Wednesday, April 6th, 2011 12:36 pm
Confession: Fandom has been bumming me out lately. Don't get me wrong: I love you guys, but god damn, the all of the doom and gloom is starting to get to me. (Only so many incarnations of 'X is different and therefore ruined for life forever' before I start looking for a rusty spoon to scoop my eyeballs out. )

So! Let me share with you some ridiculous things that have been making me happy. And maybe you'll be inspired to share things that make YOU happy. Then I can be inspired by your happiness, and it'll be a giant circle-jerk of inspiration. :D


1) I have stumbled upon a stupid-large amount of excellent fan fiction. It turns out that if you don't stick to only one or two fandoms, there's a whole world out there of good stories. I just got done reading a Psych fan fiction (which I cannot find now. Woe) which was written as a true crime drama... of course it shipped Lassiter/Shawn, and I tried, but I could not take that pairing seriously. Every time Lassiter was shown in any way sexual I started giggling like I was twelve and it was my first sex ed class. STILL, don't let my hangups stop you. Good fic. Good fandom!

2) 
American Idol. Until this season, I had yet to sit down and watch a whole American Idol show. Somehow I got caught up in the auditions and absolutely fell head over heels for this little bastard:

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Yeah. He's ten years younger than me, which officially makes me an old dirty woman. BUT THAT VOICE. Honey, I don't even like country, but if they all sang like him, I could learn to love it! And if he doesn't win, then I'll probably end up voting for the scruffy guy who looks like Seth Rogan.


3) Inception.

Speaking of me being a dirty perv, I am still so caught up in the Inception fandom right now it's not even funny.

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For the first time in years I am more of a lurker than a participant, but it's nice, you know? I am doing the [livejournal.com profile] i_reversebang  and my crazy crossover fic, but that may just be it. I'm happy to watch and read all of the glorious fic and only contribute some instead of doing what I normally do, which is start an epic WIP with no end in sight. haha. But anyway, the fandom's great. I can't recommend it enough. (But I'm gonna try!!!!)



4) Every book I've picked up recently has been awesome!

One of this days I'll do a giant writeup about Kim Harrison's Hollows series and tell everyone exactly why I hate it and love it in equal amounts, but the most recent book, Pale Demon, definitely tipped it into the LOVE <33333 range.  It makes me remember why I love books so much, which is easy to forget when, as I said before, there's brilliant fan fiction out there.

5) The new Harry Potter movie is coming out! I'll admit I wasn't excited at all for Part 1 for reasons I will not go into here because this is a LOVE post and not a HATE post, but I'm getting excited! I listened to Goblet of Fire on audiobook recently and... damn, I had actually forgotten how wonderful the books really were. Somehow, I had forgotten all about it in between fandom and the movies. Definitely recommend you pick up your favorite Harry Potter book and give it a reread if it's been some time.

With that, I'll leave you with this JPEG.


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So! What's making you happy in fandom right now? GIFs and JPEG's are a plus.
Wednesday, April 6th, 2011 07:53 pm (UTC)
I've been a fan of Doctor Who since the mid 80's. This new season is due to start April 23 and I haven't been this excited to watch something in a damn long time. A fantastic Season 5 and a squee-worthy trailer for 6 and I can't wait. An episode written by Neil Gaiman? Yes please
Wednesday, April 6th, 2011 07:59 pm (UTC)
Ohhh. I've heard there was going to be an episode written by Neil Gaiman, and I'm not even in the Who fandom! I love it when author's try their hand at TV. I might tune in just to check it out. :D
Wednesday, April 6th, 2011 07:55 pm (UTC)
I must second the love for the Inception fandom. Especially all the amazing crossovers. I still feel like a newbie in the fandom, but I love it so! (I'm also trying to take it slow, and not read every amazing fic I can find in a week long marathon. You know, make it last and all that)

Also Tumblr gifs are making me happy. (And if I could learn the magical secrets of the internet how to embed I would share them with you...alas! Earwax )

Also, surprisingly enough the Glee fandom, although slighteningly maddening at times, is making me happy. Probably because I actively avoid fandom!wank and just stick to my little pockets on LJ and now Tumblr, but the people I've found in the fandom are amazing. Especially Warbler fans. And the Warbler's themselves. Who are such internet trolls sometimes XD (And the gifs! So many beautiful gifs!)

