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so perhaps i like the idea of a blind cliff and a long jump
lemming
seperis
Huh.

There's a part of me that's just--I guess is both irritated and resigned about the pseudo-intellectual snobbery that is anti-pop culture and anti-popularity. But it's also this.

I like the Lemming Method. I am a fan of the Lemming Method. If I could somehow acquire my own personal charisma machine and pimp everyone by sheer strength of personality into whatever fandom I'm in? I would be doing that for every damn fandom I have. I mean, sure, if you want, let divine intervention lead you to that very special text, but you know what? I found a much faster way to discover what I love.

I don't need fandom to tell me about a text I already love, though that's nice as well. I need fandom to show me what I'm missing. Did I miss spies or space cowboys or King Arthur, did I miss magical schoolboys or Superman redux or Wolverine in a cage (thank God for Diebin)? I've done both; I have dragged friends into fandoms they weren't interested in and watched them fall in love, and I've followed people where they went because I wanted to see what was so damn shiny in the other side of the hill. It's not everyone's way, but it's a lot of mine. I loved Diebin before I saw X-Men; I adored astolat before I fell on top of Stargate; I was all about cesperanza before I went near Due South.

Being apologetic because the authors interested you first? Because the fandom interested you before the source? Are you kidding? Apologize because I found a group of people so awesome and want to join in? Because the sheer rush of creativity is so overwhelming I want to be a part of it? Because there's one person that's worth watching one to three seasons of a show I wasn't too sure of so I'd get her fic?

That's what I celebrate.

Fandom cannot be done wrong, per se, but in a lot of ways, following each other around to see where they go, check out the other side of the mountain, looking in blank astonishment at a text or source you are pretty sure you are going to hate, but what the hell, brown_betty loves it, so okay--this exemplifies what attracted me to fandom in the first place. Beyond the source itself, it forces me to do what I wouldn't do on my own, makes me think outside what I'm comfortable with, and gives me nice rewards if I do those things.

Sure, I can't claim to be edgy, independent, intellectual, or special. I can claim, however, that unlike outside of fandom, if the source fails me, if the show/book/comic/medium fails me, the fandom around it never does.

Be a lemming. Jump blind over the cliff because your friends are doing it. Sure, the jump is scary, and you can't work out why the hell they thought this was a good idea, but the rush is unbelievable. You'll love what you find on the other side.

ETA: Current guild rules require me to mention svmadelyn, chopchica, and amireal as the primary lead lemmings leading me over whatever cliff they find.

ETA 2: I forgot to use my lemming icon. Lemming pride, my friends. Lemming pride.


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Let me put it this way: I am a pretentious college chick, and I am about to google Diebin because you mentioned him/her/it and am considering getting into Merlin just because other people seem to think it's amusing. I am fairly certain it is not my thing! But it also seems interesting! And by interesting I mean full of gay innuendo and unicorns!

which is long way of saying YAY LEMMINGS that is how we find good new things yes, by sharing it.

MERLIN IS STUFFED FULL AND HAS UNICORNS! I MEAN, HOW CAN THAT BE WRONG?

I am filled with capslock today.

THAT SENTENCE HAS MORE INNUENDO THAN EXPECTED XD But no seriously, I am still wary of it, most notably because I read Astolat's fic and CAN YOU TELL ME THAT THE REAL THING IS AS GOOD AS THAT WAS. Because that was pretty damn good.

But if the show has good monster design I will be all over that before you can blink. The giant cockroach in MIB = CUTEST THING EVAR OMG and will probably forever be the standard against which I measure other cute monster things. My definition of cute != other people's definition of cute. Ahaha.

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WE WILL BE WARY TOGETHER. I mean, I have worrisome issues! Are there cheesy face accents? Are there cheesy real accents? Will I constantly be waiting for people to turn into Scotsmen (Monty Python reference haha)? Is it visually any good? Is the plot reasonable or will it be another Atlantis? Is the continuity reasonable or will it be another Smallville? I almost watched Smallville! Then there was a big round of "oh you people in Atlantis are so spoiled with your continuity and your acting" so uh I passed on that and just stick to the fic. THESE ARE IMPORTANT ISSUES. SWORDS ARE AT STAKE. I LIKE SWORDS BUT I WILL PASS ON THEM IF THE REST OF IT IS TOO AWFUL.

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B-but we were going to be wary together! My heart, she is broken. </3 No I kid. I am still very wary, because "canonical gay!!!1" has never been a reason for me to get into anything. It is an amusing sidenote to me, and to see an entire fandom focusing on Teh Gay alarms me and makes me think of anime fangirls who are too excited by Teh Gay to notice that they're condoning statutory rape. I have yet to see a single argument in favor of the show that doesn't involve "well yes, but the gay!!!" so I am still very wary and getting warier. Waryer? Wary-er? More wary. Wary wary wary. hee. I totally read in both X-Men and Smallville whenever I can find good stories, ahaha. I keep rereading Astolat's stuff with Kon and Lex and Clark and eeee so cuuuuute. I am sad that this Diebin person's site is broken, though.

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Yes? I'm five eps in, and so far, I'm not disappointed. Then again, I have a thing for Arthurian legend in all its forms, so I get a huge kick out of just seeing what they kept and what they changed. I think it has a very workable plotline.

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Huh. Late teens maybe?

Merlin--okay, yes, he's weird looking. But by the second ep, it's like he's *not* anymore or something. I don't know. It's mystical, even.

Well in a later episode, Arthur is mentioned as being 21. I think Merlin is supposed to be a few years younger.

FWIW, in my watching it only starts getting really good around ep 4, then it's pretty much straight up hill from there, with an ever increasing series of "I didn't think it actually could get gayer." and also some character depth, etc. Everyone gets more complicated.

And oh. Oh the gay. Not since the days of Smallville, I tell you.

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