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04 January 2015 @ 12:30 pm
Fandom & Fic Memes of 2014  
Fandom Meme Taken from aelfgyfu_mead:


Your main fandom of the year?
Probably Captain America: The Winter Soldier, usually with a dash of daemon-verse. Welcome to Night Vale was also a main one as well. I do feel, though, that my enthusiasm for this podcast did fade a bit. Particularly because I found the fannish activity on Tumblr to be rather awful. But the podcast itself remained pretty awesome and I did attend a liveshow last year which was brilliant.

Your favorite film watched this year?
With great surprise but also great happiness: Captain America: The Winter Soldier. This movie delivered way past my expectations and I still remain taken aback that I went from barely remembering who Bucky Barnes was from the first movie to being incredibly invested in him getting some help in the second movie. Like, SERIOUSLY invested. Plus, the gender role reversal for Sam and Natasha in reference to Steve was my favorite bit of writing this year.

I also really liked Snowpiercer. It's definitely not everyone's cup of tea but I loved the look of the movie as well as the acting. The marvelous acting. It's stuff like this that convices me that Chris Evans can have a career well after Captain America. He's great as Steve Rogers but he excelled for me as Curtis. Plus, watching Korean actor Song Kang Ho whom I adore on the big screen on a readily available film was also wonderful. I know other viewers felt like he was acting in a slightly different movie because his style didn't align with Evans and most of the English speaking cast but I felt like that was the point. His character and Curtis are very different but this movie is about what makes such divisions vanish.

Your favorite book read this year?
One horrible side effect of grad school and writing my dissertation is that I haven't really been able to read as much as I would like. Especially books that are just for fun. I did, however, read a few but for the first time I'm going to skip this question because nothing I read this year I found to be that good. This makes me extra sad because 2014 was when David Mitchell's new novel came out. It was with a heavy heart that I realized I didn't like it very much.

Your favorite album or song to listen to this year?
Shut Up and Dance by Walk the Moon and OctaHate by Ryn Weaver. The first song is by a band who is clearly influenced by the 80s. Even their video for the song is wonderfully retro in special effects. It's a great song and one that indeed does make me shut up and dance. The second song I can thank ABC's Selfie for introducing me to it. While the lyrics are not at all related to what I was writing, I had this song on loop while writing the first half of a daemon-verse oneshot fic between Howard Stark and Bucky Barnes.

Your favorite TV show of the year?
For drama it's definitely Elementary. I also immensely enjoyed Selfie. You can now watch all the episodes on Hulu if you live in the States. I really wish the network had actually aired the entire season on TV proper because it improved in leaps and bounds and by the end I really believe the show would have been renewed. I grew to love everyone on that show and ended up shipping Eliza and Henry. I'm sad they won't be back but bravo to Karen Gillen and John Cho for their acting and smoking hot chemistry.

Your best new fandom discovery of the year?
While I remained attached to the Captain America fandom, I do give this one to the Night Vale fandom. The podcast manages to do a LOT (e.g. social commentary, horror, comedy, romance) and in that sense is much more unique and applause-worthy than Marvel.

Your biggest fandom disappointment of the year?
It feels weird to say Sherlock because I didn't hate His Last Vow as much as I hated Scandal in Belgravia. Because of SiB, my expectations for this show remained forever on the ground floor so HLV could have easily sent the show to the basement and I wouldn't have noticed it. I do wish they could have ridden the high that was Sign of Three because it was SO good and the dip from that was a bit disappointing. I'm no longer reading fics from this fandom in general but do continue to read the ones penned by authors whose characterizations I trust.

Your fandom boyfriend of the year?
I never thought I'd type this but Steve Rogers. I say this because I may allow angst for so many characters but he was the first for whom I privately declared needed nice things only and no more angst. Yes, Bucky needs nice things too but seeing as what state he's in I feel like the bar is set very low for what constitutes a 'nice thing.' If someone can give him access to a hot shower, I think that'll be a huge step.

Runner up is Carlos the Scientist. I admire his devotion to Science (yes, it has to be capitalized) and the particular way in which he geeks out over things. I felt like this became full fledged when Dylan Marron took over as the voice actor.

Your fandom girlfriend of the year?
My heart will always belong to Joan Watson. Although Natasha Romanov is a close second.

Your biggest squee moment of the year?
1) I might have gasped and aw'd at the same time when Carolyn promoted Douglas to captain in Cabin Pressure. And then I teared up.
2) Hearing Mark Heap and Peter Serofinowicz as Aziraphale and Crowley for the first time in the Good Omens radio play. Oh, man. Their conversation in the Garden of Eden catapulted my hopes like whoa for the rest of the play.
3) When Henry talks about redheaded Koreans at the end of "Nugget of Wisdom" on Selfie. This was the moment things started to finally begin and the music and John Cho's expression were both perfect.

The most missed of your old fandoms?
Probably Being Human. I only wrote one fic back during the original trio days and am still sad I never got a shot to write something with the new trio. I also just really miss being able to squee about the episodes because there was usually stuff to squee about. Especially thanks to Damian Molony's OCD vampire, Hal.

Also, just as an aside, thanks to the Good Omens radio play, my love for this fandom has been reignited.

The fandom you haven't tried yet, but want to?
I'm venturing into Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. territory. I watched about half of the first season but had to take a break because of school related things but I'll be back to it for 2015.

