my year in fandom - general

Dec 30, 2012 23:25

I'm going to write a fic-specific round-up once Yuletide's revealed, but in the meantime, here's a summary of the rest of my fannish activity this year.

1. Your main fandom of the year?
Definitely SPN and SPN RPF, two fandoms with not so very much in common, really, except for the appearances of their characters and a certain amount of crossover in audience. I wrote 13 SPN fics, 6 SPN RPF fics, and an oddball, What Should Really, Really Never Be which is kinda sorta both. (But only sort of, because RPF is canon in my fandom. :D)

2. Your favorite film watched this year?
LOLOL. If we mean "Film Snick Watched in The Theater," then I must choose between The Avengers, The Hobbit, and Lawrence of Arabia (which I saw for the 50th Anniversary special release day). Of those, The Avengers and The Hobbit were very similar viewing experiences for me: collections of bits I enjoyed very much indeed smothered by nonsensical plot and interminable action sequences. I could have liked either one a great deal more were it cut by at least 25%.

Therefore, Lawrence of Arabia is the clear favorite - a gorgeous film and even more gorgeous on the big screen, full of desert that stretches as far as the eye can see and clear enough to see the individual hairs on the camels. Also, obviously, containing Peter O'Toole and Alec Guiness and Omar Sharif, lots of political intrigue and witty dialogue, and plenty of very interesting psychology, however much or little it has to do with the historical figure.

If we expand this to all films, though, then probably my three favorite discoveries this year were Whip It (ALL THE WOMEN, doing actiony things and being friends and learning lessons and being front and center in their own stories, no male characters required), the 1985 Fright Night (Roddy McDowell! Prince Humperdink! But mostly Roddy McDowell.), and District 9 (alien aliens, a really unexpected piece of science fiction in terms of both style and storytelling).

3. Your favorite book read this year?
This has not been a book-heavy year; honestly, I've read several times the volume of fanfic that I have of published books. My absolute favorite read this year was undoubtedly The Bible Made Impossible, by Christian Smith, about the logical difficulties inherent in holding a biblicist position regarding Biblical interpretation. Smith is cautious in his claims and extremely careful in his argumentation, and everything I could want in a book touching on such a loaded topic.

But, uh, I expect that interests two of you at most. In more fannish things, I probably best enjoyed China Mieville's latest, Railsea. This is a great introduction to Mieville: it's got all the gonzo worldbuilding that makes his Bas-Lag novels so fascinating, and none of the ickiness. Much less of the nihilism, too. This is also a spectacular book for raising certain questions early on and answering them later in satisfying ways.

4. Your favorite album or song to listen to this year?
Favorite single this year was absolutely "Somebody I Used to Know," by Gotye and Kimbra. Nothing like following the crowd, right? But you've got your very low-key and fairly unusual instrumentation, a melody and lyrics that match it well, and then that wonderful moment when the girl comes in and cuts right through all the guy's self-centered mopiness. (Alas, nothing else I've heard by Gotye comes close to the cleverness in this song, and nothing by Kimbra has so pure a sound as she has here. Woe.)

I've acquired very few albums this year, but of those I have, my hands-down favorite would be Julieta Venegas's Limon y Sal, released in 2006. (The cutting edge, I'm on it.) It's much lighter and poppier than her first albums, Aquí, both thematically and musically, but I find I still like it just as much.

5. Your favorite TV show of the year?
I think I already tried to answer this, and come up with, what, four different answers? But that was asking for "best" or "most impressive," and "favorite" is a simpler question, really. For sheer joy, we'll say The IT Crowd.

7. Your best new fandom discovery of the year?
Hilariously, probably spnanonhaven, the SPN anon meme. This is hilarious because all I'd heard since before I even got into the fandom was how rude and depressing it was there, and yes, threads do get derailed into wank fairly regularly, but it's also got by far the most diverse bunch of SPN fans I've seen anywhere. I've gotten into really neat discussions about fic, rare ships, fannish activities and history, feminism and how it ought to affect storytelling... the list goes on and on.

In particular, it spends a fair bit of time discussing the kink meme, which is my other best new fandom discovery this year. (Not that I hadn't been there before, but I'd never been involved at all. Just this summer, I wrote
verity and said, "Verity! I posted a prompt to the kink meme!" And she was very proud.)

8. Your biggest fandom disappointment of the year?
The movie scene was deeply disappointing this year. Possibly this reflects my own ongoing ennui than it does the actual quality of movies this year, but I can't think of a single film I missed in theaters that I feel any need to go hunt up on DVD.

9. Your fandom boyfriend of the year?
Er. Jared Padalecki, I think? Fanon!Jared, big and cheerful and puppy-like, continues to bring me great joy, and I wrote him a fair bit this year, too. (For reasons unknown to me, I find Jensen more attractive but Jared easier to ship with people. IDK why this is.)

10. Your fandom girlfriend of the year?
Oh, man. This is a toss-up between Genevieve Padalecki and Jo Harvelle. I have huge feelings for both of them (RPF!Gen more than RL!Gen, although RL!Gen is as far as I can tell a delightful person as well), and I wrote them both a fair bit. I definitely read and squeed over more Genfic than Jofic this year, though. (This may largely be due to my disinterest in shippy Jo-centric curtainfic, which is what most Jo fic seems to be. If there was ever a character about whom I did not need curtainfic, especially picket-fence-and-babies curtainfic, it is Jo Harvelle.)

I love them both, and I decline to choose. So there.

11. Your biggest squee moment of the year?
The fic. Y'all, I don't think there is anything any canon has given me this year that has delighted me as much as the fic. (See the tag for a list of things I've loved this year.)

12. The most missed of your old fandoms?
I don't know that I miss Buffy fandom as such - I suspect I'll come back around to it eventually, and meanwhile people are still writing fic - but I miss when I shared fandoms with all my best fannish friends. Of the Spuffycon folks, several have disappeared from fandom entirely, and several more have wandered off into the wilds of kpop fandom or Teen Wolf. Come back to meeee.

13. The fandom you haven't tried yet, but want to?
In terms of canon, eh, it's all TV. As previously mentioned, I am hopeful of testing the fannish waters of Babylon 5 if I can get into the show at all, because all signs point to the fandom being a delightful place, and it looks like the sort of canon I'd enjoy writing for: a lived-in world, lots of room for speculative fun, a wide range of characters, and lots of different shipping possibilities.

I also want to finish Twin Peaks and hopefully write some fic. It's such a weird show, and I love it so.

14. Your biggest fan anticipations for the New Year?
Hmm, the post-hiatus SPN ep looks intriguing - lots of plotty stuff afoot. In terms of canon, though, mostly I'm anticipating finally getting around watching things that already exist.

Otherwise, I'm mostly excited about fic-type things. I definitely want to do spnspringfling again, I'm already making plans for spn_j2_bigbang next summer, and I hear tell there'll be a Genevieve-centric bang-type thing coming along in the spring as well.

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