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bingo card progress so far

Wild Mass Guessing as to fandoms can ensue! )

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You know what makes a great setting for an 80K+ plus fic about two guys getting it on?

Haiti, post-earthquake!

In the author's own words:

When I signed up for Big Bang back in January, I had a completely different story in mind. An SPN gen story, in fact. That idea languished inside my head for a few weeks until I finally gave up trying to force it and moved on. Then the idea of a different J2 AU fic popped into my head, but again, it didn't go anywhere. Then it occurred to me: Why not use current events as the setting? The Haiti earthquake was still in the news and the more I saw about it, the more I wanted to use it until it seemed like the best idea ever. (That, of course, is only my opinion.

Right then. Watching the news unfold exactly how much of a disaster it was, seeing people displaced and orphaned and dead? Oh man, that totally makes me want to write fic about it! That was my first reaction to the tsunami as well! And Chile! There is nothing like watching other people suffer to wake up my fic muses.


I'm Sri Lankan and if someone had decided to use my country for a fic setting, post-tsunami, I would be so furious that this entry would consist of a string of swearwords and a link to the story. I was terrified back then for the safety of my family; I don't think that you'd need to look all that far to find people on livejournal or dreamwidth who would've been in the same situation for Haiti.

Or, to put it differently -- while a fair chunk of fandom threw its weight behind [info]help_haiti, this person was thinking about what a great setting it would make for the epic love of Jensen and Jared of Supernatural.

[info]glossing has kindly extracted a lot of the most troublesome parts of the fic, the SPN Anon Meme has a good rundown of why it's problematic and I love this post for explaining how the magic of intending no harm makes everything better.

In conclusion? This fic was over 80,000 words long. It had betas. It had an artist working on it. There were mods who approved it. And apparently nobody thought that setting it in post-earthquake Haiti would be a racist, classist, paternatlistic act of privilege.


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hurt/comfort bingo card

Huh. Some of these are more my friends' styles. BUT I WILL DO THEM ALL. )

Because clearly, when you haven't written fanfic for a while, the trick to starting up again is to sign up for a challenge. I can't believe that I got "sex pollen", though, that's a DC staple that I've always tried to avoid. And "slaves (sexual)" is a friend's kink. Though I can definitely handle some of those easily since I'm allowed to jump around fandoms.

Comm is Hurt/Comfort Bingo, if anyone wants to join in!

Current Mood: accomplished accomplished
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20 (not a poem!)

I realized why I love Cold Case so much: There is always a happy ending that's never a saccharine one.

Law and Order: SVU doesn't get my devotion in the same way because sometimes, the bad guys get away. Too often, in fact. Or they fail to make their case.

Cold Case? There has only been ONE ep where the bad guy got away with it and even then, he got grabbed later on in the season. They don't cover the court case. I don't know what sentences they get or if they're even found guilty. But that's not the point. The point is that Cold Case always ends with a montage of the guilty person being cuffed and taken away while you see what happened to the other characters in the story.

There is always justice. The good guys always win.

...And right at the end, you see the victim as a ghost. One of the cops sees her or a family member but the point is, the victim is there and got justice and knows it. Even after death, there's that justice there.

I think, sometimes, that my love of Cold Case is really that simple.

The good guys win but it's not about them. It's about the victim.

So every ending is bittersweet because even as you see the bad guy get hauled away, you see the victim too. You don't get to be pleased that the good guys won, it's not as simple as cheering on a sports team. It isn't about the victory of the righteous; it's about the fact that someone is dead and the person responsible for that death has been caught.

Cold Case, more than any other show I know, is about justice and consistently shows justice triumphing while the heart of the show is the people on whose behalf justice fights.

Imagine a superhero comic where the focus wasn't the superhero but the people he helped. If every comic didn't feature something in the superhero's line but instead focused entirely on a character's life and the superhero was just maybe a page or two in the whole issue.

Like that. Cold Case is like that for me.

Justice for everyone. Everyone. The bad and the good alike, their deaths are all investigated and solved.

Good always wins but that doesn't bring back the dead.

Fickle [userpic]
Rape is not the norm.

Rape is not the norm. There is no reason to assume that a fic chosen at random will contain rape or something else triggery.

When people say that you shouldn't read fic that has no warnings on it because it might contain rape/other triggers, what they're in effect saying is that writing fic about rape is perfectly normal and a standard plot device/twist.

