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16 November 2010 @ 10:23 am
Not exactly a club I wish to belong to anymore  
Is it just me or is fandom - as represented on metafandom - trying to collectively take the fun out of yuletide and to make the organizers' life as miserable as can be? Orchestrated and on purpose?

Because for the casual reader, who has greatly enjoyed one or the other well-written Yuletide story over the past couple of years, it sure as hell seems like this was exactly the case.

I just browsed through the latest editions of Metafandom this morning, and good grief do they leave me frustrated, confused and annoyed, mostly because of the underlying sense of entitlement featured in several posts and also because of something that I, for lack of better words, can only dub "the grand thought-, creativity- and passion-stifling smoke screen of fannish correctness".

My own fannish socialization took place during the mid to late 1980s, quite a few years before the dawn of the internet and fandom-on-LJ would eventually set in.

From a certain, very old-fashioned and naively well-meaning perspective, debates like the current one about Yuletide kind of escape me.

ETA: to balance some of the negativity contained in this post, I should probably mention the things which have filled my old fannish heart with squee during the last weeks:

- accidentally discovering an issue of Moore's Watchmen in our *cough* "downstairs library" and reading [personal profile] selenak's old meta regarding the subject

- My ongoing nightly DS9 marathon (Cavendish and I have reached Season 4 by now)

- various interesting, creative, thought-provoking and constructive posts on many a topic that came to me via my f-list. F-list, you know who you are. Feel hugged.
Current Mood: pessimisticfrustrated, pensive
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Bimo: Alex_Gene_mugbimo on November 20th, 2010 08:38 am (UTC)
I started reading [info]inceptiondaily instead, which is much more fun.

I can easily see that :-)

Also, I'm quite impressed by how much Inceptiondaily does cover. I very much enjoyed the movie when I saw it a couple of month ago, but until now I had absolutely no idea that it had spawned such a large and productive fandom.
Kathyhkathyh on November 16th, 2010 11:27 pm (UTC)
I stopped reading metafandom as I decided it wasn't good for my blood pressure!

can only dub "the grand thought-, creativity- and passion-stifling smoke screen of fannish correctness".

Yes, that's exactly what's been annoying me. There's a kind of group think going on that's deeply depressing.

My ongoing nightly DS9 marathon

I'm still getting the odd comment from J along the lines of "I'm thinking about that digitally-remastered Star Trek" *g*.

A somewhat belated Happy Anniversary :)
Bimo: Mug_collectorsbimo on November 20th, 2010 08:47 am (UTC)
A somewhat belated Happy Anniversary :)

Aw, thank you!

Cavendish and I decided to take full advantage of the fact that 7th of November was a Sunday this year. So we treated ourselves to a very relaxed and lazy day out. Extended Champagne breakfast (though the "Champagne" was actually just organic prosecco ;-) and in the afternoon a visit to a local spa followed by dinner at our favourite Thai restaurant.