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Fandom meme - The Lyorn's Den

Sat May. 23rd, 2009

12:04 am - Fandom meme

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RULES: Comment and I'll LJ stalk you to find THREE FANDOMS you apparently love. And then you answer these questions about them!

01: What got you into this fandom in the first place?
02: Do you think you'll stay in this fandom or eventually move on?
03: Favorite episodes/books/movies/etc.?
04: Do you participate in this fandom (fanfiction, graphics, discussions)?
05: Do you think that more people should get into this fandom?


I got Torchwood, Perry Rhodan and Highlander from trobadora,

In chronological order:
Perry Rhodan

01: What got you into this fandom in the first place?

Ceridwen, who read her uncle's Perry Rhodan "silver" books and told me about it. I was sceptical -- I always am, and especially in the case of source material where you are taught in school that reading it means you're stupid or antisocial or reactionary. But I did read a few of the silver books when I was at Ceridwen's place, and found that there was an immense amount of world behind it. And I love made-up worlds. The bigger, the better.

02: Do you think you'll stay in this fandom or eventually move on?

It's strange, I kind of have moved on. I stopped following the series around #1620 because a new recurring character got on my nerves and I could not get interested in the conflict/big bad of the cycle. I just lost emotional contact.

But I'm still writing fanfic for the early series, and am still fascinated both by the world, and by the world's meta-issues -- yesterday's futures, basically. And there's still so much world to explore. It's the ideal setting for nearly everything.

03: Favorite episodes/books/movies/etc.?

My favourite cycles are: #200-#299, for its sense of wonder and exploration. #650-#699 for drama and doom, the way a setting that had only expanded for 13 years of weekly issues was broken down, and seeing the characters deal with it. #1200-1299 because of interesting ideas and good writing.

Going into which individual issues I liked best would be really overdoing it. My favourite writers were Scheer, because he always had a good grip on action and pacing, Ewers (when he had a good day), for weirdness and some mystery, and Ziegler, because he was all out weird. With the "Planetenromane" it's a little different, my favourite one is "Der Einsame von Terra" by Hans Kneifel.

Favourite characters, Atlan and Roi Danton. I wanted to like the female characters a lot more than I managed to. In retrospect I think they just got the short stick because they were rarely written well.

04: Do you participate in this fandom (fanfiction, graphics, discussions)?

No. Perry Rhodan showed me what fandom is and what is does, because the publisher supported fan activities, there was fan art and fan stories and fan wank [*] in the regular issues, and that gave me the idea what I could do in a fandom. But I never did.

Today, as I have lost contact with the source material, I do not participate in fandom at all, while at the same time Perry Rhodan is still the only 'verse I successfully write fanfic for. It's strange.

05: Do you think that more people should get into this fandom?

As I do not have contact with the fandom, I don't care much either way, but coming at it from a completely different side: I think the PR 'verse is an amazing phenomenon: Older than Who, bigger than Star Trek, a text-based collective effort, and without fans that would never have been possible. I want it to continue because it's amazing, and so I want people to get into the fandom.


Highlander

01: What got you into this fandom in the first place?

I got into that fandom twice, in a way, so:
The first thing was the movie poster. It caught my eye on a school trip to London, and I stopped to look. The topic of immortals in a world that changes around them, the idea of witnesses to history has always fascinated me[**], starting with Elrond's "my memory reaches back even to the Elder Days. Eärendil was my sire, who was born in Gondolin before its fall; and my mother was Elwing, daughter of Dior, son of Lúthien of Doriath. I have seen three ages in the West of the world, and many defeats, and many fruitless victories." The story the movie poster promised fed right into that fascination.

As it happened, I was underwhelmed with the movie for reasons of cinematography and editing. But I still loved the story.
I never got into the series when it first ran, for the simple reason that I had no TV.

What really got me into Highlander (and internet fandom) was fanfic. A regular on alt.games.vampire-the-masquerade, jdemorae had written some interesting Clan Tzimisce background, and when I followed her to her homepage I found that she had written Highlander fanfic. I knew just enough about the fandom to read it and enjoy it, and become addicted. I tried to get the source material, and as I've always been lucky, I had just met Snow, who had taped the whole series and was happy to share. (In turn, I gave her the fanfic bug.)

02: Do you think you'll stay in this fandom or eventually move on?

I have kind of moved on, because I found less and less fanfic that I actually wanted to read -- to much plotless wonders, OOC slash, repetitive plots, outright clichés, adaptation decay, you name it. The new source material was even worse than that. Then I lost my USENET access and dropped out of alt.tv.highlander, and that was pretty much it. I never really got into it again, but the fandom still stays close to my heart -- not my first great love (that was LotR), but the one that introduced me to internet fandom, and that was something.

