kiki_eng: Annie Monroe of The Like wearing sunglasses (bandom) (Annie wearing sunglasses)
[personal profile] sinesofinsanity prompted me to write on this, and since she's a genfic person I went looking for stuff to rec her.

I didn't find a lot of female friendship fanworks when I went looking through my bookmarks. Part of this has to do with how female friendships are represented in the media. Too often there is no female character at all. Sometimes there is one female character. Female friendship doesn't get depicted where women do not exist. We live in a world where the Bechdel, or Bechdel-Wallace Test exists, where two women existing, talking to each other, about something other than a man, is actually remarkable.

This got long )
kiki_eng: actress, Billie Piper, wearing red glasses and laughing with her face scrunched up (Billie Piper is happy laughing joyful)
In your own space, promote three communities, challenges, blogs, pages, Twitters, Tumblrs or platforms and explain why you love them. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

Pinboard
I love pinboard. Social bookmarking FTW! ...and social bookmarking that is aware of and paying attention to fans. There is a popular bookmarks page for fandom. I'm just incredibly appreciative of the way that Maciej Cegłowski, who isn't fannish, values the fannish community and what they bring to his site. He gave a talk called Fan is a Tool-Using Animal this past year that is exactly what's on the tin, basically. It's about fans and technology (and is mostly accurate) and very enthusiastic. I spend a lot of time on pinboard; it's a very important communal space for me. I get most of my fic recs from there.

[community profile] kink_finders
I've actually recced this comm before. It combines two things I love: recs and tropes/kinks. [community profile] kink_finders "is a multi-fandom fic-finder community to help you find fics that match a kink you might have -- for a broad definition of 'kink' meaning 'anything that presses your buttons and gets you excited'. That might be something that fits the traditional meaning of kink, or a narrative technique, or a type of character, or whatever." Basically any time any one searches for anything is pretty interesting to me. Kinks! Recs! (It's awesome.)

[community profile] imadeathing
It's a multifandom crafts festival. Multifandom! Crafts! There have been two rounds so far and people have made some amazing things. I love me some things. I love ceramics and knitwear and cake. I am really into going to metalwork museums and textile museums and design museums. Objects are pretty great, is what I am trying to say here, so I've really enjoyed those two rounds that have happened. Fans making things is really exciting for me.
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[community profile] fanart_recs "is a community for fanart recommendations. It is intended to be a collective, multifandom rec repository akin to the Crack Van-type communities, only for fanart. It is open for fanart recs from all fandoms (whether books, comics, cartoons, live action, anime, games, RPF...), genres, styles and ratings." The recs tend to be a really cool mix of things. If you're interested in fanart you should check it out; there tends to be a lot of shiny.

[community profile] metafinders is the meta-equivalent of a story or genre finding community. So if you've read a piece of meta but haven't been able to find it again or are looking for meta on a specific topic it's the place to ask. It's relatively new so there isn't much of a backlog of entries yet, but its existence is really exciting.

(This post is for [personal profile] china_shop's Fandom Appreciation Challenge, which "is about giving feedback, reccing and interacting with other fen." - details here.)
kiki_eng: text: "i ate ALL your bees" (Black Books) ("I ate all your bees.")
[community profile] kink_finders "is a multi-fandom fic-finder community to help you find fics that match a kink you might have -- for a broad definition of 'kink' meaning 'anything that presses your buttons and gets you excited'. That might be something that fits the traditional meaning of kink, or a narrative technique, or a type of character, or whatever."

I really like it, because the entries are basically an ongoing list of themes/elements in stories. Recent searches have included love at first sight, crossovers with withheld knowledge and clues, het fic with bi-identified characters, and unaware d/s.

New entries are really exciting to me, actually, because it's a trope, basically, and I love tropes... and then if I recognise it or recognise that I've read a story containing it I get to rec somebody something (I love reccing people things!) and other people recs things (I love recs!) and it is all very exciting to me. (I love excitement!) You should check it out. You, too, might find it exciting.

(...it is probably a really good thing that I did not actually caffeinate today.)

