Fandom Public Service Announcement:
In addition to running Archive of Our Own and the Transformative Works and Cultures academic journal, the Organization for Transformative Works also runs Fanlore, a fandom-oriented wiki dedicated to hosting information aboutfan activities, fannish vocabulary, and the histories of fan communities.
On July 5 2014, Fanlore passed its most recent goal of reaching 30,000 articles — which is awesome! But as with any wiki that relies on user interest for the creation and maintenance of pages, there are still some pretty noticeable gaps. Some of the most prominent authors and pairings in popular fandoms have almost nothing on their pages — or, in many cases, have no pages at all. (As of September 21 2014 the Steve/Bucky page barely has anything on it, and Thorin Oakenshield — one of the main characters in The Hobbit books and movies — doesn’t even have a character page.)
The Fanlore Challenge:
To help fill these gaps, I propose a simple three-step solution.
- Create an account with Fanlore.
- Think of 5 things that you consider important to YOUR fandom experience and that you think other people should know about. (Your favourite pairings, characters, fanfic authors, fanartists, remarkable fanworks — whatever makes you think “this person/thing deserves to be recognized.”)
- Go contribute to the Fanlore pages for those 5 things.
That’s all it takes! Saying “X Author is a significant author in Y fandom” with a link to their AO3 page or adding the links to a few Notable Works for a particular pairing is more than enough to qualify. Know of an awesome rec list for that pairing? Add a link. Remember a meme that sprung up about a certain character? Throw that in too. It doesn’t have to be much.
And if you have the time and energy to really flesh out those 5 pages? Even better.
Providing a balanced and well-rounded fandom wiki is pretty much impossible for one person to do. But if everyone who sees this post makes just 5 constructive edits, we can all work towards making Fanlore into an even better resource and repository for all of us to use.
*bursts through the window, knocking over potted plant* YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE AN EXPERT, BNF, BEEN-HERE-SINCE-THE-BEGINNING FAN TO CONTRIBUTE TO FANLORE. ADD THE STUFF THAT WAS/IS IMPORTANT TO YOU!
ALSO! LANGUAGE USAGE, JARGON, MEMES, IN-JOKES, TROPES! CHARITY DRIVES AND BOOK PROJECTS! INFLUENTIAL FIC AND ART! CELEBRITY TWITTER SHENANIGANS! META CONVERSATIONS! ALL THE THINGS! \o/
I love Fanlore so much. I did a lot of tribbing at first and I totally am going to get back into the habit. There is SO MUCH missing about newer fandoms it makes me cry! And it’s really easy to use—I’m so not technical but even I can open the cheat sheet (there’s a cheat sheet for markup language) in a tab and work with that!
I love these shows, but by God they have a lot of problems.
me before The Winter Soldier
me after The Winter Soldier
Help me prove a point
I have never reblogged anything faster.
Unfortunate for the books, but speaks loads about the quality of some fan fics
One for Sorrow…Lamp Black, Wolf Grey…The Last Werewolf…yes, this is a DEFINITE reblog.
And it’s not just about some fanfic being better than some books. I have read vast quantities of fanfic that give me the sense that I am the intended reader, the target audience, that my pleasure in reading it is what the author was aiming for. Fanfic makes me feel welcome, and as if my fictional interests are valid.
No matter how well written, I very rarely feel that way about published novels.
Anonymous said: at this point you're just playing with us with not your fault but mine....i mean c'mon it's been well over a month
There’s quite a large part of me that wants to yell FFS LEAVE ME ALONE at the internet, but I’ll settle for: when I get it back, I’ll post it.
All right kiddos let’s bring it on in, time for a feelings circle.
You like that fic? You really, really, just really fucking like that fic? It touches your heart? Soothes your soul? Makes you feel a lot? That is great! Beautiful. The best feedback a writer can get.
Oh? It’s a work in progress? You’re clawing your face off pining for an update just as hard as Character A is pining for Character B? The wait between chapters is driving you mad? Inducing panic attacks? You can’t eat/sleep/think about anything else? You may actually die if it doesn’t update soon? Well then, I have only on piece of advice.
SUCK IT THE FUCK UP.
1. Fic writers aren’t getting paid. Their beta readers aren’t getting paid. The obligation to write fic is 0%. The obligation to update a WIP is 0%. There is no deadline. They owe you actually nothing.
2. Finding the author’s blog and sending a gentle query in regard to a fic update might not seem like an impolite thing to do and 99% of the time when taken as a single occurrence it’s absolutely not. Unfortunately the bigger picture is a lot more aggravating. if you’re feeling the desire to ask I can guarantee there are others who are too, and who have given in and done it. An inbox full of this question is really stressful.
3. Tumblr and the ability to send anonymous asks has clearly given people the confidence to air their entitlement publically and, as the ask above suggests, air their delusions that the writer’s motivation for not posting/updating fic is actually all about them.
