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All right, the weekly open posts are back! This week let's talk about our fandom obsessions, or just works that we really like. Here are some possible discussion launchers, but feel free to ignore some or all of them and add your own:

- What are some of your favorite works?
- Were you or are you involved in fandom?
- How did your favorite works or fandoms influence your writing?

Go to town, folks!

Date: 2016-04-17 10:18 pm (UTC)
dhampyresa: (A most terrible case of the Star Wars)
From: [personal profile] dhampyresa
Favourite works: mine or other people's? Not that either is easy to answer.

I am involved in fandom and have been for years. I currently have a most terrible case of the Star Wars.

That is an excellent question. I'm not sure. I do know that if I not recently read a 300k+ Star Wars AU/time-travel fic, I would most likely not be planning a Star Wars AU right now.

Date: 2016-04-20 10:22 pm (UTC)
dhampyresa: (A most terrible case of the Star Wars)
From: [personal profile] dhampyresa
I'm hard-pressed to name specific works, tbh, but some fandom people have been most awesome and helpful with my writing.

This icon isn't called "A most terrible case of the Star Wars" for no reason, hahaha.

I wasn't fannish about the prequels when they came out -- Revenge of the Sith is about one/two years before I got in fandom, even though I saw in theaters. I saw TFA because I am weak for SPAAAAAAACE on the big screen and I loved it so I went back and watched the other movies again and now I'm fannish about the prequels and the sequels, but not so much the original trilogy (except Leia). So six of one, half a dozen of the other.

Date: 2016-04-19 05:27 am (UTC)
inkdust: (Default)
From: [personal profile] inkdust
Now actually relevant to me!!

Well, I've always read some fic now and then, but I've never been involved in a fandom until now. AO3 account is rather new and shiny.

Things are still all Agent Carter all the time over here, and I don't expect to write for another fandom anytime in the near future, if at all - though of course this one came out of nowhere. But it's been an awesome experience to go beyond individual stories and identify actual writers whose work I admire (Paeonia, Eienvine, LadyWillow, *wistful sigh*). I don't think it's something I could have done, or done as well, earlier in my writing history. I can recognize specific skills and strengths now.

So it's been a little backwards for me - my writing initially influenced my foray into fandom, but I'm excited for the reverse as I continue on. The experience of feedback has been incredibly encouraging, and the practice finishing things and releasing them into the wild (five things now - three chapters and two shorts) is excellent. And I appreciate that I haven't entered this world until now. I know many people grew up as writers through fandom and benefited from that, but for me it's...testing grounds. It's exciting.

Date: 2016-04-21 05:02 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] inkdust
I do find fanfic generally easier in terms of a predetermined world. At first I was apprehensive about characterization - keeping in character had never meant referring to an outside source before. But that's where the community came in, because seeing their praise and especially specific comments on the characterization was the most effective reassurance that my instincts were on track. Then just like with original characters, the more you write them the easier it gets.

And I've definitely noticed your point about short stories - I've found myself actually able to write shorter pieces, mainly because I don't have to provide explanation. In that sense it's a lot like the writing I was doing about my own characters - vignettes within a framework. I'm hopeful that the practice might help with figuring out how to write shorter original stuff.

It's also been good for letting me work more on the writing side of things, with less focus demanded for character and plot. I wrote a pair of 400 word snapshots with much more of a flash fiction / poetic essay / no actual action feel, focusing heavily on the tone, language, rhythm and received compliments directed at precisely those aspects. That's what makes me say "testing grounds." Let me try to write something quiet and beautiful and see if they say it's quiet and beautiful. Let me try to write something with an undercurrent of movement from start to finish and see if they comment on the rhythm and flow. It helps that I've picked a sharp little corner of fandom. I plan to try a piece with a little more humor next.

Date: 2016-04-25 08:54 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] inkdust
"I have argued that fanfic lends itself to a completely different style of storytelling than original fiction." I agree completely. I'm happy to be getting to know it in addition to the other.

Date: 2016-04-21 12:54 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] jae
Fandom has been a hard thing for me lately. I still feel fannish, but the last few years have been a time of realizing just how little organized fandom and I actually gel. I feel like my organized fannish experience has mostly been characterized by investing energy into understanding the kinds of things that other people care about without fandom as a whole ever investing the same kind of energy into the things I care about (which, I mean, that's totally fair, if they're just not interested in those things? but it gets old!). And while I do know from experience that there are plenty of individual fans out there who get fannish in the same ways I do (usually on the edges of fandom, the "barely-fannish"), it's gotten much more difficult to find them since fandom as a whole has become less interested in having complex, multi-threaded conversations about fictional characters.

I think I will always get emotionally invested in fictional characters--other people's as well as my own--and I will always want to write and talk about them. But I'm not sure fandom-as-a-community is actually for me in the long run.

-J
Edited Date: 2016-04-21 01:10 pm (UTC)

Date: 2016-04-23 10:14 pm (UTC)
lilly_c: (Peggy - brooklyn bridge)
From: [personal profile] lilly_c
I've been doing fandom since I was a kid and now at 32 there are times when I feel old especially with the ones I was invovled with growing up. Mainly Simpsons, Star Trek (TNG; DS9; Voy), X-Files and Stargate SG-1.

At the moment I'm involved with Agent Carter fandom although very quietly but still I'm around, thankfully it is quite supportive and inclusive even though I primarily write a seemingly rare pairing.

Favourite works of mine are always the same of If You Asked (Killer Instinct), Haunted (SG1), and Twice Unjust (Taggart). I don't read as much fic as I'd like because RL is a pesky wee so and so but my current favourites are Moments (Agent Carter), Finally (Agent Carter) and Give Up The Ghost (MCU/Agent Carter) and two of those are WIPs which I usually avoid reading because of being burned in the past with WIPs.

Most of my fandoms are sci-fi/cult/horror so the influence on my own writing from those is that the possibilities are endless and that anything from canon can be turned into something completely different and that is quite freeing.

Date: 2016-04-26 11:08 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] tblspoon
I am and will be forever- a lurker. I am that silent reader who watches as the fandom explodes with works and then wanders off in chase of some new shiny fandom.

My favorite kind of fanfic to read are Crossovers. Generally, I find one fandom I know, get introduced to a completely new one, read all I can of it, determine the 'best' authors in the fandom, then get introduced to another new fandom based on the wonderful authors' other works and bookmarks. I find my experience with wikipedia and AO3 very similar in how I wander from topic to topic.
Edited (because I can't leave things alone and I always see mistakes 5 seconds after I post. ) Date: 2016-04-26 11:14 pm (UTC)

Date: 2016-04-29 10:03 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] tblspoon
Yes, I'm just a reader of fanfic and the attempter of original fic.

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