bagheera_san: (Ten - traveller)
I wonder if this is just me, or some strange fanfic-writer inferiority complex that is a larger phenomenon:

Whenever I write something long and plotty, particularly if there are action scenes, or scenes with just a single character in them, I wonder if people will find this boring. Apparently I assume that fanfic readers are there for character interaction (be it dialogue or porn) only. Obviously this is not the case with fiction in general, where people will write for pages about how X slew the dragon or contemplated the relative merits of democracy vs. dictatorship. But fanfiction readers usually aren't there for the dragon slaying, aren't they? Particularly pairing-orientied readers will primarily expect pairing related writing.

This was brought on by the fact that I'm now at 5000+ words of Post-EoT fic and it consists almost completely of the Master aimlessly running around on Gallifrey and killing dudes and doing stuff. The Doctor has only just shown up. Usually, I tend to write very differently - with a much smaller cast of characters and concentrating only on their interaction (quite a lot of my D/M fics only *have* two characters in them). Although there are exceptions - some of my DCU fic had tons of characters, like Devil's Deal or Seven Soldiers of Victory, and all of my HP fic was long, plotty and completely gen with the occasional sliver of pre-slash. So apparently this is only a Doctor Who phenomenon, and I think it's not just me. A lot of the writers in the Doctor/Master niche tend to write chamber plays. Why?
bagheera_san: (Ten - traveller)
I wonder if this is just me, or some strange fanfic-writer inferiority complex that is a larger phenomenon:

Whenever I write something long and plotty, particularly if there are action scenes, or scenes with just a single character in them, I wonder if people will find this boring. Apparently I assume that fanfic readers are there for character interaction (be it dialogue or porn) only. Obviously this is not the case with fiction in general, where people will write for pages about how X slew the dragon or contemplated the relative merits of democracy vs. dictatorship. But fanfiction readers usually aren't there for the dragon slaying, aren't they? Particularly pairing-orientied readers will primarily expect pairing related writing.

This was brought on by the fact that I'm now at 5000+ words of Post-EoT fic and it consists almost completely of the Master aimlessly running around on Gallifrey and killing dudes and doing stuff. The Doctor has only just shown up. Usually, I tend to write very differently - with a much smaller cast of characters and concentrating only on their interaction (quite a lot of my D/M fics only *have* two characters in them). Although there are exceptions - some of my DCU fic had tons of characters, like Devil's Deal or Seven Soldiers of Victory, and all of my HP fic was long, plotty and completely gen with the occasional sliver of pre-slash. So apparently this is only a Doctor Who phenomenon, and I think it's not just me. A lot of the writers in the Doctor/Master niche tend to write chamber plays. Why?

Pairings

Jun. 18th, 2008 05:27 pm
bagheera_san: (Love Story)
Why do we ship what we ship? I'm probably not the only person who ships the same prototype(s) over and over again, pairing that although gender/species/fandom/age whatever may differ, have the same basic dynamic. Just like I have sex kinks and story kinks (like hurt/comfort), I've also got pairing kinks.

Let's look at Pairing I Have Shipped (By "shipped" I mean: written or read a lot or adored in the source or felt OTPish about...). Hm... I can't remember what the first thing I ever felt shippy about was. Maybe the male and the female fox from Animals of Farthing Wood? *g* The first romantic movie I liked was Pretty Woman (so that's where the prostitution kink comes from ;P) I'll try to be a bit chronological about this:

Duncan/Methos (Highlander), Sailor Uranus/Sailor Neptune (Sailor Moon, duh), Jarod/Miss Parker (Pretender), Odo/Kira (DS9), lots of anime pairings, Sirius/Remus (HP), Spike/Buffy (duh), Jack/Ralph (Lord of the Flies), Snape/Remus (post OotP-HP), Garak/Bashir (DS9), Giles/Ethan (Buffy) Picard/Q (TNG), Xavier/Magneto (X-Men), Sheppard/McKay (SGA), Mulder/Krycek (X-Files), Clark/Lex (Smallville), Superman/Batman, Tim/Kon (DC comics), Batman/Catwoman, Doctor/Master (Doctor Who), Six/Baltar (BSG)

[that can't be all...probably forgetting a billion.]

