eleanorjane: Chiana (call me pip)
With the proviso that I'm terrible at these things because I can never remember what happened in which year:

1. Your main fandom of the year?

Probably Marvel Cinematic Universe at the start of the year, migrating to Star Wars? Honestly, I tend to go where the recs go. :)

2. Your favorite film watched this year?

Deadpool! ♥

Rogue One would be close behind, though, and I also really enjoyed Star Trek Beyond, and Doctor Strange.

3. Your favorite book read this year?

I didn't read much new-to-me published fiction, so unless you're counting rereads (in which case the oeuvre of Guy Gavriel Kay will win every year), I'd have to say Valour's Choice by Tanya Huff, which reminded me how much I love military sci-fi.

4. Your favorite TV show of the year?

This was the year I really gave up on TV. Pretty much the only stuff I made time for was QI (SANDI ♥) and Mock the Week, so I'd have to say one of those.

5. Your favorite online fandom community of the year?

Fandom. :)

6. Your best new fandom discovery of the year?

I... don't actually know that I made any fandom discoveries this year? I have had a lot less time for reading than in past years, which definitely affects that - I haven't had time to keep up with my AO3 subscriptions, let alone go looking for new stuff.

7. Your biggest fandom disappointment of the year?

I would say Captain America: Civil War, except I knew going into it that it would be that bad. But it could have been so good! *sigh*

8. Your TV boyfriend of the year?
9. Your TV girlfriend of the year?

It's weird, I don't tend to fixate on specific characters the way other people do - I might love to read about them or watch them, but they're usually not my type at all.

10. Your biggest squee moment of the year?

Probably the Sabotage scene from Star Trek Beyond. "I have the beats and shouting." Hee! ♥

11. The most missed of your old fandoms?

I miss the early heady days of MCU fandom, where everything was possible. :) I also had a major HP-verse nostalgia trip this year and reread a bunch of beloved fic which still holds up really very well.

12. The fandom you haven't tried yet, but want to?

I must admit, as a long-time gaming nerd, Critical Role has been piquing my interest. :)

(Having said that, one of the reasons I have a lot less fandom time these days is that post-breakup, I have a new housemate - a long-time close friend and the GM of my gaming group, who's running an utterly awesome one-on-one Exalted game for me. Why watch other people roleplaying when I could be doing it myself? :))

13. Your biggest fan anticipations for the New Year?

Star Wars: Episode VIII. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Mass Effect: Andromeda. (I'm trying to get the Mass Effect trilogy played, finally, before its release - hampered by my PC's new overheating issue, grr!)

hooray :)

Jun. 21st, 2013 07:40 pm
eleanorjane: The one, the only, Harley Quinn. (Default)
So I was chatting with my mother today and mentioned that Janet Evanovich (whose stuff we both read and buy) has a new series out... but it's in collaboration with Lee Goldberg, so I refuse to buy it. I explained how Goldberg has regularly been not just an asshat but a rude asshat about fanfiction, despite the fact that his work as a writer of licensed tie-ins is basically just authorised fanfiction for money, and Mum immediately said "Well then, I'm not going to buy it either."

Then Dad told me about a "Winnie the Pooh at Age Sixty" thing he'd read, by Alan Coren, and pointed out how that's just like fanfic too, really.

My parents are awesome, you guys. :)
eleanorjane: The one, the only, Harley Quinn. (Default)
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eleanorjane: Korben Dallas, smirking and pointing a gun. (amused)
Clint Barton and Darcy Lewis never even meet during Thor. And yet there's a selection of awesome writers doing their very best to make Darcy/Clint fanon. This is why I love fandom - because we take anything and run with it, dammit.

Also, Darcy/Clint is awesome. :D

(My small-but-growing bookmarks list is under this delicious tag. :))
eleanorjane: Frank n' Furter looking bemused. (wtf)
...So, I'm watching Wolverine and the prologue opens with a caption: Northwest Territories, Canada, 1845.

Apparently fandom has trained a Pavlovian response into me: I see 'Northwest Territories' and immediately want to read 'The Adventures Of Wolverine and Fraser', where the Fraser would be Benton Fraser's grandfather.

There's something wrong with me, isn't there?

Glee!

May. 13th, 2009 06:43 am
eleanorjane: The Enterprise at warp speed (vroom)
I'm actually getting inspired! For fic!

...now I have to rewatch all my Trek DVDs. Argh. So much canon to get my head around... thank god for Memory Alpha.

(Said collection consists of the entirety of TNG, the entirety of DS9, the entirety of Voyager, half of Enterprise, and all the TNG movies. This is gonna take a while. :))

My Fandoms

May. 11th, 2009 10:38 pm
eleanorjane: Benton Fraser - talk to the hand. (hand)
I saw [personal profile] damned_colonial posted a list of her fandoms, broken up into category; she wasn't necessarily trying to start a meme, but I've been thinking about fandoms and what I read and what I participate in, so replicating the effort seemed worthwhile. Category titles are mostly ganked from [personal profile] damned_colonial. :)

The ones I'm active in by which I mean that I belong to communities, create fanworks, participate in activities, etc:

* Leverage
* Kormanverse
* Edited to add: Star Trek XI!
* [your ad here!]