(This post is for [personal profile] china_shop's Fandom Appreciation Challenge, which "is about giving feedback, reccing and interacting with other fen." - details here.)
kiki_eng: light purple lilacs with soft unfocused blue-purple background (lilacs)
One Girl Revolution by [livejournal.com profile] arefadedaway
This is a vid that was made for [livejournal.com profile] halfamoon, as a celebration of female characters in fandom. I love it. I love that it uses the art for that challenge year, which featured female characters sorted by Hogwarts house, and then the rest of the vid shows women being awesome in all kinds of different ways - women reading, women fighting, women doing science, women working together, women dancing, etc. I love the opening footage of this vid, and I love all of the footage of women striding and moving.
(Song: One Girl Revolution (Battle Mix) by Superchick)

Space Girl by [personal profile] charmax
It's a history of women in science fiction and it is brilliantly executed. It starts off with black and white footage and then makes this seamless transition to colour that is brilliant to watch. It showcases all of these different roles that women have had in sci-fi and how they've changed over the years. The music that its set to is integral to the vid and there are some fantastic sequences in this.
(Song: Space Girl by The Imagined Village)

Hook Shot by [personal profile] kuwdora
This is a vid that has amazing movement. The song that it's set to is an instrumental piece and the vid is a solid three and a half minutes of women physically kicking ass, moving, driving, piloting, shooting things, and blowing things up. It looks choreographed. It is visually stunning.
(Song: Hook Shot by Wolfgang Gartner)

[livejournal.com profile] arefadedaway wrote meta about her vid. "This is our heroines at their most magnificent: asserting their independence, celebrating their agency and strength, triumphing over all the odds, whether they be personal, global, or the whim of the writers who let them down; rejoicing in their victories, and ultimately taking charge of their destinies with both hands and never letting go."

"[T]he whim of the writers who let them down" is something that I've been thinking about lately, watching Doctor Who, and having thoughts like, I really like Amy, but I really hate what the writers are doing. I've been thinking about female characters and their treatment by their source material and vids.

[personal profile] thingswithwings has written an interesting piece of meta on this subject - ladies (en masse) are awesome - that I recommend reading. There's a nice list of vids and some good recs and conversation in the comments. There's some really excellent discussion about this genre of vids and what they do and why they exist with specific examples.

One of the things that vids, especially multifandom vids can do is recontextualise clips. What this translates into, especially with multifandom female-centric vids, is that these women get away from their writers, they get to participate in a different narrative. The way that vids function as transformative works is something that's really interesting to me, in part because while vidding is very identifiable as remix culture, the nature of the medium can make a vid's message less parsable than that of other fanworks. I think that vids tend to require a more actively engaged audience. Narrative vids, for example, require interpretation in a way that fic doesn't.

Sometimes it takes me a while to figure out what a vid is trying to say, to catch all of the lyrics, to sort out everything that is happening in a clip, to interpret a clip choice. Space Girl was posted about a month after Elisabeth Sladen, who played Sarah Jane Smith on Doctor Who, had died, and ends with a clip of Sarah Jane Smith walking off. That clip niggled at me. Space Girl is a history of women in science fiction, and there are clips of Sarah Jane from both old and new Who in it. Sarah Jane Smith walks off with K-9 at the end, and then, after, she got her own show. Bringing that bit of context to that clip makes it really awesome. Sarah Jane Smith of Doctor Who goes on to become the title character of her own show.

I had that same issue with Hook Shot, where I was watching the end clip and getting stuck. Then I watched Sucker Punch. I hated Sucker Punch; it was skeevy and it made me angry. There is a clip from Sucker Punch in Hook Shot, which, when I was watching it looking for a cleanser, meant that it didn't work as a cleanser. So I thought some more, and remembered other films that had skeeved me out. Personal Best. I watched an interview with Robert Towne, who wrote and directed it, right before I saw it, and he talked about how much he liked women's bodies, liked athleticism in women, liked watching women's bodies' move, and then I watched Personal Best, and there are sections of that that are exactly like Baywatch, only not shot on a beach and with less of an emphasis on breasts. I felt like I was watching porn that Robert Towne had written and directed for himself. ...and then I thought about Kick-Ass, and the context of that clip where Hit Girl shoots out the camera. Do you know what she says, right after she's taken out the men holding her father, right after she puts the fire out, right before she shoots out the camera? "Show's over, motherfuckers." Three and a half minutes of gorgeous movement in that vid, and then Hit Girl shoots the camera out.

