Meme that I should be able to answer over the weekend:

Ask me fandom-related questions in the comments. They can be fandom specific, general, or about fandom/lj stuff/fic writing/etc. in general. Questions can be as wacky as you want. Ask me about tv shows, characters, fanfic in general, fandom issues/meta, anything about any of my stories specifically. Whatever you want.

Ask me things please? I am having a good time with the rocks but they are, well, very rocky and I would like to think about something else. Indulge me, flist!

OFC links

Apr. 20th, 2010 07:43 pm
Sequel of sorts to my last public post which is getting more attention than I thought. I've been trying to think of well-written OCs in my fandoms and I've come up with a few in the LOTR fandom (note that I say well-written, not canon-compliant) but I'd love to see links to fics in other fandoms. I can only think of three but to be honest, I don't going looking for OC-centric fics any more and if they turn up in canon-character-centric fics then I see them as an added bonus. So here they are:

The King's Surgeon - story of Serinde, a woman from Dol Amroth who trained as a surgeon/healer in the Houses of Healing, pissed off the wrong people (namely, Denethor) and got exiled. Whereupon she walked to Bree (yeah, walked, my legs were aching in sympathy) and set up a new life there with a husband, children and job as the town healer. She comes back to Gondor in the final months of the War of the Ring and saying more would give a lot of spoilers, but it's a good read (and long). I wasn't happy with Denethor being constantly written as the enemy of everything good, but since it's Serinde's POV (well, third-person POV, you understand?) I can understand the bias. Also awesome is that it passes the Bechdel test: there are other women and they talk about non-romantic things! Hobbits in Bree, women in Gondor, Elves in Rivendell. I think Yalie might be my favourite out of all of them.

Don't Panic! and its sequel, Okay, NOW Panic! - takes the basic plot of 'girl falls into Middle-earth' and sees what it would really be like. Penny is a regular British young woman who wakes up near Bree one morning and panics. Quite a lot. Eventually thanks to Halbarad she makes it to Rivendell but that's only the start of learning about how to live in a medieval society. At the same time she has to struggle with knowing how the story goes and how much, if anything, she should tell anyone. Like Halbarad, who dies on the Pelennor Fields, and Boromir. There's also a lot about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and how it would be a stigma in medieval society. One part I especially loved was Penny getting food poisoning and becoming seriously ill and not recovering fully for a couple of months after, because that's never mentioned in other GFIME fics. And Penny reads like a real LOTR fan who happens to fall into Middle-earth - she makes mistakes and gets angry at characters that she loved in the books, and she meets some of the main players but not all of them, and I love her.

The Prince and the Librarian - set in Fourth-Age Gondor, it's about Eleniel, a young woman who inherited the job of Librarian of Gondor's public library from her dead father, except the library is a dusty, disorganised mess and she has no idea if she'll ever get it sorted. Enter Eldarion, Idril (one of Eldarion's sisters) and Elboron to help her get it organised, and also enter Lady Celeglin and Lord Stelbin to oppose them. I love Eleniel! She has no family except for her brother, who's serving in the army and is away, and her cat Battleaxe. She lives by herself in a tiny room and doesn't notice what she's wearing at all and struggles to live on her meagre salary, so she skips meals and works at the local inn. But she's doing something she loves and that love of books and the library shines through in her character, and she won't compromise that. The downside of the fic is that it's unfinished, with no updates since 2006. But it stops at the highlight of the action and I have my own personal version of what happens, and I love this fic incomplete.


So that's the first thing. The other thing is about a point raised by wintercreek: where are all the canon female/OFC romances? Where are the fics where an awesome lady sweeps another awesome canon lady off her feet? And so there's a fest planned: sueducing_ladies. I probably won't write anything because I can't make my muses behave, but I will be following it with interest. Why can't Uhura be the one to seduce the Green Skinned Alien Space Babe when they beam down to a planet? What if Zoe fell in love with a fellow soldier (on the opposite side, even!) or a civilian who was later killed in the Unification War? What if Martha was on a UNIT assignment and ended up saving the world from aliens with the help of a civilian?

