Rey. Child of the Desert.


They've released a new trailer for Dune which will finally, hopefully, be released this year as they are stating. It was supposed to be released last year but, of course, the pandemic kind of pushed it back and there's been some difficulties over how the film is to be released. It's set for an October release here in the US.

Anyway, here are my thoughts on the trailer.

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tl;dr (non-spoilery): the trailer is great (color palate is a little boring but the trailer music is awesome), still think the majority of the casting is fantastic, and if nothing else, as someone who has read the book, I really want this to succeed in the box office because this only covers the first half of the book and the story will not make sense otherwise if they don't film the second part. And it would be dope if they could adapt the rest of the Dune books, too.
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Inara Serra. Smile.

We provide....leverage.

++ Leverage: Redemption is here and, while I haven't finished yet, I am absolutely loving it. Leverage is one of my favorite feel-good shows and this revival does the original justice. It was filmed during the pandemic and there are moments where you can tell, just by the blocking of certain shots and scenes which is understandable, but overall it's not really distracting. As a whole, seeing them back makes me very happy and I'm having a good time.

++ Exandria Unlimited is an eight-episode mini-campaign that Critical Role is hosting, they've had four episodes so far and it's just an utter delight. Everyone is so chaotic and dumb and it's great. What's even better is that Matt gets to be a player for once instead of DMing, and while I've seen him play in other games before it's never been in his own world that he created. I love the new additions to the cast, and I love that we're revisiting aspects of C1, getting all nostalgic. But in general, it's just a fun little campaign. I love Aabria's syle of DMing (introducing more people to the fact that yes, there are other ways to DM aside from what Matt does), and so far I have to say that Aimee Carrero has thoroughly enamored me. Exandria Unlimited is just a fun mini-campaign and I hope that we get more of these kinds of mini-campaigns in the future. I think it's a great way to flex those creativity muscles of exploring more areas of this world and bringing in more guests, something I know that Matt has been wanting to do.
Elementary. Joan Watson.

Toxic fandoms.

Taken from this fandom meme:

What would make you leave a fandom, or prevent you from getting into it in the first place?

Too much toxicity and negativity.

I've left some fandoms for this exact reason. Sometimes I can still enjoy something even if I distance myself from its fanbase and more likely than not I can remain blissfully unaware of whatever fandom drama is happening, but other times such negativity can unfortunately be inescapable. All fandoms have a toxic side to them, and some can be louder than others, and it is more or less subjective depending on the platform you use and who you follow, and sometimes you need to reevaluate your own involvement in said fandom. In general, fandom is supposed to be fun, if you're not longer having fun, no matter what the cause, then you need to take a step back. Taking a breather can be good, and it can allow yourself to gain some perspective, regroup, and rethink if/when you jump back into the fandom again.

(Also, as something I've learned overtime, you can still be fannish about something without ever being involved with its fandom. It doesn't make you less of a fan or less enthusiastic about fanfic/fanart/meta/etc if you're not deeply involved or hardly interact with the fandom community.)

When it comes to the piece of media itself, if I'm no longer enjoying it I just stop consuming it altogether. I just don't have the time or the patience for something that I'm unhappy with.
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Inara Serra. Smile.


Taken from this fandom meme:

What's a favorite, or at least memorable fandom meeting/interaction that you've had?

I have to say attending fan conventions has been probably the most memorable thing, because while befriending and interacting with fandom people is always a wonderful feeling, actually getting to meet and just be around fannish people in a public space is such a surreal experience. Attending my first convention and meeting up with someone who I only knew online, and fangirling out together in real life? There is nothing quite like it, to be honest. And not even just meeting up with online friends, but just seeing other like-minded people such as yourself who share similar fandom interests as you in a convention setting. Going to the vending area and seeing people selling their fanart and merchandise, things that you cannot buy anywhere else unless you go to these conventions or to these people's personal online stores. Seeing people either in cosplay or just wearing fandom-based shirts, it's so great. Even if you don't talk with anyone just being in a space where fandom and being enthusiastically fannish is openly celebrated and encouraged is a fantastic feeling, in my opinion.

Like, one of the biggest draws for me to attend conventions is to experience that more than who the guests are, to be honest.

(Also, I've been missing conventions terribly since the pandemic started. I'm hoping that we will eventually get back into the swing of things, though considering how conventions are they would need to find a better solution of having possibly outdoor events more than indoors. But in general, I miss attending them.)
Skye. Transformation.

Coughing up flowers.

