had me thinking about my own "state of fandom." There are a whole bunch of them and I'm at different phases in each.SGA:
SGA is new and shiny and it clicked for me immediately
. Not that I actually paid attention when my friends list first started falling but, in August when I decided to give it a shot, I was hooked from the start. Part of it was certainly the desire to latch onto a new SciFi show. (I'm almost
through mourning the end of ST:TNG.) But most of it was the fic. I like the show, I love
the fic. So many fantastic authors have made these characters exponentially more than what I get from canon. I need one to feed the other but, at this point, I could read SGA fic almost exclusively of other fandoms. SGA also has the added benefit of BDUs and thigh holsters.HP:
I was a fan of the books loooooong before I started reading the fic and participating in fandom. For ages I was convinced that canon was enough and I didn't need
any more. Then I read "Tea" and I realized that, while I don't need it, the fic and the fandom certainly adds to the entire experience. Besides, Harry and Snape are destined to overcome their animosity and end up together. ;) Post HBP, I find that I'm less engaged in HP but I think it's just a post book phase. Harry/Snape authors aren't writing the way they were and, while I read a ton of different pairings in the fandom, Snarry is my center. This could all change with the snarry_olympics
House is an oddity. I'm a mod over at house_slash
which involves me in a way I'm not with other fandoms but I've also never actually engaged. I update house_notice and moderate house_slash but, unlike other fandoms, I have friended or sought out other people who focus on the show. With House, the input from my current friends list and the myriad
of information I come across for house_notice is more than enough to satisfy me.CSI:
How is it possible that this show was on for almost five full seasons before I ever bother to watch??? It boggles my mind. Why didn't anyone ever tell
me? I love
this show. I love the cast, I love the dynamics, and I LOVE GIL GRISSOM. I find canon immeasurably satisfying which is fortunate because quality fic is sparse. Though csi_flashfic
may be the answer to that woe.BSG:
Thanks to netflix I've watched all of s1 and the first two episodes of s2. This show is SO up my alley! From what I've seen, I think SGA will fill my fandom/fic needs but BSG is going to fill the gap left by ST:TNG. The show is engaging and I'm loving all of the twists and turns. Starbuck kicks ass, Apollo is hot
, and I can't wait to find out what happens next. I don't know that I actually see myself engaging in BSG fandom beyond my current friends list but, early on, it's safe to say this show carved out its place.Popslash:
I learned invaluable lessons during the time I was actively and highly engaged in the 'Nsync fandom - It's possible to be too engaged. It's possible to have too much access. The vast majority of fandom doesn't really
want to know about said access and you're far better off weighing what you share carefully. I was so naive about fandom politics and I made mistakes I'll never make again both in my off-line and on-line lives. I'm also, at this point, far more interested in media fandoms because the primary focus is on the characters rather than the actors who play them. That's a better space for me to reside in. All of that said, I'll alway care about the guys' current happenings. I was too invested and they gave me too much to ever lose interest entirely. And, as Kare pointed out, I also made incredible friends who are the basis of my current on-line life. I wouldn't trade that for anything.
Unrelated to all of this, I saw my mom today. She and my step-father went on a 10 day cruise between surgery recovery and her radiation treatments which begin on Tuesday. Since I'm only 90 minutes away from the Ft. Lauderdale port, they decided to stay in FL for an extra night so I could visit. It was a perfectly relaxing day. Just what we all needed. And they gave me my birthday present!
I love it! It's exactly
what I wanted and it's early
! It was tough to say goodbye - I know she's nervous - but the next time we see each other this may actually be behind her.