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A word about fandom

lurks-beneath:

ifeelbetterer:

I really do think the biggest problem about show runners, authors, and suchlike responding to fandom—online or otherwise—is that they’re fundamentally misunderstood what fandom is.

They see a group of fans and they assume that they, the author, is like unto a god for these fans and that they can send decrees down to them from on high.

That’s not what fandom is at all.

No one is more critical of art than fandom. No one is more capable of investigating the nuances of expression than fandom—because it’s a vast multitude pooling resources and ideas. Fandom is about correcting the flaws and vices of the original. It’s about protest and rebellion, essentially. Fandom is the voice of a mob that can do better than the original, that often flies in the face of the original, that will accept nothing less than the best the medium (and the human at the helm) is capable of. Fandom is about putting debate and conversation back into an artistic process—-especially if the artist or author in question has become so vain that all criticism falls on deaf ears. (Moffat, I’m looking at you.) Fandom is about mutual creative expression—-there are no gods in fandom and every time someone thinks they’ve become a god of fandom, fandom corrects them again. (Cassandra Clare, I’m looking at you.) Fandom doesn’t need permission and it’s certainly not waiting for it. (Robin Hobb, I’m looking at you.) And fandom doesn’t actually want your attention; often, they’d rather you left them alone to get back to what they’re doing better than you anyway. (Supernatural, I’m looking at you.)

I would bet dollars to donuts that most of the people who run into this post could name five fics off the top of their head that could go head-to-head with canon any day of the week. I could name five fanvids with more biting commentary than a NYTimes review of the same film. I’ve definitely—and this is the easy one—seen hundreds of thousands of better fanart than the promotion materials for a lot of mainstream films and television shows.

Fandom is not worshipping at the alter of canon. Fandom is re-building it because they can do better.

oh dear. and we wonder why people don’t like us.

Haha, holy shit. Fan people are fucking mental.

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lurks-beneath:

pinchmonster:

fats:

imawar:

i don’t think a dude referring to me as “hun” will never not bother me. 

ugh, same. Don’t ever call me hun or honey. don’t fucking do it.

i hate it when ANYONE calls me hun

hun check:

southern accent?

> yes

okay fine

> no

get the fuck out

Also acceptable in a Chinese accent, and if you are trying to invade their lowlands.

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svvitzerland:

any guy who’s over 6’5ft is allowed to take my virginity

(Source: toyota, via gummyspirit)

lurks-beneath:

spewniverse:

lurks-beneath:

grimesish:

killing of women for a man’s pain is so lazy though, like it’s the easiest “character development jump starter” out there.  it’s so formulaic.  the woman—a daughter, a sister, a lover—dies.  The man who loves her, be it her father or her brother or her husband or boyfriend, undergoes intense pain and radical change.  Boring.

Instead of killing women, let them live.  

Let Jennifer Blake survive Peter Hale and burn Beacon Hills down around them, forcing Derek to chose where his loyalties lie.  Let her grow even stronger among the magic in Beacon Hills and slaughter anyone who would dare take what’s hers.  

Let Andrea Harrison make it through Woodbury colder and harder and still stunningly compassionate; she won’t make the mistake of trusting a stranger again but she’ll also become a symbol, the woman who won a war with kindness and understanding rather than bullets.

Let Tara Knowles survive Gemma and fight again for her sons, and her husband, and her own life; force her husband to chose between his mother and the club that’s killed his fathers and his friends or his wife who will leave him and his sons.  Let Tara live and put her life back together; let her raise her boys right, to be good and proud and strong. 

Let Debra Parker outlive Joe Carroll and dismantle his cult by pieces; let her rescue the ones he’s taken and go out into the world and do it again and again and again.

Let Shmi Skywalker walk out of the desert unbroken; let her kindness save her son and spare the galaxy 25 years of darkness. 

Let Padme Amidala rise from the ashes of Mustafar; let her fight a war with as much strength and fervor as her fallen husband; let her raise her children to be good and just and true but to never forget where they came from; let her triumph over the Sith and see her Republic returned to her. 

Let Frigga slip past Malekith’s blade; let her see through Loki’s illusions and take her son in hand again; let her keep the nine realms safe and balanced through her wisdom and cleverness and magic.

Let Mary Winchester shove a magic knife through Azazel’s chest in their bedroom; let her drive away the hellhounds; let her raise her boys to normal, happy lives. 

Let all the women who are murdered for their crime-fighting husbands live; let them defeat their would-be killers and put their angsty husbands to same. 

Let all the superheroes’ girlfriends escape a villain’s revenge; let them dodge bullets and death rays and assassin’s knives; let them unmask those villains, let them talk those villains down, let them trample those villains to dust so they never, ever rise again. 

Stop cutting women into pieces for a man’s tears.  Stop hacking us apart to spur men into action.  Stop choking us, stop beating us, stop slitting our throats in our sleep. 