(A lot of the time, this means "thinking about participating", because I'm the biggest non-starter ever, sadly. I get all enthused about an idea and then I just don't follow through, out of fear or writer's block or whatever.)

And that last entry - I'm kind of looking for a new fandom, TBH. :)

The ones where I'm a fannish consumer meaning that I read fic in these fandoms, read people's posts about them, follow the fandom to some extent, but don't really create stuff of my own:

* Pirates of the Caribbean (Sparrow/Norrington, particularly)
* Due South (Fraser/RayK)
* Stargate: Atlantis (McKay/Sheppard, mostly, and gen)
* Iron Man
* Harry Potter (of all flavours, though I prefer Potter-era to Marauder-era)

The ones that I'd read in if there were fic but there's usually only fic at Yuletide:

* Just about anything where I'm familiar enough with the canon to follow the fic

The ones I watch/read enough to have a fannish discussion about them, or follow other people's fannish discussions, might follow fic recs but don't read regularly, and don't actively seek out fannish works or communities:

* Avatar
* Burn Notice
* Castle
* Chuck
* Dark Angel
* Dollhouse
* (New) Dr Who & Torchwood
* Firefly
* House
* Narnia
* NCIS
* Farscape (which is my favourite TV show of all time, but it satisfied me so much I don't really need fic)
* Red Dwarf
* Star Trek TNG/DS9/VOY/ENT
* Star Wars
* X-Men Movieverse (though X3 does not exist, as far as I'm concerned) and other comic -> movie adaptations

The ones I don't want to see/read more than I already have, but where I know enough about the rest of the canon to read and enjoy some fanworks:

* Alias
* Buffyverse
* Battlestar Galactica
* Gossip Girl
* Heroes (I loved Season 1, and then it went downhill)
* Supernatural

...okay, I'm sure I've forgotten some, but I can't think of any.

WTF, brain.

May. 5th, 2009 10:55 am
eleanorjane: Frank n' Furter looking bemused. (wtf)
Now I'm having vid-type-thoughts about Dollhouse. I really didn't need that.
eleanorjane: Benton Fraser - talk to the hand. (hand)
So, one of the big things for which I was looking forward to Dreamwidth was an opportunity and a stimulus to be more active, fannishly. To a certain extent I think that's happened, which is good - hey, look, I posted a fanvid, that's a good start. Right? :)

But on the other hand, I find the LJ/DW divide frustrating. It's easy to maintain identities on two sites, but it's a lot harder to use LJ fannishly - my main LJ is my non-fannish one, and my [livejournal.com profile] eleanorjane LJ account was always very much second-best, because using it required using another browser, or logging out of my main account every time I wanted to post something or comment as [livejournal.com profile] eleanorjane. So my main LJ rolled along, and more often than not I'd just comment on something fannish, or sign up for a ficathon, or whatever, using my main ID because logging out and logging in again was too much hassle.

What I really want, I guess, is for LJ to allow you to switch between identities for a given post or comment without having to log out completely.

Part of the trouble is also in finding an audience. I have a large f'list on my main LJ, and although many (most) aren't in fandom, a few are, but they're all fairly media- and pop-culture-savvy. So if, for instance, I want to post meta, then I can either post it on my fandom journal where relatively few people will see it, or on my non-fannish LJ where I'm likely to get more feedback/input but most of the audience might not be speaking quite the same language as me.

Urf. No answers, I fear; only stopgap solutions. If I were starting over from scratch I'd do it differently - but then, that's true of a lot of other things, too.
eleanorjane: Parker looking gleeful. (glee)
So here's a thing I love about Leverage: so much of the fic is full of Warcraft references! All the fangirls who watch Leverage _and_ play WoW are letting their inner WoW nerds out and I love it.

I've always felt - not exactly frustrated - but kinda bifurcated; my fannish life is cut in half between WoW and the fanwork I do there (theorycrafting, blogging, et cetera) and media fandom proper. And I've always felt a little thingy that no matter what I talk about, I'm going to be boring half my audience, y'know?

Except apparently not, because I keep reading fics with WoW references that prove the author knows what they're talking about! It's awesome - I have found my people, yo!
eleanorjane: The one, the only, Harley Quinn. (Default)
And now for the 'me as a fan' introduction.

I have a woefully underused fandom livejournal as eleanorjane. EleanorJane - being my first and second names - is my fandom identity, such as it is.

I've been in and around fandom (in the sense that we use it now) since about 2001, when I started reading cupiscent's early XMMV fic. I'd never really heard of fanfic in that sense before, but it made immediate sense to me, and I fell headlong into reading XMMV, and from there followed my favourite writers into HP, SGA, Firefly, and a lot of other fandoms along the way.

