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supernatural brings people together
children of dune - leto 1
Child and I try to limit our tandem media watching due to the fact that breaking out in a ship and/or character war in the middle of the night without access to a keyboard is kinda awkward and not a little surreal. We recently discovered that the thing people say, you would never say to someone's face what you wrote in that double flamey comment? Yeah, no, we do. But it's still half in netspeak and fanspeak, so I'm ruined for talking to normal people for hours.

I have been very wary about watching Supernatural with him; I mean, Stargate Atlantis, he was more a Sheppard/Ronan shipper, but that was my secondary ship, so I could roll with that. Torchwood we were fine, but the Due South period of our lives, for those who remember that, was not pretty at all. But this is different, okay? There are all kinds of people, and I'm totally accepting and everything, but if he turned into a Sam OTC, I might have to give him up for adoption, which is kinda tricky at his age and everything.

(Not that I do not love Sam and everything, my best friends are OTC Sam and apparently ship Sam/Lucifer, but Child is what you might call an evangelical OTCer, and this wouldn't end well for anyone, and I do mean anyone. Like, this is how supervillians are made, okay? It will be the stolen Due South box sets all over again and the Vecchio stanning and dude, he's like, five nine, I can't duct tape him in his closet. Not that I ever did that, but I'm saying, that option, permanently off the table. Now the best I can do is block his wireless and change his X-Box login. And he's going to work out how to fix this when he realizes I locked the router login page to my laptop's IP. I feel bad about that, though; he's really good about leaving comments at AO3 on fics he likes and a good feedbacker is not to be trifled with.)

Child skipped backward to refresh his season one and two, barrel through season three with a faintly shell-shocked expression, and emerged with me for season four viewing with a faint trace of horror. Finally, near the end of season four, he says, like he just can't stand not to say it:

(this is a paraphrased summary of a really deep and meaningful set of conversations about the Pain of Dean Winchester. It was beautiful. I honestly wish I'd recorded it. It was magic, okay? Magic.)

"Why does Dean always suffer so much?"

(At this point, we are around 4.19 or so. Before this, he was exploring agnosticism. I explained this is TV. He wasn't convinced.)

My heart swelled like, fifty sizes, but apparently my silence was like, an indictment or something because he said, "Jenn--" because apparently, I lose my mom title when I'm fannishly traumatizing him.

"I'm with you." But I hate not get it all out there. "I'm kinda a Castiel girl, too, though. Seriously. He's magic."

Child thought about it for most of the rest of the season (read, forty-eight hours give or take) and at the end of 4.22 while we were discussing whether or not Dean goes off to silently cry like, all the time and why people who judge him for that should be smited like whoa, he says, "So Castiel and Dean--"

I'm getting him a rec list.

(He has a subversive love of Sam/Ruby that he won't admit, but I checked his cache and I know things. I don't even think he liked her until 4.22, when suddenly he was all OMG (it sounded just like it looks) and I mean, from his point of view, it makes sense.)

ETA: Child finally set up his AO3 account and gave up pretending that his cache is a lie, so I'm feeling a strong sense of parental accomplishment right now.

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This post made me laugh. My daughter and I have recently started watching TV together and sharing fandoms (instead of me just watching iCarly or whatever with her) and I have had the whole "don't like the wrong character" moment. I mean, we just fought tonight over her love/like of Victoria Grayson on Revenge. So from an internet stranger, I totally enjoyed!

*dies laughing*

Years ago during Due South, Child and I like, went to war over Kowalski versus Vecchio; ever since, we've been really wary about watching things we'll be fannish about together.

I need to see that show. *makes note*

OMG that is just adorable and amazing and YES DEAN DOES SUFFER A LOT AND DEAN/CAS!!!

I really love that you can have this kind of bond and conversation with your kid, it sounds like a lot of fun and an amazing thing to share.

Edited at 2012-03-02 05:17 am (UTC)

Having a fannish child is a great relief. Now if he can just avoid being a serial killer or Republican, really, my work here is done.

You may be my favorite parent-teenchild combination in the entire UNIVERSE. Fictional included.

Sigh. My mother has fannish potential, but she's far more likely to fangirl, oh, Dancing With The Stars celebs and read squee-filled hearts-and-flowers RPF rather than something reasonable like Sam/Dean. And I utterly failed to get her into SPN.

Sooo... what's a OTC? One True Character (guesses)?

OTC - one true character. He sort of ships, but it's more his love of a character involved, and he's fairly even handed between het and slash.


I love you.
This is so me and my Bean. She has finally gotten out of the Disney stage and I love being able to share shows and ships with her. It is so fun. We agree on most ships Dean/Cas, John/Rodney, Peter/Olivia, Luke/Reid. It makes me proud.
She even stopped watching Glee this season because she couldn't stand the lack of character continuity. She makes me vibrate with happiness.

*dies* Child is off-and-on with Glee for various reasons. I think its' his bad relationship fandom, sort of, the one he'll remember with fondness and a shudder.

WOW. That is an epic parenting win. You should definitely get a ribbon. Or something.

I have pride like whoa. *happy*

I do love this. You raised your child right. :o)

And, when you're reccing: Consider all of murron's stories. Seriously. All of them - unless you want to leave out the NC-17 ones still. Then all the others. She's a truly outstanding writer.

OOoh, thank you! I don't think I've read all of these either!

...if you are like, bored and just need to rec anything, I'll listen. It's been two years to catch up and Christ, there's a lot of fic. Y'know. If you have time.

Sweetie, isn't it wonderful to be a corrupter of young minds like this? Nothing makes me happier than to see Amber doing something fannish. She had Lee and me as her aunt and uncle, mom as her grandmother, she never stood a chance. :)

*grins* Such satisfaction, yes.

This is my favourite post on the internet right now.

I'm giggling and flailing at the same time. Oh Dean, with your manpain.

Aww, thank you!

His thing for Dean just kills me. He's so resentful about it. I'd worry about Kripke if they ever met; Child would have so many words.

This entire update warns the cockles of my black, black heart.

Your and Child's fannish relationship fills me with so much glee! Best thing I could have read first thing in the A.M.

My oldest is 10 and I have recently started trying to explain fandom and fanfic to her since I have so much on my Nook. This from the same girl that two years ago couldn't stop sighing over 'spikey' from BTVS. Justin Bieber who? (I am in no way about to delve into RPF. Maybe this summer though).

*bites lip hard* Oh my. Fantastic!


My girls are both fannishly inclined, but neither one of them will own up to reading fanfic unless I jam it down their throats. Since I'm not that sort of person (Okay, I *am*, but I just don't have the energy at the moment), they miss out on most of my caterwauling about the ongoing perils of Dean and Sam.

When I told the older one that I adored Ruby 2.0, she was very solemn. "There will be blood, Mom. There will be blood."

*dies laughing* And she was right!