

Sep. 21st, 2017 06:45 pm
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Sidetracks is a collaborative project featuring various essays, videos, reviews, or other Internet content that we want to share with each other. All past and current links for the Sidetracks project can be found in our Sidetracks tag. For more links and commentary you can follow us on Twitter, Tumblr. You can also support us on Patreon.


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Chris/Georgi Farm AU

Sep. 20th, 2017 07:30 am
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A contribution to the YOI Farm AU! I love this sweet, quiet world so much. And also these two. <3

Christophe/Georgi, rated Mature, 1300 words
Georgi's bees pollinate Christophe's peach trees.

Keywords: sweet, sexy, eerie, a lot of bees

peaches and honey )

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Sep. 20th, 2017 06:11 am
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The other night I was out to dinner with friends and one of the group revealed she hadn't seen any Highlander at all, ever. People actually gasped. I didn't think it was that shocking, actually, because she's about six years younger than me and most of the Highlander I ever saw was The Raven. Which was awesome, and now I'm wondering if it's on DVD. Edited to add according to JBHifi, no, the only Highlander they have on DVD at all is the original movie. What a downer. I'd ask why nothing is ever available in Region 4 but I guess there isn't a large group of people crying out for Highlander to still be available on DVD in Australia (Or Lexx, or Earth Final Conflict, or. . . I can buy Forever Knight in a box sex, though).
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I always go into Hugo voting with the best of intentions. I'm going to read all the things, view all the things, and not just get bogged down in the Novel category. 2017 is going to be different!

Yes. Well.

Appropriately for the Hugo Awards this optimistic view proved to be, as usual, pure fantasy. Still, I did pretty well for a lady with a long commute and limited data; particularly when it came to the Best Short Story category. I read four of the six stories nominated in this category for 2017. And what better way to get back into writing than to share all my thoughts with you?

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Recent film watching

Sep. 17th, 2017 03:33 pm
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  • I thought I'd talked about finally watching Moana but it turns out that was on Plurk. Of course, now I can barely remembered what I thought of it. I liked it well enough and was largely underwhelmed by the music. The mix of accents on the supposedly isolated island was distracting. I assume that feeling the magic of older Disney stuff more is because I watched it when I was young enough to be more openly receptive to it; I would give this to my niece who likes both girls and monsters, if she hasn't watched it already.

  • The Clouds of Sils Maria is one of those navel gaze-y Hollywood actor films, about women and ageing, and self important about the art of theater and film. It's giving me all sorts of thoughts about celebrity culture but I shan't share them as, of course, that would be largely vomitting up bits and pieces of my fame and celebrity studies readings. Of course, it's impossible not to read this in light of Binoche's and Stewart's careers and public images. I can't say I particularly liked it, but that seems to be beside the point; the movie never commits to emotional consequences for almost anything that happens because the characters are too self-absorbed to emotionally react beyond the shortest moment. Hilariously, the worst acting in the film belongs to Chloe Grace Moretz - hilarious because Kristen Stewart's character wanks on about how she's this amazing actress, and in the (purposely badly written) space superhero movie scene, Moretz fails to rise to the level of her scene partner. Given Binoche's screen presence and marvellous command of her talent it undercuts the theme of the film, that tired middle age should gave way to spunky, if sociopathic, youth. After all, who was watching this film for Moretz? She's fine in this film but completely outclassed.

  • Keeping Up With the Joneses is a really stupid action comedy about super hot secret spies moving into suburbia and accidently making friends with an average middle aged white married couple, and I enjoyed the shit out of it. Some offensive jokes fell flat. Did not do well at the box office. But I was entertained. Solid, mindless three star film.

  • Spy, on the other hand, many people loved and while I enjoyed it, I don't think I enjoy it as much as I was supposed to. McCarthy was great if a little too much like she always is in every other thing I ever see her in. I enjoyed the nonsense spy hijinks. I also loved SPOILERS the after credits scene where Read more... ).

  • In news that will probably destroy my credibility with anyone who thought I had sophisticated taste (no one? okay), I loved Minions. I really loved the scene where they get run out of France. Queen Lizzy the second arm wrestling in a pub. The visual joke of the Orlando, Florida coming soon sign. The chaos of the villain convention. All the zany nonsense. I really really enjoyed this. I'm pretty sure pop culture has told me everyone is supposed to hate this and feel above it and be annoyed by it but I loved it. I would buy it on DVD and play it every Saturday. Hahaha. I love how the creators of this series have committed to their fully zany worldbuilding. I want a crossover between this and Austin Powers. This was awesome.

