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Fandom Questions Meme A-Z

Currently doing my best to avoid doing work, so here's an old meme from author_by_night!

A - Ships that you currently like a lot. (They don’t have to be OTPs because not everyone has OTPs.) Friendships, pairings, threesomes, etc. are allowed.

I’ve been listening to Be the Serpent lately, and one of the hosts got into a Person of Interest spiral that triggered a similar one with me. So I’ve been rereading a lot of Rinch fic and really really feeling that ship. I also recently finished reading Taste of Marrow by Sarah Gailey and am incredibly in love with it, and especially with Houndstooth/Hero. I need more ppl to read the River of Teeth books bc ugh, so good. And I need someome to write me fic lol

B - A pairing–platonic, romantic or sexual–that you initially didn’t consider, but someone changed your mind.

Shawn/Gus from Psych. I watched it on and off when it was first airing and was (and still am) big into Shassie, so I really didn't ship Shawn/Gus at all. Plus I gernerally steer clear of canon best friend ships. But I recently rewatched the entire series and wow, I can really see it now! I still don't ship it as much as Shassie (though I actually picked up Gus/Lassiter as a ship and might even ship that more?), but the finale made me a fan lol

C - A ship you have never liked and probably never will.

Clintasha in any Marvel verse. It just… squicks me out for some reason. Maybe bc I see them as so much best friends and I rarely ship that kind of canon platonic relationship? I do ship them in polya ships though, so who knows.

D - A pairing you wish you liked but just can’t.

Probably Stucky. Like I said, I don’t tend to ship canon besties, and this is one of those cases. I love how close they are and I really enjoy fic where they’re even codependently close, but only platonicly. It’s so popular though, and the dynamic is one I really enjoy, but I just can’t ship them romantically.

E - Have you added anything cracky/hilarious to your fandom?

Back in the days of Kingdom Hearts, I accidentally created the Sora/Marluxia ship by challenging my bff to write it. The fic itself was pretty cracky too, since iirc it was about cat boy!Sora and Marluxia bringing him a saucer of milk.

F - What’s the longest you’ve ever been in a fandom?

Well, Harry Potter was one of my first fandoms and I’m still in it (it comes and goes, this is an up wave lol). So about… 11 years?

G - Have you ever had an OTP? If so, do you remember your first one? Who was in it?

Harrymort was probably my first OTP, and it’s still near and dear to my heart. I’d been in HP fandom for awhile without any real ships before discovering it, but when I did, it was one of those “yes, this is absolutely for me” things.

H - What is your favorite source text for fandom stuff (e.g., TV shows, movies, books, anime, Western animation, etc.)?

I’m definitely a multi fandom and multi media kind of person, so I love things from all of those source texts and more. Movies and TV shows probably top the list though, if only bc they tend to have larger and more involved fandoms, and that often leads to more a more enjoyable fandom experience bc I don’t have to feel alone in my obsession. I also like that it’s easier to interact with other fans in real time in those kinds of fandoms, especially TV shows. Liveblogging TV episodes on tumblr is a lot of fun, and I think it’s made me like current shows like Code Black even more even though the fandom is tiny.

I - Has Tumblr caused you to stop liking any fandoms, if so, which and why?

Tumblr put me off Teen Wolf for quite awhile. I mean, the show had a lot to do with it too, but the fandom at the time was just not somewhere I could be, in large part because a good chunk of it was intent on labelling anyone who didn’t adore Scott as racist. So I stopped following anyone who posted TW, removed all my TW likes, blacklisted everything. It was a good detox for me, I think, and since then I’ve eased myself back in. I’m still careful of who and what I follow, but it’s fun to be back in.

More recently, tumblr has really been putting me off Voltron. My biggest ship is one of the ~highly problematic~ ones, and too much of the fandom is invested in purity wank and policing other people’s ships and theories and such. Plus the main ship is a NOTP for me. I’ve basically dropped out of the fandom, though I haven’t gone quite as far as I did with TW (yet) in cutting it out.

J - Name a fandom you didn’t think about until you saw it all over Tumblr. (You don’t have to care about it or follow it; it just has to be something that Tumblr made you aware of.)

Buzzfeed Unsolved and Buzzfeed: Worth It. I’m not really a vid or webseries kind of person, but I kept seeing it all over my dash and just the pics were giving me ships. I decided to try BFU and got immediately hooked, so I decided maybe I should expand my webseries repertoire with Worth It, which I also got immediately hooked on lol

K - What character has your favorite development arc/the best development arc?

I think maybe Thor in the MCU. I wasn’t really a big fan of Thor until Ragnarok, I actually found him kind of boring, but I really liked the arc he got through the three movies. He went from a kind of spoiled dude-bro sort of character with no sense of responsibility even for himself, to someone who while probably still not the best choice for Asgardian king (I mean, Heimdall is right there), knows his responsibilities and doesn’t back down from them even at risk to himself. I also felt like his relationship with Loki grew a lot bc he seemed to understand and accept Loki in Ragnarok in a way he hadn’t before. That was probably my favorite thing, that he learned to accept his brother for who he is (i.e. a trickster to the core) while still doing what he thinks is best for all of them.

