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Not really sure, actually. On the one hand, I've had a cold or something and can't seem to get any bloody writing done, which is bad. On the other, I saw Judith Butler give a lecture yesterday, and today enjoyed a quite passable production of Les Mis at my old high school. It appears to be the case, in this benighted world, that only in my head exists the Javert/Valjean vid to 'Bad Romance', despite all the apropriety thereof. Shut up; don't judge me.

Also, I feel the urge to write the epic AU where Eponine dumps Marius down a well (something that did not happen to him nearly enough in his life) and runs off with Cosette, because there is nothing so awesome that more lesbians would not improve it.

Yes, more fandoms. Just what I needed. *le sigh*
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Because I do. Kind of a lot.

I just finished reading her Lavinia, on which I'm writing my final Latin paper -- as a prologue, or a first chapter perhaps, to that book in my mind on the study of modern fandom, particularly fanfic, as a smooth continuation of a literary tradition as old and as august as story itself.

Because Lavinia is a work of fandom, perfectly so, without a single solitary difference. Oh, it's brilliant, serious, thought-provoking -- but so, as any actual member of fandom will tell you, is the best of fanfic. It quotes the text, works against the text, rearranges the text, gives voice to the voiceless, revisions the text, discusses and resolves the text, interacts with the text, continues the text...it does what fanfic is meant to do. I have the better part of a pack of post-it notes marking places where this is particularly true. This reminds me of a [livejournal.com profile] femgenficathon story, taking a woman out of the background (a girl, an omen, a blush) and into the foreground, where people walk into and out of her life, rather than the reverse. Where she is the window rather than the curtains.

Perhaps that book will be my thesis, after all. The more I read, the more I find that these words need to be said, because they are true and yet it has never occurred to anyone to say them until now.
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So I am totally going to write my Aeneid paper on Virgil fanfic. It will be EPIC (badump-ching!).

I am debating how to handle the aca/fen distinction: I have an urge to avow Virgil-as-fandom and use fandom terms (which are much better for discussing fanfic), but on the other hand there's the problem of the teacher not knowing what this fandom thing is (I don't think), which leads to a)having to identify a whooole bunch of terms before I can get down to brass tacks, and b)appearing to be on the wrong side of the Academese Line. And though I hate the Academese Line, when I'm not sure how the person grading my paper is going to respond, discretion is kind of the better part of valor.

I think I am going to compromise by dressing it up under "transformative fiction", but citing the OTW glossary to define the term, and generally referring to fandom sources to explain why all this fanfic (because where else would I *find* discussion on what makes fandom happen?).

But still. Totally writing about fanfic for a grade. This is why Classics is an awesome field. It's fandom all the way down!
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So, I like genderbender fic. Both of the always-was variety and the spontaneous-change variety. I like it a lot. It's interesting to explore how gender informs our responses, and making characters switch gender is an interesting thought experiment, which makes it sound much more srs than it has to be. It's not an academic paper...but on the other hand, in a good story it involves some serious thinking about gender, sex, and whatnot. (In bad stories, it tells you a lot about cultural gender models of the authors, which is useful but not fun.)

But. Something really bugs me about a lot of spontaneous-sex-change fic I've read, including the one I'm reading right now.

Pronouns.

What do I mean? Well, even in stories where the genderbent character (usually male) talks a lot about how he's still himself, just in a female body, which is weird and uncomfortable and kinda icky, in a lot of stories the narration disagrees. As soon as his body is female, the narration starts calling him "she", even while he's thinking about how much this body is wrong, sowrong.

This bothers me, because:

1)It's hella confusing. I keep wondering where this woman came from, and I'm not about to associate "her" with the man I've been watching for the chapters before the switch, and

2) It's wrong. No, seriously, no space for wiggle-room, it's flat-out incorrect. The character's sex has been changed, but there's no reason his gender should follow suit. And in my world, pronouns follow gender, not sex. Especially the narrator, which is usually more or less inside the affected character's head. While you're having him go "WTF did they do to me!!", it undermines the whole thing if he's switched pronouns in his head automatically.

I mean, really, we say "Character X was turned into a woman", but really, he's not a woman; he's been turned FtM trans. His gender is still where it was (assuming for the sake of argument that he was previous cisgendered, which is usually the case), but his sex has changed. As such, he's still "he", particularly in his own head. In polite company, people who think of themselves as male should be addressed as such. Particularly by the universe.

On that subject, this particular fic has a qualified mediwitch (damn HP fandom...) say that his (the victim is our poor Remus, bee-tee-dubs) sexuality should for some reason switch from heterosexual male to...heterosexual female?! No. No. Sexuality does not work that way. What is true is that if you were attracted to men in one body, that's unlikely to change. Duh. Because it was a physical change, not a personality rewrite. Also duh.

Now that I think of it, the really accurate thing to do, which I've never seen done, *would* be for a sexswapped character to be treated as having suddenly become trans, with all the inherent issues. Since, you know, that's what the character technically is. Suddenly, the character is inundated with cultural pressures that are not only inappropriate for his personality, but also freak him out, because he is not. a. woman, and would people please stop saying he is?!!

