If, theoretically, I were to try and finish a segment of one of my projects, would you want it to be:
If I were to finish a segment of one of my projects, which would you want it to be?
The Jedi and the Sith Lord (Star Wars | f!Luke AU)
we get dark, only to shine (The Borgias | Cesare/Lucrezia S1 AU)
tolerably well acquainted (P&P | Darcy/Elizabeth, canon-compliant | E's feelings at Pemberley onwards)
pro patria (Guild Wars 2 | mostly canon-compliant Ascalonian fic)
each new arrival (The Borgias | Vanozza gen)
Lady of the City (LOTR | f!Faramir AU)
- tolerably well acquainted
- pro patria
- each new arrival
- Other: recent projects here, general fic discussion here
Yet all the blocking in the world can't get rid of it!
I mean, sure, smallest violin for being a fan of fandom bicycle OTCs and at least moderately popular ships, but it's so profoundly annoying. That absurd Beatles argument, fandom edition.
In fact, the fandom edition is slightly worse, because it almost invariably comes with "if you'll put in effort for your fave, why not mine?" Or even worse, "if you like your fave, why don't you like mine?" Because...they're polar opposites in every conceivable way...? Why on earth would it follow that my fondness for tormented villains with some level of principle/feeling + harsh and/or dangerously temperamental heroes would translate into a fondness for wisecracking heart-of-gold companions?
I mean, I usually like them well enough, and want them to succeed and be happy insofar as I care at all, but that's—not much. I don't dislike Ron or Sokka or whomever, but I'm not really interested either.
And while individual maps of favoured tropes vary, I think it's safe to say that "you care about X, why don't you also care about someone completely different?" is never going to be anything but irritating.
So what you're saying is that people writing and defending fantasy seem to perceive dragons as more realistic than gender equality and poc/lgbt representation?
Rather the opposite. I’m objecting to the specific argument, made by people criticizing fantasy for being non-representative, that if authors can make up DRAGONS and MAGIC, they can make up POC and LGBT people in quasi-historical settings too!
The argument lumps marginalized people who actually existed in with universe-altering departures from reality. The existence of marginalized people is not a departure from reality. It’s what reality is and was.
On a lesser note, it’s also simply a bad argument on the writing level. The idea that if you depart from reality in one way, anything goes–it’s terrible, terrible advice that nobody with the faintest concept of good writing will accept. Fantastic settings have to be grounded in reality to work. Otherwise it’s meaningless esoterica. The issue is what’s being presented as reality, not that it is.
Person A: It’s just being historically accurate!
Person B: …there are dragons.
Person A: Yes, but–
Person B: DRAGONS.
There’s some variation depending on which work comes up in discussion, but the basic rebuttal is “the setting includes something that blatantly diverges from the basic laws of reality; therefore, there’s no reason not to diverge from reality in much smaller matters.” I do understand it, but I … um, don’t agree. And I actually dislike it quite a lot.
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(The immediate context was Kylo Ren wank, but I largely bypassed that for LET'S TALK ABOUT ETHICS.)
Do you mind explaining what you mean about diminished capacity? I have a hard time getting where it matters. Even if the intent is not the same the end result doesn't change. In order to not excuse it, they both need to be treated the same.. I don't get how diminished capacity would make Kylo Ren somehow less immoral than Hux. He still did those things. Some things cannot be made up for.
The concept that intent does not alter the morality of crime is … completely contrary to how criminal law works. And most systems of ethics.
I’m a lot more interested in ethics than further villain wank, which I feel I have very thoroughly addressed, so I’m talking about the role of intent and capacity in morality here.
TW for murder, torture, rape, suicide, and disassociative depression/mania
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What are your thoughts on the situation where shippers are accused of being racist for not shipping Rey and Finn? Personally I'd ship Finn with both Poe and Rey and I'd be happy if either was canon. But how can it be racist to ship a mixed race same same couple? That doesn't even make any sense. Either couple would be groundbreaking and both are clearly healthy ships between friends. What's to hate about either of them? Is this just another symptom of a crazy ship war? Or something more?
Just another symptom, though of something bigger than any one fandom.
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I talked about this on Tumblr and ... uh, Facebook (all my second cousins needed to know!), but probably the best place for it is actually here. And then, since it's dreamwidth, I kept going :)
It's long and rambly, so short version: Pemberley as described should generate far more than ten thousand a-year, so either 1) Darcy is the most generous man alive, 2) the reports of his income are all wrong, or 3) he inherited some serious problems.
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I write a lot of always-a-girl genderswap. Most people don’t like it, fine, but some responses to it are starting to really annoy me, especially the “it’s all X” or “they only write it because Y.” So here are my actual reasons for doing it - which may not be others genderswappers’ reasons, but should at least give a better idea of “but whyyyy” than people who don’t even write it.
1. name: anghraine at dreamwidth/Tumblr, elizabeth_hoot at lj (DW and LJ are crossposted)
2. age(ish): 26
3. primary fandoms: Avatar (mostly LOK), Austen (mostly P&P), Star Wars (don't like the prequels, but try not to be obnoxious about it)
4. other stuff you're into, but maybe don't blog about (unless you find more people who'd want to hear about it): Middle-earth (first fandom, but I haven't blogged about it in years), Narnia, Harry Potter, Doctor Who (Four!), Young Wizards, the Secret Garden, Eddings, She-Ra, Tamora Pierce, the Hollow Crown, Psych, Good Omens. Lots of stuff I never found fannish friends for and wasn't fascinated by enough to carry on all by myself. I also like multifandom discussions and fandom studies and such.
5. non-fannish interests?: Eighteenth-century literature and history, lit-crit generally, psychology (my minor), gender/sexuality, politics (American, Democrat).
6. my journal reads like...: about equal parts memes and fic (mostly one-shots and WIPs), with the occasional long-winded meta or rant.
7. f-list turnoffs: fandom gatekeeping. Anything about what constitutes true fans or what contingent is ruining fandom or the canon, and mostly condemning contingents of the fanbase rather than disagreeing with their opinions. A lot of anti-woobie rants have annoyed me lately.
Give me a number(s) and I'll answer the corresponding question
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 anime 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
25 - A fandom you’re in but have no ships from
26 - Just ramble about something fan-related, go go go
( gimme fic! + Skywalker face mash-ups )