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Fanfic Question Meme - Question 1

I want to spend today writing, but felt like warming up a little... by talking about fanfic.

liliaeth has been dong this fanfic question meme thing over at her journal that I've been enjoying reading, but not commenting on (sorry liliaeth! I should really comment. Once a lurker always a lurker, I guess).

So, I thought I'd give it a go. The meme has 30 questions, but I figured I'd just go through them one at a time, every now and then.

1 - How did you first get into writing fanfic, and what was the first fandom you wrote for? What do you think it was about that fandom that pulled you in?

The short answer, and my first instinctual answer, is Supernatural.

What was it about Supernatural that pulled me in? I think it was that the characters were actually people I could relate to. For some reason, despite the fantastical aspect of their lives, Sam and Dean were characters that seemed real, nuanced, and relatable.

Not only that, but the world they inhabited was RICH and layered, and filled with possibilities... also, we start the story in media res. This isn't a "kid goes to wizard school" story, where are main character is a clueless audience surrogate - our main characters were two people who had already been in their world for 22 years. They already knew (mostly) everything. They were already highly trained. They already had a past, trauma, love, etc. What's more, in the early seasons especially, but still to this day, there was a feeling like we were only seeing part of the story. We were only seeing SOME of the cases and we were only seeing the action - not the quiet moments between. It's why there's a popularity for "domestic" fic... it's why I go crazy for seasons where we see the boys brushing their teeth. It's why I want a car washing scene for entirely different reasons than most of fandom... I loved the idea of exploring those unseen moments, their childhood, the moments between episodes... their internal lives that, due to their upbringing, they rarely vocalize. So, that's what pulled me in.

The more complicated answer to this question is:

The first fandom I ever wrote fanfic for was Star Trek: TNG. I wrote it in my head, when I was a kid. It was a complete self-insert Mary Sue, where they found this girl who had poison in her blood that gave her magical-type powers... she could walk through walls, she was a technopath, she could create pottery out of thin air (shut-up, I liked pottery as a kid... still do.) Depending on my mood, I either had Wesley (my age-group) or Geordi (Geordi was my favourite) falling in love with her. Star Trek: TNG was also my first ship, because I totally shipped Geordi/Data before I even knew what shipping was. I just wanted them to be best friends forever and ever and have an epic romance (probably innocently non-sexual, because I was very young at the time.) (And yes, I also watched Reading Rainbow.)

The first fandom I ever wrote DOWN fanfic for was Naruto. I got a girlfriend hooked on the show (the first plot arc) and she fell in love with Kakashi. So, the next year, when we were woefully separated by an ocean, and she was in Turkey working in a job that she hated - I wrote her a story where Kakashi showed up to her bedroom and rescued her... with sexytimes. So, it was very much a Kakashi/Reader fic, though the reader was very specifically my friend and she's the only one that ever saw the fic.

But Supernatural was the first one where I thought "I want to write fanfic, and I want to post it so that the fandom can see it - and I want to participate in the fandom and these stories and be a member of this community." And why I made that decision, I don't actually know - I'd been lurking in various fandoms for years, without ever being a participant, but Supernatural was different for some reason that I've yet to quantify. Maybe, it was just that it inspired too many fic ideas for me to hold them all in my head.

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fannishliss
Oct. 12th, 2015 06:11 pm (UTC)
I love your answer about the domestic moments we know we're not seeing. It's something that's very important to me about Supernatural!!

The boys know how crazy and unnatural their lives are. They know they shouldn't want to live like that... and yet, by dint of who they are, what they know, how they've been trained, the idea of retiring doesn't feel real -- it never felt real to Dean, and it seems like it doesn't feel real to Sam either any more.

anyways, great answer! I love how in fanfic we want to give our beloved characters a little time off. :)

My first fannish thing was a poem I wrote from Spock to Kirk when I was a young teen. :P I was a classic Slash girl without even knowing what that was!! My first fanfic that I shared with the world was when I joined LJ c1998 and started writing SPN. that fully developed world, so much like our own... the intense emotions of the life of Hunting... the sexy car and the great music, the wide open road and the haunting call of home. ARGH IT'S SO GOOD. :D
hells_half_acre
Oct. 12th, 2015 06:50 pm (UTC)
Nice!

