Tags: ficwriting

KKM - Wolfram tea

summer has come to pass

Things I've done lately that are actually interesting:

1. Re-watched Scrapped Princess

2. Started practicing real touch typing, and now my own personal hybrid of it

3. A lot of knitting

4. Read all the KKM novels

Interestingly - at least to me - I've started messing around with a potentially gigantic fic for the anime based on said novels. While I have my doubts as to my ability to ever start writing it, far less finishing it, it HAS been interesting to read up on storytelling theory. I've never seriously tried to write something with a real plot before, and it's fun to play around with it.

But seriously, I DO wish I had internet @ the Island right now. I've got a tagged here named project: get better, and I want to use it.
Gravitation - Tohma distant

On fanfic politics (well this feels like 2005 all over)

Once upon a time on the internet, someone was asked to introduce the concept of fanfiction to a presumably ignorant audience. She did so by listing some terminology - linking to Fanlore - and reccing some fic, which was overwhelmingly hosted on AO3. She had maybe one or two fics published on LJ, and one on Tumblr. AO3 was explicitly mentioned as a place to find the good stuff.

Not a word was mentioned about the first place to pop up in every search anyone does on the word "fanfiction". Not a single story from the biggest fic archive in existence was linked.

Well, Fandomsecrets is the place where I keep up with anything fandom these days, and the trending there seems to suggest two things: That demisexuality has replaced asexuality as the redheaded stepchild among the sexual orientations, and that the FFN vs. AO3 war has descended from the ivory towers and is now fought among the commoners. External archives once again became a necessity as LJ is being replaced by Tumblr, and apparently there is disagreements about which archive sucks the more.

I'm on both and will merely say that I find either option to be vastly preferably to LJ and its various clones.

Back when people thought that Livejournal never would end, there was a vocal consensus on here at least that no-one who really was in the club would get closer to FFN than hovering a link on a tasteless reclist. Like anyone who had been in the Digimon fandom for more than a month would be talking about "Taichi" and "Hikari" despite never having seen more than three minutes of Digimon in Japanese, the surefire way to identify yourself as a newbie on LJ would be to refer to FFN as anything else than "the pit". But contrary to popular belief, fandom thrived before LJ. Guess where we posted our fic back then if we couldn't be arsed to make our own websites.

And contrary to the prejudices held by the outspoken LJ lot, not everything on FFN is shit. Most of it, sure, but I developed a keen sense of judging a story by its summary and never had the problem of accidentally reading badfic. Sure, you'll usually have to slog through pages of trash before finding the good stuff, but there are jewels on FFN and I was frequently annoyed by how fic that deserved attention didn't get it because people convinced themselves that only idiots posted to the pit.

I know that there are people who have legitimate issues with FFN and their policies. That's fair enough. I know that there are people who are on AO3 mainly because of the politics behind it - in which case, rock on! But then there is the crowd that won't go near FFN because it's allegedly a simmering pool of fourteen year olds and all the fic is shit, and that - that is patently untrue and incredibly annoying. FFN has a much bigger and much older archive than AO3, it is easier to navigate and - this is an important part - it's got open registration. The only time I can remember FFN being somehow hostile towards its users would be when it moved to ban smut and some other genres of questionably prosaic nature.

To return to the lady introducing the muggles: I wanted very badly to ask the reason why she was so studiously avoiding FFN. Not linking fic there could be coincidence, but talking about AO3 but not even acknowledging where AO3 came from (FFN's smut ban, as an extension of Strikethrough) - that's a boycott, and I'd go as far as to say that it is unfair to the very muggles she sought to invite to the club. Because dear madams: You're missing out if you never go to The Pit.
Clamp - Akira and Utako joyful

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The Best Ouran Fic Ever.

Speaking of Ouran: did anyone follow the manga? I bought the first few volumes, but never could get into it the way I did the anime. It was the same story with Fullmetal Alchemist - manga and anime differ on some fundamental level of both plot (okay) and genre (not so easily ignored). In both cases, I fell so hard for the anime that I just couldn't get myself to invest emotions and money in a manga going in a completely different direction. FMA fandom was overtaken by the manga and lived happily with Brotherhood coming out and all, but I haven't seen or heard anything about Ouran since the hype about the anime petered out. So - anyone read the manga? Was it any good?

On a completely unrelated note, I've reached the point where I can go back to look over old fanfic drafts and discover that they have plot points relying on a time before smartphones.