A Very Long Entry About Mary Sues

  • Apr. 13th, 2010 at 7:23 PM
teyla: Scully looking smug under a drawn lightbulb, captioned brains. ([xf] scully brains)
So apparently, there's this huge back-and-forth going on in fandom at the moment about Mary Sues and whether they are evil, good, bad, harmless, harmful, sent from the Pit to devour us all, or whatever. I should probably put a disclaimer here saying that I usually look at metafandom only to the extent of reading the little copy-and-pasted paragraphs they put in the link collection posts--those usually give you the gist of the post they're linking to. But this isn't really a response to the discussion that's been going on in fandom. It's just my thoughts on Mary Sue--as a fanfic writer and role player, of course I have them, and since it's raining and I don't want to think about my uni work, I will type them up.

Mary Sues. )

comment on LJ | read comments on LJ

I just had a thought about Life on Mars.

  • Jan. 24th, 2009 at 3:56 PM
teyla: Mary Morstan from Sherlock giving a thumbs-up. ([lom] 1973)
Which might not be a new thought, but it was a new one for me.

What if Sam died in that car accident in 1x01? And the whole real life vs. 1973 debate was his way of trying to figure out whether he'll be going to hell or to heaven in his afterlife?

I can haz moar religious parallels. RTD, I am blaming you.

And I'm sorry I'm sucking so hard at answering comments at the moment! I will catch up, I promise. >_>

Yeah, I'm back to going on about that...

  • Jan. 17th, 2009 at 8:46 AM
teyla: Mary Morstan from Sherlock giving a thumbs-up. (Default)
So, the Doctor isn't God, and he's not an angel. If he's anything divine, he is a fallen angel - cast out of Heaven Gallifrey for his rebellion. However, a fallen angel, as we've seen in the example of the Master Lucifer, is usually evil, right?

Well, the Doctor's not evil. The Doctor's actually "better" than God the Time Lords themselves. So this seems to be to me a statement about how good and evil you are is not a question of how good you are at pleasing a divine authority, but is entirely up to you.


I am sort of thinking about submitting a proposal for an article about this topic to these guys. Someone stop me?

Jumping Off

  • Oct. 28th, 2008 at 11:15 PM
teyla: Mary Morstan from Sherlock giving a thumbs-up. ([lom] armed bastards)
Some of you guys on my f-list might not want to read this, because I'm expressing a critical opinion on a community that some of you are a member of - [livejournal.com profile] jumping_off. You are all more than welcome to read and discuss/criticize - of course - but I'm asking you not to bring the wank if you decide to comment. :)

So, [livejournal.com profile] jumping_off. Tonight's the first time I actually checked out that comm, because I for myself was perfectly happy with the LoM finale. But since the internet seems to have died sometime around eight this morning and hasn't yet been resuscitated, I decided to have a look-see.

Spoilers and (what some people might call) strong opinions. )

Deep thoughts on various topics.

  • Oct. 10th, 2008 at 11:59 PM
teyla: Ten opening the TARDIS with a fingersnap. ([dw] fingersnap)
So I just posted this vid, a Doctor/Donna video to the Beatles' Help. And you know how the lyrics go,

When I was younger, so much younger than today,
I never needed anybody's help in any way,
But now these days are gone, I'm not so self-assured,
Now I find I've changed my mind, and opened up the doors.

If you ask me, these lyrics describe very well two parts of the character of the 10th Doctor - on the one hand, the guy who knows it all and can do everything, and on the other hand, the guy who needs someone to help him out now and then, because he does get lost from time to time.

Now, while I was re-watching my finished vid just now, I realized something: at one place in the vid, I solely used clips from Moffat episodes for the first part (When I was younger - in any way), and the rest of the verse was made up mostly of clips from RTD episodes. Having noticed that, I think now that I might be able to put my finger on why exactly I prefer RTD's characterization of the Doctor to Moffat's. (Moffat fans, please don't kill me. RTD needs fans, too, okay?)

