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26 September 2006 @ 04:39 am
Poll: Distraction Is Good  
I'm kind of - not too bright sometimes. For example, when I grabbed an oven rack to move it around without, um, checking to see if it was hot? That was a "not so bright" moment in my life, right there.

Also, ow.

So I want distraction, with a minimum of typing involved. It's time for a poll! With, ideally, lots of comments! Come on, people - please. Distract me.

(I do actually have a place I'm going with this, by the way - except for the last question, which is there solely because LJ is crazed tonight. I'm trying to find out what fans do and how they do it. Assuming the ice does its job, I'll have a meta post on this sometime in the distant, murky future. Probably.)

Poll #830222 Distract me.

Please check this so I know how many people have taken the poll.

Yes, TFV, I am here to distract you. (But in the future, please just assume that anything that's in an oven is hot.)
636(100.0%)

What kind of relationship do you usually have with your fandom(s)?

Monogamy.
49(7.4%)
Serial monogamy.
164(24.9%)
Bigamy.
41(6.2%)
Polygamy.
403(61.2%)
None. (I'm not a fan.)
2(0.3%)

What's your fannish archetype?

Canadian goose: I mate for life; I've only ever had one fandom, and I've had that fandom for more than two years.
9(1.4%)
Hummingbird: I dart from fandom to fandom. Nothing holds my attention for long. I've had many, many fandoms.
6(0.9%)
Magpie: I love the shiny, and I'm always picking up new fandoms, but I keep the old ones back at the nest. I have many, many fandoms.
265(39.9%)
Turtle: I move from fandom to fandom, but very slowly.
65(9.8%)
Swallow: I migrate back and forth between two fandoms.
15(2.3%)
Human: I have one true fandom, but I, um, see other fandoms from time to time. (Sorry, but humans are the animals best known for this behavior.)
69(10.4%)
Lone wolf: I have a teeny true fandom, so I supplement with other, larger fandoms.
14(2.1%)
Camel: I sometimes don't have any fandom at all. And then I get to an oasis and get into it again.
25(3.8%)
Gorilla: I have a select group of 3 - 6 fandoms that I stick by.
111(16.7%)
Zoologist: I'm a fan of fandom, not of any specific one.
8(1.2%)
Baaaaaaaby animal: I've been in fandom less than a year, so I don't know what I'll be yet.
3(0.5%)
Chimera: some combination of the above. (And I'll tell you about it, in the comments.)
67(10.1%)
Fantastic beast: none of the above. (And, yes, I will tell all in the comments.)
7(1.1%)

How do you participate in your fandom(s)?

Read stories.
9(1.4%)
Read about fandom.
0(0.0%)
Look at art.
0(0.0%)
Watch vids.
0(0.0%)
Post about the canon.
0(0.0%)
Post about the fandom, or about fandom in general (meta).
0(0.0%)
Write stories.
0(0.0%)
Make art. (Icons and mood themes included.)
0(0.0%)
Make vids.
0(0.0%)
Make fanmixes or soundtracks or other audio stuff, including podcasts.
0(0.0%)

I also (participation, continued):

Beta stories, vids, etc.
10(1.6%)
Pimp.
6(1.0%)
Participate in challenges, communities, etc.
6(1.0%)
Organize - run archives, challenges, communities, conventions, zines, etc.
0(0.0%)
Provide resources - run newsletters, make recommendations, make lengthy posts about uniforms for people who are writing about taking them off, etc.
2(0.3%)
Interact with other fans, either in real life (cons, for example) or online (feedback, comments, chat, etc.).
38(6.0%)
Study fandom, write papers about it, that kind of thing.
1(0.2%)
Something more than is dreamt of in your philosophy. Go commentwards to have your horizons broadened.
2(0.3%)
I don't participate, actually. Except by checking boxes in polls.
37(5.9%)

Now, pick one thing from the two questions above as your primary fannish activity:

How many years have you been in fandom? (Anything over 20, just pick 20 - that's as high as it would let me go.)

