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Fandom Meme 2012

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Your main fandom of the year?
As much pain and anger as it caused, I still have to say it was House MD until the wretchedness of the finale finally put an end to any morsel of affection I might have felt for what the show had become (as opposed to what it had once been.)

Once that was over, I'd say British Panel Shows...QI, HIGNFY, Buzzcocks, Mock The Week and WILTY. They make me so happy, both in terms of what happens in canon and how much RPF I can imagine going on as well.

Your favorite film watched this year?
Anonymous. Almost everything else I saw on the big screen was big screen popcorn and even when it's entertaining, I find a lot of it demeaning. (Aside from all kinds of awesome little documentaries I see at the Roxie.) It's kind of odd that Sir Derek actually does seem to believe the movie's hypothesis, but DUDE! he's Sir Derek, he can believe whatever he wants.

Your favorite book read this year?
Mostly I read bicycle books this year. My two favorites were the ones by Bike Snob, but ALL of them have in common a lot of good information and at some point a diatribe about THEIR bike philosophy, regarding how much being a cyclist can or can't save the world and how we as cyclists should deal with non-cyclists, especially ones in cars.

The one book I finished that was not bicycle related was Reach for the Top: The Turbulent Life of Laurence Harvey. OH LARRY! This book made me both love AND hate him, and wish he had a bigger following as a gay/bisexual actor who lived a mostly closeted life. Unfortunately he also seems to have been a rather massive prick along the way, and at times an abusive one.

Your favorite album or song to listen to this year?
If it has to be a new album or song...(at least from 2011) Nick Lowe-The Old Magic, but I still like At My Age a little better. Anything Nick does is brilliant and I was bummed that he didn't do a San Francisco concert date when he was here for Hardly Strictly in October.

Your favorite TV show of the year?
In terms of being able to say, THIS is what good, consistent writing, acting, humor, drama, subtext, LACK of fanservice, and making me want more more more, it would have to be Justified.

Your favorite LJ community of the year?

Your best new fandom discovery of the year?
Justified...as soon as we get through the new discs (being released any second now) I might try reading more fic and then eventually try writing it, although I'm highly intimidated by the style.

ETA: Also how much I enjoy snarky and sexy Bond/WhishQ fic.

Your biggest fandom disappointment of the year?
How badly the House MD finale was botched.

The Reichenbach Fall was actually well done, but the woobie-fication of John Watson in both canon and fanon was loathesome and has deeply put me off the fandom, if not the actual show, although I honestly feel they should just leave it there and let the fandom wallow in angst and fix it, because YOU KNOW if/when they ever do come back, Moff it just going to stick it to the fandom even worse.

That neither Bones, NCIS, nor White Collar had anything to keep me interested.

Your fandom boyfriend of the year?
Alan Cumming, both as Eli Gold AND for the Masterpiece Mystery Intros, especially the ones for Zen, where he seemed to be wearing a Rufus Sewell crush on his sleeve. (And a hearty fuck-you to KQED and any other PBS station, which cuts out the intros in order to show advertisements for some stupid cruise line or to thank more donors.)

Runner up: Barack Obama.

Your fandom girlfriend of the year?
In years past it was always Rachel Maddow, but let's say I wasn't very faithful this year, for various reasons, much of it having to do with the departure of Keith Olbermann. I still miss the throws. A few months ago, I would have said Kalinda Sharma, although every episode Post-Nick appearance has been chipping away at my ability to love her. So right now, I'm giving it to Joan Watson.

Your biggest squee moment of the year?
Election night. Yes, politics IS a fandom for me.

The most missed of your old fandoms?
I miss the House MD and the fandom that existed when it was a genuinely good, smart, intelligently written show that wasn't so fucking full of fanservice that everything I'd ever loved about it became revolting.

I also miss Jools and a Spooks fandom where he was an integral part.

The fandom you haven't tried yet, but want to?
Dexter-I'm fascinated by the premise and would love to see Michael C. Hall not being the woobie I remember from the small about of Six Feet Under that I got through, but everytime I ask Hubby if we can put the discs on our Netflix queue, he asks me (again) what it's about, and the minute I say "the serial killer is the hero" he's like, no way.

The Wire-Similar problem. I actually had the 1st disc of the first season, but could never get hubby to give it a go because of potential DARKDARKDARK. However my Dominic West passion is so strong that I will not be deterred. I'm going to just treat myself to the first season as soon as I get a chance to pick it up from Ameoba or Rasputin. (Hell, I'm still working up the nerve to watch Appropriate Adult.)

Your biggest fan anticipations for the New Year?
Possibility of John Barrowman doing US tour dates. (Although it's strongly on the order of I'll believe it when I have tickets in hand.

Marathoning The Hour-Series two, as much as I can tonight.

Whatever it takes to end the Nick storyline on Good Wife.


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Dec. 31st, 2012 08:25 pm (UTC)
Yes, considering my Sherlock OTP is Sherlock/Sally hate!sex, I'm a bit outside the mainstream myself. (And I do adore Sherlock/Mycroft cest fic as well.)
Dec. 31st, 2012 09:08 pm (UTC)
I love Domenic West, too. He'll always be McNulty to me.
And The Wire is dark, but it's funny too.
Excited about new Justified...I'll try to finish my long fic this winter too.
Dec. 31st, 2012 09:25 pm (UTC)
I'm barely getting hubby through the last season of Mad Men and I'm sure that's a helluva lot funnier that the Wire, at least in the dark/funny ratio.

