mithen: (Blossom Bird)
There's a lovely December Talking Meme going around, and I was feeling bad because between holidays and travel and my students' theses being due it was just impossible. And then some kind soul started thinking outside the box and said "Why not just do it in January?" and I thought SURE WHY NOT? :)

Pick a date below and give me a topic - anything from fandom related (specific fandoms, characters, pairings, episodes, etc.) to RL to whatever else you want, and I promise to ramble/rant/rave/whathaveyou on the appointed day. *g*

They will probably be brief, or not, depending on the subject. Also, I reserve the right to decline prompts that I don't feel equipped to meet.

I haven't been posting much here but fic for ages, so I'd love the excuse to do some meta or even to just blither on about my life a bit!

Jan 01: Tell us of your non-fandom favorite things! Whether they be hobbies, items, foods, or people. (Queen0fcups)
Jan 02:
Jan 03: Thoughts on the future Superman v Batman movie? In general? For Shipping potential? (Mishagirl)
Jan 04: Your favorite spot to visit in Japan, and why? (Ilyena_sylph)
Jan 05: Any Advice on meeting 'the one' or finding love in general? (Mishagirl)
Jan 06: Bruce/Clark Origin Story! (dhfunk)
Jan 07:
Jan 08: Favorite ice cream! (Northernwalker)
Jan 09:
Jan 10: Your thoughts on SuperBat in a ridiculous high school shoujo manga AU(you know, cherry blossoms, senpai has noticed me, school uniforms with ties and blazers etc etc.)? (LadyPeony)
Jan 11: What did you do to become a better writer? (Pleasance)
Jan 12:
Jan 13: Bagginshield Feels Ahoy! (Jestana)
Jan 14: How do you feel about other fans' portrayals/interpretations of characters that conflict with your own interpretations? (Meicdon13)
Jan 15:
Jan 16:
Jan 17: What attracts you to a ship? (Rijsg)
Jan 18: The Silmarillion (Starsandsea)
Jan 19:
Jan 20: Blakes' 7! (Navaan)
Jan 21:
Jan 22: Ebb and flow of fandom/OTP love over time (Mekare)
Jan 23: SuperBat, a kiss happened by accident that led to many hidden feelings. (Lakiunderwook), and what the heck, I can probably write a little drabble too, since listening to my thoughts about accidental kisses might not be the most riveting. :)
Jan 24:
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Jan 31:
mithen: (Batman Loves You)


I've seen, in a variety of places, decrying of what's sometimes called "Tumblr-speak," especially targeted toward the term "feels." "You should just say you feel something, not this ridiculous 'I have feels' thing," the argument goes. But today I wish to step up to the plate and give a light-hearted defense of "feels" for a moment--bear with me!



Feels below the cut! )
mithen: (Cartoon Supes)
Written for [community profile] month_of_meta!

We live in a time where it seems that more and more, "canon" creative works have a lot of the same derivative/transformative roots that "fannish" works do. Whether it's Elizabeth Bennett fighting the undead in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, a modern gender-bent take on Holmes and Watson in Elementary, or a riff on fairy tales in countless sources like Once Upon a Time, it seems like there are more texts than ever that have multiple "takes" on the source material. What are the strengths of "wider" texts with multiple canon takes, and what are the benefits to more "narrow" texts with a more focused, clear voice? This essay is a (tentative) exploration of the differences.

A few clarifications at the beginning: I use for examples various fandoms I only know second-hand. Fandoms I don't know well I've put in bold, just so it's extra-clear I'm not speaking with any authority there. If I'm wrong about those (or any other) please kindly point it out to me! Also, I have a nice neat 10-point spectrum below, but in reality the categories are messy and there's a lot of wiggle room for what goes where. Feel free to make a case for changing categories, or for whole categories I've left out!