I don’t know where anyone ever got the idea that new chapters of fanfiction are being hoarded like dragon gold by writers who are laughing maniacally at the peasants fic-starved and dying in the streets. There is no logic in this place. It’s safe to assume that if you are upset that a fic hasn’t updated in a while, the author is equally as upset, if not moreso because they’re struggling to write it. There are nine busgillion reasons that a fic may not have updated and none of them have to do with wanting to make readers suffer. More often than not the author wants to post the new chapter just as much as you want to read it.
Not to be all “back in my day” here, but y’know, back in my day we suffered our irrational entitlement re: fic we want to be updated in silence on public forums like civilized people. So like, check yourself.
4. If you can’t handle WIPs that aren’t guaranteed to update regularly then don’t read them until they’re done, or at all if they’re never finished. Just don’t even click the link. It really is that simple.
5. Passive-aggressive (and just aggressive) asks badgering for updates make me feel a lot like I feel when someone tailgates me: they piss me off and there’s a 100% chance that I will slow down to 5mph just out of spite. Bullying is, shockingly, not real motivating.
6. What IS motivating? Comments! Discussion! If you want to engage an author don’t do it through asks about updates. Leave constructive feedback, ask questions about the fic, tell them how it made you feel or what it means to you or what worked for you or didn’t work for you. I personally can attest that a thoughtful comment or ask constructive criticism has gotten me from a place where I can’t even get a full sentence out to sitting down and writing ten thousand words in one go, and when I’m really into a fic I will leave thousands of words rambling in a comment which is incredibly cathartic for me and hopefully makes the author of this fic I love so much happy that they’ve written it. Readers often catch things writers may not have thought of that can be incredible breakthroughs in a block, and equally as often sheer euphoria at receiving an awesome comment can rekindle inspiration to write. READERS, WE WEILD AMAZING POWER, LET’S NOT USE IT FOR EVIL.
TL;DR - Q: When will the next chapter of this fic be posted? A: When it’s done, bro.
but i really wish people in fandom would be more honest.
‘i hate this pairing because it deviates from my head canon that my OTP are in love.’
‘i hate this female character because, like all women in patriarchal societies, i struggle with internalised misogyny and it’s easier for me to hate her than to accept this canonical pairing that’s different from my OTP’ (and/or ‘because i’ve been raised to believe this female character exhibits traits that are bad in women but good in men’).
‘i want to write a fic about the break up of a canonical pairing that demonises the female character because i want the male character to remain the Good Guy so the other character in my OTP can justifiably be in love with him. this story makes me feel good. it comforts me.’
see also: liking problematic things does not make you a bad person.
‘I want to read fic where a male character is feminized, infantilized, and treated like a cherished possession, because I struggle every single day to make my way in the world as a woman and an adult, and it’s hard, and it’s tiring. And I want to do it. And I will do it. But there’s still that part of me, uneradicated, that has internalized a tiny seed of a misguided idea that it would be easier, better - less of a struggle - for a woman to stay home barefoot and pregnant, while someone takes care of her. I don’t want this for myself. I know that nothing about that, in real life, is easy. I’m uncomfortable enough with it that I have to displace the actual explicit gender out of it in order to read it. But this is what I want to read.’
I would just like to say that ever since I started phrasing things in this way, it’s helped me enormously to get the fuck over what other people thought of me and my writing — and what I thought of my writing and my kinks.
Here’s one: “I want to read fic that centers on unequal relationships, including BDSM and dubious/non consent stories. But Bad Shit has happened to me in real life before, so I’m more comfortable reading and writing about a same-sex couple. That way I don’t have to worry about societal inequalities, or feel like my gender is under attack like I do when even glancing at 50 Shades and its ilk.”
another excellent one.
treat yo self. watch cap 2 again. watch cap 2 every day. who the fuck cares
Reading fanfiction is the worst because you start out with “I’ll just read this cute one shot” then suddenly it’s four am and you have 12 tabs open and you’re crying again because THEY DESERVE TO BE HAPPY WHY CANT THEY JUST BE HAPPY
True story my therapist told me it is 100% natural and healthy to have attachments to fictional characters, especially strong hero types because they may have flaws but in the end they always save the day and some people just need that constant positive force in their life.
You don’t understand how perfect this is.
Probably all my followers know this, but in case you don’t: ANYONE can get an account on AO3. You don’t have to be a writer, artist, or other fanart creator. All you have to do is request an invite, and currently I believe the wait is something like 24 hours.
Reasons to get an account:
- You can see all the fic that’s locked to members only! Especially important for sports fandoms where lots of people lock their fic for RPF reasons.
- You can comment on fics that are locked or have anon commenting turned off.
- You can use AO3’s bookmark function (which some people use as a rec function, for example)
- You can turn on the history function, which then keeps track of EVERY FIC YOU EVER CLICK ON
AO3! Accounts are for everyone! \o/