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05 December 2009 @ 12:37 am
Two Non-Exchange Fanfic Fests  
wiliqueen has kept her eye on medie's gift to fandom, fandom_stocking, and let us know that it's up and running with sign-ups.  This is a hidden-until-reveal gifting fest, with no claiming and no assignments, no minimums or maximums, just prompts and good will.  (So far, three of this year's posted stockings, including Wiliqueen's and Amilyn's, include FK on their mini-wishlists. Eight include HL. None YB, or my other fandoms that make FK look crowded by comparison. ~g~ Not that all my hobby time is not already pledged to oldschoolfic this month! ~g~)

Reading wiliqueen's "stockings," last year's as well as this year's, was a highlight of my day.  She wrote them wittily and pithily, of course, but I also got a happy charge out of feeling, on several specific points, "Yes! That's exactly what I would have said -- if only I were that witty and pithy, and, of course, participating in this!" :-)  Across many fandoms, I really don't much care whether characters are girls or boys, and I usually care very little who they do or don't sleep with; what I care about, as she put it, is "friendship and/or family running as deep as any 'ship... pieces of people's lives we've never seen but which make perfect sense... tests or explorations of faith, in whatever flavor is appropriate to a character... thoughtful sensuality" and "emotional consequences (especially of canon events)."

Conversely, I also agree with her aversion to "endless detailed sex scenes... the very concept of soulmates... importing vampire rules, social structures and/or vocabulary from another universe, or inventing complicated original ones without a logical basis in canon," "grownup professionals shagging in supply closets" and "for the love of all that's holy, no vampire miracle babies!"

Okay, okay, I'll buy a "Serena's Cure" baby, yes, when I must -- makes more sense than three out of four other explanations of "The Human Factor" -- and also a hard-won-through-the-years, built-not-born, "soulmating," but . . . you know what's meant, right?  To each her own without prejudice, but getting to feel in accord for a bit just made me smile a lot. :-) It was a treat.

Okay, all done.  We return now to...

[personal profile] merfilly has proposed a "Gen in January" ficathon.  It will be prompt-claiming style, rather than assignment driven.  Minimum 500 words, gen only, any fandom, any characters -- including, of course, FK.  (Gen, as recently discussed, is defined as every kind of plot and theme in human experience except romance and sex.)

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Valerie - Postmodern Pollyannawiliqueen on December 5th, 2009 04:15 pm (UTC)
Glad I could make you smile!

Serena's situation, cracktastic as it is, is canon, so allowances must be made for that. There are exceptions to any dislike, really; I've often been surprised by stories I should by rights detest, but which really work for me. I'll just continue to leave them to the purpose of satisfying someone else's prompt or the author's own muse. :-)
Amy R.: Guest Starbrightknightie on December 6th, 2009 06:41 pm (UTC)
>"Glad I could make you smile!"

Thank you very much for it. It's not that I don't know that I share assorted tastes with assorted friends -- it's part of how we got to be friends, after all :-) -- but it's ironic how we often retreat into silos of our minute differences over the big things we love in common. That particular day had started, on someone else's LJ, with a heavily-discussed post about warnings on ship/romance/sex stories that unintentionally made me feel alien in my gen preferences. Your post later that day made me feel connected, and it was that much more warm and fun for the contrast!

>"Serena's situation, cracktastic as it is, is canon, so allowances must be made for that."

Yes. Of course, we end "Baby, Baby" believing that it didn't work, that either she got the parameters wrong, or it's just a hollow legend after all. But making the legend canon, giving Lacroix's imprimatur to it, so to speak, lets it legitimately come back in fanfiction with a supposition that Serena did succeed but the transition just wasn't instantaneous (duh: implantation of a fertilized egg isn't instantaneous, either, and how about the time to replace all those vampire cells? it's tough when you're both fantasy and sci-fi simultaneously ~g~), or that tweaking the parameters would bring success, and perhaps Janette stumbled into that success in "Human Factor," all unaware (half-explaining that dream bumping around in Nick's subconscious, and the other half himself converting Janette being making a "child")... and at least it has canonical consequences, too. Can't have vampirism and a baby. ♥ FK for choices and consequences. :-)

>"There are exceptions to any dislike, really"

Oh, yes, absolutely! And I know plenty of writers who could, I believe, if they were so inclined, take my dislikes and serve them back to me in ways of which I would sing the praises forever. :-) But... I'm not putting out a general dare. ;-)