03: Favorite episodes/books/movies/etc.?

I have actually a weak spot for the second movie for being insanely over the top, weird, out there, and immense fun (when you're stoned).

Now that that is out of the way, I'm a Methos fangirl, and was since I first read about the guy. I like Duncan better than most of fandom seems to do these days. Of course I went into crazy fangirl squee over the Horsemen eps, but "Timeless" and "Till Death" are also high on my fav list.

And as fanfic was what made this fandom so special for me, my favourites:
Andie P.: Bodypaint, Bartabs and Beer, Sylvan: Not Just Horsemen Come In Fours, Sylvia Volk: Tall Tale, V. Watts & MacGeorge: Archangel Redeemed, and a crossover: Wombat: Rapture.

Favourite song: "Princes of the Universe".

04: Do you participate in this fandom (fanfiction, graphics, discussions)?

I do stuff but I do not participate, mostly because I feel that everything I had to say I have already said on alt.tv.highlander.

I have written a "HL for WoD" rulebook based on the Driskill/Gavigan one. It's hidden on my website where the people who play in flederkatz's WoD Crossover RPG can find it. As so many things, it's still a WiP and sometimes I tinker with it. I've written one fanfic as an intro for the rulebook.

Closest I come to actual fannish activity in HL is hanging out with the sparetimeimages crew when I visit flederkatz.

05: Do you think that more people should get into this fandom?

I would like to read or do or say something new in this fandom, so if some of the people who I have contact with these days would get into the fandom, that would give me a chance to get back together with an old love. But OTOH, I don't think that it's a fandom that needs more people.


Torchwood

01: What got you into this fandom in the first place?

legionseagle (not on LJ anymore), who posted a short comment on "Exit Wounds" right after it aired. In the first week of April 2008 I had just finished watching first series New Who, and had put TW on my "to-see" list as "might be fun". But legionseagle had got me into two-and-a-half fandoms already and if there was anyone on the internet whose recs I trusted it was her. So I ran out to get the first season TW on DVD. The package arrive April 7th.

Fun thing, I got into the 'verse mildly spoiled, and I've tried to avoid spoilers ever since -- something I never did before. Don't know what's up with me. So it was only in early July that I could really dive into that fandom, and it is, really, the most fascinating and insane thing.

02: Do you think you'll stay in this fandom or eventually move on?

Knowing my patterns, as long as there is new source material, I will keep paying attention. When the material stops, the meta that I care for will slowly taper out or become repetitive, and I won't find anything to interest me. So I'll move on, but as with all my old flames, I won't throw away their phone number... just in case.

03: Favorite episodes/books/movies/etc.?

My favourite first season eps are "Countrycide" (because it's so scary!) "Out of Time" because I like the topic and find the pattern of it interesting, "Combat", because I think Owen is a fascinating character. Second season "Adam" (because of really good Ianto), "Reset" (for plot reasons), "Something Borrowed" (has me ROTFL) and "Exit Wounds" (for drama).

From the tie-ins I have read so far, my favourite is "Trace Memory", because everything in it fits very well together. It is not OTT, does not try to be cool, ties neatly into a theory of time that fits the Whoverse, and has just my kind of melodrama. Second is "Almost Perfect", which is OTT, but it reads very well as a satire on gender roles. Plus, good Rhys.

I don't have any specific favourite fanfic, but I'm always willing to throw recs at people who ask.

04: Do you participate in this fandom (fanfiction, graphics, discussions)?

A little. I am not completely comfortable with the fandom, because I feel there's too much ranting and too little raving. I do not need anyone to point out that liking some 'verse makes me stupid, antisocial, reactionary (OK, that one does not go with TW, at least), or whatever. I had teachers who did that for me. I also do not need anyone to explain fridge logic to me or make me un-suspend my disbelief.

But I hang out at a bunch of TW communities, write reviews (for readers, usually), give the occasional feedback on fanfic, and let myself be dragged into discussions.

I'm also planning on writing an TW/XF crossover, but as I, honestly, suck at writing other people's characters, I'm not sure it will ever see the light of day.

05: Do you think that more people should get into this fandom?

Goodness, no. The fandom is big enough. What I hope is for enough people to watch the show to carry it through a few more seasons.




[*] "fan wank" here: good-natured and constructive Watsonian arguing and patching of plot holes.
[**] But you knew that by looking at the list of fandoms, didn't you?

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