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28 December 2011 @ 05:57 pm
Fandom 2011 Meme  

Your main fandom of the year?
Really not sure I even had one, to be honest. This year has been a complete jumble of stuff. I'd probably have to go with Mass Effect, simply because of how much time I've spent on stuff to do with it.

Your favorite film watched this year?
Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Are you really surprised? I still can't quite fathom how these movies can cause even close friends to forget to respect other people's likes and dislikes - I've had to sit through people I thought were fair-minded rant about why I shouldn't like these movies and how horrible they are and all that, simply because I mentioned it. You don't like them? Fair enough - I hardly think Michael Bay is going to mourn the loss, given how successful the films have been. But I just wish people could stop the knee-jerk "my childhood is dead" reactions at the mere mention of the movies. I really dislike G1 Transformers, The Dark Knight, Green Lantern, Twilight, the Star Trek reboot, and a host of other things - but I wouldn't dream of ranting about the reasons why in front of people I knew liked them - it's just rude.

Your favorite book read this year?
Batwoman: Elegy. A very late entry, given that I only got it for Christmas, but good lord it's fantastic. I'm not the biggest comic fan - I like the characters and universes, but generally prefer to see them in other media like movies and games. But this comic really is that good - the art is incredible, the story is great, and the character is just utterly badass. She isn't some sort of cheap cash-in on the 'Bat-brand' - she's a fully rounded standalone character that doesn't require Batman himself to hold the story up. Usually characters such as Batwoman are treated as second-rate in comics, whether intentionally or not - but she seems to have somehow slipped under the radar in regard to that stuff. She's never sexualised, she's never seemingly overpowered simply because she's female, she never requires a big burly hero to step in and save her, and she has a realistic and relevant backstory that really does serve as a decent alternate reason for why someone would don the cape and cowl.

Your favorite album or song to listen to this year?
'Sentinel Prime' from the Dark of the Moon soundtrack. Even the staunchest of Bay haters often acknowledge the soundtracks to the movies are good, and this track really sums up why. The entire album is beautiful, but Steven Jablonsky's Transformers scores always are. But DotM in particular stands out, with some surprisingly melancholy and haunting tunes placed around the usual heroic cues.

Your favorite TV show of the year?
Glee. Duh. This came as a complete surprise. My best friend got into it around the time I was on holiday, and was already quite obsessed by the time I got back. Knowing she'd want me to at least have a basic understanding of it so she could talk to me about it, I agreed to watch a few episodes, and damn am I glad I did.

Is it cheesy? Yes. Is the writing iffy? This season, definitely. But the show has given me so many feel-good moments, and so many characters or situations that I can in some way identify with, that I can at least tolerate it's shortcomings. It's rare for me to get so into something I originally didn't think much of, but that in itself has definitely taught me to be more open to giving things a chance.

Also, Brittana. Yus.

Your favorite LJ community of the year?
Honestly? None of them. I'm sick to death of the general LJ comm attitude to things. The bickering, the double-standards, and most of all - the hypocracy, usually centered around gender-related issues. I mainly just use LJ as a way of getting news and sharing the odd fandom-related drawing. The magic has long since vanished.

And being Target #1 of the BioWare Hate Meme was a pretty unpleasant reminder of it.

On the plus side, I have gained a fair few good friends from it - but I don't need the LJ comms to keep up with these people anymore, as the victims of my twitter ramblings will know.

Your best new fandom discovery of the year?
That'd have to be Glee again, for the reasons listed above. The fandom itself is kinda scary - shipping wars like you wouldn't believe. But there is a sizable group of more level-headed fans out there, which is refreshing.

Your biggest fandom disappointment of the year?
Doctor Who. Really saddens me to realise it, but the show definitely deserves this spot. Now, I love Matt Smith's Doctor - he's utterly fantastic, and I can't fault him. This year, Amy has grown on me quite a bit too - I actually quite enjoy her now. But the reasons for my disappointment can be put down to two people - Steven Moffat, and his pet sue River Song. This is another rant for another day, but in short - I want both of them to go. Steven Moffat is great at creating over-arching plotlines that confuse and confound you, but he sucks at resolving them - to the point where you often feel cheated by the weak pay-off, and the fact that his writing still oozes mysogyny and outdated views on gender roles (seriously - every time he tries to write a strong female character, it's usually down to her motherly insticts. Kinda ties in with his idea that all girls want to do is get married and have babies.) Very disappointing.

Your fandom boyfriend of the year?
Really not sure here - I make no secret that I don't really like that many male characters. So I'll play it safe and go with Optimus Prime. Dat voice.

Your fandom girlfriend of the year?
It's got to be Alice Kingsleigh. Despite the fact that I find AiW difficult to write, and haven't had the time to draw related art as much as I want, I'm still utterly enamoured with the movie and it's world. Very rarely a day goes by that I don't have some awesome plot bunny involving Alice.

Your biggest squee moment of the year?
Pretty much any of the badass moments from Dark of the Moon. Mostly involving Optimus. Shush.

The most missed of your old fandoms?
I don't really miss any fandoms as such. I wish the Mass Effect comm was more like it was in the old days, but perhaps it was more to do with me being naive and not seeing it for what it was back then.

The fandom you haven't tried yet, but want to?
Again, can't really think of any. There's plenty of fandoms for things I like that I'm not really fully into, but I wouldn't want to try them for the same reasons that I'm not already part of them.

Your biggest fan anticipations for the New Year?
Well the obvious one is Mass Effect 3. Very much looking forward to it, but I'm also very glad for all the other distractions I've had during the build-up - means I don't have the time to sit around getting pessimistic about various ME3-related things.

The other would have to be Glee - and the possibility that we might finally get that Brittana kiss. Honestly, I'm not holding out much hope - the writers have seemingly forgotten they're even together, but any interaction would be good, given how badly it's been handled lately.
metaraymek on December 28th, 2011 06:34 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I haven't really gotten into LJ communities for about the same reasons you asked. I recently said "Screw it" to a MLP LJ community after the owner did something p. immature and I then decided I'd rather stick to the local Pony group (yes, one that's IRL) in order to get my fandom fix for that.

Then again, I've been slightly soured on communities -not just LJ- for things for a long time now. Besides the time I got attacked on BSN by rabid Garrus fen, there was the times I was publicly attacked several times on a Marvel!Thor forum, simply because I was -and still am- unrepentant in my preference for Beta Ray Bill over Thor... despite me saying several times in the last year or so that I've actually warmed up to Thor himself. (Though there was a funny time recently where someone called me a 'Thor antagonist'. I thought it was funny someone still remembered me, despite me not being active there for half a year, and then someone tore his proverbial balls off and demanded he apologized. That was kinda cool, tbqh)

idek. I think the last few years have taught me that fandom is so much more fun when it's on a smaller/more intimate scale than a large group. The large groups can be fun, don't get me wrong. I loved some of the stuff that's come out of SLF and I'll always have a soft spot for things like Morridan. But I found if I don't interact with large groups of people, my love for certain things sticks around longer.

Also, I'm going to add that it's p. rude to make a backhanded slight at something someone is interested in in the description of a birthday present. I know Green Lantern isn't your bag and I respect that, but that footnote you added in my birthday present... really was kind of hurtful. =/

Edited at 2011-12-28 11:17 pm (UTC)