Mean: 7.78 Median: 7 Std. Dev 4.41
0(0.0%)
0
1(0.2%)
1
8(1.2%)
2
31(4.7%)
3
41(6.2%)
4
60(9.1%)
5
89(13.5%)
6
75(11.4%)
7
64(9.7%)
8
57(8.6%)
9
43(6.5%)
10
73(11.1%)
11
23(3.5%)
12
26(3.9%)
13
6(0.9%)
14
7(1.1%)
15
8(1.2%)
16
3(0.5%)
17
1(0.2%)
18
1(0.2%)
19
3(0.5%)
20
39(5.9%)

And, finally - choose one of these mutant things that showed up as "suggested text" for my poll:

I worry that The Nanny Diaries will have the same effect.
36(5.5%)
Ron Sexsmith, "Maybe This Christmas"
37(5.7%)
is now in hysterical tears of mostly laughter
170(26.1%)
Language Shift and Cultural Reproduction : Socialization, Self and Syncretism in a Papua New Guinean Village
191(29.3%)
I actually have to buy the bras with underwires.
217(33.3%)
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Horehouse Lozengeswikdsushi on September 26th, 2006 04:38 am (UTC)
Just to note, I picked 20 as years in fandom because my first fandom was Danger Mouse, WAAAAAAAAAAYYYYY back in the day. Though, technically, I've been fannish since I was a wee thing. One of the first unfinished stories I ever wrote was a sequel to The Last Unicorn. I think my parents were a little unnerved when I spelled "Schmendrick" correctly at the age of four without actually having read the book.

Ahh, I remember that story. The opening line was:

"The Red Bull is back!" cried Schmendrick.

And thus began my foray into the world of fanfic.
tried to eat the safe banana: TFV bluethefourthvine on September 26th, 2006 08:42 am (UTC)
*nods*

Oh, I can so relate. My own first fanfic, I just recently realized, was for the Little House on the Prairie books. I wrote, um, Laura's diary. And thus began my long-standing fascination with stories told through documentation.

I can't be surprised I turned out this way, since apparently I was this way all along.
(no subject) - giglet on September 26th, 2006 12:58 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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Bettybrown_betty on September 26th, 2006 04:39 am (UTC)
Wheat is indeed fluffy and tempting. Are you familiar with puffed wheat squares? Celiac Death in Cubic form.
tried to eat the safe banana: TFV brownthefourthvine on September 26th, 2006 08:47 am (UTC)
I am, in fact, unfamiliar with puffed wheat squares, although they sound strangely appetizing.

"The fluffy temptation of wheat," by the way, comes from the same place all my user names are going to be coming from for the next little while - the English translation of the opening theme song of Azumanga Diaoh, an anime series about, um, nothing much. (When it's funny, it's really funny. Much of the time it makes no sense at all, or is outright creepy and perverse. It is the slot machine of anime: you keep coming back because you know sooner or later you're going to strike it rich.)

The English translation makes no sense. Neither, from what I hear, does the Japanese. (For that matter, the phrases that are in English in the original song - like "fancy hearing cake" - don't make any sense either.) But the wording is wonderful. And so I pay tribute in user name form.

In conclusion: where would a person find puffed wheat squares, if she wanted to? They tempt me. Wheatily.
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tried to eat the safe banana: Wombat OTPthefourthvine on September 26th, 2006 08:50 am (UTC)
Yes! You totally can, because that's what I'm being. I am a magpie who watches from a distant branch and makes careful notes. And then cries, "Oooo! Shiny!" and goes after the shiny thing, totally forgetting what she was making notes about.

October! Yay! *bouncy with anticipation*

And my hand feels better. Yay for the swift application of ice. Just, for next time, I must remember: oven = hot. This seems like something I should have learned before, really.

*randomly hugs you, just 'cause*
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joandarck on September 26th, 2006 04:47 am (UTC)
In the long term, camel, in the short term, human, although I've been drifting into gorillahood, but I'm pretty conflicted and stressed out about it.