Roughly, these fit into 3 categories:

1) Best Friends: Duncan/Methos, Sailor Uranus/Sailor Neptune, Sirius/Remus, Garak/Bashir, Sheppard/McKay, Superman/Batman, Tim/Kon

2) Strong (often violent) woman/pining (often submissive) man: Odo/Kira, Spike/Buffy, Six/Baltar (the same female prototype probably also applies to Uranus, Catwoman and Miss Parker)

3) Enemies: Jarod/Miss Parker, Jack/Ralph, Giles/Ethan, Picard/Q, Xavier/Magneto, Mulder/Krycek, Snape/Remus, Clark/Lex, Batman/Catwoman, Doctor/Master [of course there's an overlap between 1 and 3. A lot of the enemy pairings used to be friends, and some of the friends pairings have antagonistic vibes, or one parter who is an antihero/reformed villain, like Methos, Q or Catwoman.]

Something that they all have in common, however, is that the two partners are *different*, often polar opposites with a few striking common traits. Almost every one of these pairings has the "rogue" component. I guess what it boils down to is that I like pairings who, although they complement each other well, have a lot of friction and conflict going on. Violence is likely to happen at some point. Some of these also have a notable skewed power dynamic but in the end balance each other well (even the weird het pairings have all ended up with equal power/the male leaving). I like pairings who have an intense history, who have to fight to get/stay together and pairings for whom it might even be impossible to have a happy ending.

So, what are your pairing kinks?

Pairings

Jun. 18th, 2008 05:27 pm
bagheera_san: (Love Story)
Why do we ship what we ship? I'm probably not the only person who ships the same prototype(s) over and over again, pairing that although gender/species/fandom/age whatever may differ, have the same basic dynamic. Just like I have sex kinks and story kinks (like hurt/comfort), I've also got pairing kinks.

Let's look at Pairing I Have Shipped (By "shipped" I mean: written or read a lot or adored in the source or felt OTPish about...). Hm... I can't remember what the first thing I ever felt shippy about was. Maybe the male and the female fox from Animals of Farthing Wood? *g* The first romantic movie I liked was Pretty Woman (so that's where the prostitution kink comes from ;P) I'll try to be a bit chronological about this:

Duncan/Methos (Highlander), Sailor Uranus/Sailor Neptune (Sailor Moon, duh), Jarod/Miss Parker (Pretender), Odo/Kira (DS9), lots of anime pairings, Sirius/Remus (HP), Spike/Buffy (duh), Jack/Ralph (Lord of the Flies), Snape/Remus (post OotP-HP), Garak/Bashir (DS9), Giles/Ethan (Buffy) Picard/Q (TNG), Xavier/Magneto (X-Men), Sheppard/McKay (SGA), Mulder/Krycek (X-Files), Clark/Lex (Smallville), Superman/Batman, Tim/Kon (DC comics), Batman/Catwoman, Doctor/Master (Doctor Who), Six/Baltar (BSG)

[that can't be all...probably forgetting a billion.]

Roughly, these fit into 3 categories:

1) Best Friends: Duncan/Methos, Sailor Uranus/Sailor Neptune, Sirius/Remus, Garak/Bashir, Sheppard/McKay, Superman/Batman, Tim/Kon

2) Strong (often violent) woman/pining (often submissive) man: Odo/Kira, Spike/Buffy, Six/Baltar (the same female prototype probably also applies to Uranus, Catwoman and Miss Parker)

3) Enemies: Jarod/Miss Parker, Jack/Ralph, Giles/Ethan, Picard/Q, Xavier/Magneto, Mulder/Krycek, Snape/Remus, Clark/Lex, Batman/Catwoman, Doctor/Master [of course there's an overlap between 1 and 3. A lot of the enemy pairings used to be friends, and some of the friends pairings have antagonistic vibes, or one parter who is an antihero/reformed villain, like Methos, Q or Catwoman.]

