December 30th, 2011

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Fandom's Great Game

In December, my sister and I make a tradition of marathoning television. I don't watch a lot of TV, and don't have much patience for it (unless it's endless hours of Law and Order: SVU, for which I have literally endless patience). I'm an insanely monogamous fandom person and I always think, well, WHY AM I WATCHING THIS WHEN I COULD BE REWATCHING SPN? Or reading/writing fic?? XD

Anyway, this year's selection was House, MD S7. It's nothing new to me; I was extremely invested in this show until S6, when I gave up. But their current season (S8) is their last, and I figure I owe it to the characters to see them through. It was...okay. Overall, the drama was either overblown or tired and repetitive--on occasion overblown AND repetitive simultaneously!

But while I was busy being extraordinarily critical, it occurred to me that inasmuch as I was once incredibly invested in House, it has never been a fandom for me.

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To me, this is what fandom is about:

At the Sherlock Holmes Society of London, Green was introduced to "the great game," which Sherlockians had played for decades [...] The challenge of the game was that Conan Doyle had often written the four Holmes novels and fifty-six short stories--"the Sacred Writings," as Sherlockians called them--in haste, and they were plagued with inconsistencies that made them difficult to pass off as nonfiction. How, for instance, is it possible that in one story Watson is described as having been wounded in Afghanistan in the shoulder by a Jezail bullet, though in another story he complains that the wound was in his leg? The goal was thus to resolve these paradoxes, using the same airtight logic that Holmes exhibits. Similar textual inquiries had already given birth to a related field, known as Sherlockiana--mock scholarship in which fans tried to deduce everything from how many wives Watson has (one to five) to which university Holmes attended (surely Cambridge or Oxford). As Green once conceded, quoting the founder of the Baker Street Irregulars, "Never had so much been written by so many for so few."

David Grann, The New Yorker, Dec 13, 2004 v80 i39 p058
Full Text: Mysterious Circumstances
COPYRIGHT 2004 All rights reserved. Reproduced by permission of The Condé Nast Publications Inc.

"The great game" is the reason I fandom. I thrive on the gaps, the inconsistencies, the implications, because that's where we make our home in a series. Generally not for the sake of proving it non fiction like the Holmes Society, because wow, SPN, but for the sake of structural integrity!

I take great pleasure in deciding for myself why Sam would go camping in Nevada by himself, or why Dean does anything he does, where Jess went to high school, where the Winchesters get their money (as in, specifically), what brand of toothpaste they use. Why the Leviathans exist. Why nobody in the entire country noticed the imminent Apocalypse. How they can get away with leaving all these dead bodies everywhere. How ghost ships exist in salt water. As far as inconsistencies go, they're either a fault or an opportunity, and in a fandom it's generally much more fun to perceive them as the latter. (Though we don't always. XD)

That Holmes quote is incredibly accurate for me (though admittedly fails to note wild amounts of writerly projection, the merits of fandom friendship, shameless objectification, etc. that also comprise my characterization of what fandom is to me, lol). I just wanted to share it here for posterity.

I'd play this game forever. Thank you, fandom (SPN fandom and friends from others, too!), for playing, too. Y'all are kickass! Happy New Year. :)

^ Except I have about three million posts I want to make before now and 2012, so uh. Forewarning.

ETA: Also, because this post was not particularly flattering for House, I feel like I should mention that 7x19 "Last Temptation" actually was complete and utter perfection. ♥
free fall

[Fic] That Were - Dean, Stanford!era; hurt/comfort, character study

This is the hardest I have ever worked on a piece of non-academic writing in my life. So now I'm exhausted and paranoid. XP

Title: That Were
Genre: hurt/comfort, character study, pre-series/Stanford!era (Dec. 2004/Jan. 2005)
Characters: Dean, Roy and Walt (the guys from 5x16), Sam by default
Rating: a thematic R
Word Count: ~11,300
Warnings: suicidal ideation, suicide/suicide attempt
Summary: 31 December 2004, 9:52pm: Death is not the only consequence of drowning.
Notes: Thank you to vie_dangerouse for cheerleading and betaing, and dealing with me for the last four months (lol). <333

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