I love this idea, but it has given me another - ficathon about a canon character and an OFC being BFFs. I know this could vary on the fandom because canon characters are generally friends with other canon characters, but they don't exist in a vaccuum. What about the friends Uhura and Gaila made when they were in Starfleet Academy? Are they on the ships too, or are they cheering Uhura on and mourning for Gaila? What about Zoe's sisters-in-arms? What about Inara's fellow companions?

Anyway, that is something to think upon. And if you know a fic with a well-written OFC in it (she doesn't have to be the star of the show, but no cardboard cutouts either) then link it here!
So this is a post about fandom and meta and me looking back on the things I did in my younger fandom days. It began when I got linked to a few posts talking about the term 'Mary-Sue' and how its meaning has changed over the years since fandom started on the internet.

I have been spending some time at the uncomfortable truths well )


Holy shit that's a long post. Well done if you lasted to the end, if you didn't here's the tl;dr version: tearing down ficcers for writing badly when they start writing is bad, encouragement and gentle criticism is good, and I'm not using Mary-Sue anymore. Back to crackfic posting now.


EDIT: Apparently this is getting more coverage than I expected. For the record, this is just my personal experience with fandom and you shouldn't hold this up as a yardstick to everyone who used to spork fics or still does so, everyone is different. If you're going to comment here please keep it polite, not everyone is going to have the same opinion and I don't want to hit Metafandom and Fandom Wank in the same week.
Hey guys, you remember that mad Top Gear/Transformers bunny of mine? Trojie's planned it out!


It occurred to me, watching Top Gear last night, that possibly the best crossover in existence would be a Top Gear/Transformers fic. Think about it - James gets kidnapped by Decepticons although he doesn't know it at the time, and slowly drives them crazy by being Captain Slow, and they can't afford to break cover and squish him. Some poor rookie Autobot gets stuck with Jeremy, and obligingly transforms into car after car as Jeremy names them and dismisses them as not being the right car. Richard's car Oliver turns out to be an undercover Autobot. And the Stig turns up at the end and saves the day without ever speaking a word or removing his helmet, and neither the humans nor the robots ever find out anything about him. As do we all.

I'd read it.

In other news, I rickrolled myself this evening. I think it was a last desperate attempt by my brain to atrophy and get out of doing the looming Latin test tomorrow morning - which I should be studying for right now, so adios, amigos.

We're halfway through the year! Six months, 182 days and however many hours have passed since 2008 officially began, but it's at this time of year that I find myself lagging. Australia is currently in the depths of winter, which is a normal part of every year and I do enjoy the season, but the Winter Solstice was at least a week ago and it's still cold and dark in the mornings*.

*Not that I'd know myself, arising as I do at around 9.30. But I have reliable witnesses.

So! In any case, I present the holiday of New Half Year - an excuse to have a drink or partake of your favourite food, and congratulate yourself on surviving half of 2008 without being killed/kicked out of school or uni/fired/attacked by sentient alien mushrooms with death rays. And there are New Half Year Resolutions if you so desire - the ones I've drawn up are more like resolutionettes, but I intend to stick by them.

Resolutionettes - life

1. Eat at least one piece of fresh fruit every day.
2. Go for a walk every day.
3. Obtain paid employment.
4. Practice driving once a week.
5. Pass all of my subjects this semester.
6. Be more adventurous.
7. Find a good tree to climb, and climb it.
8. Complete my [profile] 50bookchallenge list.

Resolutionettes - fandom

1. Finish [profile] 50lyricsfanfic already.
2. Do not join any more fanfic challenge communities until the ones I currently have are finished.
3. Review everything I read.
4. Write more PPC missions.
5. Write down plotbunnies instead of trying to keep them all organised in my head.
6. Practice the 'write first, edit later' method of ficcing because that seems to be faster.
7. Find an icon-making program, because Paint is inadequate.

These are my resolutionettes, and I resolve to stick by them until the year ends/all of them are completed, whatever happens first. If I fail in my quest, I will go and revise Latin noun declensions in penance.

Happy New Half Year!
Well, there was wank, there was a response, there was the online petition, there was the newspaper article, and there was the apology.

So now we can all forget it ever happened, yes?



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