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Swiped from [ profile] khilari.

Pick a number from the list and I'll answer it in the comments.

1 - Your current OTP
2 - A pairing you initially didn't consider but someone changed your mind
3 - A pairing you have never liked and probably never will
4 - A pairing you wish you liked but just can’t
5 - Have you added anything stupid/cracky/hilarious to your fandom, if so, what
6 - What’s the longest you’ve ever been in a fandom
7 - Do you remember your first OTP, if so who was in it
8 - Do you prefer characters from real action series or animated series
9 - Has the internet caused you to stop liking any fandoms, if so, which and why
10 - Name a fandom you didn't care/think about until you saw it all over tumblr/your social network sites
11 - How do you feel about the other people in your current fandom
12 - Your favorite fanartist/author gives you one request, what do you ask for
13 - Your favorite fanart or fanartist
14 - Your favorite fanfiction or fanauthor
15 - Choose a song at random, which OTP does it remind you of
16 - Invent a random AU for any fandom (we always need more ideas)
17 - A ship you’ve abandoned and why
18 - A pairing you ship that you don’t think anyone else ships
19 - Show us an example of your personal headcanon
20 - Do you remember what your first fanwork was?
21 - Self-rec: What's your favorite fanwork you've created?
22 - Are you one of those fans who can’t watch anything without shipping
23 - 5 favorite characters from 5 different fandoms
24 - 3 OTPs from 3 different fandoms | Take Two!
25 - A fandom you’re in but have no ships from
26 - Just ramble about something fan-related, go go go

Date: 2012-09-22 04:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'd love to hear your thoughts on #17!

Date: 2012-09-22 05:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Um... hmm. Possibly I should have considered the fact that I don't have ready answers for some of these. *grin*

I'm not sure I've ever abandoned a ship I was really attached to, except for being less intensely invested in various fandoms than I used to be. I have, however, started out willing to read certain ships and gradually become less so. A lot of that was in Harry Potter fandom -- early on I was reading very indiscriminately, and I'd go along with anything that made an interesting story, and later I wound up being pickier about characterization and attitude. So:
Tom/Ginny -- yes, really. But on the condition of redemption, and that's hard to pull off, and maybe even that can't really get it past the creepy elements unless you go AU very early.
Harry/Hermione -- I didn't start out with any stake in the ship wars, so stories where the romance went another direction didn't bug me. But the H/Hr shippers' arguments for why H/G and R/Hr shouldn't happen soured me on this pairing even speculatively.
Hermione/Snape -- Once Hermione's an adult and not working for him, the past student/teacher dynamic doesn't really upset me and the age difference steadily becomes less of an issue. But the frequency of offputting characterizations of Ron, Harry, and their friendship with Hermione (and/or the odd "Marriage Law" trope) went past my level of tolerance.

Basically I got pickier about characterization.

Date: 2012-09-22 04:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
5, 16, 21

Date: 2012-09-22 05:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
5 - Oh, goodness, which one. More cracky than funny really, though I have a friend who produced incredibly hilarious and popular HP stuff.

In X-Men fandom I may have been responsible for a small but persistant fanon in which Stryfe could cook. I also turned him into a cat. (This was a ridiculous sequel by semi-request to a friend's similarly ridiculous story in which Cable, from whom Stryfe had been cloned, got turned into a goat.)

My first Harry Potter fic, conceived after reading only the first two books, involved Voldemort returning early after somebody stuck a power-sucking ring in an electrical outlet, casually throwing around excessive power to the point of making an "illusion" of himself as a child back when he still believed in such weak things as morality, and getting defeated when Harry encouraged that version to take over and be the real one. This actually led to a pretty good cowritten series, and perhaps the weirdness of the first episode served as some kind of filter, because we didn't get huge amounts of feedback but what we did get was remarkable in its quality -- minimal obnoxiousness, unusually high rate of thoughtful comments.

