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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 don't really tend to do fandom that way? Fandom is usually not about the canon for me, like, my first steps into online fandom were not motivated because of a source material I really loved; I went looking for fandom because I heard about fanfic and it sounded like an interesting literary thing? Like, for me it was another source of stories, I am pretty sure, and that's still kind of how I do fandom. I'll read in fandoms I don't know if they're writing tropes that are interesting to me or I stumble on a summary that's really intriguing.

Sometimes the fandom will pull me into the canon, and sometimes not. Like, Generation Kill made me watch the source material, which is really great, but the mini-series didn't make me want fic, it just gave me a crush on Alexander Skarsgård and opinions about Nate's face - like, my appreciation of the fandom was enhanced by my having watched the mini-series, but watching the mini-series wouldn't have sent me looking for the fandom, and how I appreciate and interact with the canon and the fandom are different things.

I tend to take on more of a consumer role in fandom, so my motivations for being in a particular fandom tend to be more in line with why you might listen to a CD or watch a particular drama, than having fallen in love with a CD and needing more, or needing to change something somehow.

When I create prompts for things like exchanges that tends to be more motivated by my love of stories in general than a particular canon. I'll go for things that seem interesting to me, or like there's a lot of potential there - like, one of my prompts for a yuletide fandom was zombies, not because I particularly like zombies, but because I felt that fandom/trope match-up had a lot of potential.

When I'm picking yuletide fandoms I've gone with: canons that have really great worlds I'd be interested in seeing more of [Alice (2009)], canons with unrealised ships that I've gotten really invested in [Pasta (TV)], canons with characters I have fallen in love with [Sungkyunkwan Scandal], canons where I'm invested in the creation of fanworks for fanworks' sake [Michael Buble Being Stalked By A Velociraptor (Tumblr)], canons I fell in love with and just want more of [Shakespeare Retold - Much Ado About Nothing]. ...and sometimes canons fall more into one category.

When I'm writing something it's usually for an exchange, and I'll sign up to write canons and characters I'm familiar with and would be comfortable writing in a lot of different ways and reviewing source material a lot, and then I get my recipient's request and just try to make them happy and write where our tastes overlap as much as possible. When I write something outside of an exchange it's a fandom that I'm comfortable writing in and a theme or trope or story that interests me, basically. Usually I'm motivated to write for the sake of writing, but sometimes it's because I've fallen really hard for a particular dynamic [Remus/Sirius] and want to explore that, or, an idea snags me and I start giggling and then there's a line and then there's a story [Someone needs a hero. Someone is holding out for a hero 'til the end of the night.] - it varies.

My fannish engagement isn't really me falling in love with a series of canons, but falling for a series of fandoms and the stories they like to tell, that's what lures me in.

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Date: 2016-01-13 04:08 am (UTC)
lucifuge5: (Mikeyway NECK)
From: [personal profile] lucifuge5
I love hearing about people's connection to fannishness. This post was great!

You know, I was about to say that I don't think I've ever gotten into a fandom w/o knowing the canon. And then I remembered Fall of 2010 when I spent ~3 months reading Bandom fic while having absolutely no idea of who was who or what anyone looked like. LOL!

So, in short, I get what you mean by being so much into a trope that you can't help but check it out.

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Date: 2016-01-14 12:31 am (UTC)
lucifuge5: (MCR Brady Bunch)
From: [personal profile] lucifuge5
Well, for me it really helped that everything I read were AUs so I think part of my brain was processing everything as original fic? (FTR, I've never had any issues with RPF. Had checked it out in my previous fandoms--Xena, Jossverse, Torchwood, due South--but it didn't click until I read Canadian Six Degrees RPF (Hugh Dillon/Callum Keith Rennie) after watching a movie that had set that ship up but good).

Anyhoo, I can actually pinpoint the exact date when Bandom caught my eye: it was THIS POST at [community profile] kink_finders. I gotta say that [personal profile] marina's pimping was A+: she wrote enough to made me think that I wanted to read this fic but without being excessive in her hyping.

As it happens, I'd left due South fandom about two months prior and was kinda looking around to see if anything pinged me. I read "Second Circle" and then the rest of [insanejournal.com profile] stele3's fics. Followed that by reading as many of the Bandom fic on AO3 (at that time, I don't think a lot of authors were posting over there yet). After that, I was on LJ, tabinating as many long (20k+ words) fics as I could, converting them to epub on Calibre so I could read them.

It was really good timing and that I got to read a lot of the good fics without hitting any 'meh' ones. I read a lot of Spencer/Ryan and then moved to Pete/Patrick. Spencer/Brendon was next followed by Frank/Gerard. And that's when I fell in lurve with Bandom for realsies. Fast forward to January 1st, 2011. I was at a friend's house, flipping through their DVR and became mesmerized by the rock band whose lead singer had really bright red hair. At the end of their performance (for one of those New Year's Eve-type of shows), the host introduced them as My Chemical Romance and I was like WHAAAAAAAAAA? (also: *_________*).

THEN, I checked out as many primers and ship manifestos as I could since I had so much canon to catch up on. Luckily, I managed to drag my bestie and well as some other fannish friends with me so I wasn't, like, totally on my own.

It really helped that MCR was at a high point (they were on the 3rd leg of the World Contamination tour at this point) and that they (as well as the rest of the Bandom dudes) were relative active.

Overall, this was such a matter of (again) great timing AND the fandom being v. active AND that there were a lot of fanworks that I could consume. I'm not sure Bandom would've taken such a hold of me if one of those things had been missing. :D!
Edited (Forgot to add something.) Date: 2016-01-14 12:37 am (UTC)

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Date: 2016-01-14 05:18 am (UTC)
lucifuge5: (Default)
From: [personal profile] lucifuge5
You might've read it? I think that fic's from 2008.

Hee, one of the reasons I remember it so precisely is because I was desperate to find fics that made me feel all the things. My searching went unfulfilled until I read *that* fic. Also, it was early days of [community profile] kink_finders so it wasn't difficult to find the entry itself. ;)

(Yup, HCL ate my brain for a while. The RPF that came out of it was pretty good).

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Date: 2016-01-13 07:36 am (UTC)
endeni: (Default)
From: [personal profile] endeni
/it just gave me a crush on Alexander Skarsgård and opinions about Nate's face/ - LOL, and who could blame you... *_*
/My fannish engagement isn't really me falling in love with a series of canons, but falling for a series of fandoms and the stories they like to tell, that's what lures me in./ - Oh, that's really interesting... *nods*

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Date: 2016-01-13 08:10 pm (UTC)
endeni: (Default)
From: [personal profile] endeni
Oh, yes, he was so good in What Maisie Knew and that movie made me quite sad too. I just can't resist him. I loved him in True Blood and I even caught those 5 minutes he was in Battlefield and I won't be able to not watch his next Tarzan...

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Date: 2016-01-13 09:38 pm (UTC)
endeni: (Default)
From: [personal profile] endeni
/which is good for me personally, I think?/ - LOL, yes that's good. *nods*
And I think adventure trash may be the perfect term... :D

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