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I've been spending some time going through old (in internet time, very old), fanfic archives, reading some of the first fics I ever read and loved. For example, The Shi'ar Coffee Story, which is still as silly and funny as I remember it being.

It was the late 20th century. Nostalgia doesn't prevent me from remembering how shitty it was in many ways (including for me), and yet.

I loved the X-Men animated series, with its continuity and its time travel and its perky music and overdramatic characters. And Buffy, with its sarcastic bravery and oh-so-human heroes and villains. And Star Trek TNG, which showed both an universe so much bigger and interesting than anybody else's, and a way of facing it with curiosity and goodwill that I still, as much as I find it, in retrospect, conservative, can feel energized by (pun not intended).

And then I found my first fics, stories that took this, and gave it new directions, adult relationships, complex characterization, infinite alternate universes, and more fun and more darkness than the source material was allowed to, and it was mind-blowing that it was even possible to do that. That we were allowed, or rather, that we didn't need anybody's permission.

The topologically impossible Summers Family Tree (multiple clones included).That epic where Gambit ended up being Professor X's son, and it completely made sense, really. Q's increasingly NC-17 infatuation with Jean-Luc Picard. The Borg, back when they were scary.

It changed my life in so many ways; half a lifetime later, I'm still ricocheting through the alternate timeline this set up for me, and I couldn't be more grateful for that.

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troutkitty
Feb. 19th, 2016 06:04 am (UTC)
I love reading about how people found fandom. :) I had a friend in Japan lend me a fanfic that had Methos "striding purposefully" in the first line and if there was one thing I have as a personal pet peeve, it's to stride (purposefully) from within the character's POV. That and smirk. Man, I hate protagonists who smirk and still expect me to empathize with them.

So I went online to find better versions of this new thing, found the pillars archive, found slash, then found that thing I'd been doing my whole life actually had a name. It was amazing.
__marcelo
Feb. 19th, 2016 07:02 pm (UTC)
then found that thing I'd been doing my whole life actually had a name. It was amazing.

:D It always is.
browngirl
Feb. 19th, 2016 05:43 pm (UTC)
Bwee. :) I remember those days!
__marcelo
Feb. 19th, 2016 07:04 pm (UTC)
*g* I'm tempted to make some sort of joke with "days of future past," but I'll resist it.
oflittlefaith
Feb. 20th, 2016 03:20 am (UTC)
I find those journeys into the depths of fanfiction archives to be bittersweet. So many authors vanished, so many stories left hanging.

And then there's Eyrie Productions. Still chugging along, 20 years later. A testament to one man's love of copyright violation. *rimshot*
__marcelo
Feb. 21st, 2016 04:18 am (UTC)
It's inspiring, in a way.
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