I don't know if this would be of any interest to you, but I did a similar poll recently, although somewhat different set of questions:

http://joandarck.livejournal.com/101569.html

tried to eat the safe banana: Fraserthefourthvine on September 26th, 2006 09:05 am (UTC)
Ooo! Fannish hive mind at work. And thank you for linking me to that. (It's particularly interesting because you focused on something I forgot. When I was writing this poll it just, um, totally slipped my mind that the majority of fans actually watch their canon. This says a lot about how I interact with fandoms, doesn't it?)

I take it your conflictedness about your gorillahood is in part because you don't know how to balance the time? (Or because you just plain don't have the time.) I mean, that's how the poll sounded.

For me, what I tend to lapse on is my friends list; when my time gets short - and it does that a lot - that's the first thing to go. And, of course, it helps that I am a chronic insomniac - I think more than half of all LJ fans are - and I don't watch TV at all. I spend the time I would normally spend sleeping and, presumably, watching TV on fandom.

So, did you come to any conclusions about dividing your time and being a happier gorilla?
(no subject) - joandarck on September 26th, 2006 04:50 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Anoel: anoel lionessanoel on September 26th, 2006 04:47 am (UTC)
I love polls that feature classifications based on animals :) I am lucky enough to have the Vidding Fandom that spans and includes all my other fandoms.
tried to eat the safe banana: Wombatsthefourthvine on September 26th, 2006 09:09 am (UTC)
Yeah, vidding is a great fandom, especially for watchers. (I would think the joys of spanning all fandoms and having your media served to you in gorgeous three minute installments would be somewhat mitigated by the time and toil it takes to make one of those three minute installments.) Fun! All-encompassing!

I love polls that feature classifications based on animals

Me, too. (Obviously.) But I'm sad I couldn't work wombats in there somewhere. Fannish wombats are the best. *points to icon*
Luminosity: fighting forms -sockkpuppett on September 26th, 2006 04:48 am (UTC)
I'm a Phoenix. I'm long-lived and golden, and I self-immolate, only to rise again from the ashes, brand new and shiny, containing all that I was before. I've noticed this behavior in my three major online fandoms: Highlander flamed out (magnificently) into Jossverse which fell from the sky like a meteor into Farscape which burned like a gigantic pinwheel sparkler into Supernatural, with its flames flickering and gaining strength and its wings spreading, brilliant in the sun.

Or? I sit here and brood.
tried to eat the safe banana: TFV glowythefourthvine on September 26th, 2006 09:16 am (UTC)
You know, that totally makes sense. (And that is the best icon-comment match that I have ever seen, I think. *admires*)

So, does the burning destruction mean you never return to your older fandoms? Are they dead beyond recall? Or do you, after a while, think of them fondly?
(no subject) - sockkpuppett on September 26th, 2006 03:31 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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abbyleeabbylee on September 26th, 2006 04:49 am (UTC)
I tend to go through moods/phases of one primary fandom at a time. But I've yet to move out of a fandom once I'm in it, I just might spend (considerably( less time with it.

Most of my fandoms are a combination of show watching and reading meta and excessive amounts of fanfiction. But some shows that I consider myself fannish about, it's more that I have a certain way of watching the show and not necessarily that I interact with (or eavesdrop on) a community.
tried to eat the safe banana: TFV menorahthefourthvine on September 26th, 2006 09:22 am (UTC)
I completely forgot about the actual consumption of the canon in my poll. This says an awful lot about how I interact with fandoms. But, even if I forgot to include it, I do know that there's a way to be fannish about a canon even if you're not interacting fannishly about it, just as you can love a canon without being fannish about it.

*shakes head*

I can't believe I forgot watching or reading the canon in a poll about fannish activities. I do not get a Fan Biscuit today.
Mal: due south by peter_neverlandmalnpudl on September 26th, 2006 04:50 am (UTC)
I'm a chimera -- I'd say part turtle, part human, and part gorilla.

