moonbeamsfanfic: (Snape - This Is My Happy Face)
..., because then maybe fandom would stop making me feel like I'm a broken freak who needs to be "fixed" to find true happiness.

I would like it if (just once even!) I could a find an angsty fic that doesn't pull a complete turn-around into a so-called "happy ending" by essentially saying: 'Oh, hey? That thing that was making you miserable? All your own fault! Just admit I'm right and you're wrong, and presto! All fixed! Now we can be together forever!' Tadda, instant happy ending!

Because I don't buy it. Relationships don't just magically fix everything. And, hey, guess what? That's okay! People have flaws, they have fears, they have angers... it's part of life. It doesn't mean they're "broken" and need fixing to be happy. They can, wonder of wonders, learn to be happy with themselves flaws and all, you know. Love doesn't always conquer all.

But the message all these fics are sending is that no, really, I'm wrong. If I just change who I am, I can find love and then suddenly everything in my life will be so much better, yay! And that makes me feel horrible and alienated after reading these fics because, sorry, I don't buy their happily ever after endings. Because I want the characters to hold out for once, to not compromise themselves to make the 'happy ending' possible. Because I am not only not satisfied by the relationship working out, I am actually upset by it. Because it's not goddamn FAIR to the character, okay? It's just not. And it's not fair to me either.

Why can't these characters be allowed to be themselves and not have to change to suit someone else instead? Why aren't they allowed to hold on to their so-called "hangups" and have the other person adapt to live with them? To accept them as they are?

Why do they, do I, have to be "fixed" to find happiness?

Answer: We don't. I'm just fine the way I am, and so are most of them. That's why we love those characters in first place, isn't it? So, please, just someone... leave them be. Let them live however they want, let them find happiness in themselves for once.

Even if that means being alone.
moonbeamsfanfic: (Dear LJ - Lex from Gargoyles)
I have a confession to make. The more I think about the Avengers movie? The less I actually like it. I know! It kinda shocks me too. Or it would have if... NO ACTUAL SPOILERS EVEN UNDER THE CUT BECAUSE I'M SNEAKY CLE-VER, HAHA! )

Avengers aside, that's not what I'm breaking the last six months of hermitdom to confess! No, no, it's far worse than that. Really, I'm practically ashamed of myself about this, but here goes:

I have become addicted to the MTV remake of Teen Wolf.

Whew! glad I got that off my chest. What? You don't know what I'm talking about? Don't worry, that's probably a good thing. It's, er, really godawful! Shitty acting, crappy plots, trying to take itself seriously when it's just plain ridiculous... it's a horrible show. How I ever got sucked into it I just don't know.

Okay, I'm lying! I know exactly how. It's the fandom's fault! They're actually really great, mostly because they don't really bother with the canon anymore than I do. It's all fanon, and the fanon is way way better! )

Geeze, two LJ cuts in one post? This is what happens when I don't post for six months. I get long-winded. Sorry, too many thoughts in my head! They have to come oooouuuut! ::flails wildly:: Save meeeeeeee!

TEAL DEER recap for those who didn't care (which I expect is everybody, ha! :P): The Avengers movie didn't wow me, but Teen Wolf fandom is embarrassingly addictive. Now I'm gonna go rec some kinky, hilarious Derek/Stiles slash on my Pinboard!
moonbeamsfanfic: (Make it stop! - Batty Koda)
Dear Pinboard users (and especially the amazing people in my Network),

I love you all very much because you bookmark so many wonderful stories in so many fandoms I love. All of which look incredibly interesting and have to, just have to be read as soon as possible. And you manage do it all the time, a constant stream of great fic to read and read and read so that I never run out of ficcy goodness. It's truly wonderful!

Could ya stop now though, plzkthx?

