Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Ranty McRanterson

Being a fan of things is great. But sometimes, dealing with other fans? Is really not. In the past year, I've ended up dealing with a lot of fans of two shows in particular. And as a result, my feelings towards those shows have changed quite dramatically. I vlogged about it, because it seemed easier...



Has fandom ever ruined something for you? Were you able to love it again down the track??

K xx

7 comments:

  1. Not into Buffy or Doctor Who, but I used to be very into Gilmore Girls and X-Files fandom and yeah, some people in fandom will always be ridiculous. It's frustrating when you just want a space to talk about the show and other people ruin it.

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    1. Which is weird, because I wouldn't have thought there'd be much to debate in those fandoms!! Apparently I was wrong.

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  2. I'm really sorry that you have had to interact with fans of that type. I suppose apologists is the best word for them. I've been reading the Buffy recaps and I had seen you told that the AR would be dealt with. I found that pretty asinine, given that you've seen the show before and are clearly not satisfied with the show's rather feeble attempts to address the AR. I'm sorry I didn't say anything to those people, not that an apology does any good after the fact.

    I can't really talk about Doctor Who, since I've only seen Series 1 and about 15 other episodes, but in an article I read Steven Moffat talked about Clara for two paragraphs without saying anything substantial about her other than "mystery", which is rather telling. Also, using "fangirl" to try and invalidate someone's opinion is absurdly sexist.

    To reiterate: I saw people being condescending to you, didn't say anything, feel bad, will try to do better in the future, you are great.

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    1. Aww, don't be sorry for not saying anything! I'm equally to blame on that one, because I didn't say anything either. I could easily have said something, but instead chose not to engage because it would just end up going in a loop of endless frustration. So I'm NOT sorry that you didn't say anything, because I wouldn't want to wish the LoEF on anyone!! <3

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  3. Your thoughts on "head canon" really spoke to me, because that has to be one of the single most annoying things about fandom (for me). It's fine for people to have a different interpretation of things or to understand things from their own perspective; that just means its their perspective, not the right one. If everyone could accept that, fandom would always be an amazing place in which to play.

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    1. Exactly!! Everyone's entitled to believe whatever they want about a show, including head canon. But when it's an idea that exists exclusively in your head, it's really really hard to have a discussion about that thing with other people without them just giving up.

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  4. Interesting post K. I have loved the Buffy recaps on Snark Squad since you first started doing them. I feel like your readers are largely respectful, and at least the comments are never overly aggressive or trollish, so at least there's that? But I can see how spending so much time examining the show, writing the recaps, and then having to justify your opinions would get old, fast. At the end of the day, the Snark Squad project is YOURS, so you have no obligation to engage with anyone if you don't want to. You guys just keep writing to your own agenda, because that is why we (or at least, I!) keep reading xx

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