Hey guys, I command you all right now to imagine your otp. Now think of them curled up together in bed. It’s early morning and the air is cool. Their toes are poking out of the blankets and they sleepily play footsie with their cold toes and they start to giggle quietly. Then one of them runs a hand through the other’s mussed hair and presses a warm kiss to their cold cheek and says “Good morning”.
*small, happy sigh*
FIND AMAZING OTP IC (fanfic flamingo) WRITER SUDDENLY DECIDES TO NEVER FINISH FIC
the thought of becoming an adult one day is the scariest thing ever why cant i live the rest of my life blogging about fictional characters and laughing at stupid shit
I am going to let you in on the worst-kept secret in fandom: we’re actually mostly adults around here.
I am thirty-two years old. One of my oldest friends is pushing forty. His older sister is forty-six. We all blog about fictional characters and stupid shit. One of the first people who ever GMed a tabletop RPG for me still goes to cons. He’s at least fifty.
We are all, in theory, grown adults who are holding down jobs and have cars or rent or morgage payments or student loans and/or marriages and/or children. We vote and eat bran-tastic food for our hearts and buy sensible shoes.
Also, the first song I danced to at my first Homecoming dance was recently played on a local oldies station, dear god.
I mean, seriously. Grownups. We made it to the other side, fan-brains intact. So can you.
Becoming an adult is not scary. Becoming an adult is not about stopping with the tumbling and the cat videos. It’s just about doing that shit between work and errands instead of between school and chores. It’s about being able to do different kinds of epic shit — I may not be able to write another 50k fanfic, but I can decorate my entire kitchen in Captain America stuff and re-wire my rice cooker so the light looks like an arc reactor.
If you’re worried about no longer being fannish and not liking ridiculous silly shit (I assume ‘for no good reason’, aka ‘growing out of it’), you’re worried about becoming boring, not old.
So what if people call what we do childish? A: they’re wrong, there’s some serious grown-up badassery going ‘round in fandoms, and B: what’s wrong with being childish? Are children something we should avoid being like? Doesn’t everyone wish they could return to childhood?
We are living a friggin’ eternal youth on the internet. Anyone tells you ‘grownups don’t do this stuff’ is just jealous. Hmph.
Now get off my damn lawn, kid.
My boyfriend thinks reading/writing fan fic is a waste of time and I haven’t been successful in convincing him (for me at least) it isn’t. Any tips?Anonymous
(Because people asked for the original to be rebloggable)
AHA! Of course, my dear greyfais, I have many many suggestions, and hopefully you will be able to pick and choose what works best for you. First of all, get him to read this article here, which is written by Time magazine, which we can pretend makes it a lot more reputable.
Fanfiction is a brilliant, wonderful, amazing creature, alive in a way that the original product will never be. Fanfiction grows and learns and changes with the audience, it’s an interactive medium and it’s a collective expression of creativity. We as a community (and by community I mean fandom at large, and not just the Dragon Age or Mass Effect fandoms- this can apply to any fandom) have taken a product and chosen to champion it, to love it and nurture it and take it far beyond it’s original potential. We are dealing with the problematic elements and fixing them. We are taking the fantastic elements and growing them.
There is nothing inherently wrong with fanfiction, although it has it’s problems. Some of the greatest writers in the world foster and encourage fanfiction- Neil Gaiman himself has written fanfiction, and Naomi Novik, who has had the film rights to her books bought by none other than Peter Jackson, is on the board of directors for Archive of Our Own. Fanfiction can be problematic, I won’t deny that- authors like Marion Zimmer Bradley would definitely agree. But as a whole, fandom and fanfiction is a wonderful, glorious creature that should never be shamed or ignored.
For me, fanfiction was a saviour. Fanfiction allows me to come to terms with things that hurt me, things that make me struggle, things to annoy or frustrate me, in a way that I will never see represented in mainstream media. There will never be stories about women like me, with bodies like mine, in relationships like mine. That’s not to say that fan fiction should be about just plonking a carbon copy of yourself into the story, but hell, if it helps you, why the hell shouldn’t it?