I've never been much of a creator, though. I enjoy writing, but I never feel confident enough to create something out of nothing, and as a result I've produced very little over the years. (For some reason this only applies to fiction; when it comes to writing like blogging or semi-technical writing, I'm as wordy as you can get.)

I also find fandom kind of intimidating, to be honest. The individual people are friendly and polite, but generally I find that fans are only interested in following you if you're a fellow writer/vidder/artist. Which is fair enough, of course, but it does cut down the avenues for fannish squee and meta discussions if no-one's reading what you write.

I'm hoping to rectify both factors with the move to dreamwidth. I'm trying to push myself to do more, to create more -- and in fact I'm about halfway through my very first fanvid right now. (It is HARD, yo.) At the same time, I want to write more often and more intelligently about the media properties that interest me; I love the meta and the squee, and I want people to do it with - which means I need to be worth reading. ;)

Yuletide is the exception to the rule, in that I love writing for Yuletide and do it far more easily than with other fic. Part of it is the deadline (with actual consequences for missing it), and part of it is that -- well, I find big fandoms intimidating because I feel like all the stories have already been told. In Yuletide fandoms, they very clearly haven't and there's all that lovely blank canvas there just waiting for my inky smudges. I'm going to try and write more for the Yuletide NYR challenges, but that doesn't have the deadline factor to motivate me (as you can see; it's halfway through April and I haven't done a single NYR fic yet).

My participation in fandom varies. There are shows, books, movies that I adore and will always cite as my favourites, but they're not necessarily where my fannish interests lie. The fandoms I'm most eager to read and watch in are, equally, often not my favouritest media properties - but they're the ones where the fan creators tell the most interesting stories.

I'm not a "slasher" as such, and the tendency of (many parts of) fandom to ignore interesting and hot het relationships because of the slash goggles does rather irritate me. Still, if it's what floats their boat, good for them. And I should note I'm not at all hostile to slash, just to the preferencing of slash above all else. I still read, and love, lots of slash.

Shows I Have Loved (And, In Some Cases, Love Still): Farscape, Firefly, Futurama, NCIS, Leverage, Lie to Me, Burn Notice, Dark Angel, Alias, Doctor Who, Star Trek of any stripe except TOS, Red Dwarf.
Shows I Was Or Am Fannish About: Farscape, Firefly/Serenity, Leverage, Due South, Stargate Atlantis, Chuck, Heroes, Veronica Mars, Doctor Who. I'll read Burn Notice or Dark Angel if I see it, but I don't go looking. I read BSG and Supernatural if the summary indicates it's about a story arc or set of characters I'm familiar with.

Movies I Have Loved: The Fifth Element, The Blues Brothers, Hackers, the Star Wars original trilogy, The Mummy, The Matrix series (well, except Revolutions), Constantine, the Pirates of the Caribbean series.
Movies I Am or Have Been Fannish About: Constantine, Pirates, the Oceans movies, Iron Man, the Narnia movies, X-Men 1 & 2 (I haven't even seen #3), and I'm sure there are a lot of others I'm forgetting.

Books I Have Loved: Anything by Jane Austen, anything by Guy Gavriel Kay, the first half of the Harry Potter series (I only read the second half so I could knowledgeably read the fic, really), the Stephanie Plum books, Lord of the Rings & the Silmarillion, the Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy, the Discworld series, and plenty more I'm forgetting.
Books I've Been Fannish About: Primarily HP, and the teeny-tiny Kormanfic fandom (consisting of about twelve people, but we laugh enough for twelve hundred.)

Other Fandoms: Bandom (specifically the Fall Out Boy-centric arm of it), various RPF fandoms (particularly LotRiPS and BSGRPF - and, well, bandom!), bits of Marvel and DC comicsverse, and probably others I've forgotten.

Basically, I'll read anything if I think I have enough background knowledge (of characters or story arcs) to get the gist. :)

Sadly, I don't currently have a big active fandom - I drifted away from SGA a while ago, and nothing's come along to take its place. Due South was close, but there's a sense of 'done' there as a long-closed canon. I'm kind of hoping for something new to fire me up, to be honest. (Actually, I really hope Leverage fandom takes off. That would be awesome.)

I've been actively fannish - as in planning (if not actually producing) fan works, and meta'ing all over the place - in Constantine, Iron Man, Firefly/Serenity, Narnia and lots of the smaller Yuletidey fandoms, and I've actively consumed (in the sense of hunting out recs, following the newsletters, and so on) XMMV, Harry Potter, Pirates, Constantine, SGA, Due South, Iron Man and probably others I've forgotten.

...I have this terrible feeling I've forgotten fandoms and stuff that I adore, but I have no brain tonight so I'm going to stop blathering, post this, and go and get some work done. WoW guild officer meeting time, and then back to work on the fanvid!

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