Um. That's not a very pretty picture, is it? *winces*

I get very deeply invested in one fandom at a time (each for a year or more), during which time it absorbs the great majority of my fannish time and passion, but even when I move on to the next (I'm on #3 at the moment with due South, which appears to have tremendous staying power) I retain a very deep attachment to and at least a modest involvement in its predecessors (Buffyverse and Gateverse). I'm also involved more peripherally in a couple of other fandoms (most notably NCIS), but they don't own my heart in the same way.

Which is probably more than you wanted to know, but hey. There you go.
Mal: hugh/callum by c_regalismalnpudl on September 26th, 2006 05:04 am (UTC)
Afterthought: I should probably clarify that for me, "due South fandom" includes all of its six-degrees media and fandoms, including Hard Core Logo, Twitch City, Slings and Arrows, My Life as a Dog, and everything else that Paul Gross, CKR, and Hugh Dillon have ever done (and Bruce McDonald, for that matter)... oh, and actor RPS, too. Which may be why this has been such a rich and long-lived fandom for me. There's so much to mine.
(no subject) - thefourthvine on September 26th, 2006 09:27 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - thefourthvine on September 26th, 2006 09:26 am (UTC) (Expand)
¿es eso un libro de besos?: fangirldarthfox on September 26th, 2006 04:50 am (UTC)
I chose "magpie" because it's the most nearly true, but I'm actually sort of like a magpie who grew up thinking she was a turtle (cf. Queen Latifah in "Ice Age 2") -- it takes a while, customarily, for me to be persuaded by other people that a thing is shiny.

:-)
tried to eat the safe banana: Black umbrellathefourthvine on September 26th, 2006 09:36 am (UTC)
So - you're a magpie with a species identity disorder?

This does not surprise me at all.

(And, yeah, I, too, have resisted the shiny. But it is hopeless. It always comes for you in the end. *sadder but wiser*)
etben on September 26th, 2006 04:50 am (UTC)
I am sort of a magpie and sort of a gorilla - I'll read in pretty much any fandom, following good authors and recs by people (like you!) whose taste I trust. I'm really only fannish about a couple of fandoms, though - or, well, fine, four. Five. Whatever. Point is, my reading tastes and my writing-watching-squeeing-thinking-obsessing tastes are not the same things. I am a butterfly of reading and a gorilla of everything else.

...and that's a bizarre mental image, so I'm going to go drink some peppermint tea. Don't touch hot things! and make sure the oven is empty before you set it to preheat (that's the one that always gets me...).
tried to eat the safe banana: TFV bluethefourthvine on September 26th, 2006 09:41 am (UTC)
I am sort of a magpie and sort of a gorilla

You know, I wish I had realized, when I made this post, that I would be envisioning an awful lot of horrible chimeras.

I'm trying right now to decide if you are a very hairy magpie with arms, or if you're a feathered gorilla with wings. Or maybe a gorilla with a magpie head? It's a tough call.

I am a butterfly of reading and a gorilla of everything else.

*nods*

This makes sense. It's necessary to be less selective in the reading, at least for me - I mean, I'm really damn selective in quality, so I have to be willing to branch out a bit in terms of fandom.

and make sure the oven is empty before you set it to preheat (that's the one that always gets me.

*nods sadly*

Oh, I've been there. There was this unfortunate period when we were using the oven as a place to hide things from the dogs (one of our dogs is incredibly tall and was very prone to counter-surfing when we got him, so we had to put everything behind closed doors in the kitchen).

We had, um, several preheating-related oven fires during that era. It was a dark and smoke-filled time.
ethel, the pirate's daughter: silhouette [episode ii]e_clare on September 26th, 2006 04:53 am (UTC)
1) Forgot to answer the "how long" question -- mostly because it's hard to say. I didn't start reading fic until about 5 years ago, but I was always a fannish kid, from an early obsession with The Wizard of Oz to the Redwall books, and my brief affairs with Power Rangers and the X-Men cartoon.