No. It's not. There is no way that it's reasonable to say that writing about rape/child abuse/incest is so common that people should think it's the norm and need to take especial care to avoid it.

The current stats are 1 in 3 women will encounter some form of sexual assault during their lifetime. I have no stats like that for fanfic but common sense would seem to imply that all the gen fic and non-triggery fic should outnumber the fics that fall into niches of rape, incest, underage or whatever else can make people flinch.

And even if a third of all fics written do actually involve rape? That's still less than half. That's still not enough to tell readers that it's their responsibility to e-mail the author and ask if the fic contains rape.

Rape is not the norm and people shouldn't have to treat the process of reading fic as if it is.

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Project I Heart iJay

Taken from [info]bridgetmkennitt:

"With all the buzz filling the air about DW, I wanted to do something that was wholly based on IJ. InsaneJournal is a small community. I liken it in my head to living in Hawaii with the rest of the world (LJ) just a hop, skip, and a jump away. I love my little home. So I came up with a project for me to show that support.

What is it? I plan to comment more on artwork, on vids, on fics, on meta that are posted on IJ*. I'll post more in asylums (a definite do!) since asylums so rarely get love here. I'll keep track of all this on a post so I can see how much I've done, and how much more I need to do. I'm one person, but it's something that is completely in my power to do.

This isn't a negative post about LJ or DW. This isn't a post calling people to arms (though if anyone else wants to comment and post more in asylums, I'm not going to complain *g*). This is just me doing this because I want to. Because I can. (And really, this just gives me more excuses to use my icons. How can I resist!)"

Comments made on my flist won't count, though since there are only two people who post on my flist, that isn't such a big sacrifice. XD Now to start commenting. First up, [info]scans_daily is getting friended. Then I'm going to start doing interest searches and friending new comms to comment on those.

Hey, guess what, iJay?


Maybe I should make I heart iJay icons while I'm at it.

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Little Brother: READ IT NOW

Whatever you're doing right now, stop. Go read Little Brother instead.

Little Brother is the best book I've read all year. This would have more meaning if it wasn't the start of the year, so let me rephrase that. Little Brother might be the most awesome book that I could possibly read this year.

There's an excellent summary of the book here, so I'm not going to hash over the book. Instead, I'm going to give you bullet points as to WHY you should read it.

  • The author references our culture. Flashmobs, Linux distros, game systems being cheap but the games expensive, livejournal, Flickr, everything. And he gets it right! You've seen what happened when the media tried talking about Anonymous versus Scientology. This guy actually manages to create a believable 17-year-old narrator.
  • It's about Homeland Security and what happens when safety trumps freedom. The title's a homage to 'Big Brother' but unlike 1984, this book is set in our times. Modern times. It's much easier to get sucked into this book because the protagonist is our age and deals with our tech, instead of being an adult with a forbidden love affair.
  • On that note, the book deals with the generation gap and how adults are more likely to buy into the scare tactics of the media. But it doesn't present all adults as rigorously inflexible. There are good guys amongst the grown-ups, and bad guys amongst the kids, and the way that he manages to make moral ambiguity and self-righteousness a major theme of the novel is amazing.
  • Race issues! It's a bit of a throw away in that it's not a major theme of the book, but that's part of what makes the sudden discussion of them so fantastic to me. There's a quick convo between the protag and a friend of his about how the friend will suffer more if they're caught, and the protag acknowledges that yes, brown people have the scales balanced against them. It's a tiny little thing, not a major part of the book, but oh, how fantastic it is to se it acknowledged as a part of real life instead of glossed over or forgotten about.
  • Awesome female chars. There's not just the standard love interest and the best friend chick, but also female chars with authority, female chars who are bad guys, and female chars who rock the geek world. They're depicted as being as much a part of the world as the male protag is, and the author's Net-savvy enough to even have the protag be wary of one girl that IMs him because the protag knows how many guys like pretending to be girls online.
  • Neil Gaiman, Scott Westerfeld, Brian K Vaughn, and I love it. I fully intend on buying copies IRL and making my friends read them. Since most of you are lucky enough to not live near me, I'm instead devoting the entirety of this post to trying to convince you to read it.