It's weird, I like Dominic in The Hour series 1, but when I saw him in John Carter, which I otherwise hated, that's when the switch sort of flipped and I was like. Oh? OOOOOHHHHH!
Dec. 31st, 2012 11:35 pm (UTC)
Mad Men depresses me more...maybe I think like a cop.
Try not to make your mind up about The Wire till you see a full season...the payoffs don't come with every episode so much...more like chapters in a book, although I think the "visual novel" comparison is vastly overworked by now.
DW is terrific in 28 Days, even if he is The Bad Influence.
Jan. 1st, 2013 04:13 pm (UTC)
Fifth season Mad Men is really giving me a lot of that "Soprano's" something bad is ALWAYS about to happen vibe, especially with weird timelines and dream sequences.
Dec. 31st, 2012 10:01 pm (UTC)
You are into OOQ? :)
Dec. 31st, 2012 10:05 pm (UTC)
I'm into reading it, when it's written (so far) by fanfic writers who I've already loved in other fandoms. paperclipbitch and recrudescence, for instance. I think Ben Whishaw was just such an inspired piece of casting for a New Millennium Q. As long as he gets to keep his sass and NOT be woobified, I'm good. I'm also happy that the aforementioned writers have started writing the pairing after doing fandoms I either coldn't care less about or actively loathed.
Dec. 31st, 2012 10:07 pm (UTC)
I have been really happy to see favorite authors from other fandoms picking up OOQ as well <3 I really am heavily into it at the moment <3 and I agree on casting choice!

I liked that about Skyfall the best, that they tried so hard to make it relevant to current times :)
Jan. 1st, 2013 04:14 pm (UTC)
Also-Dame Judie=BAMF!
Jan. 1st, 2013 02:40 pm (UTC)
I am happy to read that, despite all, House is still the one.
That's the same for me too.
Except that, and I know I am predictable here, I've been really obsessing over S&H since a couple of months. I find that so weird because it's so old, and I used to love it when I was 10/12 (for different reasons from now), and it's so little subtle, and with so little subtext my twisted brain is a sucker for....but it is definetely "the" fandom now for me.I know it because everything happened in the same way when I started obsessing over House in 2004/2005.
I may love or adore a lot of shows, but it seems obsession is worth only a couple so far :-)
As for Dexter, I wish your husband would change his mind some day, because it's a real gem!!!!
And as for Mad Men , every time I try to give it a chance, I give up. I don't know why. That's a real enigma. Potentially, I love e v e r y t h i n g about this show. But there' s no way I can even finish an episode! Do you have any idea why? I've ran out of speculations....
BTW: Happy New 2013 to you and you husband!! I wish you this year will bring you what you deserve ! (for example, either the clear awareness that your job is still bearable after all, because of what it can provide you in terms of a living, or a new chance to change it!!!)
Sorry if I rarely comment on your job-related posts...I think we have similar problems with our jobs and I'm the least appropriate person to tell you something :-(
Sorry for the long rant!
Jan. 1st, 2013 04:17 pm (UTC)
I think with Mad Men, there's the discrepancy between the glossy veneer and the actual darkness of the issues going on under the surface. It can definitely be uncomfortable, but if you get caught up in the soap-opera "what is going to happen" bits, then you be not quite so disturbed by the ugly stuff.

Sometimes it's nice to revisit the fandoms of our child-hood. I had a lot of fun going to through ALL the Columbos that we could get from Netflix and re-living the 70's and some of the 90's.

If I ever walk away and get the dog-related job of my dreams, you can help me celebrate.
Jan. 1st, 2013 06:09 pm (UTC)
In my opinion, the ending that comes after those portentous bits isn't really worth all the set-up, but Mad Men isn't really one of "my" shows, in that I like it well enough while watching it, but I don't miss it so much when it's not around. Except Joan. I wish it could be a workplace comedy with Joan and Peggy, and not so much a weekly meditation on how consumerism makes us miserable, or whatnot.
Jan. 1st, 2013 09:50 pm (UTC)
DEXTER, DO IT. Although I suspect by the tail end (say, after S4-5) you may actually be rolling your eyes because he does end up a bit woobiefied all the same. Yes, I know.
Jan. 20th, 2013 02:45 am (UTC)
I'll see if I can get it past the hubby---or watch on the nights he's not around. Also my plan for The Wire.
Jan. 18th, 2013 07:18 pm (UTC)
Yes, watch Dexter. And if you can handle the darkness of that series, may I suggest Breaking Bad (because I would LOVE to see your take on the Walt/Jesse 'ship -- my current OTP)?
Jan. 20th, 2013 02:47 am (UTC)
I'm a little dubious about Breaking Bad. I only got through two episodes of Weeds, and I think the level of violence might be too much.
Jan. 21st, 2013 06:16 pm (UTC)
Give it a shot. If anything, just watch the pilot episode. The writing, story arcs, and character development on Breaking Bad are all consistently brilliant. Also, scenery porn. The series creator and head writer Vince Gilligan is a genius. He makes Steven Moffat look like a saint in terms of torturing his characters (poor, poor Jesse Pinkman).
Jan. 21st, 2013 09:03 pm (UTC)
We just got a new DVD player with the streaming video hook-up for Netflix, so it will be easier for me to watch stuff that I want to see when Hubby's not around. 1st priority PROBABLY The Wire, but I'll certainly get BB on the list.
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