L - Say something genuinely nice about a character who isn’t one of your faves. (Characters you’re neutral about are fair game, as are characters you merely dislike. Characters that you absolutely loathe with the fire of ten thousand suns are exempt, as there is no point in giving yourself an aneurysm over a character that you hate.)

Superman has a great jawline and I admire his ability to blend in as such a plain, boring dude when he’s actually super built and has such an enormous super life.

M - Name a character that you’d like to have for a friend.

Jim Kirk, particularly AOS verse, though I’d not be opposed to TOS. He just seems like he’d be a lot of fun to party with, but also a lot of fun to have really interesting conversations with. It’s a good balance, I think.

N - Name three things you wish you saw more or in your main fandom (or a fandom of choice)

I’ve been in HP recently, and talking a lot about it irl too, so I’ll go with that. So I wish I saw more fic and discussion about:

  • Harry’s childhood abuse, especially why no one noticed or did anything in the muggle world (or if they did, what); why McGonagall let Dumbledore leave him with the Dursleys when she knew it was going to be bad, why she didn’t check on him, and why she didn’t do or say anything about Snape; why Molly didn’t put up a fuss when she found out what was going on in CoS; and why no one ever challenged Dumbledore on making Harry stay in (and supporting) an abusive environment both with the Dursleys and Snape.

  • Dudley post series, especially about his relationship with his parents after he’s obviously started realizing the way they treated Harry was horrible. Also anything about him getting therapy, bc I really really think he needs it.

  • Muggle-born integration into the magical world, especially how and when they are told about the magical world (how did Hermione get into Diagon Alley to get her school supplies??), the cultural shock of being thrown into basically a new culture as an 11 year old with no mentorship or guidance, and what their relationship is with their muggle friends/family and the muggle world while they’re at Hogwarts and after.

O - Choose a song at random. Which ship or character does it remind you of?

I’ve had See You Again by Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth in my head a lot recently. It gives me soooo many feels, but especially for Carl Elias/Anthony Marconi from POI. It fits their backstory so well, and also just really feels like something Elias would be singing to Marconi after his death in canon.

P - Invent a random AU for any fandom (we always need more ideas).

This is an AU I’ve been thinking about the past few days while I watch POI and I was surprised to see no one had written it as far as I could find. So an AU where John is a model and he’s getting fitted for a photoshoot or something and meets Harold, who is probably the head designer but likes to pretend he’s just one of the assistants and is working on John’s fitting. There was a scene in… somewhere around 1x05 where Harold was kneeling in front of John, pinning the hem of his pants, and I was like I need 100k of this immediately!

Q - A fandom you’ve abandoned and why.

I tend not to abandon fandoms, just fall out of them for whatever amount of time, but there are a few I consider abandoned. Primarily BBC Sherlock and Axis Powers Hetalia. The fandoms, and in Sherlock’s case also the canon itself, were so toxic in my opinion that I just had to divorce myself from them completely. It’s been nice to not deal with them lol

R - Which friendship/platonic relationship is your favorite in fandom?

Frst one that comes to mind is that I love the (mostly fanon) relationship between Dudley & Harry. I ship it romantically too, but I am really into just the idea of them growing up and reconciling and working through all the issues from their childhood. Dudley having a magical child and tracking down Harry for help is a trope I especially love bc it’s sort of a restart for the two of them, Dudley helping his magical child in ways that he wouldn’t and couldn’t when they were children.

Also, since I’m obsessed with POI atm, I love John and Sameen’s relationship. They certainly earn the nickname Mayhem Twins, which is just so much fun in canon. And in fic, though I feel like that platonic relationship doesn’t get explored so much there? But either way, they’re so much alike in all of the best (worst) ways, and I love them both a lot.

S - Show us an example of your personal headcanon (prompts optional but encouraged).

I saw a picture of Noah Schnapp on tumblr yesterday and it reminded me of this headcanon. I'm not really active in Stranger Things fandom and I'm not even very into Will as a character, but this headcanon is kind of my baby lol So basically my whole headcanon amounts to Will is a trans girl. Will's always seemed a little awkward and unsure around the other boys, like he doesn't quite get them but is trying really hard to fit in. Which is the experience of a lot of young trans/questioning people. When I first thought about it, it just seemed to fit Will so well!

T - Do you have any hard and fast headcanons that you will die defending?

Magic Stiles. I wrote meta about it back in the day and it was a pretty popular Teen Wolf theory/headcanon. I know Jeff Davis has spent a lot of time since denying the possibility, but fuck him. It fits the whole show perfectly and it makes for a lot of interesting fic.

V - Which character do you relate to most?

