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19 November 2003 @ 05:57 pm
Top Ten Things to Bitch About in Fandom...  
Er... a meme stolen from wikdsushi, except that I think it was called something else...

1. [all fandoms] There is no reason to assume that all slash is lower quality, that every slash writer is fixated on getting two guys or girls into bed, or that not shipping at all somehow makes you a purer, better, more devoted fan. They're all silly assumptions that don't mean anything when you come right down to it. But people always like to feel superior for superficial reasons. I think, in fandom, you only have good reason to feel superior is your art/writing/designing is top of the line. Not because you find slash unfounded, worship canon, or write het exclusively. [ETA: Or write slash exclusively, for that matter...]

2. [all fandoms] There's no reason for the BNF (Big Name Fan) to be a species in existence. Of course there are some fic writers and fan artists who are going to be more prominent and attract more attention, but there's no reason to fawn over them. Popularity is not linked to personality and, as Lew has noted, work that is liked and accepted by the masses is often bland and unoriginal enough in order to appeal to so many people. Thus, this false appearance of superiority seems like nothing but the flauntings of a flawed peacock. [ETA: In other words, it's weird to devote more time to another amatuer's work than the original series it stemmed from. This leads to a line blurring between canon and fanon which is irritating and disturbing.]

3. [Charlie's Angels] Dylan/The Thin Man is not a feasible pairing for those looking to write romantic and fluffy fanfic. If anything it is a twisted, strange pairing, suitable for one night stands and perhaps violent, hair-pulling sex. It is not a domestic relationship. The Thin Man is not a nice person; he's an assassin with an exceptionally nasty hair fetish who doesn't speak and who spent a few years as a wild child before growing up among nuns. He's not all bad, as evidenced by the contributions he continues to give to the church, but that doesn't make him a good guy by any means. There is no true conformation that he switched sides. So lose the roses and candy hearts, people, and leave The Thin Man alone.

4. [Harry Potter] Remus/Sirius is not canon. There is no reason or evidence for this topic to even come up. Deal with it.

5. [all fandoms] Most humor fics are not funny. If it's written by anyone under 21, there is no way I'm reading it. Inside jokes are not funny. And if your friends think you're funny... no one else does.

6. [Discworld and Good Omens] Trying to write like Terry Pratchett is bad. No one writes like Pterry except Pterry. Footnotes do not help a fanfic and are often clearly unnecessary.

7. [Back to the Future] Most BttF fanfiction is downright awful. Flaming Trails is either stupid or has Dissociative Identity Disorder. I don't know which. I suspect both.

8. [The Faculty] There's no good reason for Casey/Zeke. It's just fun. :D

9. [Lord of the Rings] There's no good reason for Aragorn/Legolas. But it isn't fun. It's completely stupid. And I've written it! But I believe all A/L fangirls should be round up and shot in the head.

10. [Harry Potter] Remus Lupin is a werewolf. BIG, FIERCE, VIOLENT BEASTIE. He's not an uke. He is perfectly capable of taking care of himself. He's not super attractive and he doesn't have long, flow-y hair. >_> He should look like Jeremy Irons.

And here's an extra one that I left off the "official" list because I felt it too self-important and vain. I still think it's true.

11. [Willard] There is no canonical evidence to support the concept of Willard being raped or otherwise sexually assaulted in his lifetime. This is something I came up with because I'm a sick little bastard child who finds Willard!torture attractive. This doesn't even come under the heading of fanon. It's one idea I had. Don't take it as fact. I'm not trying to say "don't steal my idea" ... I'm trying to say that it's better to find your own interpretation of the movie than use mine.