Be interesting.  Let the woman live.  Give her her own strengths and weaknesses and flaws and motivations instead of a knife in the back. 

Just think, how much more interesting is the story if the woman’s out on the battlefield instead of stuck inside the refrigerator?

Except the majority of those stories are incredibly boring. There has to be a better way to let us live that doesn’t turn the tales into a bundle of snoozefests.

Kill women to keep fiction interesting. It’s all so clear now.

I was unclear. It’s not the killing of women that makes it all interesting, but the struggles and grappling with evil/darkness. 

I should mention that I find this one:
"Let Jennifer Blake survive Peter Hale and burn Beacon Hills down around them, forcing Derek to chose where his loyalties lie.  Let her grow even stronger among the magic in Beacon Hills and slaughter anyone who would dare take what’s hers."

To be incredibly compelling. 

But:

Let Frigga slip past Malekith’s blade; let her see through Loki’s illusions and take her son in hand again; let her keep the nine realms safe and balanced through her wisdom and cleverness and magic.”

Feels like cutting the story short. Maybe she takes her son in hand again as he struggles with his nature and the conflicts that spring up because he can’t control his thirst for vengeance against his father. Let her stand as the dividing line between Loki and Odin, let Loki listen to her counsel and go off on some fucking adventure blah (Hey, Loki standalone—!) —

Or the Supernatural one, with the story ending before it even begins. I would have liked to see a take where John died and Mary was the badass huntress mother raising them, and they probably would have been less broken because of it—

It’s not that I don’t agree with:

Be interesting.  Let the woman live.  Give her her own strengths and weaknesses and flaws and motivations instead of a knife in the back. 

I simply disagree with the stories being bland. 

(I was laughing at how your comment jabbed at the problem in the original post with laser precision. Removing conflict and obstacles from a story stops them from being stories.)

Where people mess up when it comes to giving more interesting roles to female characters is trying to shoehorn them into existing fiction at the expense of the narrative and characters already constructed. Tell new stories, kill dozens of men in them if need be.

(Source: bigbeewolf)

lurks-beneath:

grimesish:

killing of women for a man’s pain is so lazy though, like it’s the easiest “character development jump starter” out there.  it’s so formulaic.  the woman—a daughter, a sister, a lover—dies.  The man who loves her, be it her father or her brother or her husband or boyfriend, undergoes intense pain and radical change.  Boring.

Instead of killing women, let them live.  

Let Jennifer Blake survive Peter Hale and burn Beacon Hills down around them, forcing Derek to chose where his loyalties lie.  Let her grow even stronger among the magic in Beacon Hills and slaughter anyone who would dare take what’s hers.  

Let Andrea Harrison make it through Woodbury colder and harder and still stunningly compassionate; she won’t make the mistake of trusting a stranger again but she’ll also become a symbol, the woman who won a war with kindness and understanding rather than bullets.

Let Tara Knowles survive Gemma and fight again for her sons, and her husband, and her own life; force her husband to chose between his mother and the club that’s killed his fathers and his friends or his wife who will leave him and his sons.  Let Tara live and put her life back together; let her raise her boys right, to be good and proud and strong. 

Let Debra Parker outlive Joe Carroll and dismantle his cult by pieces; let her rescue the ones he’s taken and go out into the world and do it again and again and again.

Let Shmi Skywalker walk out of the desert unbroken; let her kindness save her son and spare the galaxy 25 years of darkness. 

Let Padme Amidala rise from the ashes of Mustafar; let her fight a war with as much strength and fervor as her fallen husband; let her raise her children to be good and just and true but to never forget where they came from; let her triumph over the Sith and see her Republic returned to her. 

Let Frigga slip past Malekith’s blade; let her see through Loki’s illusions and take her son in hand again; let her keep the nine realms safe and balanced through her wisdom and cleverness and magic.

Let Mary Winchester shove a magic knife through Azazel’s chest in their bedroom; let her drive away the hellhounds; let her raise her boys to normal, happy lives. 

Let all the women who are murdered for their crime-fighting husbands live; let them defeat their would-be killers and put their angsty husbands to same. 

Let all the superheroes’ girlfriends escape a villain’s revenge; let them dodge bullets and death rays and assassin’s knives; let them unmask those villains, let them talk those villains down, let them trample those villains to dust so they never, ever rise again. 

Stop cutting women into pieces for a man’s tears.  Stop hacking us apart to spur men into action.  Stop choking us, stop beating us, stop slitting our throats in our sleep. 

Be interesting.  Let the woman live.  Give her her own strengths and weaknesses and flaws and motivations instead of a knife in the back. 

Just think, how much more interesting is the story if the woman’s out on the battlefield instead of stuck inside the refrigerator?

Except the majority of those stories are incredibly boring. There has to be a better way to let us live that doesn’t turn the tales into a bundle of snoozefests.

Kill women to keep fiction interesting. It’s all so clear now.

(Source: bigbeewolf)

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