Something that they all have in common, however, is that the two partners are *different*, often polar opposites with a few striking common traits. Almost every one of these pairings has the "rogue" component. I guess what it boils down to is that I like pairings who, although they complement each other well, have a lot of friction and conflict going on. Violence is likely to happen at some point. Some of these also have a notable skewed power dynamic but in the end balance each other well (even the weird het pairings have all ended up with equal power/the male leaving). I like pairings who have an intense history, who have to fight to get/stay together and pairings for whom it might even be impossible to have a happy ending.

So, what are your pairing kinks?
bagheera_san: (Ten)
I'm possibly going to write an essay about this for my "Posthumanism" seminar. This is sort of the first draft. And, why yes, it is fannish meta. So what! This is the seminar that pimped me into BSG.

If you look at the Master's history throughout Doctor Who, wow, does that guy go through a lot of transformations. And I don't mean the "usual", regeneration kind. Crispy!Master, possessing a Traken body, shrinking, turning into a cheetah and then an ectoplasmic green snake, dying, ressurrecting, turning human, turning Time Lord again, dying again and let's not forget Shalka!Master's life as a domestic android. Aside from being evil and stalking the Doctor, this is his most consistent theme. Somehow, this gave me the crazy idea that you could actually have a

Posthumanist Reading of the Master in Doctor Who
bagheera_san: (Ten)
I'm possibly going to write an essay about this for my "Posthumanism" seminar. This is sort of the first draft. And, why yes, it is fannish meta. So what! This is the seminar that pimped me into BSG.

If you look at the Master's history throughout Doctor Who, wow, does that guy go through a lot of transformations. And I don't mean the "usual", regeneration kind. Crispy!Master, possessing a Traken body, shrinking, turning into a cheetah and then an ectoplasmic green snake, dying, ressurrecting, turning human, turning Time Lord again, dying again and let's not forget Shalka!Master's life as a domestic android. Aside from being evil and stalking the Doctor, this is his most consistent theme. Somehow, this gave me the crazy idea that you could actually have a

Posthumanist Reading of the Master in Doctor Who
bagheera_san: (Lex hand)
Okay, I did watch Descent, after reading a spoiler that made it pretty much required watching. Hey, that was a good episode again. I think there's no way around it, I'm going to watch the rest of S7.

Descent reaction, but pretty quickly devolves into long, long meta about villains in general and the state of Lex's sanity in particular )

Lex may not be sane in the "well-adjusted, productive member of society" sense, but he's sane in the sense of "I know what I am doing and I stand by it." That, in my opinion, is the pre-condition for true evil. If Lex's motivation is truly the "greater good" or something far more selfish, remains to be seen. But he *has* motivation, he has a conscience, and he makes choices. He is a villain, but he's also a man, not a monster.
bagheera_san: (Lex hand)
Okay, I did watch Descent, after reading a spoiler that made it pretty much required watching. Hey, that was a good episode again. I think there's no way around it, I'm going to watch the rest of S7.

Descent reaction, but pretty quickly devolves into long, long meta about villains in general and the state of Lex's sanity in particular )

Lex may not be sane in the "well-adjusted, productive member of society" sense, but he's sane in the sense of "I know what I am doing and I stand by it." That, in my opinion, is the pre-condition for true evil. If Lex's motivation is truly the "greater good" or something far more selfish, remains to be seen. But he *has* motivation, he has a conscience, and he makes choices. He is a villain, but he's also a man, not a monster.
bagheera_san: (Lana)
Oh man, this living 45 minutes away from the uni does so not work for me. I keep missing the train.

