end of year meme - TV/books/etcetera edition

Dec 30, 2013 12:38

It is that time folks - the time of the year when Snick goes on and on and on about the prior fannish year. 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?
Writing-wise, still definitely SPN (13 stories) and SPN RPF (6.5, including the second half of Not Just For Hallmark Specials Anymore). In terms of consumption of canon, comics won by a mile, specifically Marvel comics although I read a fair bit of Image stuff as well.

2. Your favorite film watched this year?
In the theater I have seen exactly two: Pacific Rim and Frozen. Pacific Rim might as well have been made specifically for me (except if it had been, there were would have been more women and it would have passed the Bechdel test lots). Everything about it was gorgeous: character designs for the robots and monsters, lighting, use of color. The character interactions pleased me. The plot didn’t make me mad, which is a freqent problem for me with action movies. I adored it.

Frozen I had a variety of issues with. I definitely enjoyed it while watching, but it will not be a favorite.

If we expand this to all films, though, then I... can’t remember what all I watched this year? Haywire is a very emotionally and visually spare action movie with a female lead; it’s a pity no one seems to have watched it. (Again, I could have done with more women, but...) Dragon Hunters is an oddball French animated fantasy with fascinating world design and a POC in the lead role. I quite liked it. I'm sure there are more that I'm forgetting.

3. Your favorite book read this year?
Someone asked me this recently and I gave them the wrong answer because I’d failed to add a particular favorite to my “books read” list, but here it is now: Seraphina, by Rachel Hartman. This was a gift from gryfndor_godess (<3 <3), and it’s the best fantasy I have read in years. As so many fantasies are set in faux-medievalism, this one is set in what I’d call a faux-Renaissance, possibly in Italy specifically. Seraphina is the cranky, anti-social assistant to the kingdom’s head musician; she’s also half-dragon, which is not only verboten but considered impossible. This sounds like it’d lend itself to Mary Sueishness, but Seraphina is so aggressively down-to-earth (not to mention cranky) as to murder that accusation in its bed. The worldbuilding is fabulous; these are the most interesting dragons I have read about in ages, analytical and unfeeling (by cultural enforcement, if necessary), completely alien. Also there are plots! Several of them! This book elegantly juggles far more elements than it ought to be able to. I found it deeply satisfying from start to finish and recommend it to EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOU.

4. Your favorite album or song to listen to this year?
I spent a lot of time this summer listening to Ganglion by Saltillo. The aural mix of quotations, sampled advertisements, and instruments suited me very well. I also quite enjoyed this old trip-hop mix by architeuthis.

5. Your favorite TV show of the year?
I'm only making very slow progress with it due to logistics, but Carnivale is definitely the most intriguing and satisfying show I've begun watching this year. Tons of interesting characters, beautiful cinematography, verrrry interesting worldbuilding. Runners up include Breaking Bad (the first 1.5 seasons were brilliant, but the suspense may be getting to be too much for me), Game of Thrones (need to catch up on this), Orphan Black (acting that's out of this world, although the plot/worldbuilding makes less and less sense the longer it's been since you watched the show).

7. Your best new fandom discovery of the year?
COMICS. <3 <3 <3

8. Your biggest fandom disappointment of the year?
SPN the show. Oh, honey. I loved what we had together, I still like hanging out with your friends and remembering who you used to be, but we ain't never getting back together again.

9. Your fandom boyfriend of the year?
I was really more hung up on the girls this year. Fantomex, maybe. Fascinating character concept, great showing in Remender's UXF, and he has a coat, y'all. (Which is to say, his current costume is in my top five favorite superhero costumes ever.)

10. Your fandom girlfriend of the year?
Definitely Genevieve Padalecki, with the caveat that I mean fanon!Gen who is a werewolf/dragon/alpha lady/whatever. Fanon!Gen is small and feisty and cranky and gorgeous. She has a habit of dating other people who are also gorgeous. Sometimes she has a lot of bravado; sometimes she's buried so deep in herself that only improbable accident can bring her out. Of my 6.5 RPF fics this year, 5 were from her POV.

Runner up is Psylocke/Betsy Braddock, who broke my heart in Remender's UXF and has the potential to be super interesting in Wood's X-Men or Spurrier's XF or both.

11. Your biggest squee moment of the year?
Comics again. Comics have brought me more joy this year than any canon since I first started watching SPN in 2011.

However, this year is also the first time someone (=scarletscarlet) drew art for fic of mine (twice!), which is soooo exciting you have no idea. Guh, the art makes me so happy. Bear!Gen! And Jared and Gen standing on the street with ice cream cones! :DDD

12. The most missed of your old fandoms?
Y'all, I've been feeling sort of nostalgic about Buffy lately. I don't know when I'm going to get around to it, but I'd like to rewatch a bunch and then write a bunch of things I didn't write the first time - a lot of Buffy+Faith, especially (maybe Buffy/Faith?), and more Dawn-centric stuff. I think that I've worked through most of my Spike obsession (famous last words?), but there are a lot of other characters that I haven't explored nearly enough yet.

13. The fandom canon you haven't tried yet, but want to?
Haven't tried at all? The big one is The Sarah Connor Chronicles, which I'm much more excited about now that I know Cersei Lena Headey stars in it. I'd also like to at least dip my toe into Warehouse 13 and Fringe (which apparently has tons of body horror, WHY DID NO ONE TELL ME). There isn't anything new new that I want to watch, nor has this list had much added to it since last year, which feels weird.

Otherwise, there's a bunch of TV I'd like to finish: Twin Peaks (STILL), Breaking Bad, Mad Man (which I made a bunch of progress on this year, although I failed to mention it), Game of Thrones, definitely the rest of Carnivale.

14. Your biggest fan anticipations for the New Year?
COMICS. Specifically all the new titles coming out for the (I kid you not) All-New Marvel NOW advertising wave. Black Widow! Ms. Marvel! Loki! Elektra as drawn by Mike del Mundo! And a new X-Force that is ugly as all heck but has characters I care about.

Biggest fandom excitement is definitely round two of genteensybang, w00t! I also hear tell there might be a comics-specific exchange in the spring? I really hope that's true. Yuletide is great for many things, but it is simply not prepared to deal with sprawling, umpteen-million-subcanon monsters like Marvel or DC.

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