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so perhaps i like the idea of a blind cliff and a long jump

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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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.

http://www.wolverineandrogue.com for Diebin.


And it's not just that. For me--take this with five eps under my belt--it's *neat* to see the reinterpretation of King Arthur's legend like this. It's totally not perfect but you know you want to.

*eases toward the cliff*

Promise, you will *bounce*.

Okay, I am intrigued by the whole reinterpretation bit. I don't really demand perfection, especially not of this sort of show. I am guessing that it's rather like the original Star Trek in tone, yes? That kind of ridiculously fun silly that is also secretly serious character and world development which may or may not be commentary on the current social climate but which is, at its heart, silly fun times. Because if you can solemnly swear that it's that kind of campy (with the understanding that you have seen five episodes and there are only what, ten so far) then I will totally join in with much glee and waving of pom-poms. <3

Ah, thank you for the link! I googled and got Diebin.com or somesuch and it very much did not work, alas.

*raises right hand* I solemnly swear this is mischief incarnate and campy and neat and I think is getting better as everyone gets more comfy in their roles.

:D *goes to find a way to watch it semi-legally*

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I used to be big in anime fandom! I still think I was nearly a BNF in Fullmetal Alchemist fandom! And now I despise it. Ugh, shrieky preteens. I am grown enough now to prefer fandoms where the BNFs at least attempt to keep the characters in-character, whether they're in AUs or not.

I can totally deal with anachronisms! Anachronisms never fail to amuse me. I mean dude, young Kirk driving a Corvette is going to be AWESOME and such a huge anachronism! But yeah, I think if I consider it an AU that will totally make everything fine for me, I have a secret adoration of serial AUs. I just need to find a way to get it without torrenting. Ever since that C&D I try to avoid that method. >_>

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