[personal profile] kuwdora hasn't posted meta on her vid yet, and I feel like the piece is very open to interpretation. I feel, with Hook Shot, that I am getting what I need out of it. After 110 minutes of Sucker Punch that wasn't a girl shooting out the camera, but a really angry girl shooting out the camera.

Sometimes what I need to see is women being awesome in all kinds of different ways, moving forwards and having agency. Sometimes it's the history of sci-fi, and the knowledge that the role of women in sci-fi is changing.

So. The last movie I saw was Sucker Punch. The last TV episode was The God Complex. Does someone want to rec me something good?
kiki_eng: actress, Billie Piper, wearing red glasses and laughing with her face scrunched up (Billie Piper is happy laughing joyful)
[community profile] fancake is a multifandom reccing community that has a theme that changes. Right now the theme is Crossovers and Fusions. (As you might imagine that is going quite well.) You should head over and read and rec some.



It's pretty amazing. Previous themes have been amnesia, telepathy, and superpowers. It's a great fannish resource and becoming continually more awesome. I'm really excited about it and really excited that it's on dreamwidth. You should really go check it out.

(This post is for [personal profile] china_shop's Fandom Appreciation Challenge, which "is about giving feedback, reccing and interacting with other fen." - details here.)

Fresh Recs!

Mar. 9th, 2011 08:42 am
kiki_eng: actress, Billie Piper, wearing red glasses and laughing with her face scrunched up (Billie Piper is happy laughing joyful)
There's a Dreamwidth comm for them now, awesome new fics. [community profile] bestthingever's running a spam week up until the 14th to catch up on the last three months of recs. You should head over there and read and rec some.



I'm kind of fiendishly excited about this. I'm having fun watching fandoms and pairings come in and looking at other people's rec styles. Dreamwidth comms are exciting, recs are exciting, and I really like the idea behind this; it's new and shiny. You should go and check it out.

New Year

Jan. 1st, 2011 04:55 pm
kiki_eng: two bats investigating plants against the night sky (Default)
Today has been interesting so far, good and bad. I visited a building I love, saw a friend off, had a really good conversation, read some bad news and made tea. I'm in kind of a tea-drinking sort of place now.

I've got a draft post about yuletide scrawled down from when I was without internet and will probably poke and prod at that a bit before I set it free (soon). I think I will be writing an actual reveal this year and about the process, just because it was so different than last year's. This whole season has been really different than last year's. So, post(s) about yuletide and recs to come [though probably not yuletide recs (I have read so little fic from the collection this year - see previous statement.)] - I really want to post a good recs entry soon - it feels like it has been too long since I've done that.

The Club Can't Even Handle Me by Catemonster is a really fun multifandom dance vid. May it make today brighter for you.
kiki_eng: black and white, a man in a suit stands in an office building at night, his back to the viewer (Torchwood) (Ianto in an office)
Fandom Nominations for Yuletide 2010 Are Now Open! I'm really excited, but haven't submitted my rare fandom nominations yet, because I am made of indecision, and also the possessor of a not-so-surprising agenda that means that means that I'm really interested in character nominations as well, and kind of want to nominate "RPF - Hockey", just so that I can add Foster Hewitt to that character list, or, oh, Maurice Richard. *Ahem.* So I am mulling over my options.

Over in [community profile] asexual_fandom the Ace Manifestos Project is starting up, wherein people will be writing meta about characters they think of as asexuals. It's pretty exciting. Sheldon Cooper, Fox Mulder and Neal Caffrey are among the characters that have been claimed so far; I'm really looking forward to reading these posts.

[community profile] kradamadness' monthly multimedia challenge's theme this month is toys and there are some really amazing entries over there. There is a picspam of little foxes. Seriously. It's awesome. (Also: I wrote fic. It was late, the prompt was hilarious, [personal profile] sobluethesky will be getting that meta post... eventually. I swear.)

(ETA: Aside: Random Canadian Census Update is Random: Motherfuck. That is all.)

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