At least for a day or two, so I can catch up! I have sooooo many open tabs of stories-to-be-read in my browser it isn't even funny. I can't tell them apart anymore because the only part of the tab still visible is the little domain icon of where each tab points to, there's too many to even show partial titles. (Incidentally, I appear to have 8 Livejournal, 5 Dreamwidth, 2 Fanfiction.Net, 6 assorted personal authorsites, and far too many AO3 tabs too count. It's a see of red interspersed with some occasional blue!) And it's not all just one fandom either! I must have at least 15 fandoms represented up there -- though I think a significant portion of them are Avengers fandom, which is ridiculous because I DON'T EVEN LIKE THE AVENGERS, wtf? [livejournal.com profile] crimsonquills, I so blame you for this. ::headdesks::

In conclusion, so much great fic! Please hold off on bookmarking more for a bit 'til I can read the ones you've already recced before i fall so far behind I'll never catch up!

Much love,
Moon.
moonbeamsfanfic: (*hugs* - Sam/Dean from Supernatural)
I don't usually rec fics here on my journal, because that's what Pinboard (and, ostensibly, Delicious - for now, until they screw up again) is for, but omg, you guys have to read this!

The Chuck Writes Story: An Unauthorized Fandom Biography by faviconLettered (PG-13)

It is on the surface a Supernatural story and if you have or have had even the smallest passing interest in Supernatural fandom, you need to read this fic. I stopped watching SPN in Season 4, which is right about when this story is set, so it worked out perfectly for me. But I think anyone with even the smallest knowledge of Supernatural or just the teensiest understanding of the fandom will be blown away by the sheer awesomeness of this incredible metafic.

Because that's what it is about: The Meta. (Cut for summary/spoilers.) )

But the levels of meta go deeper than just the obvious. It is also an examination of how fandom as a whole works and responds, how people react, why it is so important to us, and what it all really means, if it means anything at all in the Grand Scheme of Life. It's like holding up a mirror and microscope and magnifying glass on ourselves and our concept of fandom and what is reality all at the same time! It's drama and humour and angst and crack and wank and of course so much meta that your brain actually hurts trying to keep it all straight. It's real and it's not, but it feels like it is, like it could be, and the author actually made sockpuppets for the "supporting" evidence, and some the "characters" could be real fen you know, maybe on your Flist, maybe even you, because we've seen this all before but it's all new, and how can we tell where fandom ends and reality starts or is it all the same?

::cue mind-breaking::

I think you'd probably have to have some understanding of Supernatural to really grasp the depth of this fic, but even without it is a fascinating portrayal of the existence of Fandom in general and the world we all live in here on LJ anyway. Well worth the read for anyone!

WTF, LJ? Stop eating my cut text! Argh!
moonbeamsfanfic: (Pulse of Fandom)
The Gdoc of Doom(tm), the impressively huge and quickly developed document within which everyone and their dog put in their own two cents after Pinboard's owner foolishly invited suggestions (ha! he totally didn't see us coming!), has been condensed and contabulated and converted into an easy-peasy form. The simple three question survey is from what Maciej will be picking and choosing which new features to implement based on highest demand for them. So, yanno, if you're interested in a quality service catered to your fandom needs, do it and get your voice heard! Go vote and demand something!

CLICK FOR YOUR LIFE --> Pinboard Features Request Survey! <-- Oooh, baby, do me!


Further detail and explanations of what is included and what got left out by general opinion is all available on the [livejournal.com profile] pinboard community. Have a look and make sure you do the survey! C'mon people, God Maciej is actually watching! And listening! And, even better, doing stuff in answer! So go ask for somethin', he actually cares! Plus it only takes, like, a minute of your time... and it's for the Good Of All Fandom. \o/

Survey closes Oct 7th, 2011. Vote now to optimize Pinboard for your fic searching/reccing needs!
moonbeamsfanfic: (Stealthy Pac-Man is Stealthy)
If you made the switch to Pinboard or are planning to, look me up! Heck, look everybody up! And don't forget to add your name(s) to the Great Delicious Migration spreadsheet so others can find you too!

Also, VERY IMPORTANT, remember to ticky-box the setting so you can see who is subscribed to you -- and they can subscribe back!

