Hello, and welcome to Fanofiction.
Who are you?
I won’t disclose my name, but I’m in the habit of believing that your interests say much more about you than a series of syllables. Also, you can’t track someone based on their interests nearly as easily, so they’re a much safer thing to share over the Internet. But I don’t want to remain entirely anonymous, because there is a passion in these fanfictions, and a passion in fandoms, and passion doesn’t exist in a soulless, faceless blog. So here’s a little bit of info about me:
- I’m young, relatively speaking. I haven’t experienced most of the classic geek phenomena in person. But I like to think that my age does not negate my interest. I haven’t served as much time as some, but I have seen many things during these years, and I do have some experience, some opinions, and some favorites that I would like to share.
- I spend most of my fanfic time on Archive of Our Own, because I understand its tag system the most. I’m also familiar with Fanfiction.net, Wattpad, Livejournal, and kinkmemes, but most of my recommendations will come from A03.
- One of my first – and quickly my favorite – canons was Homestuck. I speak about this in one of my reviews, but I quickly fell in love with Hussie’s unique writing, variety of characters, and unpredictable but fascinating plot line. I had never before, and never still, seen such a work. The sheer amount of content is staggering, and I will probably never get over the fascinating relationships between some of the characters. My favorite part is the Intermission, and I’ve made several shirts via those cheap ‘make your own t-shirt’ websites to display my favorite lines. Homestuck is also the only fandom I have cosplayed for, using a sorry mass of materials to go as Snowman for Halloween.
- My favorite fandom is Axis Powers: Hetalia. I am perhaps a little obsessed with fanfiction that references history, and it is probable that there will never be another canon that is so perfectly suited to the job. I adore those fanfic writers who have the same appreciation for the merging of fanfic and history, and I subscribe to every one that I can find.
- I was really into Supernatural for a while. That’s not to say that I have grown to dislike it; our relationship has been unraveling for a few seasons since the plot line became more dependent on suffering than plot, and we have become distant. Nevertheless, I still think back on the earlier seasons with an intense nostalgia, and attending an SPN conference was probably the most amazing experience in my life.
- I’m also into the rest of Superwholock; I’ve watched Sherlock and Doctor Who since the start of their millennial seasons. I dabble in a variety of fandoms, including Avengers, Watchmen, Merlin, Good Omens, Hannibal, Heroes, Inception, Criminal Minds, Fallout 4, and World of Warcraft. Chances are, if you’re into it, I’ve at least heard of it, and I want to hear more.
- I’m not very good at writing fanfiction. I’ve tried, and never exceeded 600 words. The challenge of writing another person’s character realistically, without becoming trite or blending in my own personality, is incredibly difficult for me to do. Because of this, I have the upmost respect for those writers that can do such a task – and do it well! But I felt I had to make some contribution to the community, to thank the writers in some way, and this blog – where hopefully those writers will get the attention they deserve – was what I came up with.
Whose is this?
The fics & pics are not mine, but the passion is – I have not written any of this fanfiction, nor have I made any of the fanart. Therefore, I don’t own anything on this blog but my own name and the oddest of the phrases I use in my reviews. This is just a compilation of works. All credit goes to the amazing people who created this content. That said, some of the art in particular has been floating around my hard drive for some time, and I’ve lost track of where it originally came from and who originally made it; this means that sometimes I am unable to credit someone’s work where credit it due. So if any of you feel your work is being inadequately credited here or you just don’t want your work to appear on this blog, don’t hesitate to let me know.
What’s with the attitude?
There is a stereotype about the critic, and I am hyperaware of this. They are arrogant, aloof, and constantly projecting an atmosphere of intense lack of care while they mock. It is this persona that I want to avoid on my blog, but I don’t want to ignore it. In fact, I have a habit in my writing of pretending to be such a person for a few lines, as I laud my own accomplishments and incredible writing. It is important that anyone seeking to make judgements realize that I’m not actually (or at least I hope not) arrogant. I do care about fandoms, and when I make comments about how they can be silly sometimes, I am speaking out of personal experience and self-deprecation. I don’t consider myself better than anyone, and certainly not better than the people whose fanfictions I recommend.
When I praise myself for being so experienced in fandoms, I’m speaking ironically. When I use a mocking tone when talking about a fandom phenomenon, I’m taking on the persona of a straw man outside of the community (such as the stereotype of the conservative literary professor), who does not appreciate what the community has to offer. When I speak with an odd, dismissive, arrogant affectation, I am attempting to make a joke. It’s up to you to decide whether it’s funny, but know that I mean no disrespect to anyone, save those who mean disrespect to fandoms.
But when I explain things that not all people are familiar with, I am serious. Fandoms are not always the most accessible of communities, and learning the lingo can be difficult. When I get sidetracked onto a subject that seems obvious, I am trying to reach out to an audience that is unfamiliar with fandoms, or perhaps that fandom in particular. To that end, I have things like an informal glossary here, but there are many other sites that can provide more detail, such as fanlore.org.
Also in my writing, I sometimes speak in a rather formal tone, with fancy words flying everywhere. I do not mean to belittle or insult or suggest I am smarter than anyone when I do this. I just enjoy reading, and I enjoy writing using those odd phrases I pick up. Using silly turns of phrase is how I have fun here.
Several fanfic writers I’ve spoken to say that they don’t really like the idea of someone picking apart their writing. I’m not here to do that. I understand that fanfiction is for fun – sometimes a very serious amount of fun – but it’s not intended to be published in bookstores, to be scrutinized for every tiny detail. I know that when fanfic writers publish their work, they often mean it to be something fun, not something perfect. Because of this, I rarely go into criticizing a fanfiction’s structure. I stick more to the content and the characters, and I love to discuss the implications of the plot. And hey, if I were so particular, that would make me pretty hypocritical. A lot of the stuff on here is written in the exact same, not-perfect-but-it’s-good-enough way.
So that’s a general summary of my attitude and the tone with which I try to write here. But finally, this blog isn’t for me. As much as I’d love to be the one responsible for showing you a great fanfiction, the credit always goes to the writer. My goal is only to get you to them. So, this is for the fanfic writers, and readers, and anyone interested in becoming either.