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I miss having a fandom. :(

Which might sound strange, because I am still fannish about some shows. This post pretty much sums up how I feel about current fannish trends, aka - rolling around in spoilers and speculations and red herrings and becoming UNBELIEVABLY ANGRY about things and then spending the season bitching about how those spoilers and speculations and red herrings weren't accurate. (Oh, you don't say?)

I have not one single fannish Tumblr on my feed now. No one can be trusted (aside from my Miss Muse), I have painfully found out. I took K_B off my feed last night because someone put in their g.d. author's notes to a fic post "now that we all need a little..." blah blah - which means that they are hinting about a spoiler/speculation/red herring and now I AM INFECTED WITH IT. :(

Everyone can have the fannish experience they want. Which seems to be that they want to be angry and hate a show they continue to watch (oh my god, don't even get me started on the BZUH?-ness of that). So why can't I have the fannish experience I want? Which is to watch the show when it airs, and then talk - BEHIND A CUT - about what I liked, etc? Because people are selfish, that's why. I'm sorry if that makes you angry with me. (People who don't care about my wishes and wants make ME angry.) As flaming_muse said: spoilers should be OPT IN, not OPT OUT.

I've had four different fics on my hard drive that I've essentially deleted. I can't even consider moving forward with any of them, because my joy in the show and sharing it are pretty much gone - not to mention the whole "feeling paralyzed about writing the future with hints of what's to come having been carelessly posted."

I'm just tired of selfish behavior. It's like the majority of the people on the internet exhibit ADD behavior: complete lack of impulse control and thinking things through, or having empathy for others. /killjoy.

There are a handful of people that I enjoy in this fandom, and I'll continue to read them (and I'm talking, like six people), but man - the rest of the fandom has pretty much killed it for me. I've been in one fandom or another since I was, hmm. 11? I'm 40. I've never had such a negative experience. I say this not to be a whiner, but to stress how UNUSUAL this behavior is. This is not how fandoms typically behave, n00bs. As I tell my kids and their friends: Manners are free, so there's no excuse for you to not have any.

Not that it's a hardship to other fan-types in Glee that I'm not really wanting to play ball anymore, I'm not trying to prop myself up in importance (because let's face it - I'm not.) I'm just expressing myself in my personal fannish space.

ION, I bought my son skinny jeans and they bag on him. O_O The child eats almost $200 in groceries A WEEK. If I could bottle his metabolism...

[ETA]: Just to clear the record: I'm not trying to be all sniffy/flouncing. I'm expressing my frustration, is all. (And it should go without saying that there should be NO MENTIONS OF SPOILERS OF ANY KIND in comments here. Or speculation. Or red herrings. Or mention of Brussels sprouts. Because those are gross and make you fart.)

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stoney321
Aug. 17th, 2012 02:58 pm (UTC)
No no no! Do not avoid Near Misses! I PROMISE, if anything is going to make you love the show again, it's that story. It's exactly what the writers would have written, had Klaine not met on the stairs, I'm telling you. <3

But yes - being responsible in other areas of your life is always a good thing. (I do think you should reward yourself with a catch up read, though. :D)
hazyjayne
Aug. 17th, 2012 03:27 pm (UTC)
AS SOON AS I CAN STOP THESE FOURTEEN HOUR WORK DAYS <3 Which actually today is the final day (hopefully!); but regardless chapter seven is already bookmarked for my morning cafe session session...

... and I do still love the show, and I have a select group of people I do share it with. I am actually stoked about 13th September ;) I take it you will still be doing reviews for HDJM, then I can squee in your comments? :D
stoney321
Aug. 17th, 2012 03:31 pm (UTC)
Poor thing! That is a lot on your shoulders. :(

Oh, you're only on Chpt 7!? OOOOOOOOOH, ARE YOU IN FOR A WONDERFUL WEEKEND. <3

I love the show, too. And I vow to keep HDJM a place for those of us that DO STILL LOVE IT. No spoilers, no hate, just appreciation and thoughtful discussion when warranted. <3 (Thank you for that, btw. I would be absolutely devastated if I couldn't still have that outlet.)
hazyjayne
Aug. 17th, 2012 03:52 pm (UTC)
You see what I mean about having other priorities? ;) Actually I am right at the end of six, just about to start seven :DDD Blaine just having that bit of self realisation/realisation about Kurt during chapter six <33

Not a problem - supporting places means they exist which is TOTALLY AWESOME. Thank you for putting the time and effort - it is appreciated. :)

Actually I feel like turning around to fandom sometimes and saying: "If a TV show not going the way you wanted is your biggest problem/it's the end of your universe, you must live a very charmed life" But I fear this would make me an awful person :/
stoney321
Aug. 17th, 2012 04:01 pm (UTC)
*takes off your strikethrough*

NO, THAT PRETTY MUCH SUMS UP HOW I FEEL RIGHT THERE. I think that's what frustrates me over the anger for the show: when did they think that their wants/demands equal what the show is actually supposed to do? And if it's not providing the entertainment you (the general angry Yous of the world), then stop watching it. It really is that simple.
hazyjayne
Aug. 17th, 2012 04:14 pm (UTC)
OK, I am feeling better I am definitely not the only one now - thank-you for that! :D

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Reading this? I'm just curious. Because that's really detail-oriented of you. Feel free to stop reading. But you can see that there's more here, so are you going to keep reading? Really? That's pretty dedicated. I'm impressed. No, really. I'm not being sarcastic, why do you get like that? See, this is the problem I have with your mother - yes. YES. I'm going there. It's time we put all of our cards on the table.

I love you, why are you doing this? After all we've been through? You don't have to be like this. You know, still reading. You could be baking a pie. And then sharing it with me.

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