I'm busy renaming all my tags so I can have some form of organization again (oh, my bundles! ::wails::), which I'm doing by hand. There apparently is a Python Script that is supposed to make it easier and faster, but honestly I couldn't even understand the installation instructions for the script, so probably shouldn't try my luck running it. Anyway, hand editing all my bookmarks one by one is proving useful. Not only can I add new tags to my older bookmarks from before I established a homogeneous system, I'm finding and re-locating a few dozen dead links so my story recs can keep being read. But I've got 24 pages of bookmarks and only a page and bit done... I'll be at this for awhile.

In the meantime, Delicious finally gave me back the ability to view all my tags. Now if only they'd return my beloved bundles, network, and subscriptions my world would be complete. :)
moonbeamsfanfic: (Don't Panic! - Death Star from Star Wars)
... not panicking. ;)

Okay, so as pretty much the entire intarwebs knows by now, Delicious' new owners Avos revealed their new "beta version" to almost universal outcries of "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOoooooooooooooooooooo!!!!1!!"

Day or two later, some small hope is returned. Their Beta Status Blog indicates that the much-loved and essential features such as tag bundles and subscriptions are due to return. Special characters like the "/" for pairings, the exclamation mark (!), ampersand (&), period (.), colon (:) and even certain symbols like the heart (♥) and triangle (▲) are now working. (Although, apparently only for some people? Mine just came back a few hours ago, so maybe all it'll take is a bit of time to settle things.)

That said, thousands more fen are now participating in the Great Delicious Migration (add your name to the GoogleDocs Spreadsheet so we can keep track of you!) that first started last December with Yahoo!'s plans to shut down our lovely bookmarking tool. Some are heading for Diigo's free alternative, but there one must think about censorship concerns over random privatizing of porny links. Which isn't really very practical for most fen.

Many others are shelling out the small one-time fee ($9.44 at the moment) for Pinboard. I did too -- come see moonbeamsfanfic on Pinboard and feel free to add me to your network! (Don't forget to change your settings to show subscriptions!) Entry-cost aside, Pinboard is seeming to be the next best alternative to an as-yet nonexistent fan-made bookmarking tool. At least Maciej, the founder/creator, is being very friendly and welcoming to fandom invading his doors en-masse as we are. He's even open to suggestions as the in-progress GoogleDoc demonstrates.

Plus he's been very understanding of our crazy quirks even as it took no time at all to Rule 34 him with anthropomorphic crackfic in which Pinboard steals Delicious' girlfriend, Fandom. Which has been shared everywhere, and even Maciej has tweeted about it in good humour. For him and his awesomeness alone, I am happy with Pinboard!

In conclusion... I am not giving up on Delicious. The beta-version site relaunch was obviously WAY too early, but I'm hopeful things'll return to some semblance of normal. Fairly quickly too, if the other "fixes" implemented in the last 24 hours is any clue. (Granted it doesn't solve the problem of why they took them away in the first place, but meh... no harm, no foul in my bookmarks.)

In the meantime. watch [livejournal.com profile] deliciouslymad for updates and come find me on Pinboard!
moonbeamsfanfic: (Fandom's Moral Compass by Copperbadge)
Little help here please, guys!

I'm trying to remember what the main Rules of Fandom are to add them to my Fanfiction Terminology list.

I mean, there's the classic Rule 34 of course: "If it exists, there is porn of it."

Or Rule 63, which defines the entire trope of genderswap, basically states that any character can and will exist as a member of the opposite sex. Technically, Urban Dictionary defines it as "For any given male character, there is a female version of that character." But it works for female characters being redone as male, too, though that is admittedly rarer.

Those rules came out of the pre-established Rules Of The Internet that emerged from the 4chan boards, as most early things on the 'net did. But much of the others have become flexible over time, and fandom has devised our own takes on the idea. So while things like Rule 34 (and its corollary #35) or Rule 63 are well known, others are more obscure.

Like, I am certain there was another rule about crossovers. Specifically about how all fandoms would eventually be crossed-over with Highlander. Which has, imho, so far proved ridiculously true. And yet, not even all my creative Googling can't find it. I think it was either Rule 33 or Rule 68 (as in 'Revelations 6.8') but I'm turning up bupkis. Sound familiar to anyone else? Anyone? Bueller?