You know what else is awesome? The author himself and his thoughts on ebooks and sharing books/music online. His explanation for why he gives his books away for free online is quoted below, because it's just said so well that any attempt on my part to sum it up would pale in comparison to his original words.

I recently saw Neil Gaiman give a talk at which someone asked him how he felt about piracy of his books. He said, "Hands up in the audience if you discovered your favorite writer for free -- because someone loaned you a copy, or because someone gave it to you? Now, hands up if you found your favorite writer by walking into a store and plunking down cash." Overwhelmingly, the audience said that they'd discovered their favorite writers for free, on a loan or as a gift. When it comes to my favorite writers, there's no boundaries: I'll buy every book they publish, just to own it (sometimes I buy two or three, to give away to friends who must read those books). I pay to see them live. I buy t-shirts with their book-covers on them. I'm a customer for life.

Neil went on to say that... )

Love him, read the book, and spread word of the book around as much as you can. This guy is one of us. He talks about our technology, he writes about our world, and he's good at it. He's a geek to the core, and one who doesn't back down from tackling politics head-on. I'd fangirl about it more, but I'm going to see if he's written anything else.

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Convo snippet with Savior.

Cumulative: read a lot. Field a question?
me: Sure.
Cumulative: I'm pretty sure you're least competent on my list to answer as relates real life, but in terms of fiction! I'm stuck with trying to figure how you would convey sexual tension between people who aren't attracted to each other. I know there's some way logistically to fit that together but it's bothering me I can't think how it's been done. I don' enough apparently to know how to describe that dynamic.
me: What sort of sexual tension?
As in, purely emotional-based?
Sex as a conduit for something else, or an expression of dominance or underlying issues?
Cumulative: I'm going to go with underlying issues, but the crux of the thing is overtly not that they have sekrit unresolved feelings of slashfick'd. Something ugly and uncomfortable between platonic friends, but furthermore and maybe more importantly not even about attraction. Word of the day is frustration. It can't be shippy, and I think that's the obvious interpretation people would make.
me: Do they want to have sex with each other?
Or is that awkward state of being highly acute of the other person as a sexual being and not being able to turn it off and getting grossed out and wishing you could and having no idea why it's so striking to you?
Cumulative: Definitely not the former, the latter's closer but not on it. But that acute involuntary awareness is in there somewhere, but it's... Ha, I pick the best times to try to sort shit out. "Oh it's three in the morning and I'm dying of sick and I havent' slept in days, let's work on needlessly complicated sections of something no one will ever read!" :P It's sexually charged but it's nothing you'd act on or even want to, no romantic chemistry and no real sexual attraction and no desire to change either of those, just a really ugly, destructive undercurrent to things. Hinged on frustration, regret, and a definite feeling of lack of control, being locked into a course of events you didn't choose and didn't want and not being able to get out now -- but those aren't triggered by the sexual tension, they trigger it.
me: Yeah, you pick good times, I'd been about to go to bed when I saw it said that you'd entered text so I waited to see if you were sicker :P
Okay, so, I think I might get what you mean. Sort of.
All those ugly things twisting and manifesting as sexual tension.
In the sort of scummy, simmering undercurrent, like boils under the surface of your skin making you flush red like you're blushing.
And uh, I think the word is trans-something.
transmutation? No. Not quite.
Cumulative: Transference? When you unconciously shift feelings from one person onto another, i.e. people will feel enraged with their therapist but not their abuser?
me: Maybe.
Something like that.
But it has to change in the process.
Transference changes location, not object.
Cumulative: It's definitely ... experiencing the turmoil of all the rest of it as redirected -- transubstantiation, like the blood of Christ? :P[/relevant bit]

The weird thing is, I think that I really like that dynamic. But I have a thing about passionate, self-destructive relationships, tangled about with self-loathing and jealousy. Crazyverse Ryuuji/Seto is possibly the epitome of how I like that relationship, but the thing is, that sort of relationship is doomed. Either the people in it die, or the relationship does, and the former's more likely because in that kind, you just can't let go. it's not the sort of thing I'd RP, because it's a going-nowhere-downwards-spiral-locked-together relationship that's far from cheerful, but I love reading about it. It's not even about the sex, in those relationships, and maybe that's why it works for me as an asexual. It's about the emotion, and the confusion of it. Sex is like violence; just another way to express yourself. Sex is more about hate than about lust, even.

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