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I thought I'd try something different, so I picked out the J2 stories that have over 400 bookmarks on delicious to review them. I knew I'd read them all, and I wanted to see if they had anything in common, and how my reading stacks up against their popularity.

Disclaimer: This is a totally unfair method of finding "the most popular" fics. Stories that are posted in multiple places, or where the author may have changed their journal name or posting location will have the bookmarks split up into multiple piles and won't make my arbitrary cut. Stores posted in several parts over time, like the Quarterback verse won't be he here either, even though they might be more popular. This method is going to automatically skew to older stories as well. What it does do is stop me from playing favourites in picking the stories.

Before even reviewing, I can see that one thing the six stories have in common is their length, all at least big bang length by the more modern definitions of the term, but the length varies greatly from 16,000 words to almost 200,000. They are all at lest two years old and every single one is an AU. Two were not written as part of a challenge or fest, the rest were. Five are rated adult or NC-17 and one is not rated.

My track record of liking the really, really popular stories is not great, but I enjoyed most of these, even if I wouldn't call any of them my favourites.

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The White Women's Tears and/or White Women's Syndrome collection of meta links.

If you Google the term, White Women's Tears, the first hit is the Feminist SF Wiki where you get a very short definition that emphasizes the term as joking or sarcastic and doesn't dig into the complex intersection or race, gender and power (in a primarily US context) that the phenomenon referred to is formed by.

I feel that, much like a lot of other "bingo card" terms, this one is often being parsed by people intuitively and they're missing the underlying issues the words are meant to refer to. With that in mind, and in light of a recent fannish incident of the term being used and the numerous conversations that resulted, I decided to gather some examples of some more complicated thinking about the words themselves and the realities they arise out of.

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ETA March 29:

Three links on the same topic, all of which contain some insights into the idea of defining Female White Privilege.

Go After the Privilege, Not the Tits: Afterthoughts on Alexandra Wallace and White Female Privilege by Andrea Plaid--there are a lot of deniers in comments but the rebuttals are brilliant.

The Feministe Reblog of Same Included for the denial fest and near total lack of rebuttal in the comments as an object lesson.

Womanist Musing follow up

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Miscellaneous fic from the last month.

I've expanded my review for that Merlin meta fic and for Restraint. One because I didn't like it, and one because I really, really did.

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[community profile] festivids is the theme of this post. This is all the vids I've watched through so far. One exception to that is a few vids, including both Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon vids, which were so dark in the streaming version offered that I just couldn't get my equipment to display them well enough to watch in a meaningful way. I'm hoping these will be offered in a downloadable version of a higher quality at some point. I know some vidders don't have access to hosting space, and/or just don't like having the vid be downloadable, but I'd like the chance to really see these vids.

As a vid watcher, I'm really influenced by the music, and there's a lot of popular current music that I really don't care for at all. Some vids I didn't watch through might be really good, but I can't get past the song.

I have a very poor visual memory for most canons. I will not get the significance of a clip choice because it came from that episode where that thing happened and now it's being used to say this. Goes right over my head. I find I like vids that use the clips in a context within the vid--I often really like constructed reality vids, for example--or that are readable more on stylistic or thematic grounds rather than as meta commentary on the source.

I have no frickin' clue about colour theory or film criticism or visual symbolism. Vids that are all about that will also just go over my head. On to my list:

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Mostly 3 Ships stories this time, with a couple of SPN fics at the end. I have not read any of the White Collar fics at 3 Ships. I seem to like very uncommon dynamics in my El/Neal/Peter, so I might have a look at them some other time. I also haven't had time to dip into the Merlin fics yet either. Still, there's lots of good stories from this year and past years at 3 Ships, check it out and see if your favourite fandoms are there.
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Oh, I'm being a bit lazy and not editing the author names. I did not express any surprise to discover one of these is by [personal profile] frostfire though.

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This is everything I bookmarked from the 2010 [livejournal.com profile] sga_santa. I have not sorted by pairing, I'm afraid, but this posting pulls the pairing tags from delicious, so each entry has the pairing listed below the notes.

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This is everything I bookmarked from the [livejounal.com profile] spn_j2_xmas fest for 2010.

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Fandom: SPN_RPF (mostly J2)

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Fandom: SPN (mostly Dean/Sam)

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This is all the old bookmarks in the miscellaneous fandoms not big enough for their own post. These may be included in the Vid, Meta or other Fandom posts.

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Vids

January 1st, 2011 02:57 pm
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This is all posts tagged Vid (Some might appear in the Fandom posts).

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Meta

January 1st, 2011 02:49 pm
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This is all posts tagged Meta (Some might appear in the Not_Fandom post or other posts.) Meta is used in the fannish sense to apply to all kinds of analysis, fannish or not.

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This is everything tagged SPN_RPF up until about one month ago. Same caveats apply as for the Supernatural post (should be the one below), some is old and broken links are almost a given.

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This is everything tagged Fandom:SPN up until about two weeks ago. Some of these are old, and since changing your journal name in SPN fandom is a competitive sport, I'm assuming some links are broken.