[ETA: 12. [all fandoms] Major out of character behavior. Most people get sick of this. There are fics that make logical progression from an approximation of the original character's personality to whomever it is they really want to write about. And that's not so bad. A good writer can make it work rather beautifully (I actually read a Snape/Harry fic last night that I didn't hate, and I find that a minor achievement in and of itself) to show growth in the characters and in their interaction. It's also good for expanding minor characters who aren't well defined in canon. This is why movies are fun to write fic for, because you tend to have limited character development in the two hours it takes to tell the main story. But if you're going to toy with someone else's character like a puppet, making them do or say things they never would, then why bother writing fanfic at all? (Because no one would read your original fiction, perhaps?)](

I get a little mean. But fandom is stupid, stupid, stupid. And I'm feeling a little mean. Hahaha. I like this icon. Prozzak rulez.
Current Mood: predatorypredatory
Current Music: "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner"
miss hattermisshatter on November 19th, 2003 07:52 pm (UTC)
That wasn't mean, it was freaking dead-on. I mean, I like Remus/Sirius, but I'll be the first to shoot down the idea that it's honestly *there*. And I like my Remus freaking *manly*. None of this pussy, dependent crap :).

Aragorn/Legolas looks pretty together, but that doesn't mean it's going to like...last, or anything. And Terry Pratchett can't be copied, because only he makes with the funny that way.

In-jokes in fanfics piss me off. Plebian writing pisses me off in general >_<.
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DrWorm: high-strungdrworm on November 20th, 2003 12:20 pm (UTC)
two weeks later you just look back and cringe.

And two years later it makes you want to travel back in time and slap your younger self around a bit. Or just crawl into a hole and die.
ghostgecko on November 24th, 2003 11:40 pm (UTC)
2. And you said I'm one? Uh . . . .
3. Looks around . . . so sorry.
5. Hangs head in shame.
11. Goes off to kill self now . . .
DrWorm: incestdrworm on November 24th, 2003 11:58 pm (UTC)
2. And you said I'm one? Uh . . . .

Being a BNF in an itty-bitty fandom isn't really... it's the really, REALLY big ones that you have to worry about. Some of the Harry Potter fans, for instance.

3. Looks around . . . so sorry.

Oh, please. You haven't written this...

11. Goes off to kill self now . . .

There is a difference between an homage and outright lifting someone else's idea.

Oh man. One of the spelling corrections for 'fandom' is 'condom.' Well... I guess... :D
R is for Raygunkleenexwoman on September 28th, 2004 12:37 pm (UTC)
I know this is from last year, but total word on #7. Can't stand Flaming Trails, either.
(Although she did inspire me to finally get into the fandom just so I could write something that I thought might piss her off. But it did not work (or she hasn't flamed it yet, at least).
DrWorm: incestdrworm on October 1st, 2004 05:23 pm (UTC)
I hate her. I hate her with all the powers of hate I can bestow upon a person I have never seen and cannot prove the definitive existence thereof. And her fanfic either bores me or the concept just scares the hell out of me. (Oh, come on... vampires? Yeesh.) Trust me, I was just as insulted as she was when the suggestion that we were "into cahoots" popped up.

I like that poem, by the way. It's so... yes. And yes. And I'm thinking Marty/George/Lorraine now. Just to see whether anyone notices.
R is for Raygunkleenexwoman on October 2nd, 2004 09:49 pm (UTC)
You like it. I'm so honored...

The idea of Marty/George/Lorraine is pretty intriguing. The more I think about it, the more I like it...
DrWorm: incestdrworm on October 3rd, 2004 07:47 pm (UTC)
Uh... yes, yes I do like it. :D I like both the fics you've written, but I can be so lousy about leaving feedback... argh, yes, but I do like them. The "fucked himself into existence" line really sticks in my mind. And if I'm the girl with red hair and a rat in the other one, then I've made cameos in two different BttF fics and things may be getting weird.

The more I think about it, the more I like it...

Yes... such an insidious little thing. I wish I had an actual idea for it.
R is for Raygunkleenexwoman on October 5th, 2004 11:21 am (UTC)
Hm. That's actually the line that my English teacher circled and wrote "!!!" next to. At least, I think it was "!!!".

You had a cameo in another fic? Which one?