More blah-de-blah about Doctor Who. )

On a completely unrelated note, I've realized something else: now that I've actually actively tried the whole social life thing - hanging out with people, going out every other night meeting new people, etc - I fail even more to understand the people who tell folks on the internet to 'get a life'. I am not saying that having a social life is a bad thing, but it's really not all that great and all that important as those people always make it sound. Sure, it keeps you busy and it stops you from thinking too many dark thoughts (but also not always, as my second-to-last post proved rather vividly), but it's not inspiring. Being on the internet does inspire me; I see all you guys being awesome and great and doing wonderful things with fic and art and using anything to create something new, and it makes me want to be a part of that.

There's not a lot of that in RL - creating, making, building. There's reflecting, from time to time - I've had a couple of interesting discussions - but it just doesn't compare. I missed being online, and I won't ever again make the mistake of thinking that this is some poor excuse of a life because I'm incapable of having the 'real thing'. Not that I've been thinking that a lot, but people try to make you believe it so much, sometimes you do start to wonder. Well, I know now that it's not an excuse or a fake copy of something real. It's very real all by itself, and in many ways preferable to the other thing.

And now, I will go to bed. Good night, guys!

Comment Whoring

  • Aug. 12th, 2008 at 4:03 AM
teyla: Mary Morstan from Sherlock giving a thumbs-up. ([misc] writing)
Everybody hates comment whoring, y/y? I've often tried to figure out why this particular kind of trollish behavior is so despised in fandom, and I think I might have just found another aspect.

You only comment whore if you are in the habit of comparing comment counts and using comments to judge the quality of someone's writing. In short, comment whores make fanfiction into a competition.

Thing is, anything gets comments. People might give something a lot of comments because it's really that good, or they might give it a lot of comments because it provides mindless distraction on the quality level of daily talk shows. Comment counts are one of the most unreliable factoids to consult when it comes to judging the quality of someone's writing.

By making it about comment counts, though, comment whores enable the mindset of 'It doesn't matter how good my fic is, as long as I get comments!'. Writing stuff that provides mindless distraction is easier than actually producing something well-written, so due to this mindset, the badfic count increases. So does the number of unfinished, never-ending WIPs - because what better way to get comments than to post each chapter separately and make people beg for the next part? - and so does the number of thoughtless and pointless less-than-500-words fic(*). In short, if getting comments is more important than minding and increasing the quality of the writing, fandom gets spammed with badfic. Therefore, people who make it about comment counts are met with a lot of hostility in fandom.

Do you agree? Disagree? Were you going 'well, duh!' reading this? Let me hear your thoughts on yaoi! :)

(*)Please don't interpret this as me saying that anything under 500 words is badly written, or that people who post their fic in several installments are always out to get more comments. That would simply not be true. There are people who do it to get more comments, though, and in my experience, good drabbles and vignettes are a rarity.
teyla: The X-Files poster. ([xf] want to believe)
Under the cut, you will find a long ramble about fandom, fandom etiquette, the differences between real life and fandom, and the mechanics behind some types of wankery. If you read it and end up thinking it worth being linked, feel free to link away, because I like discussion.

The Yin and Yang of Fandom )

Follow Up Post

  • May. 25th, 2008 at 5:58 PM
teyla: Mary Morstan from Sherlock giving a thumbs-up. (Fifth Doctor)
This is a follow-up post to this meta post to discuss the religious aspects in Doctor Who series 4.

Spoilers for all New Who. )

Religious Parallels in New Who?

  • May. 25th, 2008 at 4:26 PM
teyla: Mary Morstan from Sherlock giving a thumbs-up. (Fifth Doctor)
A few days ago, I got into a discussion with a friend about religious parallels in New Who - most of all the alleged ones in Last of the Time Lords. I know this is an old meme and has been discussed to death, but tbh, I actually never read any of those discussions, since I wasn't really interested in getting too much into it. Until now ;).

The argument supports a non-religious viewpoint of New Who and contains spoilers up to the series 3 finale (no series 4 spoilers).