Fanfiction helped me come to terms with sex and intimacy and expressing love and affection for my partner. Fanfiction allowed me to find an outlet for that when I couldn’t find it anywhere else. Fanfiction helps me to come to terms with the lack of female role models in mainstream media, because fanfiction gives me wonderfully strong, flawed, messy, loving, angry, affectionate women. It gives me relationships I can relate to, especially female relationships. It gives me diversity, equality, it teaches me, encourages me, supports me. It gives me a community of people who will support me on any day at any moment, who celebrate creativity and diversity and learning, who teach one another about anything from sex to depression to recipes to racial oppression to puppies. Fan fiction can be anything and everything, and at the very least the Dragon Age fandom has some bloody amazing writers in it. This fandom has written millions upon millions of words in the pursuit of the perfect story- that is not wasted time. It is a glorious, creative, incredible journey that we have all shared together, and are all better people because of it.
Fanfiction, and fandom at large, gives me the things that mainstream media never will. It is there to mend the culture we are given, to take back the art and make it our own. We are building something better, a community and a culture and a creative output that means something to us the fans.
And if that doesn’t make it the exact opposite of a waste of time, I don’t know what will :P
Or in case of meeting Dragon Age/Mass Effect voiceactors it’s the opposite, DO tell them you write/draw porn involving their respective characters. DO agree to their request to see/read said material. And watch them appreciate said material.
This is what happened when I met Adam Howden for the first time, I told him I write Anders porn and specifically the kind where Anders is the one getting fucked. This is also what happened when we met Nick Boulton and Kimberly Brooke, we discussed extensively our respective fanfic/fanart efforts, including showing them the now-infamous Hawke wanking picture that Maki drew.
I FUCKING LOVE FANDOM
I’M HAPPY TO BE A PART OF IT
I’M FUCKING EXCITED TO WAKE UP EVERY MORNING AND THINK ‘HOLY SWEET JESUS HERE IS A COMMUNITY OF PEOPLE WHO UNDERSTAND MY OBSESSIVE TENDENCIES AND HAVE THE SAME FIXATION OH MARY MOTHER OF GOD THANK YOU FOR BLESSING ME WITH AN ENVIRONMENT THAT FOSTERS MY CREATIVITY AND DEVELOPMENT’
Reblog this if you are older than 18, so anon can see what a jackass s/he is.
I am feeling old !!! lol
i’m nineteen, turning twenty this year. :)
I’m 20. And proud :D
Lol sorry kiddo. I’m 20 and fangirling. Guess What I’ll STILL be doing in about 20 years? Fangirling. Possibly on tumblr.
aint no party like an adult fangirl party cause an adult fangirl party has lots and lots of gayporn.
35 here. And yes, fangirl. :P
39 and no apologies.
I always love it when younger people assume fandom is for teens only. Because it gives the impression that they don’t have any respect for their own interests - do they think they’re going to reach some magical age at which being a fan is going to cease to be fun? Is there supposed to be a coming-of-age moment at which you become an entirely different person? Because if they’re waiting for that moment, they’re going to be sorely disappointed.
I wrote fanfic and flailed over fictional characters when I was 15. I did it when I was 25. I’m doing it at 35. I expect I’ll still be doing it at 45. And it’s going to be AWESOME.
<- 35 also. Still fangirling.
Adding my tag on here. 32, and going strong. ALL THE ADULT FANGIRLS UNITE. (Also, I second pretty much everything that minorearth said.)
35, and more of a fangirl than I was at 15.
I’m just kinda curious how many of us are out there on tumblr is all. Indulge me?
I probably fit the label (even if my canon Hawke is a Fenris guy)
Let me see.
Reblog mostly Anders. Anders cock blocking all the other LIs, and letting him steal all my Hawkes. Drag him all over the place.
Yup, I am definitely an Anders fan.
…yes. He’s the reason why I made this tumblr in the first place XD