I'm avoiding thinking about the Harry Potter movie until I'm out of classes for the semester. Because I don't have time to spend days bemoaning the end of my childhood/re-reading everything when I have finals to study for. But I can feel its presence like an impending cloud...

But fandom's been pretty chill overall recently. It's nice for a change. Pleasant ^_^
Wednesday, April 6th, 2011 08:01 pm (UTC)
Maaaaan, I don't even know if a week of straight reading would cover all of the awesome fic there is out there. It's massive AND talented. I've been reading heavily for over two months and I'm still discovering new stuff every day.

I am falling for Tumblr. It's always chocked full of happy-crack with gifs and such. It's a lot of fun!

I tried Glee a few times and it's not for me, but I'm happy to hear there are happy pockets! :D That can always make such the difference.
Wednesday, April 6th, 2011 10:11 pm (UTC)
I have an enormous crush on the Kingdom Hearts fandom, but recently there's been.... not a whole lot going on. All the good fanfictions for it have been put on hiatus because the authors have been kidnapped by Black Butler and Hetalia and the few fics that have been showing up have all been very undesirable and unoriginal.

Then I stumbled across a 95 chapter Zack/Cloud/Aeris story with an intricate and decent plot, amazing character portrayal and has been updating regularly. The main characters are usually only written about in the Final Fantasy 7 fandom, so the fact that they star in a Kingdom Hearts story almost induced a heart attack upon reading the summary. The story didn't disappoint me once >w<

My love for the KH fandom has been revived, as well as inspiration for the KH fanfics that I've been developing.

As well, I had given up on Fullmetal Alchemist fandom, then I tripped over a Ling/Al fic that made my mouth drop in shock. Of course, there's pretty much no fan base for this pairing, but it still got me a bit excited for FMA in general =)

Regarding the Psych fic that you stumbled across, I was giggling like a five year old about you giggling about Lassie being sexual xD I can't imagine it, which is one of the reasons I can't bear to think about Psych in any yaoi setting -- all the pairings make me laugh like a maniac xD
Wednesday, April 6th, 2011 10:31 pm (UTC)
Ah, the some-fandoms-are-better-than-others problem! Being "in" a fandom is a pretty pointless way to spend time, so it ought to have a whole lot of fun-payoff! It's too bad how that can get zapped by a bitchy, wanky fandom. D:

Re: Inception--I've only read your stuff so far, but it's great to hear that it's a bunch of awesome people making awesome fanworks! I need to rewatch the film first, but I plan to check it out! I've been hanging out in a BAMF fandom myself lately (Gintama), but it's such a bizarre, YMMV series that I can't recommend it (btw, thanks for giving that fic rec a look-see over at tumblr <333).

My sense of humor might be weird, so please take these with a grain of salt, but my life's been brightened by two British sketch comedy series lately (no clue if they have real fandoms)! Both "That Mitchell and Webb Look" and "Look Around You" leave me in tears of laughter every time! "Mitchell and Webb" can be streamed on Netflix or Hulu and "Look Around You" is on Youtube. Here's some picspam of each series! XD

A "That Mitchell and Webb Look" sketch (youtube here)
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A "Look Around You short" (youtube here)
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And a little extra inception
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Wednesday, April 6th, 2011 10:39 pm (UTC)
Hm, most of the fandoms that I'm in are overwhelmingly negative, but that works for me because I'm overwhelmingly negative. However, I always have to give credit to the wiki maintained by the Transformers fandom, for doing the opposite of taking its subject matter too seriously and basically having fun with both the main subject manner and the fandom itself in its articles: http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Main_Page

The ATLA fandom ain't bad, though, and I have to give props to the fanfic writers. All the little friendship groups seem to have a lot of fun with each other.
Wednesday, April 6th, 2011 11:28 pm (UTC)
Happy Maker Alert:

https://picasaweb.google.com/maethebellydancer/KakaIruForeva#

I have a glut of KakaIru pics. Just a damn glut. I only got maybe 30% of these here. The server rejected most of them (and I didn't even post the really dirty ones). I don't know why. I put this on my picasa just for you. Most of these I stole, I mean lovingly plucked from the internet. Most of them I had before I even knew what LJ was. I'm really glad to have met (online at least) some of the great artists on here. I'll take it off public in a few days as to not make people angry for posting their stuff. When I could I put the creators name in the file.

