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Ten Days of Fandom: Day 6

January 31st marks my 5 year anniversary for writing fanfic, and I decided this year I wanted to do something special. I'd seen the fandom snowflake challenge going on, so it sort of gave me a leaping off point - but I decided I wanted to do a ten-day celebration of my fandoms, my fics, and and my favorites, culminating in my usually-morose anniversary post on the 31st.

So today we continue to discuss Supernatural and due South.

I lump these two together for a variety of reasons. 1) Because I discovered them one after another shortly after my entrance into the SGA fandom, 2) because they are both deeply divided fandoms and qualify as my first real experience with shipping wars of any time, and 3) both were introduced to me by my beloved popkin16, who I really should just start calling my platonic soul mate at this point.

due South came first, through a series of YouTube videos, and I'm not ashamed to admit I only watched 1x00 and S3/S4. Mostly because I was lured into the series by the promise of what would become one of my more beloved ships, Frasier/RayK, and then because what little I saw of RayV in these episodes did not endear the man to me in any way. (During my attempt at a great rewatch of this series not so long ago, I was scolded heavily for this by some Anons for this, but their rather scathing manner of doing so only put me off further.)

But I fell in love with dS and Frasier/RayK, and delved the depths of the internet looking for fic (nothing like 15+ year old websites to make a CS major cringe). I found some lovelies that I enjoyed immensely, but also found a whole bunch that I didn't enjoy quite as much that deal with the much stronger homophobia of the era, which just made me sad, but also glad of all the progress we've made since. That being said, I'm sad to admit I found the trope rather overdone, and as a result probably never read several of the real beauties in the fandom.

dS is also responsible for my one attempt at a crossover fic, "The Arctic Outpost," the first chapter of which I only posted after it had been sitting on my hard drive for over a year and it was either post or delete. It was supposed to mirror Frasier and RayK's relationship with Rodney and John's, eventually bringing John and Rodney together as they investigate an Ancient outpost near the Arctic circle that Frasier and RayK stumbled upon on one of their quests for the Hand of Franklin.... (And now I really want to continue my rewatch, regardless of the anon hecklers. But who has time these days?)

Supernatural came almost right on dS's heels, which I was predisposed towards disliking because my mom and dad had tried to watch it shortly before and I couldn't get past it. Add that to the fact that s1e2 kills off CKR's character and, well, I almost shut it off then and there. But popkin16 convinced me to stick with it and, well, I finished the (then) 7.5 seasons in less than two weeks, largely aided by the fact I had 4+ hours of treadmill-ing to fill and nothing else in my life but AJ and Skype.

Needless to say, I became obsessed fairly quickly. I was predisposed to be a Destiel fan even before Castiel showed up on screen, but I fell in love with Dean in a way I rarely fall in love with characters. I loved Dean. I identified with Dean. I was Dean, to a certain extent, and when Cas showed up, so complicated and adorable and fierce and perfect, I couldn't help but ship them together, prejudices or not. (Plus, incest ships have always freaked me out. So.)

I'm pleased to say that I've never actually been in a shipping war for SPN, but I've watched from the sidelines. Most of the people I've met through it have been fairly reasonable people (and Destiel fans). Hell, it's also the only ship I've talked about in RL, with people I met in SEPS of all places (I did have some fascinating discussions about Marvel fic with another girl in SEPS, but she was a Hawkeye/Black Widow fan first and foremost, whereas Steve/Tony - or Bruce/Tony - has always been my poison of choice there). Which probably contributed to the fact that I got the anti-pocession tattoo tattooed on me the day after I got back from Basic.

So, yeah, obsessed, which is a rare thing for me to be in a still-active fandom. Also rarely, it's one fandom I've not even considered writing in, in part because AJ leaves time for so little else, in part because, well, I've just not felt the calling. Even so, both these fandoms have touched me deeply, and filled me with FEELS, and I think my single-minded obsession to get out of SEPS before the S8 SPN finale aired was part of what kept me sane in SEPS. Because it was either have goals or give into the miasma of depression and futility there, and I swear to god a couple times I probably would have gone to the RDCs and told them I wasn't feeling safe if not for the fact that doing so would have pushed back my release date and, no matter how unsafe I was feeling, I wanted to get out before the finale more. So, yeah, goals.

Looking back on it, it's a little creepy how much of my life has been, "Oh, I have to keep going until (insert date), because that's when (insert fandom event) happens and I have to find out how it ends," and then finding a new obsession to focus on when that date comes to pass.

Maybe I should get, “You've got to get obsessed and stay obsessed," from The Hotel New Hampshire as my next tattoo. If I ever find the time.

Either way, two important fandoms brought to my attention by the ever lovely popkin16, who should consider today's post her love letter as much as the fandom's, because you've saved me so many times and in so many ways without even knowing it, and this is sadly all I can do for either of you.
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Haha, I have no regrets getting you into these fandoms XD Especially since it means we can share recs and such. I would totally be your platonic soul mate, bb ♥
feast on the bones of our enemies?

No, that sounds creepy.

bathe in the blood of-

Maybe I'll have a better time coming up with an idea when Vikings isn't on my brain.
It's no wonder that you were scolded about Due South...
...when you can't even spell the main character's name correctly. It's "F-r-a-s-e-r," with no "i."

And I still don't think you really understand Due South because you have skipped more than half of the episodes - the RayV episodes. I also think you're really strange for not liking RayV for at least the loyal friendship that he gives to Fraser. Most F/K fans like him for that, if nothing else (that is, if they don't understand that RayV gets exasperated with Fraser out of fondness for him, or if they're too superficial about the characters' looks and think RayV is ugly compared to RayK, when RayV is actually attractive to many fans).

Again - I really hope you grow up someday and learn to like something about all of the seasons of Due South. Until that happens, I can't take you seriously as a true Due South fan. You are only a fan of F/K, which is a made-up relationship and not canon to the show. And don't try to argue that Paul Gross inserted the "slashy scenes," because there's no proof that he did, and he's never publicly admitted doing that. Also, not every fan believes that those scenes are "slashy," and there are plenty of arguments to be made about why they're not.
I'm sorry you feel that way, and maybe some day I will go back and rewatch the episodes I skipped, but there are many ways to be a fan.

I have no desire to get into an argument with you about this.
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