What about any other Rules of Fandom you know that I don't? There's gotta be something!
moonbeamsfanfic: (Zombie Jesus! - Farnsworth from Futurama)
Holy guacamole, Batman! I went to bed last night, all was calm. I wake up this morning, and my Inbox is absolutely flooded with new fic! OMGWTFBBQ!

Sweet bejeebus, people, what's with the massive posting frenzy? I've got over a hundred new story alerts from Fanfiction.Net alone and at least six of the WIPs I'm tracking on LJ got updated. And that's not even counting whatever new fics got posted while I was out sleeping for eight measely hours.

Now don't get me wrong, folks, I'm not complaining! But yowsa! Could you warn a girl the next time the entire intarwebs decides to be so ridiculously, productively explosive? I might want to get in on the action, yanno?!

Well, I guess I know what I'm going to be doing this fine rainy Sunday... XD
moonbeamsfanfic: (*headdesk* - Star Wars)
It's 2:00am and I just finished reading a very good Supernatural/Criminal Minds crossover. It a WIP, but there's already enough meat to the story written to sink nicely into. I enjoyed it completely, and am eagerly looking forward to the rest when it gets posted.

Like a good little reader, I fully intended to write a review. Gotta keep encouraging those authors to churn out my daily allotment of entertainment, yanno? I'm all for the provision of feedback! But thankfully I managed to stop myself from posting this one:

Hey, this is not too bad at all! So far, so good - everybody's behaving in character, no one's secrets are being spilled, nobody's a long lost relative or had suddenly-remembered past supernatural encounters which make them instant believers. Add in a case with actual elements fit for both teams, an even combination of mystery suspense and fun banter, and some pretty darn top notch writing and I think we have a winner! Sweet mercy, but this might be one of the best SPN/CM crossovers I've ever encountered!

Which means the only thing left to say is: Thank you!

Upon rereading, it's possible that little review might be revealing juuuuuuuust a little subtle bitterness. A somewhat hidden disgruntlement, perhaps. Evidence of a stealthy build-up of resentment due to too much exposure to such aforementioned bad and cliche type stories to which I have developed an aversion. Just a little. Maybe.

Erm...

You know, I've noticed this odd quirk of mine before. Most other people, the more they read, the longer they spend in fandom, the broader their tolerances get. New ficcers might suddenly discover slash isn't half so squicky as their heteronormative selves initially thought, or long-time ficcers branch out into other pairings or relax their standards on grammar. Not me though. I seem to be the only person I know who has gotten more selective as the years went on. These days I'm down right picky.

What's up with that, I gotta wonder? Even as I constantly add more and more fandoms in my relentless search for fic (Dresden Files, Leverage, and BBC's Sherlock in the last month alone, for example!), my definition of "good fic" has reduced to the point where I only actually read about 1 in 100 stories I click on. Including from many of the highest-rated ones that everybody else seems to think are the bomb.

But why am I so picky? It's not hubris; it's not like I think I can write better than them, 'cause I totally know I can't. Heck, that's one of the reasons I haven't written much at all for the last few years -- I usually feel my skill level is inadequate to tackle the ideas that hop my way in a manner worthy of their nature. Yet something makes me judge each story by tighter and tighter criteria, and while it might mean that each story I do read and rec is the best of the best, I can't help but feel like I'm missing out on something.

Or maybe it's just really late and I should go to bed before my brain drips out my ears.

Yeah, that sounds like a good idea too. ::nods off::
moonbeamsfanfic: (*headdesk* - Star Wars)
You know what's really frustrating? Authors who decide to quit fandom and wipe ALL TRACE OF THEIR EXISTENCE off the intarwebs when they leave.

I get why you might want to leave, I really do. There's lots of perfectly good reasons, and more power to you if you feel one of the them is the right decision for you. But does that mean you have to remove every story you've ever written from every place it is posted before you go? I mean, sure, that's your prerogative as the writer, but there's one little downside you may have neglected to think about first.

I still want to READ them!