Show that I continued to watch despite frustration:
Well, my frustration watch is over but Political Animals. I only decided to keep going because aelfgyfu_mead came up with a magnificent crossover fic idea between this show and Elementary. I mean, how could I NOT want to have Joan be TJ's sober companion? However, my obvious lack of enthusiasm for Political Animals made it so that the crossover ended up being primarily set in the Elementary world with Joan and Sherlock on a case that involves the Barrish-Hammond family. The basic plot is that the ex-wife of Douglas Hammond, Anne Ogami, who moved to New York after the divorce goes missing. It starts with Anne's family hiring Sherlock but it gets complicated because if it didn't there wouldn't be plot.


Fic Meme of 2014 taken from awanderingbard:

I only wrote three completed fics this year, all set in the MCU-verse with some daemons mixed in.
Be Here
Become Death, Destroyer of Worlds (daemon-verse)
Bigger on the Inside (daemon-verse)


Looking back, did you write more fic than you thought you would this year, less, or about what you'd predicted?
About what I predicted. Maybe a bit more. I always believe I'll start a bunch of fics on my laptop and never get around to completing them and that's sort of what happened but here's my optimistic hope that I'll finish some of them before 2016.

What pairing/genre/fandom did you write that you would never have predicted in January 2014?
Thanks to awanderingbard, I wrote and thought about daemons way more than I could have ever predicted.

What's your favorite story of the year? Not the most popular, but the one that makes you happiest?
Of the three I finished, I think I liked "Become Death, Destroyer of Worlds" the most. I really liked writing Zola. Yes, he's awful and deserves awful things but I very much liked getting in his head and being able to show his ruthlessness through his daemon, Acantha. I also liked tinkering with the idea of Bucky's daemon losing her settled form. Basically angst all around. My usual stomping grounds.

What's your least favorite story of the year, regardless of the reviews it got (or didn't get)?
I don't think I have a least favorite one. Mainly because I was too pleased I even wrote anything. All three might be ugly children but they're my children.

Did you take any writing risks this year? (See above for unexpected pairings, etc.) What did you learn from them?
Because I knew I wouldn't have much time to write, I didn't take that many risks. I stayed well within my comfort zone in terms of genre even if the MCU verse was a new fandom for me.

Do you have any fanfic or profic goals for the New Year?
Oh god. So many. I'll sort of shave down the list. There's the aforementioned Political Animals/Elementary crossover fic I'd like to get out. But also I owe awanderingbard a fic about the time Steve Rogers adopted a bunch of dogs to the chagrin of Tony Stark. There's also another fic for her that she prompted in my Six Degrees of Separation meme that is nearly done but I just have to polish up to post once I get home and have better access to the internet.
 
 
 
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on January 4th, 2015 05:49 pm (UTC)
Thanks to awanderingbard, I wrote and thought about daemons way more than I could have ever predicted.

I object, because I may have posted a daemon story first, but you 100% started the conversations about daemons, first asking me what Alec's daemon was, and then asking if I had Avengers daemons picked. I mean, I did nothing to help the situation, but you brought it on yourself.

But also I owe awanderingbard a fic about the time Steve Rogers adopted a bunch of dogs to the chagrin of Tony Stark. There's also another fic for her that she prompted in my Six Degrees of Separation meme that is nearly done but I just have to polish up to post once I get home and have better access to the internet.

Aww, remember way back in the day when we decided you were my writing slave because so many of your stories were prompted by me? And now it looks like you are my slave again. That's nice. :P

Here's to many word fairies joining your plot bunnies this year!
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on January 4th, 2015 06:19 pm (UTC)
I mean, I did nothing to help the situation, but you brought it on yourself.

Okay, fine. I'll say you just enabled me rather than start me onto this path of ruin.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on January 4th, 2015 06:41 pm (UTC)
Thank you, your honour. I just wanted to be clear. Maybe this year we'll find a grown-up to mind us.
aelfgyfu_mead: Natashaaelfgyfu_mead on January 4th, 2015 07:12 pm (UTC)
I went from barely remembering who Bucky Barnes was from the first movie to being incredibly invested in him getting some help
This sounds so familiar! :-) I remain amazed that we had such a similar experience—and at least one other fan friend did too.

I'll have to see Snowpiercer—if we ever get through the things on the DVR. (Or if the DVR deletes them, which is a real possibility.)

When I first heard someone say that in grad school he'd nearly stopped reading, I thought "That will never happen to me!" I was mistaken.

I feel like I should have reacted as you did to "Scandal in Belgravia." I strongly disliked it. If I had lost my illusions about the show then, it would have hurt less later.

I had a lot of trouble picking a fandom girlfriend—and I had forgotten Natasha! Well, shoot. And I just went back to double-check whom I'd finally chosen—and it's cut off! A coding error made it stop after the "boyfriend" paragraph for readers who clicked on the cut; the whole thing appeared to readers who clicked on the header or on Comments. That's annoying.

I feel as though I should apologize for getting you into Political Animals and that crossover fic—but I won't apologize because I really want that fic!
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on January 4th, 2015 10:20 pm (UTC)
When I first heard someone say that in grad school he'd nearly stopped reading, I thought "That will never happen to me!" I was mistaken.

Yes! I had that exact same experience. I think if it wasn't for fic, I probably would have read all of three fiction works the entire year which is really tiny for me.