++ Taken from this fandom meme:

Crack!fic - We all know it. What's your opinion of it, and if you want, show us an example.

I'm fine with crackfic, honestly. I don't read it as often, but sometimes I will if the mood strikes. Sometimes you'll never know if a fanfic might actually turn you to liking something, this has happened to me recently with a few subgenres of fanfic that I hadn't previously read before. Although when it comes to crackfic, I actually personally love the "crackfic taken seriously" variants, since there is a wide range of options and there's so much you can do with them. I think my favorite one recently has been the hanahaki disease trope, although there is a debate whether this constitutes as crack or not and I think it's rather subjective depending on who you ask, since the trope isn't strictly used by fandom. The concept seems ridiculous on the surface (a character develops a disease of coughing up flowers/flower petals due to them having feelings for another that may appear to be one-sided), but I've seen some fanfics have interesting takes on the trope itself. Although I do have to admit that I actually prefer the concept of hanahaki being more of a chronic disease than a terminal one, but that's just a personal preference and again it depends on how the writer tackles the trope, since a lot of times it's about the angst and I love me some angst.

As an example: Even Loved Ones Scatter (Like Petals In My Hand) by locketofyourhair (The Untamed, Lan Xichen/Jiang Cheng)

This was the first fanfic I read where this trope was featured, and I was impressed by how much I liked it since when I initially heard of the trope I wasn't entirely sure that it would be something that I would get into. The first part is more genfic since it centers entirely around Jin Ling (Jiang Cheng's nephew) who is worried about his uncle dying and leaving him all alone, although the second part definitely deals with the shippiness of Jiang Cheng and Lan Xichen a bit more in-depth since it's more of a companion piece to the first part. I really liked how it was handled because it's very emotional and very family-based, the worried nature and the way it's resolved is great. And this is what I mean by taking a crack trope and writing it in a serious manner.

++ Buzzfeed Unsolved will be having their two final seasons soon, which I know some people are upset about and understandably so, but honestly, it makes sense. Ryan and Shane no longer work for Buzzfeed and have since created their own channel/company after they officially departed from them. I'm guessing this is just them completing their contract for the series, which I know is sad because it had a very specific format that brought people in. However, I'm sure that they'll have something similar on their own channel, Watcher. They already have done things similar in tone there. So, I am sad that BFU is ending, but I understand why and it makes me excited about what future projects they have in store for their Watcher channel. I'm just hoping that as the pandemic rules start gradually lifting they'll be able to travel and do things that they started doing initially on that channel before shit hit the fan.

I actually would love to see them do a series discussing solved crimes, going over interesting and fascinating (and even bizarre) cases that have since been solved by going over what happened, how the investigation went, what the initial theories were at the time, and how it ended up being solved and their overall thoughts of the case in general, what they think could have been handled better, etc.
Hermione. Fight & Defend.

Expecto Patronum.

Taken from this fandom meme:

What's the longest time you've been in a fandom. Not necessarily your oldest fandom, but a fandom that you started and still continue to read/write/create content for in some way.

Honestly, it would probably have to be Harry Potter. I got into it during high school, started from seeing the first movie that had just came out to buy/rent and I hadn't known anything about the books until then, but once seeing the first movie I was curious and ended up reading the books and it just bloomed from there. From reading the books to going online and finding the fandom to being excited about the movies coming out, Harry Potter was honestly one of the biggest fandoms I joined and the longest I've ever been in fandom for. Even now, while I've gone and gotten myself into other fandoms along the way and despite everything that has been revealed about the author over the years especially recently, I'm still kind of in the HP fandom. It was a massive influential factor in my life, in more ways than one, and I'm still a part of it. I still read fanfic, I love a lot of the fanart and the gifsets and discussions that come from the fandom still.

What's a fandom that you wish had a bigger following?

The Expanse. I know the show has gained more attention over the last couple of years thanks to the fan campaign to save the show and getting more people to notice and start watching it, but I do wish there was a bigger online fandom presence. Unfortunately, this is what happens when it comes to science fiction shows that aren't Star Wars or Star Trek related, they tend to be very niche and very much under the radar. Someone pointed out that it probably won't be until after the show ends that people will finally end up hopping onto it and going, "omg why didn't anyone tell me about this show??" Which, y'know, fair enough, better late than never and I've done the same thing with shows that I've gotten into that people told me about that ended some while ago. But still, I do wish there was more fan engagement.
Katherine Pierce.

Another campaign closes, and another one awaits.