::pouts::
moonbeamsfanfic: (Default)
So, evidently my entire flist is slowly being taking over by Criminal Minds fans. I've never even seen a single moment of the show, but I have read a few crossovers fics with it.

Is it really all that? Am I missing greatness without ever knowing about it? Because I hate to say it, but with a possible exception of Castle, my TV viewing schedule has been sadly lacking in greatness for a while. This may be a show worth investing in.

[Poll #1473966]


Also, guess what? I'm actually writing a new fic! ::waits for it::

Dude, I know! Three years of abso-lutely NOTHING and suddenly there's new fic on the horizon? Wacky! It's like some weird parallel universe -- time travel, back in time to the days when Moonbeam was actually an active fanfiction author.

Or, you know, an inactive author as the case often was.

But hey, three years later I've finally managed to create again! YAY!

Of course, it won't do any of you much good. I doubt any of you would be interested in reading 10,000 words of kinky '80s cartoon robot porn, huh? Yeah, didn't think so. ::coughs:: Yes, the first thing I write in ages is Transformers-G1 smut. But it's for a good cause! I got inspired by a request on the TF Anonymous Kink Meme and the next thing I knew...

Anyway, it'll be done hopefully in the next day or two, and then I'll post it here just for completeness sake. Don't worry, none of you are expected to read it! :P

See ya on the flipside,
Moon.
moonbeamsfanfic: (Subtext What Subtext? - Big Wolf on Camp)
Over the years, I've become a lot more discerning about the quality of fiction I'll read. Despite working in a library, I rarely read books anymore because the quality of the writing for most pro-fic absolutely sucks in comparison to amateur fanfic authors who write because they love it, instead of just because they're paid for it.

Because of that, my standards for high-quality fic have risen drastically over the years. But one thing seems to have remained the same: my love for detailed world-building. Any author who can take a concept and develop it so thoroughly that I end up living and breathing it, seeing it as its own reality, even dreaming about it at night? Those are the stories I love the most, the ones I never forget, and keep going back to over and over again. They are stories which do more than just explore the characters or follow a cunning plot, they are stories that feel alive... rich and immense with detail, background, meaning and future possibilties. They are stories which have created a reality all their own, one which when done well, can often feel more real than canon.

There are several authors I can think of off the top of my head who do this with ease:

1. Macx (aka Gryph) with her undisputed Fire & Ice series in the Knight Rider fandom

2. James Walkswithwind (aka [livejournal.com profile] zortified) with her enormously popular 'Centaur AU That Eats Fandoms', to which the world-building was so rich I came to love a show I'd never even heard of just through reading it. (To this day, I've never seen an episode of Houston Knights despite reading several hundred fics for it.)

3. Nix (aka [livejournal.com profile] crimsonquills) who continued the Centaur AU brilliantly into two new fandoms and gave it even more depth and richness.

4. Red Wolf (aka [livejournal.com profile] redwolfoz) whose werewolves Wolf and Declan have been part of my personal life for so long I've claimed Dec as my own perfect mate. Alas, too bad he's ficitonal. ::pouts::

5. TenthMuse1 who seems to excel in world-builing, even if her most popular one is a world I don't particularly like.

6. Jennifer Lyon and Suzanne Bickerstaff with their classic, beloved fantasy X-Files novels, The Magician Trilogy (in four books).

7. Sam (aka [livejournal.com profile] copperbadge)'s better-than-canon Sirius and Remus raising Harry Potter AU.

8. Domenika Marzione (aka [livejournal.com profile] miss_porcupine) who has taken the flippant world of Stargate: Atlantis and given it's military a voice and believability, as well a host of characters the readers keep looking for every episode despite them not actually being canon.

9. Susan Foster's Sentinel GDP AU, which while often unpleasant, no can deny has a life of its own.

and of course,

10. The entire Magnificent Seven fandom, who cooperatively brought to life the ATF AU based off of one tiny little fic by Mog.

And now the newest name to add to my list, Sanjuno Shori Niko (aka [livejournal.com profile] sanjuno), who's taken the original G1 of Transformers and built an entire culture from the dregs of canon. A culture that revolves around my favourite characters, the sleek and gorgeous Seekers: Starscream, Thundercracker, and Skywarp.

