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My year in fandom

While I was home, I kept composing posts in my head and I may eventually post some of those, but for now, that fandom year in review post that was going around, ganked from [personal profile] clari_clyde

1. Your main fandom of the year:
Avengers, hands down, at least in terms of fic reading (which seems to be my only mode of fannish participation these days). While I make occasional forays into Sherlock, Merlin, and older fandoms, probably 90% of what I read these days is Avengers--especially anything Steve, Bucky, Darcy, or Coulson-centered.

2. Favorite film you watched this year:
Despite the fact that I saw Avengers three times in the theaters, I actually think my favorite film this year was Lincoln. I didn't realize what a huge, huge Lincoln fangirl I was until I saw the film. I really only saw the film because my mom wanted to see it, but I was absolutely amazed that they managed to make the passage of the 13th amendment actually suspenseful. And despite knowing what was coming, I was absolutely a sobbing wreck when Lincoln was assassinated. Daniel Day Lewis was just astonishingly good in this.

3. Your favorite book you read this year: It wasn't new to me, but Annie Dillard's For the Time Being. It's nonfiction, and is basically a prolonged meditation on impermanence and finitude and what that means to us as human beings. It's a great book for religion geeks like me, because Dillard seems to have been collecting religious stories and theories her whole life and uses them to illustrate her thoughts on what evolution tells us about the nature of God.

4. Your favorite album or song to listen to this year: This is a tie between Sarah Mclachlan's Wintersong and The Mediaeval Baebes Mistletoe and Wine, both of which I listened to obsessively all December (and will still be doing so until January 6, dammit, since that's when the 12 days of Christmas actually ends). I got Wintersong free a couple years ago with some other iTunes purchase, but never actually listened to it until this year since it wasn't Christmastime when I got it. It perfectly hits my "depressing Christmas songs in a minor key" craving--it has pretty much all my faves, at least the non-religious ones. And the Mediaeval Baebes recommendation I got from ffa, of all places, and now I go around singing in Latin ALL the time.

5. Your favorite TV show of the year: I haven't actually picked up anything new, due to lack of live TV. My favorite is definitely The Good Wife , followed by Revenge . I did really love Political Animals during its short run, though.

6. Your best new fandom discovery of the year: Bucky Barnes, which is partly due to [personal profile] musesfool's stories, and partly due to falling in love with Sebastian Stan on Political Animals, realizing he played Bucky, and suddenly watching Steve/Bucky supplant Steve/Tony as my favorite Steve pairing. (Well, actually my favorite Steve pairing is Steve/Peggy, but Steve/Bucky comes very close).

7. Your biggest fannish disappointment of the year: Now that I've sat through it twice, I'd have to say The Hobbit. I thought, knowing what to expect, that I would like it a lot more the second time through, but I was actually more bored. To be fair, part of this is source material--I never did like The Hobbit as much as I liked LOTR, partly because it just wasn't as epic and partly because I am just not that into dwarves, and this was reconfirmed for me when I tried to reread the book on the plane ride home and couldn't finish it. But it really doesn't help that the film is at least an hour longer than it needed to be.

8. Your fandom boyfriend of the year: Steve Rogers. Totally NOT my type (as many of you know, I generally fall for the bad guy or the sarcastic sidekick, not the hero--and definitely not muscular blond heroes!) but there's just something about the man who's lost his entire world yet soldiers on that just does things for me.

9. Your fandom girlfriend of the year: Darcy Lewis. Totally my type: dark-haired snarky sidekick, who damn well better be in the next Thor movie!

10. Your biggest squee moment of the year: Finding out the title of the next Captain America movie.

11. The most missed of your old fandoms: Hmm. In terms of the actual fandom, I miss the folks from Smallville.

12. The fandom you haven't tried yet, but want to: Possibly Suits? That's the only thing I'm aware of that I haven't seen any of canon for.

13. Your biggest fannish anticipations of the year: Probably the Star Trek movie. I'm also looking forward to Iron Man III, even though I thought the second one was pretty awful. Based on the previews, I have mixed feelings about the new Superman movie, though the cast is amazing.

This entry is crossposted at http://norwich36.dreamwidth.org/249198.html, but feel free to reply at either place.

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clari_clyde
Jan. 4th, 2013 08:47 am (UTC)
I love “Wintersong.” Then again, I have a thing for Christmas and etc. winter songs in minor keys. Why wouldn’t you write a winter song in a minor key?

I never cared for Steve Rogers as always struck me as Superman—a boyscout of sorts—but without the complexity. I still think he doesn’t have the complexity but the Captain America and The Avengers movies really opened me up to him, especially his waking up in a new era and his interactions with Tony Stark.

I see Suits all over my Tumblr dash and someday I will see it. That said, it is kinda intimidating knowing that Gabriel Macht does check out fannish output—fanart, fanvids, fanfic. Including slash. OMG!

And Man of Steel: Please don’t suck. Please don’t suck. Please don’t suck. I have high hopes for this movie!
norwich36
Jan. 5th, 2013 04:18 am (UTC)
I agree with you about Steve Rogers, at least in the comics. I actually wasn't interested in Captain America at all--like you said, he seemed like a bad superman clone, and a jingoistic one at that, from what I knew of him, and I only saw the movie because a friend wanted me to go with, but the I really fell for him.

I've only heard good things about Suits; it's just finding time to watch it that's the problem.

And I really hope Man of Steel doesn't suck!
mskatej
Jan. 6th, 2013 10:12 pm (UTC)
I miss the folks from Smallville.

I miss you too Nora!! AND YOU SHOULD DEFINITELY WATCH SUITS IT IS THE GREATEST. So glorious for shipping and even though it's a small fandom there is lots of amazing fic to be read (although not much being written these days, sadly).
It would be so awesome to have you in my fandom again. <3333
norwich36
Jan. 7th, 2013 02:23 am (UTC)
Well, it's on the list--it's just a matter of finding the time.

I miss you too! *Glomps*
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norwich36
Jan. 8th, 2013 04:17 am (UTC)
LaT! *Glomps you* Are you mainly hanging out on Tumblr these days? I never see you around anymore (though since I've posted maybe 5 times in the last 4 months, I'm hardly one to talk. But let me know your Tumblr if that's where you are. I should probably get around to creating one now that I have high-speed internet and can actually use it).

I actually had wondered before what you might think of Steve, so I'm delighted that you also like movieverse Steve. (And Steve/Peggy forever! I might be slightly addicted to time travelling and other similar AUs where they get a less tragic ending). I was also quite surprised with Chris Evans--I had seen him in a number of things before but he hadn't really made an impression on me until Captain America.

I actually just went and checked the cast list for Thor 2 and Kat Dennings is on it. YAY!

The one thing that worries me a bit about the Superman preview is that scene where Jonathan Kent seems to be suggesting that Clark keeping his secret is more important than saving people. I'm operating under the assumption that that's just an editing thing, like he's playing devil's advocate or something, because I really expect more of Jonathan Kent.
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