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Snowflake challenge day 12

Day 12

What makes you fannish? And by that we mean, what is it about a tv show/movie/book/band/podcast/etc that takes you from, "Yeah, I like that," to "I need MOAR!!!" Is it a character? A plotline? The pretty? Subtext that’s just screaming to be acknowledged?

In your own space, tell us what it is that gets you to cross that line into fandom. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.


I wish I knew! Because then I would be able to find fandoms on purpose!

I know more of what I don't respond to: No one can pimp me into feeling fannish about something. It's not possible. I have to find it on my own, discover whatever it is that will make me go from 0 to 60 by watching it by myself, it's very much an internal process for me. You can show me the work, but it won't happen to me if you sit me down to watch it or tell me to read fic. I have never gotten into a fandom by reading fic or watching vids for something I didn't know.

I know that I have never been hardcore fannish about a book, though I will sometimes read fic for certain books. I'm mostly motivated by visual media, and in particular certain types of characters, and certain types of actors. I'm pretty much impervious to fannish osmosis when it comes to someone, an actor or a singer or whatever--I'll absorb the information, but never the squee, if I'm not already inclined to it.

Talent is a huge thing for me--actors who are serviceable rarely cut it. I'm as shallow as the next person, but if the best they can do is hit their marks and say lines, I'm rarely going to respond to them at that level.

So I wish I knew what changes those things, what makes me go from "don't care" to ALL THE FEELS. I remember being fannish about Buffy, for instance, and I'd made some vids, but the thing that made me want to write all the fic was Spike falling in love with Buffy. Almost the instant that happened, I was writing fanfic. There was something about the impossible UST of it, of a character I loved falling against his will for another character I loved, and something about that alchemical reaction turned lead into gold for me. But it hasn't been that way for other fandoms or ships. And I wasn't super fannish about the first Cap movie, or Steve in general, until somewhere along the line watching Avengers again, and then Winter Soldier came out and it hit something inside me, just an explosion of feelings that I didn't have before for those characters--sad Steve, lonely and against the world, developing friendships over the course of the film (I'm sure that a male-female friendship played a huge part for me), finding out the person he loved most in the world was alive…it seemed to be a perfect recipe to tip me over the edge, plus the acting in that was so elevated from Avengers and the story was so tight and fascinating and just…a perfect storm.

I think there has to be some kind of openness to the story, something else that needs exploring. Something that hasn't been said, so I want to say it.

So I wish I could bottle that. I feel weird lately, how most of my other fandoms are small and background and I'm still so focused on Cap fandom. I wish I could figure out what the elements are that could make me excited about more things.

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amnisias
Jan. 20th, 2016 08:25 am (UTC)
Ah, Spike & Buffy, that was pretty epic (and wrong, and heartbreaking, and perfect, and .... well, the epitome of 'complicated'. But so good.
gwyn_r
Jan. 28th, 2016 06:57 am (UTC)
You know, it's weird, but I never saw it as wrong. I guess I was an outlier, but I never really did!
amnisias
Jan. 28th, 2016 08:27 am (UTC)
Well, wrong in the sense that she's a vampire slayer, and he's a vampire, and everybody around them thought it was wrong. Perfect in pretty much every other sense.... ;)
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