Narrow and Wide Canons: A Spectrum )
mithen: (Pine Tree)
If you haven't run into what has become known as RaceFail09, a brief summary: Elizabeth Bear had a reader complain about race depictions in one of her books. Bear responded reasonably at first (she rescinded that later), but her friends and fans did not, and things became ugly. The conversation arched across the SF/F communities and beyond, becoming a sweeping (and quite vicious on the part of some pro authors and publishers) discussion about race, cultural appropriation, and white privilege. There are summaries of links at [livejournal.com profile] metafandom and [livejournal.com profile] rydra_wong; one of the best summaries I've seen of the whole thing is here.

I've mostly just read and thought about these things rather than entering into discussions and posting about them. My reasoning was that, well, I felt it was narcissistic to say "Here's what I have to say on the topic! Listen to me!" I felt it was better to read and absorb and...well, very often to wince in amazed horror at what people were saying.

Today had two posts that broke me, though. )
mithen: (Armoured Shoulder Bruce)
I'd been kind of avoiding this meme because...well, once I get talking meta there's really, really no stopping me. I'm an academic, it goes with the territory. But I commented on [livejournal.com profile] anthraciteowl's wonderful analysis of why she loves Tim Drake and she gave me five things and...I could no longer resist.

If anyone hasn't done this meme, or would like to do it again, let me know and I'll give you five things I associate with you! Feel free to comment without asking for five things as well, I won't slap you with it unless you specifically ask for it, and I always love to talk meta. :)

Lots of burbling below the cut!

Bruce Wayne )

Clark Kent )

identity porn )

Krypton )

AU stories )
mithen: (Default)
1) Pick up to 15 pairings you like
2) Describe them in up to 15 words
3) Get your friends to guess

(As a hint:  5 are DC, 4 are Trek, 6 are other fandoms;  11 are m/m, 3 are m/f, one is f/f).

1.  An endless game, chasing and catching and escaping again.  The chasing is the best part. ([livejournal.com profile] bradygirl_12 and [livejournal.com profile] snake_easing  guessed Bruce/Selina)
2.  Bitter enemies, fated slayers.  A vision of the future fails to reveal respect and mercy. ([livejournal.com profile] icarus_chained  got Londo/G'Kar)
3.  Fate, destiny, Doom:  a moth to a flame, comrades and warriors until the bitter end. ([livejournal.com profile] yavieriel  guessed Turin/Beleg)
4.  Good friends.  He loved her in secret.  Slowly, sweetly, she came to love him too. ([livejournal.com profile] fictionalknight  woke up with the realization this was Kira/Odo.  *grin*...[livejournal.com profile] snake_easing  guessed it too)
5.  He took his place to hold back the darkness.  Now it's him that needs saving.
6.  Hidden depths, nothing "simple" about either of them.  Sarcastic, ironic banter reveals many layers. ([livejournal.com profile] snake_easing  guessed Bashir/Garak)
7.  His father dreads the king's return, but he feels the dangerous allure of fealty. ([livejournal.com profile] ilyena_sylph  guessed Boromir/Aragorn)
8.  Idealist and cynic thrown together and apart;  the cynic searches, searches, searches...and (alas!) finds. ([livejournal.com profile] dshael guessed Avon/Blake)
9.  "What a piece of work is man" is arrogant in the extreme--but rather charming. ([livejournal.com profile] bradygirl_12  guessed Picard/Q)
10.  Mute, scarred, enslaved--he helped her raise her secret son and loved her in silence. ([livejournal.com profile] jade_dragoness guessed Araris/Isana)
11.  Passion and intellect exploring the universe together.  Fire and ice balanced in a perfect friendship. ([livejournal.com profile] jade_dragoness  guessed Kirk/Spock)
12.  Shadows and sunlight aren't opposites, but two halves of a whole.  They complete each other. ([livejournal.com profile] ilyena_sylph  guessed Clark/Bruce)
13.  She's a plant stunted by a cruel gardener.  How she longs to help her bloom. ([livejournal.com profile] ilyena_sylph  guessed Harley/Ivy)
14.  Their shared devotion was the only bright point in the dark realm they served. ([livejournal.com profile] tygati  delighted me by guessing Kunzite/Zoisite)
15.  They're pals--they have fun, get in trouble together.  Why not in bed too? ([livejournal.com profile] stinglikeabee  guessed Ted/Booster)

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