July 27th, 2011 around 4:04am
fandoms I got/am getting into before exposed to the canon (and who I blame): an incomplete list
- Discworld (This one’s because of all those Discworld crossovers with fandoms I love - particularly those with Death, which were the easiest to read without the background knowledge. I’ve since read four of the novels, with another two sitting on my shelf to be read.)
- Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (This is my sister’s fault - she was playing the game and talking about how much fun it is and she wouldn’t let me play it. And then she got into the fandom, and pulled me in, and still wouldn’t let me play it until one of her friends was done… and then I moved away before that happened. So I’m only halfway through the first game, but I know all the big events. >:|)
- Stargate: Atlantis (I blame my roommate in part - she wanted me to watch SG1 before SGA, which took us awhile (I got impatient) - but I also blame maychild posting interesting sounding fics for fandoms we don’t share, and those epic writers in the SGA fandom who wrote stunning “don’t need to know canon” AUs.)
- X-men First Class (This movie had a case of “suddenly, fandom! everywhere!” that I found entirely unavoidable for the five days before I caved and watched the movie.)
- Marvel comics, X-men specifically (I blame myself for this one - I cannot resist extra background/canon. Really, the best XMFC fics have included bits of either comics or the movie trilogy as background details, and only made me more interested in that background.)
- Marvel comics, though Deadpool specifically (The Marvel/DC videos made by ItsJustSomeRandomGuy definitely brought this on, as well as Deadpool himself, for so easily crossing over with every other Marvel comic ever. It’s a little ridiculous, and incredibly tempting.)
- DC comics, Gotham/Batfamily/
Damian/Stephanie specifically (I blame gabzilla-z and every single author who inspires her delightfully silly doodles.)
awww I feel so special having taken part in dragging you over to the SGA fandom! It happens to me SO MUCH, like I’d come across an interesting fic and suddenly I’d be all over the fandom when promos & official previews/talks about it wouldn’t have done the trick of turning me into a fan. :DDD I don’t think that’s ever happened before though - that something I created about a certain fandom interested someone to know the canon source material.
It’s weird because that’s how I got into the fandom too - I kept seeing all these awesome SGA fics and so took the plunge one day and read a John/Rodney fic and *then* the canon stuff came later, after I had been converted already. I remember I had avoided SGA for pretty much four and a half years (because it didn’t look like my kind of show at all) and finally tuned in around when season five started because of the fics. That’s, I think, pretty much how I enter a fandom 90% of the time nowadays (it’s just more fun when you encounter another fan being creative about a certain fandom and that piques your curiosity because on my own I’d never be half as fannish about SGA if there weren’t other enthusiastic fans around to spur me on).
I can tell you that awesome writers have been instrumental in me reading Sirius/Remus fics before I ever finished reading the Harry Potter books and watching the movies (and besides PoA, Sirius and Remus have very little interactions in the books - maybe a bit more interactions offscreenville in subsequent films - but I can still totally be a fangirl about them being together), and I still remember the one author who converted me into a very hardcore Wolverine/Rogue fan when I hadn’t seen any romantic potential between them when watching the X-Men movies. And even more authors converted me into a Naruto fan (specifically into a Kakashi/Iruka fangirl when they have next to zero interactions in canon - besides their fight at the very beginning of the series. Although I was a semi Naruto fan first before I was a Kakashi/Iruka fan but awesome writers made me see the potential of the ship). And my involvement in Smallville is pretty much due to watching Chloe/Oliver fanvids after, again, avoiding the show for ten years because there was no one around to show me how exciting the show could be. And this goes for my brief love affair with Supernatural as well - the Dean/Cas fics came out of nowhere and enchanted me, which was so out of the blue because I was totally not in the SPN fandom and how did I even end up here? I started watching SPN pretty regularly then whereas before they introduced Castiel and angel mythology, I didn’t like the show. (Alas, not even my love for Cas and angel mythology could keep me around, but I guess I’ll always have my favorite Dean/Cas fanworks to remember the good ol’ days.)
It’s par for the course for people in media and who work on shows/movies to promote them in a positive way and to rave about them, but people don’t start paying attention until they listen to other fans ranting and raving about them. I have often found that just consuming media without taking it in fannishly (however you want to define “fannishly”) is not as much fun. So yeah, fandom is pretty much the driving force for me liking stuff. Which is so weird to me, for some reason.
Hahahaha, Deadpool. I keep seeing that guy everywhere too.
so tl;dr yay!!! <3333
(and yay!! batfamily!! again, I think, for me personally, it’s that phenomenon of where the fannish material is so much more fun than the original source material because getting into DC comics is like trying to find your way in a labyrinth but you can’t help but want to dive right in because the fans are so awesome and the fannish things they create are so beyond phenomenal and you want to be a part of that [notwithstanding how horrible DC & co. is overall but I guess that’s real life for you]. Do you know about fuckyeah!batfamily? I stumbled upon it by accident the other day and got stars in my eyes.)
(This totally turned into an essay, didn’t it? Sorry. -_-)