2) Since I don't comment often enough, I feel I ought to thank you for pointing out so many excellent stories, especially in the DCU category, that I'd never seek out myself. I've spent many a non-productive hour online thanks to you, usually when I needed to be doing something else -- and while that may not sound like a compliment, I meant it to be one. :)
tried to eat the safe banana: TFV brownthefourthvine on September 26th, 2006 03:38 pm (UTC)
I can see that the next poll I do on this topic will have to include something about how you define fandom, because a lot of people have said that they weren't sure precisely when they became fans.

Since I don't comment often enough, I feel I ought to thank you for pointing out so many excellent stories, especially in the DCU category, that I'd never seek out myself. I've spent many a non-productive hour online thanks to you, usually when I needed to be doing something else -- and while that may not sound like a compliment, I meant it to be one.

Thank you! I definitely consider that a compliment. I'm here to provide you with top-quality distraction; I mean, if you're going to be procrastinating, I think you should do it with really good stories.
RESPECTAWIGGLE MUDDIGGLE: from the wrong side of the trackselfiepike on September 26th, 2006 04:54 am (UTC)
i possibly should have put human, but since my main fandom often changes after a period of time, i didn't really know. actually, the main reason i still see other girls fandoms is because my main fandom at the moment is high on "canon" as it were (it's an RPS fandom) and low on the quality of fanworks, and i don't write fast enough to satisfy myself. plus, i cannot resist a good rodney mckay, but who can?

but do you ever really stop loving a fandom? even if i never really participated in many of the fandoms i'm fond of & am now no longer really paying attention to, every now and then i like to dip my fingers in their fountains, as it were. my love stays there forever, unreasonably. XD
tried to eat the safe banana: TFV glowythefourthvine on September 26th, 2006 03:44 pm (UTC)
i possibly should have put human, but since my main fandom often changes after a period of time, i didn't really know.

You can be human if your fandom changes; you only have to have one fandom at a time. (With, you know. Your girls on the side.)

plus, i cannot resist a good rodney mckay, but who can?

Not me, that's for sure. Oh, Rodney.

but do you ever really stop loving a fandom?

Well, I don't, but some people do, believe it or not. Yeah, I can't resist going back, either; my whole recs system is designed to let me revisit old fandoms.
(no subject) - lipsum on September 28th, 2006 02:57 am (UTC) (Expand)
Dammit, Clark's penis is going in *something*.: Babs is thoughtful.thete1 on September 26th, 2006 04:55 am (UTC)
It was hard answering the second question, because -- well, we've already talked about it. I started out polygamous -- though I only *produced* (fiction, meta, recs) in one fandom for a while, and I thought I'd always stay that way. That, you know, I'd have one primary fandom for about a year or so, and several other fandoms to dabble in. (You know, how I run my love life. *snerk*)

It continues to surprise me that I've *become* so monogamous. I mean -- even though I fully expect to write a few things in a few other fandoms this year -- just as I did last year and the year before -- it just doesn't *count*.

My heart, soul, and *brain* are in the DCU, and I see very little sign of that changing, even after nearly *two years* of actively avoiding the current canon. I got nothin'.

You were right -- even though I didn't know it, I *was* looking for my One True Fandom. And I appear to have found it.

So, yeah. I am a "generally monogamous fan who will occasionally do other things, but mostly those *other* things will be for challenges/as gifts to beloved friends."

Even reading/viewing outside my main fandom when I haven't been *asked* to do it doesn't feel like it counts. When I saw that someone had written an Olivia (BtVS minor character of color) story, I jumped all over it... but that was because of... hmm. "Intellectual" rather than "emotional" reasons. Just as my recent reading in SG-1 is "visceral" rather than "emotional." It's gotta be emo to count.
tried to eat the safe banana: Batvinethefourthvine on September 26th, 2006 09:47 pm (UTC)
It was hard answering the second question, because -- well, we've already talked about it.

Yeah. The conversation with you was one of the ones that inspired this little poll, as you could probably tell. That, plus a couple other conversations, plus my oven.

My heart, soul, and *brain* are in the DCU, and I see very little sign of that changing, even after nearly *two years* of actively avoiding the current canon. I got nothin'.

Stunned admiration (or stunned something) coming from me, here. Your fannish theme song really is Stand by Your Man (Even If He Beats You up and Whores Around and Goes into Regular Fugue States).