Religious parallels in New Who? )

Surprise Meta

  • Apr. 2nd, 2008 at 12:11 AM
teyla: Mary Morstan from Sherlock giving a thumbs-up. (LoM 1973)
I just watched the A2A finale, and while it was weird and confusing and barely held together, it still put so much emphasis on the one thing that I love most about the LoM/A2A 'verse that it made me all flaily.

I was actually working on writing a longer meta text about this, because it fascinates me deeply, but I actually think I made my point quite well in the text under the cut - even if the structure might be a little, um, unstructured. Lol. I might try to polish this a bit later on, but for now, I've said everything I think is essential.

Spoilers for: Life on Mars up to the finale (yes, this is where I explain why I loved it, so if you're interested, please click ;) ), and mentions of A2A 1x08. If you haven't seen it, you might not get the last paragraph, but you won't be spoiled for anything.

Read more )

Fandom Relationship Issues

  • Mar. 29th, 2008 at 5:48 PM
teyla: Mary Morstan from Sherlock giving a thumbs-up. (LoM 1973)
I need to stop jumping into bed with every fandom that bats its eyelashes at me.

I mean, not that it isn't great, every time, but I want more than just a quick roll in the hay. I want to have a relationship, I want to know my fandom inside out. I want to go to sleep knowing it'll be there in the morning, waiting with more awesome to make me happy.

I thought Doctor Who could be The One for me. We get along brilliantly, and David Tennant is the hottest man alive. But maybe I'm really just going for the looks here. I've met this other fandom now, and I'm feeling this spark that wasn't really there since House fandom had its identity crisis and broke up with me. The new one has its faults - it's tiny, and many writers are newbies writing newbie fic, and also, the canon consists of a total of 16 episodes - and maybe it's just my over-enthusiasm striking again. But maybe it isn't. Maybe Life on Mars fandom and I have something we can work with.

Don't worry, I won't be abandoning my old friends. I still love you, Doctor Who, and I still wish you'd work out your problems and come back to me, House. I'll be around. Friendship is stronger than love, they say, right?

The meaning of sci-fi

  • Jan. 14th, 2008 at 9:07 PM
teyla: Mary Morstan from Sherlock giving a thumbs-up. (Default)
This was spawned by a discussion I had with [livejournal.com profile] maddoggirl in this thread. I'm making a post of it because my comment got too tl;dr for LJ, lol.

Short note to MDG )

The Meaning of Life, the Universe and Everything )


  • Jan. 12th, 2008 at 12:43 PM
teyla: Mary Morstan from Sherlock giving a thumbs-up. (Default)
I just had a brainflash, so I dropped my breakfast plate (well, not literally) and hurried to make this entry.

It's about slash and the great amount of porn in fanfic )
teyla: Mary Morstan from Sherlock giving a thumbs-up. (vegetable)
Soo... I've been thinking about Doctor Who! (Lol, what a surprise.) Mainly about Ten, and about New Show vs. Old Show.

New Who or Old Who? )

Ten )

Science Geekism!

  • Dec. 7th, 2007 at 12:18 AM
teyla: Mary Morstan from Sherlock giving a thumbs-up. (kapow!)
So, I've been wondering about the physiology of Time Lords.

We all know they're different somehow. For starters, there's the two hearts. Then there's all these acrobatics the Doctor keeps performing where radiation is concerned. How exactly does that organism work?

I'm gonna try and find a hypothesis. I can only base it on New Who, because I haven't seen the rest. If I find that this is fun, I might add to it as soon as I've watched classic Who.

Major geekism under the cut (Spoilers for all of New Who) )

Oh, I almost forgot: I won't be here over the weekend! Probably. I'm visiting with a friend, and I'm not sure how much time I'll be able to spare for the intarwebz. See you Sunday at the latest!

Fandom Contemplations

  • Nov. 29th, 2007 at 12:51 AM
teyla: Mary Morstan from Sherlock giving a thumbs-up. (Ten/Donna)
So, I've been thinking about creativity on the internet.

