Yeah, I skipped a day; I spent the evening at both a City Council meeting and
an overlong school concert. (I feel sorry for the orchestra kids; by the time it's their turn, everybody's looking at their watches.) kass
asks: what fannish character is bringing you the most joy right now?
I'm ... not feeling the fannish joy right now.
Bits of it are there. There's a stage in every book I read, every movie I see, where I'm thinking, "Oh, hey, this person could be matched with that person ... this universe could cross over with that other universe." But somehow it doesn't catch.
I think there are two things going on:
1. The source media themselves are more fanfic-savvy now, and so nothing totally loses control of its subtext the way it used to in the old days.
I can't imagine anybody making entertainment in 2016 without being aware that viewers/readers will consider the possibility that characters are attracted to one another even if you didn't write them to be attracted to one another -- even if they are [gasp] the same gender.
You'd have to be living under a rock on another planet to have missed that development.
And of course to the extent that this gets us actual non-heterosexual characters that's a great thing, though that part is not moving along quite as briskly as I would like.
But -- like, we're now getting classic Trek out of the library and watching it. And nothing
equals the accidental subtext-fest that was classic Trek. I can see where the people who were slashing classic Trek could feel like they were totally stealing the archetypes and totally expressing the true nature of the show at the same time.
There's nothing like that now.
2. I'm not interacting enough with fans (a situation that's unlikely to change until my nest goes empty next fall), and it's just no fun to be fannish alone.
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