spatz: caption "And he was amazed to discover that when he was saying 'Book 'em, Danno,' what he meant was, 'I love you.'" (H50 book 'em Danno)
I'm going through a stretch of Pinboard bookmarking - which for me involves going through my carefully sorted browser bookmarks of 'fic I liked', re-reading them, and then deleting the ones that don't hold up on the second run. I started doing this because a) binge reading upon joining a fandom often drives me to bookmark dozens of subpar stories in that first fandom flush of infatuation, and b) too much 3AM reading. It's a good set of filters for me, but it does mean I tend to tuck stories away in my bookmarks folder for several years. (finally finished through 2009 last year, whoo!)

Which means I just now finished going through my bookmarks for The Eagle and Hawaii 5-0, and have just started into Dresden Files. The Eagle fic held up fairly well, but I ended up keeping only ten out of about sixty H50 stories, and wound up re-reading some wank that went down in Dresden back in 2011 when I binge-read the whole series.

Which got me thinking about how we critique canons that are problematic but keep consuming them anyway, and how 'so just stop watching it!' seems to be the first defensive response when we do that.

There's a good reason we call it 'breaking up with a fandom' when we leave, because it *is* a love affair. And like many relationships, marriage or domestic partnership or whatever, we commit and fall in love and create spaces and memories, but we still have issues. Nobody's perfect. Your girlfriend leaves her towels on the floor. Your showrunner makes inappropriate jokes in a public interview. You hate the colors your husband chooses for his clothing.

And everyone has a different breaking point. Your significant other wants to have children. Your show kills off your favorite, or triggers you and doesn't see the problem. Your partner cheats on you, or hits you. Your show does something unforgiveably racist/misogynist/___phobic.

You make the choice to leave, or separate. It doesn't mean there weren't good things; you may still see each other; it may not even mean you don't love them anymore. But it's gonna hurt, it's gonna be ugly, and it's gonna be different for everyone involved.

Anyway, tl;dr. Going through my H50 fic felt like going through that box of crap your douchebag ex left behind and alternating between feeling like I should be using tongs and just not caring anymore. Except every once in a while there was an awesome memory, or something shiny, so I had to keep going until I was done. And Dresden Files was like that fling where you find their number in your phone and realize you haven't heard from them in three years, and maybe you should call them, or check their Facebook? Except, fuck, what if they start acting awkward and sketchy and making sexist jokes again -- but otoh, they were funny, and the sex was really great. Hmmm.

FANDOM LIFE. I have a lot of feelings.


Apr. 10th, 2012 12:00 am
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I'm trying to be coherent enough to write, but mostly I'm just staring at all my WIPs in despair. Being super multifannish means I end up wandering out of fandoms and then need to reabsorb all the canon to write it again. Hrmph.

Therefore, time for a meme:

1. Go to page 77 (or 7) of your current ms.
2. Go to line 7
3. Copy down the next 7 lines – sentences or paragraphs – and post them as they’re written.

None with 77, but several with 7 pages:

(MI:4) Ethan/Brandt fic I'm co-writing with inmyriadbits )

(XMFC) post-movie alien invasion )

(Inception) Arthur character study that I'm mostly writing because I love my title, not because it contributes anything interesting to his characterization )

(Inception/H50) Your Brain Must Be A Miserable Place - also cowriting with inmyriadbits; this snippet turned out very spoilery for the story, fyi )

(Star Trek reboot) shuttle AU - boring exposition bit )

(XMFC) Notorious AU - one of the few bits of dialogue I stole straight from the movie )
spatz: caption "And he was amazed to discover that when he was saying 'Book 'em, Danno,' what he meant was, 'I love you.'" (H50 book 'em Danno)
I have been noticing a lot of characters named Daniel who end up dead on the shows I watch. To wit:

1) Daniel Meade (Ugly Betty)
2) Danny Williams (H50)
3) Daniel Jackson (Stargate) (ETA)

1) Danny (Alias)
2) Daniel Monroe (Nikita)
3) Daniel Jackson (Stargate)

....The final example is going to screw the stats on this one, huh.
spatz: caption "And he was amazed to discover that when he was saying 'Book 'em, Danno,' what he meant was, 'I love you.'" (H50 book 'em Danno)
I'm rewatching all of Hawaii Five-0 for fic purposes, and to amuse myself I have decided to count all the times the main characters get unclothed. Sadly, no one's gotten naked yet, but there's been plenty of partials!

Since I now have a paid DW account, this clearly calls for a poll. It's the scientific method: hypothesis first, then research and data, then conclusions.

Poll #5502 H50 Partial Nudity Contest
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 4

Who will place first in the partial nudity contest?

View Answers

0 (0.0%)

0 (0.0%)

0 (0.0%)

4 (100.0%)

Who will place last in the partial nudity contest?

View Answers

2 (50.0%)

2 (50.0%)

0 (0.0%)

0 (0.0%)

Data to follow!
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I can't stop thinking And he was amazed to discover that when he was saying "Book 'em, Danno", what he meant was, "I love you."

Seriously, SO MARRIED. This show is made of slashy partnership/found-family JOY. With bonus rainbows, just for kicks. And equal-opportunity eye candy. And NCIS:Gay-levels of ridiculousness.

Lindsey and I have managed 1x01-1x06 in between me working 47 hours last week (my inner Alias fan was amused, in an exhausted way) and her working at completely uncomplementary times, and we hope to catch up to current by tomorrow. More then, I expect.


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