I really am very frequently more than amazed at what people in fandom can do. With art, with graphics, with video editing, with writing, with music, with keeping up a more or less smoothly running organization like fandom without everything falling apart.

The creativity I see here on the internet every day is baffling. The ideas some people come up with! In online fandom, there really are no limits to your creativity. No matter what you do, at some point somebody already did something more rebellious than that, so there's a lot less forced rebellion in online art as there is in other art. On the other hand, there are no restrictions. Somewhere, you will find an audience for anything, so you can really do whatever your creativity inspires you to do.

I think that's amazing. It's inspiring. It's addictive. And it makes every day life and every day interaction with people who are more or less strangers - people at uni, the work place, wherever - seem so much more dull and uninteresting, because there are all those social taboos and rules restricting your potential. Showing a RL friend some of your art work requires a relatively high level of familiarity. On the internet, you post your art to communities for hundreds, sometimes thousands of people to see it.

I love this. I really, really love this. My life would be so much less interesting without fandom. And it makes me really angry and disappointed at the so-called 'normal' people when they go and dismiss people in fandom as 'daydreamers' and 'wasting their lives' and 'being loners and losers'. It's hard not to react in return by dismissing them as close-minded, two-dimensional beings whose only desire in life seems to be to fulfill the demands a corrupt, brutal and hypocritical society poses.

It's just as wrong as what they are doing. But sometimes, I just can't help it.

Of Ships and Doctors

  • Nov. 18th, 2007 at 4:02 PM
teyla: Mary Morstan from Sherlock giving a thumbs-up. (Default)
I've just read a wonderful post s3 character study of Ten, and I think I'm realizing that my ship is actually Doctor/TARDIS.


Which makes The Parting Of The Ways an actual on-screen Nine/Rose/TARDIS threesome, right? *boggles*

But I am still of the conviction that Doctor Who doesn't really need ships. Actually, I think with some shows, I'd miss out if I picked an OTP and ran with it.

This is NOT another one of those Shippers-Are-Evil posts! (Slightly spoilery for Time Crash) )

It's meta!

  • Sep. 6th, 2007 at 4:17 AM
teyla: Mary Morstan from Sherlock giving a thumbs-up. (fraser oh dear)
Somebody hit me with the meta hammer. (Oh, and look at my shiny Due South icon. Isn't he cute?)

Obvious facts, anyone? )

Yes. Thus are my thoughts on yaoi at 4 a.m. on a Thursday morning. And now I'm going to bed. ;D

Oh, Fandom! - Interview - Ficlet

  • Jul. 13th, 2007 at 1:01 AM
teyla: Mary Morstan from Sherlock giving a thumbs-up. (Default)
Tonight, I did the interview I talked about in this post. I told the guy how awesome and open-minded fandom is, and then I went home and found the most narrow-minded, idiotic troll ever wanking all over Licia's journal.

Oh, fandom. Will you please behave and back me up in my claims? I'm trying to do my part to make you respectable!

Well. If you wanna know how the interview went, plz to be looking behind this


Last but not least, I wrote a tiny little comment ficlet today. Silliness and fluff. You can find it here.

House/Cameron... ???

  • Jun. 6th, 2007 at 12:42 PM
teyla: Mary Morstan from Sherlock giving a thumbs-up. (wilson goes huh?)
Stop! Come back! Ignore the subject line! I haven't turned into a H/C shipper! *gg*

I'm currently formatting fic from the Squidge archive, though. And even though the biggest part is House/Wilson - seriously, most fics are, and that fact makes me very happy - in between, inevitably you will find House/Cameron fic.

Well. When I hear House/Cameron, I think of terrible Mary Sue fic written by fourteen year olds who simply don't realize that any relationship between House and Cameron would end in complete disaster. I see spelling mistakes and sentences laden with ill-fitting adjectives and adverbs. In short, I think Pit Fic.

Read more about my views of the most popular ships and a couple of characters )

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