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22 August 2009 @ 01:08 am
A little something new every day  
Since it's patently obvious to me that I didn't know some things about my flist (specifically that you guys are into more stuff than you talk about on your LJs), and since I realized my own commentaries don't often reflect my reading habits (particularly fannish ones, particularly now when I've gone far wider and further into other fandoms than I ever thought I would when I originally started reading Buffy-fic), I'm going to try my very best to actually link to some more things.  It's an interesting world we live in. 

And I ended up reading a little piece of meta about RPF (Real Person Fic) that I think comes pretty close to summarizing (near the end) why I feel more comfortable reading this stuff than I expected to.  Even if you're afraid of RPF you should check it out because the authoress is pretty damn entertaining (even if she says some things I don't agree with 100% either).  Mainly, though, I enjoyed the way she talks about the identities of 'real' celebrities as being constructed, and it's those constructions that end up in fic.

Of course, I ended up over there because I was reading her not half bad Adam/Kris/Katy fic Bingo (Adult, ADULT, read the warnings)

And if you want to keep on the fan fiction side of fiction and haven't read glimmergirl's Sense Memory (fandom: Merlin, Merlin/Arthur, FRM) READ, because it's beautiful and sweet and I just wanted to curl up next to it and pet both of the boys.

Also, for those of you playing in the Merlin fandom and who are part of the bbc_merlin_news comm, what's up with all the fic? is it all kink meme responses?
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Professor Fancypants von Deth, Esq: MCR - Maddwg on August 22nd, 2009 08:57 am (UTC)
That post is a lovely read, and brings me back to an argument that aceles made in one of her podcasts -- fandom is really good at ignoring canon. And by canon, it's basically these people's very real, and probably not so glamourous/cracked out/porny lives. The most obvious is ignoring people's partners/sexuality and former bandmates.

But the sentiment that no, it's not writing about the actual people, it's the characters of those people is what's made it less creepy for me as a reader. I know I still prefer AUs, simply because they are so far removed from what these people do and who they are. But every now and then, there's a story about say, a band on the road and ensuing ridiculousness/heartache that is just so well-written that I can quash my discomfort.

I've had a good year of bandom devouring my soul with pretty people doing ridiculous things with each other, music that I would not have otherwise listened to let alone enjoyed, and the fandom being pretty damned awesome with friendly people and great writers. Oh god, the great writers. There is so much creativity and originality going on there. This year, I've dipped my toe in the pool to fanmix and art for a couple of Big Bang challenges, and I'm mulling over the idea of maybe next year signing up to write something. Never in a million years did I think I'd ever be doing that, but here we are.
my monkied brainkatekat1010 on August 24th, 2009 01:00 am (UTC)
fandom is really good at ignoring canon.

LOL - SO SO SO True! and really, these things are produced - it's so funny because that's the way it gets talked about in media studies, but then people outside of rpf circles don't seem to be comfortable with the idea that if a character is produced you can play with it, just like any other fictionalized character.

I do agree about the AUs - they're more fun to read for me too, and I was never really someone who liked AUs in the Btvs-verse because that universe was already fantastic enough, you know? However it's a nice insulating layer on the rpf stuff because it really does underscore the fictional nature of the fiction. OTOH, totally agree with you about the people who peg the road-stories (or at least, the bus-bunk stories in the Ai-verse :D since that's where i've been reading).

Never in a million years did I think I'd ever be doing that, but here we are.

I have said these words SO MANY TIMES! and i kind of like the idea that this kind of stuff broadens our horizons, you know? that's never a bad thing!
Professor Fancypants von Deth, Esq: TAI - William is magicdwg on August 24th, 2009 06:22 am (UTC)
I wholewheartedly agree - broadening horizons is an awesome thing. And the very nature of RPF means that it's constantly changing and growing, so there's always something new to discover, and that is what's really kept me in the fandom for as long as I have.

And pretty boys. That can never go astray. Pretty boys and hot girls. Most of the time I wonder how any of these people are real.
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my monkied brainkatekat1010 on August 24th, 2009 12:54 am (UTC)
also - that's for the rec on that post about rps. merlin is the first fandom where i've found myself interested in the rps, so i'm starting to find myself interesting in reading how other people think about the genre.

me too! it's not something i would have ever thought i'd read (but then again, i have lots of those disclaimers - giles/xander, spike/xander, etc.etc.etc.), but i find myself liking it a lot and wonder about the others.

i also liked how the woman who wrote the post talked about how it's hard to understand rpf/rps ing from the outside, because from the outside it does look strange. from the inside it's kind of hot.