Friday, February 28, 2014

On finishing something big

A rather momentous thing happened on Snark Squad this morning: we published our VERY. LAST. BUFFY RECAP.



It's been a long time coming - our first Buffy post went live on 1 July 2012, so there are children in the world that can walk and sort of talk now that were still foetuses when we started this adventure. But it started a couple of weeks before that with an email from Lor that said (among other things) "So. I'd like to work on a project with you for the Snark Squad if you have some free time in the upcoming weeks."

See the part where it says "weeks"? Yeah. There was a follow up email in which we discussed what style we were going to use, and Lor wrote "Episode by episode, LOL, no." We went in planning to recap three episodes per post. That plan lasted approximately two minutes, and we rapidly reached the point where we were writing somewhere between 3,000 and 5,000 words PER EPISODE. Multiply that by 144, and you're talking about far more words than were in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix...

It wasn't always an easy process. There were days when we had colds, work deadlines, assignments, and Real Life Trauma to deal with. There were days when we were on holidays and had to go out of our way to locate internet access in order to comment. There were days when the episodes were painful to watch and we procrastinated as much as possible over writing/commenting on posts.

And then there was the conflict that came from certain portions of our readership disagreeing with the way we saw the actions of various characters. I already commented on that in vlog form, but things got to the point where we were forced to block someone from commenting. It's not something we wanted to do, but it's something that unfortunately became necessary. It's had ongoing fallout, where we've been called petty and immature and no better than kindergarteners stamping our feet for attention. And all for not seeing a fictional character in the same way as someone else.
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At the end of the day, people are entitled to think whatever they want about fictional characters. Ship what you want, love who you want, hate who you want. But expecting others to see things exactly the way you do is ridiculous. Instead of name calling, engage in a discussion. Tell me why you love the character, why you see their actions in a different way, why you think a scene is brilliant that I thought was ridiculous. I might not come around to your point of view, but I'll respect it infinitely more if you Use Your Words and explain things in a rational way than if you just tell me that I'm wrong.

The way I see it, everyone's opinion is worthy of my time and respect, and everyone has a right to express their opinion, whether or not you agree with it. That includes Lor and Sweeney and I.


Luckily, the positives far outweighed the negatives. For the most part, this project was a phenomenal experience. I got to work with two of my favourite people on the planet. I got to rewatch what is still one of my favourite TV shows, even if the project caused me to see events in a different light. I got to interact with the most incredible community, many of whom I now consider friends.

It seems appropriate that on the day we published our last recap, Sarah Michelle Gellar did an Ask Me Anything on Reddit. A huge number of the questions she was asked were about Buffy, and it warms my heart to see that after all these years, she's still so passionate about the show and the role that she played and, indeed, the impact that the show had on HER life.

Whatever you think of the show or its characters, the fact remains that Buffy the Vampire Slayer had a huge impact on an entire generation, and that while the costumes and the make up may date, many of the concepts that the show deals with do not. This project moved Snark Squad into new territory. It took us a while and a few battles, but we found our Scooby Gang and have come out the other side smiling at the giant gaping hole before us with the knowledge that now we're free.
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So to any of you who've ever read or commented on a Buffy post, THANK YOU. We honestly couldn't have done it without you, and I cannot even begin to say how grateful I am to have been a part of this experience. Here, have a tackle hug:


K xx

15 comments:

  1. Goddamnit Kirsti, you're giving me ALL THE FEELS at work! I wasn't prepared for this. I can't even imagine what finishing this project must feel like but I'm sure it's mixed feelinsg for you. What will you do now with all your free time?

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  2. My mom makes this but bakes it in a muffin pan. I'll have to have her try it this way!

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  3. I never watched Buffy (I don't think I'd like it), but I've always gotten the impression that there are some psychos in that fandom. Seeing some of those Snark Squad comments confirmed it.

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  4. I remain amazed at the things that were said to you, Sweeney and Lor simply because of your opinion on a fictional character. If someone can't handle listening to different opinions than their own, why are they talking about the show at all? I also very much agree that the best way to disagree is to explain WHY you have a different opinion than the person you're talking to, rather than simply saying "you're wrong". You all have had to deal with FAR more than you should have while covering BtVS, so I'm thrilled that you view your overall recapping experience as a positive thing.
    And, from the bottom of my heart, thank you (and the other Ladies of Snark) for pretty much everything you do. Your recaps are always insightful and hilarious, I very much enjoy commenting, I always feel safe in sharing my opinion, and I look forward to more stuff from you guys.
    Oh, and thanks for the tackle hug, too ;)

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  5. I love you. Thank you for being a bloggy roommate. <3

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  6. I've never watched Buffy.... o.O But I do agree with what you said about people being rude about their opinions! Why do some people revert to meanness?! Seriously, all you need to do say, "Well I disagree BECAUSE" and it makes the world of differences.

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  7. There's a certain section of the Buffy fandom that makes Beliebers look sane. I've never known a fandom to be THAT passionate that long after the show finished. It's kind of terrifying...

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  8. I love you more. You and Lor are the bestest bloggy roommates ever.

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  9. Dude, I'm still amazed by it too. Every fandom has passionate fans, but the Buffy fandom definitely seems to take the cake. It's readers like you who kept us actually doing this project when the comments got insane.

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  10. You're not wrong... O.o I mean, every fandom has its indescribably devoted fans. But the Buffy fandom goes above and beyond...

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  11. Free time? LOL. We still have a season of Angel to go, along with Supernatural. Plus, there's the Spreadsheet of Dreams to keep us occupied!

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  12. But since Buffy is gone now, there are 2 less recaps to write at the moment ;) Plus 150 comments per post you don't have to read/comment on.

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  13. Being a part of the Buffy recaps, even as a person on the edges, has been eye-opening to say the least. It's really my first real interaction in any type of fandom, and it's given me lots of thoughts. But on the whole, it was a very cool experience which led me to a group of absolutely amazing people.Must echo the sentiments Willie has: Thanks for giving weirdos from around the world a place we can be weird together. Hugs and cookies for all of you.

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  14. Can there be cheesecake as well as cookies??? ;)

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  15. There will ALWAYS be cheesecake

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