Damn. There goes another plotbunny. Anyone want?
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So, Disney's buying Marvel.

This does not worry me much, as no matter how evil Disney is, they'd have to try really damn hard to screw up worse than Marvel already is. If we're very lucky, the comics' downward spiral to GRIMDARK and the Disney fluffotron will cancel each other out. Hopefully.

But you know what's really important about this? KINGDOM HEARTS III: DEFEAT DOCTOR DOOM.

That's right, this makes Marvel officially fair game for the gallivant-about-Disney-properties-fest that is KH. Think about it. At the very least, my crossover ideas are now significantly less crossovery.
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I really, really need to learn how to be productive. Story is just not behaving itself; it feels like I'm never in the right mood AND the right place at the same time. *sigh* But I'll get through it! I totally will! (Also, I have way, way, waaaaay more ideas than I have time to write them. *sadface*)

So, a meme from Tuna. Give me a character, and I will tell you:

1. What would your character kill for? What would they die for?
2. What would they refuse to do under any circumstances? Why?
3. What do they dream about? [Either literal or figurative, specify please.]
4. What’s their biggest fear?
5. What single object would they be most hard pressed to part with? Why?
6. What is their fondest memory?
7. What is their worst memory?
8. What or who was were their most significant influence? Expound.
9. What do they believe makes a successful life?
10. What makes them laugh?
11. What are their religious views?
12. What is their greatest strength?
13. Do they have a fatal flaw? If so, what is it?
14. Who is the most important person in their life?
15. If they died, who would miss them most? How would they die?
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Grandparents took me out to see MND in Hartford this afternoon. I...it was an experience. I spent half of it saying to myself, "This is so bad."

So Bad It's Good? Or So Bad It's Horrible? )

...I really want Hermia/Helena.
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That feeling where there's an idea swimming lazily about the deep-sea vents of your head that's so beautiful seen in fragments from afar it almost hurts, and as much as you want to show it to others you're afraid that they won't see it as the beautiful, fragile thing it is, or worse that in bringing it to them or them to it the idea in its freedom and music will be damaged beyond repairing?

This is the prologue for The Electric Things Have Their Life Too, a KH AU that looks like being fairly epic and is to be honest mostly the product of running across a bunch of very, very good cyborg/android/robot AUs in SGA fandom. Right now the idea is bubbling in me, sweet and tragic and so very perfect, and I'm terribly afraid that I'm not equal to the task of bringing it up to the surface. But I can't not write it; that would hurt more than a failure, would hurt like being pregnant and, because I was scared of birth and being a mother, carrying the baby inside me for the rest of my life. I can't not try, even if I fail. (Part of my motivation, too, is that there are precious few in the fandom I'd trust even as much as I trust myself to bring this incredible, fragile thing into the world.) Besides, if I don't write it, I know nobody ever will, and having this story never come to be would be worse than maiming it through my own clumsiness.

With luck, this will be the first seriously multichapter thing I finish. Wish me luck; this is going to be a beautiful dive.
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Why are you so boring?

Seriously, now. I'm replaying the game for the umpteenth time, not because it's an incredibly moving storyline or has particularly gorgeous art, but because I am not going to give up until I get 100% in one playthrough, gods all dammit! So, it's not like I'm particularly invested here. (In the Icon Measurement of emotional investment, I have 2.5 FFX icons, 4 FFXII icons, and 0 FFX-2 icons. This is not a fandom about which I talk much.)

But! I play through this game, and there are so many hooks to hang fanfic on! Partly because the canon itself is not for me sacrosanct, partly because of the episodic nature of the game, but whyever it happened, the fact is that FFX-2 is simply full of plotbunnies!

And yet, I am not in FFX-2 fandom writing any of these. You know why? Because I skim through the entries on [livejournal.com profile] ff_press, and say to myself, "Oh, look, more Rikku/Gippal. Blah." Not that I object to this pairing per se, except I'm leery of any pairing, especially het, that has so much of the fic in the fandom. The odds of fail are high. And I fumble through the FF.Net section, and say to myself, "OOC, OOC, HSAU, OOC HSAU, OOC, OOC, OOC, WTF?" It's like a bizarre game of duck-duck-goose, one of those rounds where the person picking walks around the circle at least five times.

If I sidle into this fandom, I don't actually want to write the stuff that shows up either of these places. Except the Crimson Squad fic, but I'm more inclined to go the pure-gen or ship-according-to-taste route with that. Because that's what I like. And it's hard for me to want to get into this fandom at all, when I have a sneaking suspicion that no one would read the stuff I want to write.

This stuff, I mean--spoilers, duh )

But really, this all boils down to: there are more than seven characters in the game, guys! Really! Tidus, Yuna, Rikku, Paine, Nooj, Baralai, and Gippal are just fine, but they're not the only people around!