~*~

The Nine Rings of Vos, A Transformers G1 Fanfic
by Sanjuno Shori Niko

Summary: The Seekers have a plan, one that spans the entire length of the war, and is now coming to fruition. Soundwave and the Cassettacons get caught up in the plot, and somehow cannot find it in their sparks to regret any of it. As for the Autobot and Decepticon factions, well, they are all just really, really confused.

~*~


Link goes to the main timeline of series that span over 50 stories and millions of years. It's fun, full of humour and love, and best of all... builds a world I can't help but love.
moonbeamsfanfic: (Puppy Dog Eyes - Mulder from The X-Files)
After finally seeing the new X-Files movie (stupid, boring plot but good Mulder/Scully character and relationship development, so I'll grudgingly call it a win) I've been sucked back into the XF fandom like I haven't been since the early years. Oh, don't get me wrong, I've never really left the fandom... I've always gone back and reread my favourite stories, as well as a few exceptional and highly recommended new ones, not too mention all the crossovers that pop up in my other fandoms. But it's been well over a decade since I've immersed my self so deeply into the X-Files groove.

You know what? It's surprising how little things have actually changed! Some of the authors I read back in the 90s are even still around. Oh, many of them seem to have done the same as me and moved on to other fandoms for a few years in between, but there are so many familiar names writing right now that it almost feels like I never left. (And a few of them -- Vickie Mosely, for one -- seem never to have left at all!)

I'm just feeling the biggest nostalgia for this old classic show right now. It was the fandom that got me started, the first show I ever read or wrote fanfic for. Heck, it was the very reason I got out on the internet in the first place! My family got our first internet connection in the mid-1990s, but except for a few chatroom sessions (including one especially nasty argument over which country was better, Canada vs USA) which were mostly driven by my sister at that, I wasn't really interested in the computer until I discovered there were other X-Philes out there, and OMG, they were writing stories about my favourite show!

Within weeks, I'd become entrenched in my first fandom, and even started sending feedback to authors of the stories I'd especially liked. Luckily for me, one of the authors I met in those early months would become one of the best and most influential (Hi, [livejournal.com profile] redwolfoz!) friends of my life. Someone who would not only get me started in the realm of fandom, but who would stick by me ever since -- something not even anyone in real life (family notwithstanding) has ever managed.

Now, I'm feeling such a sense of nostalgia I'm back to feeling like the giddy, foolish little girl I was when I first discovered the world of fanfiction at my fingertips. I've been rewatching my old favourite episodes, and seeing a few from the later Doggett-years for the first time. And I've been steadily working my way backwards (by date) through the Gossamer archives for fic. There's so much I've missed! So much that's brand new to me (even if it's years old now) that I feel like I could do this for weeks and not tire of it.

God, could I have really forgotten how much I loved this show? Those characters? How I would never miss sitting in front of a TV every Friday night (at 9pm!) no matter what other events were planned? God, I even remember the big hullabaloo there was over the show's damn timeslot. Friday nights used to be one of the worst nights for television there was, being a big "date night" when most people went out instead of staying home. But the X-Files blew the competition out of the water, attracting record audiences and starting the trend of TGIF ratings-winners. Man, it really was a landmark show, wasn't it?

But now I get to relive that excitement and investment all over again. Rediscover what it is that made me fall in love with Mulder and Scully and Skinner and all their adventures. Recapture the passion and joy that sucked me in so inescapably that I'm still going strong even over a decade later.

And I gotta say, I'm having a lot of FUN doing it! :D

I drew this logo onto a black binder back in highschool and I still have it today!



