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Every piece of fanfiction that I've written under this identity.

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Character Meme

Taken from kikimay. I think I've done one before, or something like it, but a very long time ago. Anyway, I currently crave low-key fannish interaction, so:

Name a character in any of my fandoms, and I'll answer these questions:
1. Do you love/hate/don’t feel strongly about this character?
2. What’s your favorite trait of this character?
3. What’s your favorite moment/event involving this character?
4. If you could have one power/attribute/etc. of this character, what would it be?
5. Have you ever pictured this character naked?
6. When did you fall in love/hate with this character? I you don’t have any strong feelings toward them, why not?
7. Who’s your OTP for this character?

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My Five-Year LJ Birthday

It's five years to the day since I created this livejournal. Wishing myself a very happy birthday and many returns. Thanks for being there, talking to you all has been a joy!
As with all my SPN posts, bear in mind that I have not seen past the end of S10.

Question: When did Dean find out about the supernatural?
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I always saw Dean as the character who makes comparisons between John and Sam (in both Devil's Trap and Jump the Shark). However recently it struck me that the first character to make that comparison may actually have been Sam. In Dead Man's Blood, he tells his father, "We're not different. Not anymore. With what happened to Mom and Jess..." (laughs) "Well we probably have a lot more in common than just about anyone." I can't think of any example of Dean comparing John and Sam that comes before that.

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Feminine is Not Female

I've noticed a tendency in fandom - I've seen this in at least four different fandoms - for fans to equate their beloved male characters (or celebrities) to women. Sometimes this is as simple as pointing out gender-swappy elements in a story. Other times it seems to take the form of a weird and hetronormative desire for a gay couple to have one partner be "the guy" and the other "the girl".

And sometimes this takes on a very politically squicky form that I want to talk about here: where the suffering of a male character is compared to that of a woman's suffering from sexism.


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Buffy S4 Icons

15 icons from Buffy the Vampire Slayer season four.

Feel free to take, just comment and credit.

Icon table from sql_girl's Icon Table Generator.
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Dated Stories

It's very strange when you love and connect with a story or with music that was made before you were born, and then you encounter someone online saying that this story is dated and was only enjoyable in the context of its time.

I've heard this said about quite a lot of media, including "I Am the Walrus" (the Beatles' song), the original Spider-Man comics by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, and the Watchmen graphic novel. All stories that meant a great deal to me at the time I discovered it and which I still love to this day. All of which first came out before I was born.

This makes me skeptical of the entire concept of stories becoming "dated".

I do think there are some media (like this delightful Simon and Garfunkel song) that contain so many references to contemporary events that a person simply can’t understand them without being familiar with the context.

But then, is understanding the same as enjoyment? After all, people love the Bible and apply to their own lives, while large parts of it are only understandable if you know about the context in which is written. I love the book of Ecclesiastes in ways that have nothing to do with understanding the world in which it was written. While I disagree with the vast majority of biblical interpretations, but I don’t think people are mistaken or wrong when they say they enjoy it and connect to it. Despite the fact that most of these people don't know much about the context in which is was written.

The Bible is one of the most "dated" books in the world, and yet look at its reputation in Christian-heavy cultures.

I sometimes wonder if claiming that something is "dated" is a way of holding onto the myth that "classic" media was better than modern media. I've always assumed the reason people think, for example, that 1930s and 1940s movies were better than modern movies, is because people usually see only the good movies from that era, and not the crap. And when they do encounter the crap, they can just say that it's "dated".

I recall someone once referring to the Dead End Kids as "dated". The Dead End Kids were a group of actors/characters who played/were a group of young hoodlum characters. They appeared in theater and film from the 1930s to the 1950s. I've only seen them in one film (a gangster flick called Angels With Dirty Faces), but that's enough for me to tell you this: The Dead End Kids are not dated. The Dead End Kids suck. They sucked in 1938, and they suck now.

One day people will describe Twilight as dated. And still, there will be people who read it and enjoy it and connect to it. But this I believe: Twilight will never be "dated". Twilight will suck, because Twilight already sucks.

I Know You'll Never Love Me

Whenever I see someone complaining that BtVS S6 "ruined Spuffy", I think: "What was there to ruin?" Season 5 was the season of Spike the stalker with a one-sided obsession, and a Buffy who found the idea of being involved with Spike disgusting. That is, once a third party pointed out to her that Spike had feelings for her, something that previously had not even crossed her mind as a possibility despite some hints so obvious that during my first watch I kept thinking that she must have figured it out and was just ignoring it. And when at the end of Intervention Buffy does start to see a different side to Spike, she's far too caught up in her mother's death and protecting Dawn to pay Spike much in the way of attention or thought.

I shipped Buffy/Spike long before S6, but After Life is the first episode where I can actually see them as a couple, no matter how dysfunctional. After Life is the first episode where I can see Buffy having a real investment in the relationship. Where they establish a deep connection that is not just in Spike's mind. For me, After Life is where Spuffy begins.

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Sam, Interrupted is my least favorite episode in terms of how it portrays Dean's angst. Which given how many SPN episodes deal with Dean angst in one way or another, really means something.

By contrast, Defending Your Life is one my favorites.
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