Also I am delving into SasuNaru stuff. Some of it is quite mature. Not just dirty, but I mean not written by children. I just finished one, ahhh that was rediculous hot.

http://community.livejournal.com/corsetcamellia/7576.html

I guess that's what is making me happy in the fandom. I haven't had much time to read lately. Sad, but I am caught up in Circumstance by Lynnette Brian, and that is what matters.

Hope this brings a smile to your face.

Spiff
Monday, April 11th, 2011 11:30 pm (UTC)
Thank you for this! (sorry about the wait for the reply) I took a gander at your gallery and there were a whole bunch of pics I haven't seen before. They're not saved on my computer. haha.

I've always been a little hesitant to try SasuNaru, but I'll check this out on your recommendation. :)
Thursday, April 7th, 2011 01:20 am (UTC)
Ah, Psych fandom. I adore it, and there are a lot of very wonderful fics out there, though I haven't read or written it in a while.

I've been getting back into an original writing kick. Also, there will never be enough KakaIru in my life. Never.
Thursday, April 7th, 2011 05:08 am (UTC)
Oh man. I can think of three things off the top of my head right now...which means I'm probably forgetting some.

- AtLA Jet/Zuko. Anything well-written about Jet/Zuko. And fortunately for me? There is a lot out there and [livejournal.com profile] jetheartszuko is such a freaking awesome community of awesome people.

- Escaflowne fandom, you make me very sad for your lack of good Dilandau fanfiction. But what makes me happy? People like Eboni with "Severed". It's not perfect by any means, but oh god, that is seriously how the series should have ended and I have read all 388,000 words of it six times. It never ceases to make me smile and cheer me up.

- The number one right now, though? Jokester from Batman Earth-3 universe. Every once in a while I flail my arms wildly and go tearing through the Batman fandom to find good Jokester fic (Red Hood is okay too, because at least he's still alive, but he's not as cool as Countdown's Jokester...or an AU Nolanverse Jokester). What's lovely is that practically every single fanfic I've read that focuses on Jokester/Red Hood is fabulous. And that's awesome. But it's mostly because the fandom is a small (very small) circle of a handful of people who happen to be fabulously talented writers. This of course leads to the less-happy aspect: there will never be enough Jokester/Red Hood fanfic. But what does exist is glorious.
Thursday, April 7th, 2011 12:47 pm (UTC)
That Harry Potter gif is pure amazing, holy shit.
Thursday, April 7th, 2011 02:21 pm (UTC)
>Fandom has been bumming me out lately. Don't get me wrong: I love you guys, but god damn, the all of the doom and gloom is starting to get to me. (Only so many incarnations of 'X is different and therefore ruined for life forever' before I start looking for a rusty spoon to scoop my eyeballs out. )

Ahhh... that old "What if?" chestnut where, because Peter Parker has a tuna sandwich instead of PB&J, half of New York is slaughtered by frost giants. Good times.

I think this happens partly because darkness is easier fodder for drama than reshuffling canon in an evenhanded way, and partly due to an emotional attachment by the fan writers to canon. If you love something enough to write fic for it, you probably prefer things (generally) as they happened in canon because that's the text that attracted you to the story in the first place.

AtLA fandom is nice in that, while it does darkfics, it has a generally positive tone. Although it would be nice if writers came up with darkfics that didn't constantly feature Phoenix Empress Azula as a serial rapist who force feeds a mutilated Katara sky-bison meat sandwiches. That gets old.
Saturday, April 9th, 2011 12:10 am (UTC)
Phoenix Empress Azula?  Really?  That alone is bad enough.
Friday, April 8th, 2011 09:18 am (UTC)
xD I was literally just watching HP 6 tonight...MUSTACHE. I will never be able to unsee this now when I watch the movie. (Now how to tie Haru into this joke...?:P)

I totally have to agree with you on rereading Harry Potter, I've just been thinking this myself. It's been way too damn long. I keep rewatching the movies whenever they're on TV (especially ABC Family's little marathons like a few weeks ago), and whenever I do I think about how I'm starting to forget all the little details that make the books sooo much better, and how much I miss them. Avatar's taken over my life so much in the last few years I've kind of forgotten about HP since the 7th book came out.:/ It's sad. I'm too busy with school reading right now, but come summer I really need to get out the books or the Jim Dale, one of the two.;)
Friday, April 8th, 2011 11:26 pm (UTC)
I stumbled into Trigun recently and Vash the Stampede has made me so happy. He's such a goofy, pacifist hero with such marksmanship skills and I love him for it all. He is what Aang wants to be when he finally grows up.