Yeah, Supernatural is just a show that draws you in with all the possibilities it has for stories and character explorations... and yeah, it's just RICH.

Gotta love the classic slash girls! It's funny how we do these things before we know they are "things" and then we find the community and it's one of those "oh hey... I did that too!" I'm sure I was also a kirk/spock girl, I was just to young to really remember or know what I was doing. My family were big into Star Trek, so I just grew up with that world and the relationships in it as the background of my life.

anyways, great answer! I love how in fanfic we want to give our beloved characters a little time off. :)

I find a lot of time fandom likes to fill voids - so, even without watching shows, I can tell what kind of mood the shows have by the fanfic... if a fandom has a plethora of domestic fluffy fanfic, it's more likely that the show is dark and tragic. If the fandom has dark and tragic fic, then the show is probably humorous and light most of the time. :P
liliaeth
Oct. 12th, 2015 07:26 pm (UTC)
Glad to know that someone at least is reading my answers :-)

And I know what you mean, I wrote many stories in my head, long before I started writing them down. But it's different from actually getting into fandom.
hells_half_acre
Oct. 12th, 2015 07:32 pm (UTC)
Yes, sorry... I really should comment. :P

There was one answer you gave the other day about fandom!Stiles versus Show!Stiles, that I agreed with you on and thought you articulated well. I know you hate Stiles, and I love him, but ironically, we are both annoyed by the fact that Fandom gets him completely wrong. :P
borgmama1of5
Oct. 12th, 2015 10:57 pm (UTC)
So I'm curious how Harry Potter fits into your fandom-ness?
hells_half_acre
Oct. 12th, 2015 11:34 pm (UTC)
Well, Harry Potter is something that I read along with the rest of the world. I loved it a LOT. It didn't necessarily inspire me to write though. Nor did I particularly enjoy reading Harry Potter fanfic - mainly, because I really didn't think the books needed to be expanded upon that much, and I didn't like any of the main ships... I was happy with canon and didn't want anything different.

After the final book came out, however, I was briefly obsessed with Next Generation fic... because those were characters that hadn't been cemented in anyway by Rowling, so I could happily read fic without getting too annoying that people were butchering the characters. If people wanted Albus and Scorpius to hook up, that was cool, because they were completely different characters to Harry and Draco (which is a ship that I LOATHE.)

Anyway, the reason that I ended up writing the most epic SPN/HP fic ever is simply because while I don't like Harry Potter fanfic (accept next gen stuff), I DO love crossovers. So, back in 2008, I read every SPN/HP crossover available at the time...and 95% of them sucked, and the three that I found that were written well were marred by Wincest (which I don't particularly care for) and being an incomplete WIP.

So, it was one of those "if you want something done right..." moments. And, it was seriously only supposed to be 8 chapters of crack, but, I yeah... I ended up getting a little carried away.

And that's how Harry Potter fits into my fandom-ness.

Edited at 2015-10-12 11:37 pm (UTC)
supernutjapan
Oct. 13th, 2015 01:54 am (UTC)
Supernatural and it's fandom are definitely special <3

Thank you for sharing!
hells_half_acre
Oct. 13th, 2015 06:32 pm (UTC)
Thanks for reading! :)
shayheyred
Oct. 13th, 2015 05:46 pm (UTC)
I'd love Kakashi/Reader fic, as long as I'm the reader!
hells_half_acre
Oct. 13th, 2015 06:31 pm (UTC)
Haha, yeah, I'm not sure if I even still have that fic - but as I remember it, it was a VERY specific reader.. as in, you had to be working as an au pair in Turkey. :P
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