But, hey. As it happens, I love your man (from a distance), and I'm selfishly happy you're standing by him. You give us all something to read in the DCU besides the horror that is the current continuity. For which I thank you.

I only wish you could get back in line. Maybe, I don't know, therapy? Hey! We could schedule an intervention with the editors and writers!

Just as my recent reading in SG-1 is "visceral" rather than "emotional." It's gotta be emo to count.

You know, for all that you wound up married to one of the world's most abusive fandoms, I envy you for having found your One True Fandom. Because your fandom gets you where you live, if I can borrow some hideous psychobabble - it nails your needs and emotions perfectly. But I'm still going out to visit all my fandoms, if that makes sense, except the ones I make up in my head. (Ah, yes, topic for another poll: do other people have imaginary fandoms?) But, hey, that means I can drop in on you and DCU anytime, see what you crazy (and in his case, I mean that literally) kids are up to.

(Wow. Was this the most hideously metaphor-filled comment ever? Yes, I think it was, and I apologize. But - for some reason it's hard for me to talk about fandom and the way we relate to it except through metaphor. I have no idea why.)
Very inconvenient, as now I have no shaving-glass: Fish - go places - axmxzdzurlady on September 26th, 2006 04:57 am (UTC)
*hugs* I hope your hands get better. :(
I'm a mix of a hummingbird and a turtle. I think I've said this to you before, but I tend to have long term single fandoms that I go on brief vactions from to other fandoms before coming back to them. And I tend not to mix fandoms up, but recently I've branched out into two long term simultaneous fandoms, SGA and then SPN to a lesser extent, but both at the same time. (Although, even now, I tend to stick to chuncks of one fandom, not jump from one story to another.)
Also, it seems longer than 3 years. (I think. I don't remember exactly when I found fandom. Woe!)
Very inconvenient, as now I have no shaving-glass: Go up north - elfiepikedzurlady on September 26th, 2006 05:19 am (UTC)
Oh, and since you wanted distraction, how about some recs?
Wabbit hunting by supacat (Smallville, Clark/Lex)
Hillarious little fic where Clark gets turned into a bunny. So cute!
Lex picked up the bunny and looked it in the eye, holding it at arms length. Its long white ears had fluffy tips that gave it a faintly lopsided look. It was soft to the touch. Its eyes blinked up at him. Of the many and varied forms of victory over his adversary that Lex had fantasized about over the years, this bunny scenario hadn't featured in any of them. But Lex was nothing if not opportunistic.
"Oh, that's a French Angora, isn't it?" said Crystal, his personal assistant. "I just adore his little lavender collar."
"I call him Bunnykins," said Lex, with a feeling of intense pleasure.


I would rec 'Sex With Your Drugged Team Leader: Is It Really Such A Bad Idea?', by imperfectcircle myself, but delurker does it so much better. Hilarious SGA John/Rodney.

And some interesting links:
The llama song and the debate about Pluto collide.
Funny extension of the 'mentos in diet coke' thing.
Discovery of a four legged chicken.
Schrodinger's Cat Toy.
Royal Science Society archives avaliable online for free. The complete archive of the Royal Society journals, including some of the most significant scientific papers ever published since 1665, is to be made freely available electronically for the first time today (14th September 2006) for a two month period.
The archive contains seminal research papers including accounts of Michael Faraday's groundbreaking series of electrical experiments, Isaac Newton's invention of the reflecting telescope, and the first research paper published by Stephen Hawking.

'I'm in ur' icons.
(no subject) - malnpudl on September 26th, 2006 05:54 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - dzurlady on September 26th, 2006 06:39 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - thefourthvine on September 26th, 2006 10:10 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - delurker on September 27th, 2006 01:57 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - thefourthvine on September 27th, 2006 02:52 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - delurker on September 27th, 2006 04:53 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - delurker on September 27th, 2006 04:56 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - thefourthvine on September 26th, 2006 10:04 pm (UTC) (Expand)
aweszomerth: scrubs - every morning at eight amsinsense on September 26th, 2006 04:59 am (UTC)
My description of my fannish style got a little wordy, which I apologize for. I hope you actually find this sort of thing interesting!

