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09 January 2008 @ 07:09 pm
PB Slash Awards finished-- Thank you, everyone!  
Here's my beautiful banner for "Best Slash Author" from the pbslash_awards:

Thanks to everyone who voted for me, and special thanks to haloisbent for organizing the whole thing!

I missed the original announcements for being AWOL early last week from LJ, and then... the dreaded power fluctuations from the wind storms. Now I can squee properly! Whoo!
The Good, The Bad and The Lanathelana on January 13th, 2008 09:39 am (UTC)
I have to admit that these kind of attitudes scared me off canon shipping and fandom for a long time. (and it's so not a gay vs. straight thing; I read some reports on fandom_wank on the Queer As Folk fandom and crazy is universal; and that aside form having to suffer through some fandoms where slash was the undisputed majority, where the fans were just as catty as any other group and without having the potential excuse of not knowing any better)

I've come to distrust almost anything that is undisputedly popular because it seems to bring out the assholes in people.

Though at least if the pairings are technically compatible you can hope for maybe a relatively silent war where either side congratulates themselves on how much more sophisticated or loving "their" couple is. I have spent a lot of time in fandom defending the "intruder" person simply because I hated how the fans of the couple descended on any character like locusts, trashing them and painting them as the devil simply for daring to come near their OPT.

Me + fandom = not a happy place a lot of the time

I guess that's why I usually stick to obscure couples (with very few exceptions) because I wouldn't want to come across a person that made me think, "Whoa, you make me feel ashamed of my couple just by being on my side". Because to me insulting the feelings of real people and being an asshole trumps any fictional couple, no matter how awesome they might be.

Me + fandom = issues
Genevieve: michael sara truth by swatkat24msgenevieve on January 15th, 2008 01:40 pm (UTC)
Fandom is a funny beast, isn't it?

My attitude towards fandom is quite simple. I read and write what I enjoy. I have no interest in debating OTPs or 'best' characters (something that stood me in good stead in the Harry Potter and Doctor Who fandoms) because I don't see why I have the right to try to convince anyone else that what I like is better than what they like. Sadly, this means that I silently bristle when anyone thinks they're doing me a favour by explaining the shortcomings of my favourite pairing or character to me. Because, uh, no.

And then I usually go and write pron. *g*
The Good, The Bad and The Lanathelana on January 15th, 2008 01:59 pm (UTC)
I'm rather a big fan of discussing myself, especially discussing character/motivation (probably because I can't write). But arguing about who is "better"? Strikes me as completely pointless. It would be like saying that red is obviously a superior color than blue and therefore people need to stop liking blue and have to be converted to liking red or green as their favorite color. Different people are attracted to different things and not even stuff like moral qualities should play any role in what people are attracted to when it comes to fictional characters.

If I want to root for a character who has killed why not? If I want to root for a cheating couple, why not? It's not real.

Of course those normal debates of X being "better" than Y, can often just generally fry your brain. I spent some time in soap opera fandoms and nothing hurts the brain more than people opening the moral discussion themselves and then bringing arguments like "This mob boss character who has killed many people is a better person than this cop because at least he doesn't cheat on his wife" or "This woman who has repeatedly tried to kill her opponent and pressured another woman into aborting her child is a better person than this other woman because the other woman has a lot of sex".

Of course we people work that way. We don't just root for something because it is nice and sane and the best choice. Sometimes things are closer to your heart like the mob boss that adores his family (not for me, personally, but I don't object to people who feel that way) or the psycho killer who would never backstab her friend and do everything for her. Sometimes we root for the sexy bad guy. It happens. Morality doesn't enter into it. People like what they like and people who tell others that they like the wrong thing are just weird to me.

There might be pairings that I might have no interest in or pairings that make me want to get out the brain bleach (like because I have personal issues with master/student or weird power imbalance relationships, something that makes me want to run for the hills while the next person thinks it's hot), but that doesn't make them wrong. And even if I deeply dislike a pairing I would never want to dispute any other person's right to their genuine enjoyment of that pairing. More power to them if they have found something they can enjoy.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 15th, 2008 04:51 pm (UTC)

Ladies, could you plz take this discussion to email? Thanks. :)