Draco Malfoy probably… I relate to having parents who put far too much pressure on you and give you far too little emotional attention and affection, as well as growing up in a conservative, honestly quite hateful and xenophobic, environment that you don’t really fit into. I have a lot of feels about Draco and his background and how he was treated in canon, and that’s made me relate to him a lot lol

W - A trope which you are virtually certain to hate in any fandom.

There are not a whole lot of things I really hate… Does zombies count as a trope? Or infidelity? Or maybe time travel? It’s not that I hate time travel really, it’s just that it’s done in ways that I hate like 99% of the time in canon and fandom.

X - A trope which you are almost certain to love in any fandom.

Fake relationship!!!! It’s like, my favorite trope ever, and I love every iteration of it <3

Y - What are your secondhand fandoms (i.e., fandoms you aren’t in personally but are tangentially familiar with because your friends/people on your dash are in them)?

I get to hear a lot about several anime and video game fandoms bc of friends, like Yuri on Ice, Free!, Animal Crossing, and Fire Emblem, and also Game of Thrones and Friends. Recently, I’ve been seeing a lot of Timeless on my dash too.

Z - Just ramble about something fan-related, go go go! (Prompts optional but encouraged.)

I am having a really hard time thinking of anything to talk about (work is turning my brain to mush), so here's an ad for Pillowfort! It's a new-ish social media site that's trying to take the good things from existing platforms, particularly lj and tumblr, and make something even better. The biggest things are more post control (deciding who sees it, if it's commentable, if it's reblogable; reblogs being edited/deleted when the original is edited/deleted), threaded comments, and discussion posts for communities. It's currently in closed beta, so you have to sign up to get an invitation when they open sign ups again, but I think it's totally worth it. So far I've had a lot of fun there. It's really chill, which is a nice change from tumblr lol, and is already developing its own platform culture, which is really cool :)

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Plus I gernerally steer clear of canon best friend ships.

I think this is one of my favorite tropes. Friends turn into lovers... but yeah... I know a lot of people who don't really like that. It's usually exactly my thing, though...

I tried to read all your answers, but since I don't know (m)any of the fandoms you write about at all I can't really add much :P
Yeah, I'm not sure why most friends to lovers squicks me out? Honestly it seems like something I should be into too lol
why she didn’t do or say anything about Snape;

That's always confused me. Also, why parents didn't? I'm sure kids must have come home talking about how their teacher tried to kill their toad. And by the fifth book, there will be kids whose parents had Snape as a teacher... right? Maybe? Oh dear, maths.

I do think SOME of it is that wizard schooling is very Victorian, so maybe it's a bit more expected. But still.

Also anything about him getting therapy, bc I really really think he needs it.

I read an EXCELLENT fic that explored Dudley getting therapy! It may have been yours, actually.


why Molly didn’t put up a fuss when she found out what was going on in CoS;

CoS was one HUGE hole there. It sounded like the MoM was covering it up pretty good, but wouldn't kids have written home?

I'm currently watching Sherlock, and dreading series four as I've heard it's pretty bad. It's too bad, because I really like the show. It's also too bad the fandom's so toxic!
The more I think about HP, the more plot holes I see lol On the one hand it's frustrating, but on the other... it gives plenty of room for meta and fic!

And yes, I think I did write a fic about Dudley getting therapy! Or at least talking about getting therapy. I'd love to read/write more about him actually getting the therapy. I think that could be so interesting.
I don't think JK Rowling wrote the books having any idea what an obsessive fanbase she'd get. Another friend of mine pointed out that are probably lots of "holes" because she never imagined how much some people would think about them. (And honestly, I'm not sure most fans do. I think we've had to as fic writers, because suddenly it's like "wait, this makes no sense, but it's canon, what do I do?!")

That's right! Dudley's fic never features the therapist, it's just mentioned. Which I liked. I head-canon'd (head-fanon'd?) that his therapist was a witch, actually, because IIRC some things she said were so en point, despite him not really telling her everything.
Yeah, definitely. I think she was a lot more invested in seeing the story through than making sure everything fit together at all times, especially when at the beginning no one had any idea ppl would be looking so closely. Maybe that's just not her strongsuit too? Plus I feel like HP, more than many other fandoms, has developed a culture of thinking a lot about the canon minutiae. Which isn't so great bc plotholes, but also is great bc explaining plotholes. And yeah, fic writers always seem to look harder lol

I like the idea of his therapist as a witch! There's one fic I read where Dudley's recovering from alcoholism and is living at a magical halfway house thanks to Harry stepping in. I can't remember for sure if he had a therapist, but I do remember Dean talked a lot with him in a therapy type way.
Cool meme! May try it sometime :)

I'm a multishipper, and while Shassie was my main ship for Psych, Shawn/Gus is also really adorable. I love their friendship regardless. Though I rewatched the show recently, and one thing that hasn't aged well is Gus' aggressive flirting with women.

I know Dr. Who pretty well because of other people.

I love fake relationships :)
Oh yeah, Gus' flirting is... cringe to say the least. I found it best to just ignore it as much as possible lol
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