[personal profile] new_kate
So yeah last week some stuff happened! And I had many feelings about that, including but not limited to several different kinds of butthurt! But all I have to say about it is this:

Out of everything that's been said and done lately, nothing will have a more profound, wide-spread and long-lasting effect on how we perceive fandom and interact with it, or teach us a more important and elegant lesson about the power of anonymity and the power of words, than this:

Pairing Pendragon/Merlin, by anon.

Okay I vented now, back to regularly scheduled porns.
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Re: +1

Date: 2011-02-28 03:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] onelittlesleep.livejournal.com
ahaha, me too.

Now that song will be stuck in my head for DAYS! AUGH.

Re: +1

Date: 2011-03-01 12:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] new-kate.livejournal.com
It's a good song to be stuck with! Also there needs to be more movies about people fighting off a crowd with a giant cross.

Re: +1

Date: 2011-03-01 12:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] new-kate.livejournal.com
Hahaha yeah. This is how we roll. <3

Date: 2011-02-28 03:40 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] scribblemoose
I love you to bits. Just so's you know. *squishes*

Date: 2011-03-01 12:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] new-kate.livejournal.com
Scribbles, eeee. Love you more.

Date: 2011-02-28 04:01 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] cruentum.livejournal.com
Unrelated, vaguely, I was just saying to someone today that I need to reread that fic now that I've written Camelot fic and seen the show.

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Date: 2011-02-28 04:52 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] cruentum.livejournal.com
I didn't think of it either until it was brought up to me and I went all "haha I have written M/A aka JCB/Fiennes slash now... wait, what did it say about that in the fic again?"

Date: 2011-03-01 12:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] new-kate.livejournal.com
I was planning to do exactly the same! Sadly there's no telling when I get round to it. I've only seen Pillars of Earth the other week, so it might make me another year to catch up with Camelot bandwagon. But I'm so happy there's already your fic to read!

Date: 2011-02-28 04:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] marguerite-26.livejournal.com
♥ <--- lots.

Date: 2011-03-01 12:22 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-02-28 06:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kintail.livejournal.com
Ok, I have not yet seen any Merlin (not sure it would hit any of my narrative kinks), nor have I read any Merlin fic previous to this. And yet that was awesome and amazing, thank you for the rec!

Date: 2011-03-01 12:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] new-kate.livejournal.com
This fic is pretty panfandom really! SO glad you enjoyed it.

I'd definitely recommend checking Merlin BBC out - season 1 reminded me of Saiyuki in some ways. There's irreverent anachronistic remixing of classic legends, a story that pretends to be all about manly adventures but really is all about boys gazing at each other longingly, lots of silliness and some really emotionally charged bits. Episode 1.4 is probably the all-time high point of soulful male bonding to the backdrop of delightfully campy cheesiness, it's like Saiyuki volume 5 in that respect, so I'd say try that one to see if it's worth watching!

Date: 2011-03-01 10:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gilli-ann.livejournal.com
I fail at fandom. *groans* That fic was so .... not interesting. I felt sorry for the characters, as far as I managed to read. Do you really think it has any bearing on the whole M_M debacle?

Date: 2011-03-02 12:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] new-kate.livejournal.com
I think the reason why you didn't appreciate the fic so much and I hadn't understood its importance at the time was because we're not in the thick of it all! It's all about pretty unique experiences, and it's written expressly for the insiders, for the people who deal with being BNFs and being awe-struck or unimpressed by BNFs and all the fandom politics that come with it. And the thing is, there's not much written about expressly that. When the fandom was having that discussion last week we all seemed to rely heavily on metaphors - this is like high school, this is like tabloids, this is like being a celebrity yet not at all. But fandom, as it is now, is a thing unlike anything, and it's so great that there's some fiction already for people to read and relate to, and reflect and process how this little world functions.

I think its popularity speaks for itself, it was exactly what fandom needed! And the fact that it was anon makes it so much more powerful, detached from any personalities and politics. Kind of like a legend.

Date: 2011-03-02 07:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gilli-ann.livejournal.com
Thank you. That makes much sense to me and my bewilderment surrounding the mysterious hurrahs for this fic. I think in metaphors and images quite a lot when it comes to ordinary life so I don't need anyone to explain the "real thing" in exact terms to me. I find that boring. Also fandom politics mainly make me sad and impatient.

For what it's worth - and I am competely serious in this - I would rank you very high on the list of BNFs according to my personal definition, which factors in incredibly wonderful fics, fascinating and wide-reaching knowledge, and a generous and kind fandom persona.

[/sucking up to a BNF] ;)

Date: 2011-03-02 10:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] new-kate.livejournal.com
Heee Gillian, you're so sweet <3 but no, seriously, it takes a lot more to be a BNF! Most BNF are great writers and a lot are prolific, but BNFs are also kind of centers of fandom, it tends to gravitate to them and organise itself around them, listen to their opinion, rely on them to solve problems and run things and keep up to date with stuff and set the tone of the community and so much more. And I really don't want and can't handle that kind of responsibility and attention, omg I'm even behind on my comments /weeps



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