I just noticed that the discussion about Lana in one of my recent posts (beware spoilers for "Action") has pretty much exploded - clearly, Lana is the way to go when you want to start wank in this fandom. And once more, like with Lex last season, a lot of the discussion revolves about:

1)how the characters compare to their "iconic" selves
2)whether Lex is evil or not
3)why the way the show treats Lex and Lana respectively is unfair
4)who will leave the show when

Ignoring the fact that I cannot hold on to an opinion for five minutes without revising it, it seems to me that Smallville, as a fandom, is pretty obsessed with moral. People keep trying to redeem and vilify characters. Me too, I mean, I'm a member in [livejournal.com profile] lex_minions. But in a way, arguing about who's more "evil" is pretty much like throwing stones first, right? Not that I'm saying we're all villains (although I suspect some of you to be involved in mad science).

Whether it makes sense to discuss morals is not a fandom problem, of course.

there are so many ways to approach this and afterwards you will accuse me of being a Lana apologist, OMG! Here come Lex and Lana, villains of the story. )
bagheera_san: (Lana)
Oh man, this living 45 minutes away from the uni does so not work for me. I keep missing the train.

I just noticed that the discussion about Lana in one of my recent posts (beware spoilers for "Action") has pretty much exploded - clearly, Lana is the way to go when you want to start wank in this fandom. And once more, like with Lex last season, a lot of the discussion revolves about:

1)how the characters compare to their "iconic" selves
2)whether Lex is evil or not
3)why the way the show treats Lex and Lana respectively is unfair
4)who will leave the show when

Ignoring the fact that I cannot hold on to an opinion for five minutes without revising it, it seems to me that Smallville, as a fandom, is pretty obsessed with moral. People keep trying to redeem and vilify characters. Me too, I mean, I'm a member in [livejournal.com profile] lex_minions. But in a way, arguing about who's more "evil" is pretty much like throwing stones first, right? Not that I'm saying we're all villains (although I suspect some of you to be involved in mad science).

Whether it makes sense to discuss morals is not a fandom problem, of course.

there are so many ways to approach this and afterwards you will accuse me of being a Lana apologist, OMG! Here come Lex and Lana, villains of the story. )

Lex meta

Oct. 4th, 2007 10:57 am
bagheera_san: (anger management)
Crossposted to [livejournal.com profile] lex_minions.

A while ago, I posted a big list of things Lex knows about the goings on in Smallville and around Clark, and things he might suspect. Now, "Bizarro" (7x01) is pretty interesting in this respect...

Spoilers for Bizarro, obviously )

Delusions about angels aside, this is the closest Lex has ever been to the truth without a subsequent mindwipe.

Lex meta

Oct. 4th, 2007 10:57 am
bagheera_san: (anger management)
Crossposted to [livejournal.com profile] lex_minions.

A while ago, I posted a big list of things Lex knows about the goings on in Smallville and around Clark, and things he might suspect. Now, "Bizarro" (7x01) is pretty interesting in this respect...

Spoilers for Bizarro, obviously )

Delusions about angels aside, this is the closest Lex has ever been to the truth without a subsequent mindwipe.
bagheera_san: (Teeny Tiny)
I'm kind of dismayed at my CLFF fic. I liked it fine before my little vacation, but now I don't anymore. I haven't much time for substantial changes, either and I'm too damn busy...

Also, Season 7 of SV is approaching, and I accomplished very little of the fanfic I intended to write in the hiatus. I'm not as pessimistic about next season as many people, because honestly: I don't expect SV to be un-annoying. From S1-6, there have always been boring episodes, useless plotlines and inconsistent characterization, but that doesn't keep the show from being enjoyable and engaging.

Discuss with me! What do you hope for in Season 7? (there might be spoilers in comments, I welcome them!)