I clicked gorilla, though it's something more complicated than that. I shift main fandoms about twice a year or so, depending on whether or not the group goes on hiatus (NSync), or I get really sick of the fans (Gundam Wing, Weiss Kreuz, and Harry Potter), or I realize I'm not very good at watching the canon (SGA). I'll be very devoted and single-minded in my attention to my main fandom, but once the honeymoon is over it moves back into the harem to make room for a new principal fandom.

I'm really good at inferring canon from fanfiction, so I'll read my favorite authors (or favorite recommenders) in any fandom, and sometimes will go on reading sprees in a single fandom. For example, I recently zipped through all of the House fiction I could find, since I was recommended one House/Wilson fic that got me hankering for more, but since then I haven't read anything. I have about five or six fandoms I consider myself a solid fan in -- aware of canon, main authors, kerfuffles, etc. -- but only one or two main fandoms that I'm truly obsessive about.

I clicked five years, since that's how long I've been on LJ, and I think 2001 is around the time I googled "nsync slash" and found helenish's website. Let me state for the record, however, that I am still the most rabid Nat/Dan (Little Men, by Louisa May Alcott) shipper ever, and have been since I was eight years old. I wrote a long, elaborate story about their Big Gay Love at eight, actually. It was AWESOME. And full of h/c.

Fun poll! Thank you. And sorry about the comment babble, again.
tried to eat the safe bananathefourthvine on September 26th, 2006 10:44 pm (UTC)
I hope you actually find this sort of thing interesting!

'Deed I do. In fact, I made this poll because of conversations just like this with people like thete1 and labellementeuse. Thank you for the long and detailed response; it was both interesting and distracting.

I get really sick of the fans (Gundam Wing, Weiss Kreuz, and Harry Potter)

This made me laugh like a drain. And then I imagined being active in all three of those fandoms at once (which I sincerely hope you were not), and I stopped laughing and starting shivering in pure horror.

I realize I'm not very good at watching the canon (SGA)

I'm a charter member of Fans of SGA Who Have Only Seen Half of Season One and Nothing Else, so I see nothing wrong with being bad at watching the canon. (I have a very low tolerance of/interest in most visual media.)

I'll be very devoted and single-minded in my attention to my main fandom, but once the honeymoon is over it moves back into the harem to make room for a new principal fandom.

*nods*

Yes; I'm like that, too, except that my harem is, at this point, huge. Which is what makes me a magpie (zoologist)!

I'm really good at inferring canon from fanfiction

Yay! Someone else who enjoys one of my favorite hobbies, which is reverse-engineering the canon. SG1 was perhaps the ultimate thrill in this regard; I had to reverse-engineer eight seasons of complex canon when I got in there. It was so much fun. (I'm saving X-Files, since there aren't that many complex, long-running shows to reverse-engineer. And now that I'm in fandom, I'm more likely to know what's going on just via spoilers and whatever. The supply of challenging, unknown fandoms is thus very limited.)

And dS was fun, too, just because I got to the point where I could transcribe chunks of episodes before I'd ever seen any of it.

I think 2001 is around the time I googled "nsync slash" and found helenish's website.

*blinks*

You started with the good stuff, you did. I'm impressed. My own first encounters were with LotR open archives. And ff.net. In retrospect, I'm surprised I soldiered on long enough to find the good stuff.

I am still the most rabid Nat/Dan (Little Men, by Louisa May Alcott) shipper ever, and have been since I was eight years old.

Huh. Is there any FF for that? Or is it more of a Fandom That Should Be?

I wrote a long, elaborate story about their Big Gay Love at eight, actually. It was AWESOME. And full of h/c.

I...I would pay money to read that. It does indeed sound awesome. (Although I'm profoundly thankful that my own childhood stabs at fan fiction are decently buried. And decayed into their component atoms, I hope.)