...Also, Neville's toad hatching a basilisk (in two different stories! It seemed obvious!), unexpected time travel by Herpo the Foul, werewolf!Salazar (...actually that one wasn't funny at all, but it's kind of cracky...) and the Stepbrothers series where Tom Riddle's mother and Rubeus Hagrid's father got together. As you can see a lot of these depended on incomplete canon.

Count Dooku spending most of a story as a hedgehog. (Possibly it should have been a Sevarcosan Prickle-Pig.) The one that makes people laugh the most is Mechanical Spirit, in which Han finds out Vader built Threepio. Best I've ever done with Star Wars character voices.

Mogget (sort of) coming back after the end of the Abhorsen trilogy might count.

Involuntary bunny transformations in Thor movieverse, with you. *grin* Frozen snakes in Niflhel in Norse myth, likewise.

...I may need to use a new comment.

Date: 2012-09-22 06:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
16 - This may be most of what I write, but it's surprisingly hard to do on demand. I keep thinking of things we've already talked about!

OK, let's see. Almost as much alternate interpretation/focus as AU, but something building on the idea that there are a whole lot of Norns, including ones responsible for specific individuals, and it's a function rather than something you get born into (and may overlap with being a valkyrie).
-I am not sure if everyone has an individual Norn, but as they are mentioned as being Aesir and Jotun and Elf and so on, they may be recursive. This could be confusing.
-I really am not sure what happens if somebody seduces their Norn. Nicer fate? Immediate death so they can be together? Norn reassigned due to conflict of interest?

Or, for a more specific idea, combining Loki-from-the-Eddas with Loki-the-giant-king flipping out and enforcing a magical exile against the men who made off with his daughters. And possibly somebody trying to effect a reconciliation.

21. ...Hard to pick a favorite. Like you, I'm fond of a lot of what I've written. I'm very attached to ToTL at the moment; of course a lot of that is your doing, but then, a lot of my stuff is cowritten. :)

Coming at it from the self-rec angle and trying to pick something I could direct people to with general appeal and not a lot of commitment (so no long elaborate AUs), I'm going to be indecisive and say "In Dead Waters" (Pirates of the Caribbean), "Mechanical Spirit" (Star Wars), and/or "Stir Well" (Ratatouille) -- each under 1000 words and each, in my own opinion, one of my better examples of character voice.

Date: 2012-09-22 01:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
*thinks* I could probably come up with a multitude of answers on this one that would not be particularly interesting, but that's no fun. I think I'll go with Elizabeth/Jack, Pirates of the Caribbean. It's not one I'd consider implausible; they're definitely attracted to each other, and while I could see debate on this point, I think giving in to that would not be OOC. But I think it's important and I like that Elizabeth nonetheless chooses and keeps choosing to keep her commitment and vows to Will, and I'm not really interested in reading fic where she doesn't.

Date: 2012-09-23 01:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
26 is an excellent all-purpose question. I choose you, twenty-six! Wait, that doesn't rhyme...

I'm sorry, I'm rather sleep-deprived at the moment. It makes me rambly. Probably why I like 26. :P

Date: 2012-09-24 06:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Hm. OK.

I find I have this odd mindset toward fandoms I've drifted away from.

I usually don't quite shed the sense of being part of it, or the fic ideas I still meant to write, for a much longer time than I'm actually participating. So I'll be reading enough to think I'm there long past the point where I'm posting enough for anybody else to think so. So then if I do post and people say "Welcome back!" or "I thought you'd left!" it feels strang because I felt like I was still around.

But I also tend, once I've drifted away and stopped being active, to feel (even though I know better!) like it's gone. Like if I jump back in, nobody will notice, even if the same areas are active or I look for new ones. Which doesn't make any sense at all -- I mean, it's possible I wouldn't get much attention, especially if the people who were reading my stuff have also drifted into other areas (which is entirely possible); it would be valid to think the fandom might have moved on with new material or something (e.g., I'm not keeping up with all the new stuff in Star Wars)... but it's not like I've always gotten involved at the height of things or stuck to current material. Imagining that interest and participation have generally dropped off doesn't really make sense. It's probably partially true in some cases, but there's probably a solid base around somewhere in most of them.


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