Critical Role recently wrapped up their second campaign, and I don't have much to say about it, honestly. I sort of stopped watching midway through, since I was falling behind anyway (as you do) and I realized that I just wasn't motivated enough to watch the episodes fully. I eventually ended up watching highlights that are posted on YouTube to get the gist of what was happening. But as a whole, I wasn't emotionally invested with C2 as I was with C1, which was disappointing because I wanted to be but, well, you can't force a connection when there isn't one. And that's not to say that the second campaign was bad or anything, it just wasn't for me, and that's okay! Just because it wasn't my cup of tea doesn't mean it can't be someone else's.

My main issue was mostly with the fandom community, which that's a whole separate rant altogether because boy do I have Opinions on that matter. But I do think that kind of bled into my disinterest with C2 just a little bit, which is sad because you shouldn't let the misbehaviors and entitlement of a fandom ruin the possible enjoyment you have with something. Which is why I'll still be checking out C3 whenever it premieres, I'll just be separating myself from the fandom.

However, I have to say I'm more excited about The Legend of Vox Machina and the most recently announced projects, including the Vox Machina versus The Mighty Nein special one-shot!
Daisy Johnson.

Fandom life.

Taken from this question meme:

What's changed about your fandom life in the last 365 days?

I've been getting into a lot of Asian dramas lately. I've watched Asian dramas in the past, though they weren't as easily accessible as they are now, at least where I am (a lot of them are getting international exposure on Netflix, and full episodes are readily available with English translations on YouTube). So with that, I've been delving more into those kinds of fandoms lately. Most of this started with getting into The Untamed last year and it has spiraled from there, especially since I started checking out other dramas some of the actors have been in and other recommendations that have come out of it. It's partially due to feeling rather meh with Western media lately that I wanted to try something new and different, but mostly I've been interested in some of them for quite some time and wanted to finally dip my toe into them. Plus, it's been fascinating and also educational getting into fandoms of other cultures (ex: the language and translation issues, the differences between Western fandoms and Asian fandoms and how to enter and engage with a fandom that is of another culture than yours, etc).

That's definitely the biggest change over the last year or so. Otherwise, my fandom life hasn't really changed all that much, aside from perhaps becoming more active on Tumblr and finding a new kind of, "fuck it, let me reblog the things that I like who cares" mentality.
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Elena Gilbert. Magic.

Current obsessions, an old obsession.

++ Word of Honor is now available on Netflix! Much like The Untamed and Heaven Official's Blessing, it is based on a BL novel. Word of Honor came across my radar not too long ago since I've been following a lot of cdrama (and Asian drama in general) fandoms and I watched in real time people live-blogging as the episodes were released, and of course I had to wait until English subtitles were available on YouTube, but I enjoyed seeing people's reactions and seeing the gifs come out in real time as the drama was airing. I'm actually surprised that it got onto Netflix as quickly as it did, then again it has garnered a lot of attention, especially international attention, much like a lot of Asian drama lately, so naturally it would make sense. Of course Netflix doesn't have the greatest track record with subtitles, so I'll have to see what they get right and what they get hilariously wrong. Although it seems like they have only 36 episodes, since there are 37 total, but I wonder if they combined 36 and 37 because the latter is more of an epilogue that was specially filmed.

What's interesting is that Word of Honor got super lucky with passing the censorship laws since they definitely were very bold with pushing the envelope just a bit, since one of the mains is incredibly openly flirtatious with the other main to a shameless degree. And that's not even taking into account the scenes that were cut/altered (the broadcast versions versus the special versions) and the dubbing over their original lines the actors said (there are various videos on YT that specifically focus on lip-reading).

++ To share something happy with you all: Wang Zhuocheng (who played Jiang Cheng in The Untamed) is a massive fan of Harry Potter, and not too long ago he posted a video of him fanboying out over getting a Nimbus 2000 broom (click captions for English subs).

Now I know most of us have become disillusioned a bit by Harry Potter lately, mainly the author in particular, but watching his level of excitement and enthusiasm over getting a toy broom just brings me back to the height of my own fangirlishness when I first got heavily into the series when I was a teenager. I think the last time I had a similar level of excitement over a piece of merchandising from this world was when I bought the Percival Graves wand from the first Fantastic Beasts. And just watching him be so happy with the purchase makes me happy, and it reminds me of that feeling I had when I first started getting into that world and watching the films and reading the books and wanting to go to Hogwarts. I might not have that level of excitement anymore, but that love for the story and the characters still exists. So yeah, I just wanted to share this because it makes me smile, and he's absolutely adorable. :)