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This is everything tagged Fandom:SGA up until just before this year's SGA Santa started posting. Some of these are over two years old, and I have not tested for broken links.

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This is all the bookmarks tagged Fandom:Original as of today. Mostly S2B2.

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This is everything labeled Not_Fandom on my Delicious as of today. Some of the reaction posts to the E. Moon debacle are in here because the point of them was less specific to Moon or Wiscon than to the political point.

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This community is where I'm keeping my recs/reviews/records of what I read.  I have not marked it for adult content as a courtesy to users who are not logged-in.  Assume that all posts are not suitable for children.

What is Here


1.  All my existing Delicious bookmarks.  I've imported the ~250 links with notes in bulk posts by fandom.  They are all tagged:  Old Bookmarks
2.  Annotated links to what I read and find notable will be entered here from now on.  Likely once a week or so, and at present, I'll continue to use Delicious as a gathering point.  This includes fic, meta--both fandom and general, vids, and occasional miscellaneous things.  

What isn't Here

1.  My own meta or fic.
2.  A lot of the meta I read.  I don't tag everything, just the things I think are noteworthy and aren't too linked into a single hypertextual conversation.  In other words, it will make sense out of context or at a later time. 
3.  Every fic I start reading.  If I don't finish it, I don't bother to bookmark it.  Some fics I read when I'm looking for a particular emotional hit.  I don't bookmark those either because I'm not reading in a way that leads to useful analysis. 

A Little More Detail on What Fic is Bookmarked Here

1.  Mostly m/m slash.  There will also be some het, some gen, some f/f and some polyfic. 
2.  RPF and FPF
3.  Many media fandoms, but the big ones are, SGA, SPN and SPN_RPF.
4.  In SPN fandom you will see mostly Sam/Dean, so if you're upset by incest, please skip those.  You will not see sexual situations involving possessed bodies, so no Dean/Castiel or Sam/Ruby (unless it is in a canon context only). 
5.  You will not find very much that involves issues of consent.
6.  I do read some kink fic, but I have very particular taste.

A Little More Detail on What Meta is Bookmarked Here

1.  You will find meta here that discusses issues of sex, sexuality and social justice.
2.  I am not very interested in meta that is outrage only, especially expressed by people who are not members of the oppressed group in question.
3.  I have very little patience for feminism that ignores intersectionality.  I have less patience for feminism that judges other women for their choices.

A Little More Detail on My Personal Taste

1.  I like canon-compliant fic, AUs of all kinds, crossovers, G rated fluff and PWPs. 
2.  I don't think canon-compliance makes a fic de facto better.
3.  I don't like WNGWJLEO 90% of the time. 
4.  I don't like heteronormative ideas about sexuality (especially in het fic!).  I don't mind depictions of characters who think that way, but if the author seems to be telling me that just as each Hydrogen atom has one electron, one of them's the girl in the relationship, I will not enjoy the story.
5.  I like romance and angst, but I don't like wallowing in emotionalism. 
6.  I like, "I choose you,"  a whole lot more than, "We are meant to be."
7.  I read things that would be called hurt comfort, but I don't read it for that aspect.  I avoid gratuitous pain, violence or torture porn, aka whump. 
8.  I like stories to be readable.  I'm not a grammar purist.
9.  I'm an atheist.  Religion in fic is fine, evangelism isn't.  I don't take the "religion" in Supernatural very seriously.
10.  Bashing of female characters because they're women is not acceptable.
11.  I love vids as a consumer, but I have no real facility to discuss film or visual art.

This is NOT a List of Fic Recs

Or, a note for readers and authors. 

These bookmarks are not squeeful recs.  They are short reviews meant to give readers a feel for my impressions, experiences and response to the text.  This is not meant to be objective, and is absolutely my subjective feelings about what I read, at the time I read it.  I can be influenced by all kinds of things--the story I read prior, my mood, the time of the year, the time of the day, any number of things.  Every response to a piece of writing is unique to an individual, and my POV might be so different from yours that not only will you think I'm full of shit, but my opinion might be completely irrelevant to your experience.  For more insight into how I see the concept of POV and how it affects our understanding of things, please check out Micro, Macro and Beer.

This is not concrit.  This is not feedback.  This is not meant for authors.  Anyone is welcome to read what is here, but not all fic, vid or meta will be 100% endorsed by me. Most of what I finish reading, I enjoy enough, think it's good enough that I am recommending it, with enough description to give readers here an idea if they might like it themselves.  I try not to expect more than is reasonable from a given work.  (Something written to a tight deadline and to a prompt is not always going to be the best possible story.)  Trust me, there will be people who take my lukewarm response to something as an indicator that they will love it. 

However, if you believe that fandom is for the social connections only, that it is only "for fun", and that any critical discussion of fanworks isn't fun and should never be public, this is not the place for you. 

Commenting

Anonymous, Open ID or logged in are all allowed.  I will not tolerate rudeness to others in this space.  I might take some personal flack, I might not. IP logging is on.

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