P.S. Special thank you to Red Wolf, for taking me by the proverbial hand and welcoming me into the world of fandom way back in 1996. I owe so much to you because of your kindness and generosity with a young, impressionable teenager all those years ago. Especially since I, like the foolish newbie I was, forced you to put with my very own regrettable Mary-Sue. (Sorry about that, btw!) Thinking back, your patience and forbearance in dealing with my first tentative forays are what gave me the courage to continue, starting me down the path I've been happily loving for 12 years and counting. I can't thank you enough for what you first did, and have continued to do for me ever since. Thank you! ::slobbers you with kisses::

P.P.S. Handkerchief? :)
moonbeamsfanfic: (Fandom's Moral Compass by Copperbadge)
Question: Why don't we have a "pre-het" category?

I mean, if in a story two male (or two female) characters flirt and show a clear undertone of sexual or romantic attraction, the story is not listed as being Gen. It's called pre-slash, because while there is no overt kissing or sex, the inference is obvious that two same sex characters either wish to or will get together non-platonically at some point after the fic.

So how come stories in which two heterosexual characters flirt/exhibit desire but don't actually kiss 'on-screen' are still considered Gen?

Why aren't they pre-het?

Why is there that unconscious inference that the presence of heterosexual relationships don't violate General fiction's standard clause of "no sex or romance" but inferred homosexual relationships do?

ETA Underlying Question: What makes a story Gen?

~*~*~*~

This meta question is brought to you by a reader who's had to stop reading far too many so-called "gen" fics because of unexpected pushing of a disliked het 'ship. (Even if nothing physically happens, the constant presence of the unwanted 'ship hovering over every action and character development never fails to completely ruin an otherwise fine story. It's very disappointing, actually.)

Please, if you have any insight into this, please comment! I'm honestly curious to know why this situation exists, and why it's considered acceptable by... well, pretty much everyone. I don't think I've ever seen this question raised before, in any fandom. I'm not ashamed to admit this puzzles me.

Thank you,
Moon.

ETA: Just in case, please note that my replies to your comments are NOT arguments -- just further questions. I'm simply, honestly, curious about this issue. I just want to know. Please, feel free to say anything you think or feel! The more input, the better the discussion! Thank you!
moonbeamsfanfic: (Default)
After almost three years to the day, I've finally updated my website. Gave it a facelift, a simple redesign, updated some links, and got around to adding the few fics I'd written and only previously posted to LJ.

Also updated the list of Fanfiction Terminology, which was pretty much the impetus to redo the site. It's actually pretty comprehensive now, I'd say, but if anyone spots a missing word, I'd appreciate a heads up.

Thanks.
moonbeamsfanfic: (Sperm Jumper by Tessa Rae)
Not because the show is clever or amazing or even all that good, because it and ALL OF ITS FANS are totally, completely, inescapably batshit insane -- we're like the Evil Blackhole of DOOOOM and there's not a goddamn thing anyone can do to get away from it! Mwuahahahahahaha! *eg*

What brought this up, you might ask. (Or not, but let's pretend... :P)

Sam the Storyteller (aka the brilliant [livejournal.com profile] copperbadge of Harry Potter and, more recently, Torchwood fame) finally got sick and tired off all annoying pokes and prods his massive and massively insane readership have thrown at him to give in to the lure and watch Stargate: Atlantis.

So he did.

Over about a three week period, Sam decided he was gonna bite the bullet and kick SGA's ass. He was gonna defeat that show -- he was gonna force himself to watch it and not break down crying from the pain. He was strong, he survived HBP and DH; if he could do that, he could do anything! Right? Right! So Sam screwed up his courage, sharpened his snark and rapier sarcastic wit, and practically built "whole disbelief mobiles in the quest to suspend it" and mainlined SGA like it was coke and the cops were busting down the door. And like the best crack it is... it fucked him up gooooood! ROFLMAO!

He HATES the show! Thinks it's stupid and stupidly plotted and stupidly acted and OMG the characters are just too stupid and slow and how do they possibly keep surviving*?!

*Slightly paraphrased from his brilliant and hilarious Sam's Three Things recap of all four seasons, which actually worked out to about 216 things and a rather large amount of lost sanity -- but with really pithy titles!) Go, read, snark and snicker now!

And then, and I have to quote because this is just too damned perfect:

"Wait, did I forget something? Oh yeah. I wrote fanfic. THE HELL WITH YOU ALL."

