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Anything can be rebooted darker and gritter!

So, the new trailer for Riverdale, the dark and brooding CW version of Archie Comics, was just released. And it's hilariously not like the comics at all (Archie is apparently sleeping with Ms. Grundy? WHAT?) but it made me think of and dig up this ancient MightyGodKing post about how Betty Cooper is actually a terrifyingly stalker. Which is a great read on the comics, I love that kind of meta.

And now that is a plot line I hope they follow in the show. Hey, it would belong thematically! I don't much care about Archie's love...square (?) and really all I want is asexual Jughead starting a food blog.

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So I did the crazy thing. And now I'm in London, using the free wifi at the National Theatre to pretend to do my final paper.

This time tomorrow I will be queuing for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. (yes, again, yes I know.) Well, you only get to be young and reckless once.

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Thank goodness for AO3.

Tripping around an Old LJ of Yore (long story) and got linked to this blog post in which an author explains that fanfiction is illegal and also mostly unjustifiable.

BUT THE COMMENTS. Oh my gosh, the amount of people who are like "we totally agree with you about that fanfiction, the gross stuff, but our ~pure~ fanfiction is really different, really!"

Oh, man, I am so happy that I didn't re-join fandom until this had mostly blown over and I had very little contact with this attitude. I mean, I write and mainly read canon-compliant fics but I think non-canon-compliant fics (even the explicit sex stuff! Even the really weird stuff!!) is important and worthy of protection and YKINMKBYKIOK.

Ahhhhh.

And there have been some threads on tumblr from young people agreeing with this stuff, which is only not worrying because AO3 is around. Thanks, AO3!

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Don't let Russia take the fic!

Livejournal users are fleeing LJ to DW and I keep wanting to write a longer post about the issue and spend time pondering if I want to leave Livejournal or not but in my brain I am 100% PANICKING ABOUT THE TORCHWOOD FANFICTION.

Should I start downloading? Should I use evernote? Should I just save it in word so I can convert to .epub? What about the fic I've already not saved?????? Chasing down fic from my MASSIVE personal rec list is going to take forever!

SAVE THE FIC. (AND THE META)

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Fanfiction is my favorite.

I think one of my favorite things about reading fanfic is the ideas in the fics. Like, reading Harry Potter stuff now, it's just enormously fun to read people's idea of how the Wizarding World works and exploring all the background world-building that JKR put in her works. It's like when I read nancybrown's Intersecting Geodesics, and she had younger-in-the-future Jack react to a modern day suit like fetish wear, it was such a clever detail on how a world might work a little differently. It's the little bits that on their own would be a twitter post or a tumblr headcanon bit, but when they are just woven into the backgrounds of fics they make the fics just sparkle with depth and brilliance. Fandom, you are my favorite.

This is probably why I want long and plotty fanfics right now, because those are the ones that tend to have the cleverest ideas nestled into the longer story.

I think I managed to do it just the once, when I had Ianto and Tosh make a perpetual motion machine as a background thing in a Torchwood fic. It was just me trying to flavor their characters, but I'm still quite proud when I think about that little moment.

Anyway, link to this fic for posterity, to remind me why I thought of this post in the first place. The author's vision of Azkaban is fascinating and detailed and nuanced. And it's hitting at the right time because my anger over the need for criminal justice reform in the real world is definitely leading me to think about Azkaban a LOT. For example, the books seem to indicate that people spent most of their time in something like solitary confinement, which is absolutely cruel and inhumane and makes me furious when I think about it too long. But what alternatives were there? Mealtimes supervised by the dementors? Feels unlikely. Lots to think about. And finding a fic that really digs into this idea at this point is hitting all my happy brain buttons. *cuddles fanfiction forever*

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Being in fandom means watching your heroes die. Like, that's what it means to be a fan of things, a lot of the time. Because creators and actors and the real people the bring life to the things that we love are all human and especially when you're young, they are older than you are.

My first year collecting comic books, Julius Schwartz died. When I was little, I actually thought all authors were dead, as if that was a prerequisite for being published. So, you see, I started fandom with death from the very beginning. And I don't think a year has gone by since my active fandom days where someone hasn't died, although some of them (eeerrm, Terry Pratchet?) are people I'm aware of even in the greater fandom space as I haven't necessarily consumed much of their work.

I think being a fan expands my universe in the real world, by giving me glimpses of people and places I may never know or visit that aren't fictional, that are real too. And death comes along with that reality.

Which I suppose is a very long way of me saying that Carrie Fisher died and memorials to her have rightly consumed my internet feeds. And I'm not sure what I can say or add, but it shouldn't go unnoticed. The things she did as her own person were in many ways more courageous and more complicated and nuanced than her iconic role and I'm glad the internet is recognizing her for that.

Also, Sam said a lot of this but way, way better.

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You know you're seriously procrastinating on studying for your final TOMORROW when you find yourself four chapters into My Immortal.

...can I even tag this Harry Potter? Because it's not a Harry Potter fic so much as a cornerstone of fandom HISTORY.

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That moment when you are reading an awesome, plotty fanfic that so far fits seamlessly into canon and then-BAM. Left turn to WHAT JUST HAPPENED NO WAIT GO BACK I WAS NOT EXPECTING THIS.

Is there a fanfic flamingo for this moment? Because talk about whiplash.


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For posterity, and my future self, the fic is Leave Out All The Rest and the title is actually a clue for this moment of OMG WTF, not that I would have seen it at the time.

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ETA: I just left a comment on a fic posted in 2011. On the one hand, it's easier, because the odds of the author reading it are pretty low, and the odds of a response are even lower, so I can rebuild up internet-stranger-confidence that way!

On the other hand, there is a slight TERRIFYING chance that the author will see it, panic, and will take down all their fic. Don't laugh. It happens. Dead fic links make me SO SAD.

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