- saezutte said: aww a part of me wants to Defend Fandom, but fandom is both indefensible and not in need of defense, imo, if that makes sense, & obviously it’s not for everyone. i love tumblr savior so much, it’s almost like Glee never existed.
I essentially agree, and I like a lot of the research friends of mine in Media Studies or Rhetoric are doing with fan discourse, I just don’t get the particular affective modes that dominate it and never had an interest in doing anything other than looking at it from the outside.
I think part of it is generational, to the extent that in terms of social media a handful of years can feel like a lot. When I was a teenager none of the nerd things I liked were really structured around an online discourse between strangers. It was more like, ok, Dave and Kevin like anime, I’ll try watching anime. There was more of a focus on very opaque, intimate, self-limiting social constructions than the ebullient, kind of quasi-rhizomatic, outwards-building excess of internet-based “fandom” proper.
That is, I grew up more likely to burrow inwards on a particular pop culture thing I was into— sort of hermetic/hermeneutic textual immanence, analysis, arguing about minutia, etc.— than to see a pop text as a site to use as a foundation for my own creative labor, via fan-art or fiction or identification or whatever. I feel a lot more comfortable with, like, Philip Sandifer or Lawrence Miles type fan engagement— maybe even Gail Simone’s early days as a columnist at CBR— than with the kind of focus on output that something like Homestuck seems to engender (speaking as somebody who more or less likes that Homestuck exists and likes thinking about the ways people use it as a generator for extra-narrative production)
I don’t know if any of that holds together as really crass layman’s critique of two kinds of “fannish” behavior at all? Paging Molly and Jon I guess?
P.S. I guess I follow the right people because I had no idea Glee was even still on
Sorry to respond a day late, I went to go to sleep after you posted this and then mostly failed at actually sleeping, but still, did not respond. So tonight is apparently my night for posts filled with thoughts!
It’s interesting to me that you’re pointing this out as a generation gap when I always thought of it as a gender gap - boy nerds obsess over minutia and collection, argument and analysis, girl nerds remake the material with a space to fit themselves, either through identification or through creative works, even or especially in works that give them no female viewpoint. Obviously that’s an extreme generalization, but while I think fans of any gender participate in both those ways of responding to pop culture, it always seemed like male fan spaces were centered around the former while female nerd spaces were centered around the latter.
I think that gender gap is shifting a lot and also depends a lot on the age of the fans and the fandom, so, you know, whatever. But part of the reason I have a kneejerk reaction to “defend” fandom when non-fandom people on tumblr express annoyance with it is because I perceive it as an attack on a predominantly female creative community that was/is important to me. (even when i know that’s not how it’s meant, haha, like in this case.)
i don’t really know what i’m saying now, just that i think your crass layman’s division of fannish behavior makes sense to me as a gender divide rather than a generational gap. but maybe that’s because i’m from slightly later in the internet age than you are, so every ridiculous nerd i knew was online. i’ve been talking to strangers on the internet about which characters are or should be having sex since i was like nine, as traumatic as that undoubtedly is for us all to consider.
“why have ship wars when you can have OT3s?”
more like “why have OT3s when you can have OT4s?” ◕‿◕✿
2. modern AU
3. coffee shop (or other shop) AU
4. office AU
5. apocalypse/dystopia AU
6. established relationship
10. high school/university AU
13. epic (over 50K)
14. historical AU
15. secret relationship/ forbidden love
16. crossover/fusion AU
17. personal favorite
18. death and/or dark
19. fake/pretend relationship
20. *anything else of your choice*
If you read and like the fanfiction I link you to, don’t forget to leave the author a kudo and/or comment!
(feel free to change any of these to fit your fandom)
specify if you have a fandom preference!
So, for reasons I don’t feel like explaining right now, I have 5 copies of a book, 770 pages long, that consists solely of Steve Rogers/Tony Stark fan fiction. That is four more copies than I actually need, so I figured, giveaway time…?
Though it does not near cover the vast amount of well written Steve/Tony fan fiction, it takes a scratch at a few of the best, ranging in length, subject, and universe. These books contain nine fics, as listed below, and are left largely unedited to reflect “fan fiction style” (such as using no indentations and having on-page chapter separators). Also, before you ask, yes, it contains porn. Graphic, hot, gay porn. You know, the usual.
To enter, like and reblog, but only once! Because seeing a giveaway spam on my dash pisses me off and I’m sure I’m not the only one.
Giveaway ends April 15th…
I did NOT give permission for this, and was not contacted for permission. I have also contacted the other authors included, and the three that have responded so far did not give permission and were not contacted.
Guys, please take note. Also - OP said that everyone except two authors gave permission for her to do this, but obviously as valtyr said, this isn’t true.
Edit: OP is also selling the book on CreateSpace. This is really Not Okay.
Wow, so, this is not cool.
IMAGINE: you’re sitting on your couch, curled up with your laptop/tablet/phone. you’re reading the perfect 50k slow build fic starring your OTP written by your favorite author (you know, that one writer whose AO3 alerts make you text your friends in all-caps anticipatory ecstasy). also, your…
It would be an iPhone/iPad/Android/Kindle Fire etc reading app where you can send links to fic to your account with this app and it would convert them to a readable format on your phone. It would be able to handle AO3, Livejournal (even when behind an age-block), Fanfiction.net and other major fandom sites. It would save the links to the original fic so you can go back and comment right from your phone. It would have integration with Pinboard and other social bookmarking sites so you can save the fic right from there AND it would have “share” options to generate a tumblr or livejournal or dreamwidth post (with lots of customization and privacy options) with a link to the fic. Maybe it would also keep a little list of fic you’ve read recently in the app and you can check them off when you’ve saved them or left feedback.
I know it’s easy enough to download fic from AO3 for iBooks or Kindle App but it’s hard to do from every other site and I hate having to remember to go back to the fic on my computer if I want to leave feedback or save it to Pinboard.
An AO3 version of the Tumblr H8 button or Tumblr Savior.
Or, you know, for me to be able to scroll past things without grinding my teeth.
But the former seems, much as it’s a pipe dream, easier to accomplish than the latter.
I mean, I’m almost 39, so we’re talking almost four decades of…
You have to edit the top of the script to put in your blacklist (this is much easier than it sounds, it’s pretty obvious when you look at the file).
If you’re using Chrome, you have to save the script on your desktop, open your Extensions page, and drag the script in there.
this is just a general notice that if you haven’t read the the msscribe story or the cassandra clare plagiarism debacle on bad_penny, you are really missing out on the depths of the TRULY ridiculous in fandom history.
i reread the msscribe story last week - now i have the cassie claire story open to reread, ha. what a weird time in our lives…
just realized a fic i’m reading uses single quotes instead of regular quotation marks around dialogue
and i’m not sure i can finish, it’s bugging me so much