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I actually slept last night for a reasonable length of time. And didn't feel tired after work, even. Damn, that makes a change. Though drinking without eating dinner was a bad idea. On the other hand, my superpower is now widely known. And let's face it, knowing Teviot's door-staff, it has to be a fucking superpower.

I'm still on target for Spawn in the USA, which is both cool and slightly surprising. I must admit that some bits are probably going to get flagged for a major rewrite, as they feel like I'm describing an elephant while blindfolded. I have the basics, but not the underlying understanding yet. We shall see.

Went on a random walk through LJ, following friends trails through users in random communities. And fuck me, I'm scared. The number of teenaged girls who think that a "fandom" is the most important thing to have, and who don't seem to realise that there is more to life than posting random bollocks based on a television program, video game or over-hyped bunch of badly-written drivel.

And the fanfic! Oh, $DEITY the fanfic. I forced myself to read some, you know. In the name of masochismscientific curiosity. I had no idea about the characters, obviously, because the point of writing fanfic is apparently not to give a shit about introducing or building characters and locations; other writers have done that for you. But even taken with that caveat, viewing it purely as a writing excercise, it's uniformly shite. Really, really fucking awful. These freaks murder the language far too much, there's hideously gratuitous and (I believe) anatomically impossible sex scenes (almost always between two men otherwise described as being straight), and the grammar is frankly beyond a joke.

I will never understand this level of obsession. Never. It goes against just about everything I understand about writing. So rather than trying to, I'm sat here with a bottle of 15% French antifreeze, slowly killing my brain and looking for ideas. Fandoms as hive minds? No; it's already been done by reality. Artemis Hemmingway versus the Fangirl Squee Army of Horror! Yeah. That fucking works. There's something about having a pulp hero I can use as a rant mouthpiece that's so very nice.

On an entirely different note, I can still see leila_child's teeth marks in my arm. Though having a slightly numb hand may have advantages, if ever I work out what they are.

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purplerabbits
Nov. 18th, 2005 02:38 am (UTC)
But isn't Artemis Hemingway Warren Ellis fanfic?

Sorry. IGMC.
digitalraven
Nov. 20th, 2005 07:35 pm (UTC)
Depends on the definition, shirley? Unless Ellis looks like Brian Blessed and regularly finds himself in alcoholic shooting matches with zombies, I don't see it. Though probably a semantic difference.
lisechen
Nov. 18th, 2005 04:50 am (UTC)
...heh.

Yeah.

Sorry about that.
siggav
Nov. 18th, 2005 11:09 am (UTC)
Because the 90% of everything is crap rule works -everywhere- and with so SO much fanfic out there. ALOT of it is complete and utter shite. Especially the rule is probably closer to 98% of everything is shit when it comes to fanfic and out of that 50% will make your eyes bleed.

However there are exceptions. One of them is this one: http://www.yuletidetreasure.org/archive/12/nativity.html

Brimstone/Dogma crossover.. 'tis good. Go read it. No weird sex involved either.

Still with the whole fandom thing. If it makes them happy, who cares? I mean really. People get obsessed about random things. Sport, video games, badly written porn about tv characters? Some of those might be more or less socially acceptable than others but in general I find alot of fannish things quite fun.
decomposingsoul
Nov. 18th, 2005 02:35 pm (UTC)
I gave up on TV, sport etc as I feel that the majority of it is pointless adoration of characters who represent horrendously exagerrated parodies of real life...
leila_child
Nov. 19th, 2005 08:21 pm (UTC)
Fanfic
Jus out of interest, did yo stumble across nostalgia_lj? If not, have a look at her site(link on her journal). I'd be interested to hear what you think...
digitalraven
Nov. 20th, 2005 07:39 pm (UTC)
Re: Fanfic
I didn't. I don't normally go looking for fanfic anyway. If there's an extra-special reason, let me know beforehand. Otherwise I'm not likely to waste any more time on fandom that could be spent writing original stuff for money.

Snarky today at world+dog, not you in general.
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