My biggest hope for S7 is that they're going to take the dynamic between Clark and Lex one step further. They're enemies now, at the "grr! I hate you! Die plz!" stage. We aren't very much removed from the situation at, say, the beginning of the Superman animated series or the Justice League cartoon, and perhaps even closer to some periods of comic canon. That leaves three options: stalling of development and maintaining the very boring status quo where they meet once each episode to repeat their "I hate you" mantra, victory of either Clark or Lex, or a stable rivalry with the occasional team-up, as we saw in toonverse. And that's precisely what I would like to see: Clark and Lex grudgingly working together against common enemies. This doesn't have to lead to reconciliation, for all I care Lex can evilly betray Clark at the end of each episode, as long as there's some snark and mutual respect. And please: more fun than the uber-angsty "Nemesis".

I'd like see some semi-regulars return, especially the Martian Manhunter, Brainiac/Milton Fine and Green Arrow, or the rest of the Justice League. I'd love to learn more about the connection between J'onn, Jor-El, Lionel and Ollie's parents: the more conspiracy-like, the better. A few guest stars, particularly a couple of female superheroes, would be great.

I'd also like a storyline in which people investigate Lana's death, preferably a team-up between either Clark and Lex, Clark and Chloe or Chloe and Lex.
bagheera_san: (Teeny Tiny)
I'm kind of dismayed at my CLFF fic. I liked it fine before my little vacation, but now I don't anymore. I haven't much time for substantial changes, either and I'm too damn busy...

Also, Season 7 of SV is approaching, and I accomplished very little of the fanfic I intended to write in the hiatus. I'm not as pessimistic about next season as many people, because honestly: I don't expect SV to be un-annoying. From S1-6, there have always been boring episodes, useless plotlines and inconsistent characterization, but that doesn't keep the show from being enjoyable and engaging.

Discuss with me! What do you hope for in Season 7? (there might be spoilers in comments, I welcome them!)

My biggest hope for S7 is that they're going to take the dynamic between Clark and Lex one step further. They're enemies now, at the "grr! I hate you! Die plz!" stage. We aren't very much removed from the situation at, say, the beginning of the Superman animated series or the Justice League cartoon, and perhaps even closer to some periods of comic canon. That leaves three options: stalling of development and maintaining the very boring status quo where they meet once each episode to repeat their "I hate you" mantra, victory of either Clark or Lex, or a stable rivalry with the occasional team-up, as we saw in toonverse. And that's precisely what I would like to see: Clark and Lex grudgingly working together against common enemies. This doesn't have to lead to reconciliation, for all I care Lex can evilly betray Clark at the end of each episode, as long as there's some snark and mutual respect. And please: more fun than the uber-angsty "Nemesis".

I'd like see some semi-regulars return, especially the Martian Manhunter, Brainiac/Milton Fine and Green Arrow, or the rest of the Justice League. I'd love to learn more about the connection between J'onn, Jor-El, Lionel and Ollie's parents: the more conspiracy-like, the better. A few guest stars, particularly a couple of female superheroes, would be great.

I'd also like a storyline in which people investigate Lana's death, preferably a team-up between either Clark and Lex, Clark and Chloe or Chloe and Lex.
bagheera_san: (J'onn)
I continue to spam you with Star Trek meta posing as essays. They're wonderfully easy to write because I don't have to spend 90% of my time researching and quoting secondary sources.

Star Trek and questions of racial identity (original series, TNG and DS9) )
Footnotes:
*The biological definition of life hinges on these factors: reproduction (which Data achieves through his "daughter" Lal), response to stimulus, metabolism (arguably, Data "metabolizes" some form of energy) and growth. So whether Data is alive or not is difficult to say.
** Except his "brother" Lore of course, and the other versions of Data discovered in Star Trek: Nemesis
*** Actually, Sisko's mother is a wormhole alien, but she poses as a human to marry his father.
**** They "link" which is the closest changeling equivalent to sex.

Also, I need a Star Trek icon.
bagheera_san: (J'onn)
I continue to spam you with Star Trek meta posing as essays. They're wonderfully easy to write because I don't have to spend 90% of my time researching and quoting secondary sources.