And really, I would settle for them being written in character and occasionally in gen: Tidus being culture-shocked, Yuna being sweet and giving up until the point where she's as unyielding as diamond, Rikku being chipper but smart, Paine being the level-headed one she is in canon and snarking at her boys, Nooj being suicidal but incredibly bad at it, Baralai being the smooth-faced manipulator and politician he is, Gippal being actually smart enough and good enough at getting things done to still be the leader of the Machine Faction. And maybe sometimes hanging out without being fraught with UST. So many possibilities! Why are none of them being written?

Because the fandom gods hate you, Cygna. That's why.
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Whether you like Supernatural, 300, fanvids, all of the above, or none, I am pimping this article like woah. See! An actual sane fan being interviewed in a serious manner. See! A fan being clear, cogent, and intelligent about her work. See! Really compelling vids that are what all vids should aspire to be.

Especially the SPN one, which freaked me out--as intended. Go. Watch. Be amazed.
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1. List up to 20 characters that you like to write. (Original characters are welcome)
2. Ask your friends to comment to this post with questions directed to the listed characters.
3. Reply to your friends' questions in character inside your own "head canon."


1. Touya Kinomoto (CCS)
2. Kero (CCS)
3. Regulus Black (HP)
4. Salazar Slytherin (HP)
5. Helga Hufflepuff (HP)
6. Ozma (Wizard of Oz)
7. Pel, Duke of Galstan (Dragaera)
8. Vladimir Taltos (Dragaera)
9. Edmund Pevensie (Narnia)
10. Shasta (Narnia)
11. Maedhros Feanorion (Tolkien)
12. Denethor (Tolkien)
13. Auron (FFX)
14. Jecht (FFX)
15. Gippal (FFX-2)
16. Vossler (FFXII)
17. the Judges Magister Gabranth (FFXII)
18. Judge Magister Drace (FFXII)
19. Gramis (FFXII)
20. Reddas (FFXII)

And if you cannot find someone on this list from a fandom you are interested in, I declare myself confuzzled. (Or maybe I just don't have much headcanon for them.)
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Despite all the fear, anger, bitterness, and generalized bad emotions over the last few days, I did find something reassuring about this whole debacle.

Most of the time, fans are solitary creatures, living in small groups and snapping at anyone from the wrong tribe. We tend to subdivide and subdivide and subdivide into special interest groups, and often these groups don't get along very well. But this week, for the first time I can recall, fandom banded together. All of it: slash and het and gen and femslash, Harry/Ginny and Harry/Hermione and Harry/Draco and Harry/Snape, fluff and plot and smut and kink.

It's no wonder 6A and WFI both underestimated us: never before has fandom demonstrated the ability to self-organize, self-inform, and self-mobilize with such speed and cohesion as we did. Not being fans themselves, they didn't realize how fast news travels or how quick fans have become to defend each other against an outside world that mostly doesn't care much about them. Even fans were surprised; I know I was. Do you realize that this entire debacle took less than a week? That fandom knew and had suggested responses before much of LJ management had even been informed? When we get really riled up, we work pretty well together.

Now, if only we could find a way to make this sense of unity last...
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Strikethroughgate continues. LJ still says nothing.

[livejournal.com profile] fandom_counts is a community devoted to tallying the number of journals owned by fen--many of whom are threatening to jump ship if this does not stop immediately. Please join, along with all your fandom-related journals (RPG, ficjournals, whatever), so that LJ will have to see how many people they stand to lose.

Additionally, especially those with paid accounts, leave a comment at the latest [livejournal.com profile] news post. LJ/6A wouldn't like it if all of use left, and neither would their advertisers.
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So, for those of you who didn't hear yet, several communities (many in Harry Potter fandom, most notably [livejournal.com profile] pornish_pixies) have been permanently suspended on account of seeming to "solicit illegal activity"--apparently "rape", "shouta", "incest", and similar keywords in your LJ interests qualify because of the way the interests list is used to search for people with, well, similar interests. LJ says, essentially, that their hands are tied--they have no discretion to say what is and is not "serious"; if it's reported, they have to suspend you permanently.

Much of this sudden furor is attributed to the appearance of a vigilante group "Warriors of Innocence" (I am not making this up). If the letter posted on their site is a copy of a real letter sent to LJ/Six Apart, then they are essentially blackmailing LJ: remove the content they find offensive, or have your advertisers pull out after they're told that you are supporting such content. There are also insinuations that LJ "might want to contact their local law enforcement" to "give the impression of being cooperative". You do the math. IMO, LJ's stuck between a rock (loss of fans, who tend to pay very well) and a hard place (loss of advertising dollars). This is not a nice place to be for anyone.

I wonder what the legal consequences are for a false accusation of "pedophilia" or "soliciting child pornography". I think the owner of the villain RP journal which was deleted (interests include, naturally, rape, pillage, and murder) might have a case.

Panic is setting in as incest writers, rapefic writers, and chan writers feel threatened and betrayed by LJ and prepare to jump ship. Meanwhile, mass interest-deleting has taken place (I plan to get rid of mine, just on principle).

This is pretty much the best reaction there is out there.

My stance: I may not agree with what you write, but I will defend to the death your right to write it.

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