  • El Dorado is, for the most part, a lovely old Western. A Howard Hawks-directed, John Wayne-starring dealio, full of brilliant colour, beautifully structured shots, and good plotting and character work. I admired how perfectly the plot and tension came out of the characters, their relationships, and their physical limitations, established early in the story - textbook perfect, frankly, and I should make notes. What I do not admire is the racism, either the obligatory Western genre racism towards Native Americans, or the scene where a young James Caan pulls his eyelids to the side, wears a pot as a hat and mumbles a bunch of gibberish to convince a stranger he's a harmless Chinese man. I don't think I've been as blind-sided by a racist caricature of Asian people, since I read War for the Oaks.


What I did not finish:
  • Hot Pursuit - the combination of Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara shouldn't be this boring. I skipped to the end, which was fine.
  • Tomorrowland - boring nostalgia for a retro future I was never invested in.
  • The Rewrite - even Hugh Grant's charm wasn't enough to make that character likeable.
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Cover of The Stars Are Legion by Kameron Hurley


Somewhere on the outer rim of the universe, a mass of decaying world-ships known as the Legion is traveling in the seams between the stars. For generations, a war for control of the Legion has been waged, with no clear resolution. As worlds continue to die, a desperate plan is put into motion. Zan wakes with no memory, prisoner of a people who say they are her family. She is told she is their salvation - the only person capable of boarding the Mokshi, a world-ship with the power to leave the Legion. But Zan's new family is not the only one desperate to gain control of the prized ship. Zan finds that she must choose sides in a genocidal campaign that will take her from the edges of the Legion's gravity well to the very belly of the world. Zan will soon learn that she carries the seeds of the Legion's destruction - and its possible salvation. But can she and her ragtag band of followers survive the horrors of the Legion and its people long enough to deliver it?


I picked this up as part of my transcription duties for Fangirl Happy Hour – it's a lot easier to follow a discussion about a book if you've read it – and it turns out that I have more thoughts on it than I expected!

The plot that can be described without spoiling the book is this: Zan wakes up with few memories of who she is, and a mission to take over a living planet/ship called the Mokshi on behalf of women who claim to be her family. The women are part of the Katazyrna, the ruling family of their own living planet/ship, one bound into a network of other planets/ships known as the Legion; they want the Mokshi because it is a planet not bound into orbit with the rest of the Legion. And from there, things get... Complicated.

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Sep. 15th, 2017 08:02 pm
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According to the tracking number my package has been delivered to a PO Box in Oak Creek Wisconsin which is really bizarre given that I live in Melbourne, Australia.

Fanwork Recs — September 14th 2017

Sep. 14th, 2017 08:54 am
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Fanwork is awesome and sharing fanwork is even more awesome. Join us as we keymash and squee over our favorite fanwork, from fic (both written and podfic) to art to vids and meta and back again.

If you find something you love, we encourage you to comment/favorite and let the creator know you enjoyed their work. :D o/


Recommendations included:
  • Batman — fic (1)

  • Dream Daddy — art (1)

  • The Left Hand of Darkness — art (1)

  • The Legend of Zelda — art (1)

  • Pokémon — art (1)

  • Star Wars — art (2)

  • Wonder Woman — cosplay (1)

  • Yuri!!! On Ice — vid (1)


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What fanwork have you loved recently?

Adventures Elsewhere — August 2017

Sep. 13th, 2017 03:04 pm
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Adventures Elsewhere collects our reviews, guest posts, articles, and other content we've spread across the Internet recently! See what we've been up in our other projects. :D


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Dear Trick or Treat writer:

Sep. 12th, 2017 07:01 pm
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Thanks so much for writing for me! I really enjoyed participating in Trick or Treat last year and am looking forward to doing so again. I hope you have a lot of fun, too!

My signup requests are all for fic, but I'm happy to receive art as a bonus gift.

With one exception, I have a strong preference for Tricks that either 1) use supernatural horror tropes in a non-horrific fashion, e.g. werewolves who retain their humanity while shifted, or 2) involve scary supernatural threats that are soundly defeated by the protagonists for a happy ending. The one exception is Dark Matter, where I'd prefer canon-level horror.

Particularly relevant to this exchange: I like werewolves, ghosts, and witches; am generally disinterested in vampires but can be persuaded if the fic is awesome; and do not want zombies. Regarding Treats, I like anything from G-rated fluff to hardcore porn, but don't care for PWPs; I like some sort of character and/or relationship development along with my smut. If you want further details on my fic preferences, you can check out my general fic kinks and squicks post or browse my fic exchanges tag.

The Bone Key, Dark Matter, The Eagle, Hexworld, Integrate, Lynes and Mathey, The Queen's Thief, The Watchmaker of Filigree Street )
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