Sam wrote over 60,000 words of fanfiction for a show he doesn't even like in less than three weeks! And it's good! Not just good, but fricken AWESOME!

This?! This is why you just gotta love that fandom! Because even when the show is so stupid it burns, and the fan wankery is so annoying it makes you long for JK Rowling to write another goddamned book just so you don't poke your own eyes out, it can still cause something like this. It can inspire a guy -- a guy who strongly, categorically dislikes this show with every fibre of his being -- into writing beautiful, funny, angsty painful NOVELS that you just can't put down because they are too strangely, oddly compelling. No matter how horrible and wrong and OMGwhy they are.

Sam made a special comm entitled [livejournal.com profile] i_defeated_sga because, as he puts it, "he likes his irony blatant". ::snerk::

At the comm you can find:

Angles Thus And So: R. Weir/McKay (OH SO AWESOME AND INEVITABLE BAD AND WRONG), Sheppard/McKay. The city belongs to Sheppard and McKay, and the boys belong to Elizabeth -- especially Rodney. 4 chapters, 38,000 words.

Quis Custodies Ipsos Custodiet: PG, reasonably gen. Ianto neglected to introduce himself as he informed the Senior Staff Meeting that Atlantis was now under the jurisdiction of Torchwood, whatever Torchwood is. Obvs. crossover, based on my assertion that a team of reasonably intelligent fast-moving chimps could take Atlantis if they timed it right. One-off, 2,000 words.

The Difference Engine: R. Sheppard/McKay. John Sheppard died in Afghanistan, but as he's still walking around (thanks to a cybernetic brain and Rodney McKay's genius) he doesn't see a need to belabor the point. Could be considered AU, though I prefer to think of it as a series of missing scenes. 3 chapters plus epilogue, 20,000 words.


This fandom kills me, every time! ::is ded from the LOLs:: XD
moonbeamsfanfic: (Damn Not Given)
Damnit! I was hoping my new computer would arrive before this aired so I could record it live, but stupid shipping... Grr! One more week and I coulda had this bitch! Arg!

Anyway... KNIGHT RIDER: 2008 MOVIE! Almost forgot about it, but luckily my radio station reminded me on the way home from work today. Thus, having just watched on the the Canadian channel, Global -- otherwise known as the Channel Of Many Commercials But At Least It Wasn't NBC With Their Stupid Logo Constantly Blocking the Screen -- I give to you my summation report. Yes, it is time for the good, the bad, and (unfortunately) the ugly.


In Summation:

Not bad. I'm not gonna squee over it and fall back into KR fandom with paroxysms of joy... but I may check it out every now and then. So, you know, that's as good as could be expected I think.

ETA: Also, Ford's new commercial with the spandex people who contort themselves into car shapes? Creepy, but oddly compelling!
moonbeamsfanfic: (Brain Go Boom Now)
I've found I very much tend to be in the minority where it comes to my love of knowing what's going on ahead of time. I love spoilers, and think warnings for fanfics are the best thing since ratings. (And heck, now that I think about it, there are even some folks who refuse to rate their fic, and that's a whole other issue to think about!)

But a lot of people out there not only don't want to have the mystery ruined for them, they also get rather strident about anyone who does. So, poll. What's the limit? Where's the line between what's acceptabe to talk about, and what should be kept secret so as not to take away somebody else's enjoyment? And if it should be kept secret for those so inclined, what's the best way to go about it?

Take my poll and let me know what you think of these issues. Further comments and/or extrapolations will also be gratefully accepted.

Thank you!

[Poll #1083733]
moonbeamsfanfic: (Heroes - Matt and Molly)
May I just say how much I love Matt? Cause I do. I love him lots and lots, even more each episode. Spoiler! ) Yes, Matt, yes you are. And you make it look so damned gooooood... Mmm-mmm! Mohinder is a lucky, lucky man to have you. And uh, Molly too. ;P

Hence: GIP! XD

Also, Kensei is Spoiler! ) but dude, he's still Spoiler! ) And apparently, still Spoiler! ) AWESOME!

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