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In reading meta and fannish HP discussion threads on LJ and Tumblr from days gone by I find myself conflicted. There's a part of me that regrets missing out on those discussions - as I sink in deeper, I find myself asking a lot questions and making a lot of observations that were asked and made and discussed ad infinitum ad nauseum in the last decade. On the other hand, I have always engaged in serial monogamy with my fandoms, and do not really have the time or energy for more. So, it's nice to be able to read a 137 comment discussion on LJ, see everything that I wanted to ask or that I speculated about, and nod along even if there is that momentary wistfulness that comes with not having been part of the moment.

Something I found while looking for reference images for scenes I'm writing was a phenomenal piece of fan art. It appears to have caused HP fandom - in particular, the Drarry subset thereof - to collectively lose their minds in early 2015. Yes, THAT PICTURE. I found it on someone's pinterest and proceeded to spend several hours trying to track where it came from and if there was fic attached - HAHAHAHAH, figures that picture actually inspired a writing fest all on its own. And no surprise, either. It's amazing. When I read the fangirl squee it inspired, I pretty much spent the whole time nodding in agreement. It's stunning, and without question, one of the best pieces of fan art I have ever had the pleasure to see in any fandom. Probably, the only other piece I have had hit me as powerfully and viscerally was Calling Down the Lightening which went with the story by the same name from SGA Big Bang 2009. Funny, it's about Rodney and magic. Hmm.

In any case... when I am finally done with the crossover fic that I am doing, I may try to come up with my own take on that. Perhaps. If I'm not completely intimidated by all the fabulous stories that were already written for it - I haven't had a chance to read them all yet. Maybe I should wait. Pfft, yeah right, like that's going to happen...

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popkin16
Aug. 13th, 2017 06:21 am (UTC)
So, it's nice to be able to read a 137 comment discussion on LJ, see everything that I wanted to ask or that I speculated about, and nod along even if there is that momentary wistfulness that comes with not having been part of the moment.
I feel this way SO STRONGLY about the SGA fandom. I arrived in the middle of 2009, which a large portion of the fandom had moved on. I used to be really good and very thorough when exploring fandom LJ's, and I would see all those fests sheafrotherdon held, all the celebration posts, the episode discussions, and I'd ache with want.

I have NEVER seen that picture, but it is so damn gorgeous, and I love the concept of it. I might have to check out that fest you linked to ;)

Calling Down The Lightning is an amazing fic, omg.
shaddyr
Aug. 13th, 2017 11:06 pm (UTC)
Interesting. You've always been so vocal and thoughtful in your feedback on fic, I was left with the impression you were very deep into meta discussions and such. I would never have known you were a late comer to the fandom.

I don't think I really know how to get involved with online fandoms anymore. For Star Trek and Pretender, I was in newsgroups, and tP also had a discussion forum called The Exchange (oh, the memories!).

I eventually found a Pretender Yahoo group and that led to all the others - Buffy and Stargate discussion and fanfic groups primarily - but everyone started moving over to LJ and I followed, so I didn't lose my people. Since SGA ended and LJ participation waned, I've kind of been at loose ends on how to find new groups.

I know Tumblr is huge, but I just don't really grok how it works. Maybe because it doesn't seem to work the way I want it to - I know a lot of folks have said it does not engender discussion, and that's what I'm interested in.

re: the art. I think I am going to go stare at that picture for a little while. OMG. You really should check out the fest, and if nothing else, read the story raitala wrote called Like Diamonds We Are Cut With Our Own Dust because OMGOMGOMG.

That is all.
popkin16
Aug. 15th, 2017 12:52 am (UTC)
I've certainly read my fair share of meta, and I do have some discussions on tumblr. But yeah, I came in way late. I'm glad that doesn't show *grins*

It's so interesting to see what fandoms people got started in. I really hate how quiet LJ has gotten; I miss the sense of community fandom had. I know some people at Squee Weekend keep asking me to show them how to use tumblr (and then we all forget to sit down for it) so you're not the only one who doesn't grok it. I get why; it's pretty much the opposite of how fandom has been done. It's very much not text based (which I hate).

Thank you for rec'ing that fic, I was wondering which one in particular to read first LOL I think that's what I'll read tonight, then :)
snogged
Aug. 15th, 2017 12:09 pm (UTC)
I initially thought of another popular Drarry picture. I hadn't actually seen the one you shared before.

I do love me some Potter fic.
shaddyr
Aug. 17th, 2017 06:53 am (UTC)
I've seen a lot of fan art - I really do enjoy seeing how people envision their characters. Sometimes, it's amazingly lifelike renditions that are so good, I'd swear they are almost photos - and then, there's stuff like this, where the artist didn't copy the actor, but rather created the character from their own vision of who they are. This just *got* me. I could just sit and stare for quite some time.

If you like the HP fic, then I do hope that once my fic is done you will enjoy it. :)
retro_rider55
Aug. 20th, 2017 10:18 pm (UTC)
Have you checked out Pornish Pixies or Erotica Elves, here on LJ?
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