Star Trek and questions of racial identity (original series, TNG and DS9) )
Footnotes:
*The biological definition of life hinges on these factors: reproduction (which Data achieves through his "daughter" Lal), response to stimulus, metabolism (arguably, Data "metabolizes" some form of energy) and growth. So whether Data is alive or not is difficult to say.
** Except his "brother" Lore of course, and the other versions of Data discovered in Star Trek: Nemesis
*** Actually, Sisko's mother is a wormhole alien, but she poses as a human to marry his father.
**** They "link" which is the closest changeling equivalent to sex.

Also, I need a Star Trek icon.
bagheera_san: (DC heroines)
So, about the SV spoilers in regards to casting in S7...

My thoughts - beware one big comics scan )

Now back to the fic writing...
bagheera_san: (DC heroines)
So, about the SV spoilers in regards to casting in S7...

My thoughts - beware one big comics scan )

Now back to the fic writing...

Fandom

May. 30th, 2007 09:17 pm
bagheera_san: (Straight on til morning)
I've long considered fandom (and the internet) a playground where you can safely try out things. Maybe "safely" isn't quite the right word, but it's still a lot less likely to get you in trouble than other social contexts. It's also like this awesome self-documentating social experiment, where, potentially, fascinating and new forms of social interaction happen. It always had internal politics, so now might be the time to get foreign politics. How does an anarchy do that? Is fandom like an anarchy? I mean, we have BNFs, and people you might call "organizers", but its all completely informal. But for me, fandom is definitely a kind of subculture, and in a way, internet/LJ fandom is pretty organized.

Oh, and about fandom. Today in our "Cultural Studies Star Trek" class, talking about interracial (not interspecies) marriages/relationships on Star Trek led to this:

Me: What about Scotty and Uhura?
Prof: No, that's fan fiction.
Me: *blushes rather a lot* (It was the first time anyone mentioned fanfic, I promptly outed myself through body language)
Other guy: But in the sixth movie, there's this scene, where Scotty and Uhura...
Me: Ah! So at the very least there's subtext.
Prof: Yeah, well, but then we've also got to take Kirk/Spock subtext into account. And there's certainly a lot of that.
Me: *dies of glee*

It's always so nice to recognize other fans. I mean, fandom fans. Not just people who watch a show, but people who know what subtext and shipping and conventions and stuff are. And for me, that's "us". I don't think there's any other social group I identify quite as strongly with.

Fandom

May. 30th, 2007 09:17 pm
bagheera_san: (Straight on til morning)
I've long considered fandom (and the internet) a playground where you can safely try out things. Maybe "safely" isn't quite the right word, but it's still a lot less likely to get you in trouble than other social contexts. It's also like this awesome self-documentating social experiment, where, potentially, fascinating and new forms of social interaction happen. It always had internal politics, so now might be the time to get foreign politics. How does an anarchy do that? Is fandom like an anarchy? I mean, we have BNFs, and people you might call "organizers", but its all completely informal. But for me, fandom is definitely a kind of subculture, and in a way, internet/LJ fandom is pretty organized.

Oh, and about fandom. Today in our "Cultural Studies Star Trek" class, talking about interracial (not interspecies) marriages/relationships on Star Trek led to this:

Me: What about Scotty and Uhura?
Prof: No, that's fan fiction.
Me: *blushes rather a lot* (It was the first time anyone mentioned fanfic, I promptly outed myself through body language)
Other guy: But in the sixth movie, there's this scene, where Scotty and Uhura...
Me: Ah! So at the very least there's subtext.
Prof: Yeah, well, but then we've also got to take Kirk/Spock subtext into account. And there's certainly a lot of that.
Me: *dies of glee*

It's always so nice to recognize other fans. I mean, fandom fans. Not just people who watch a show, but people who know what subtext and shipping and conventions and stuff are. And for me, that's "us". I don't think there's any other social group I identify quite as strongly with.

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