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03 December 2015 @ 10:02 am
End of the Year Fandom Memes  

Which TV shows did you start watching in 2015?
Supergirl, Jessica Jones, Robin Hood (BBC), Arrow, Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, Agent Carter, Stitchers, Dark Matter.

Which TV shows did you let go of in 2015?
Even though it's now over, I didn't continue watching the remaining episodes of Lost Girl when it came back for its final season. I wasn't impressed where things were going before it went on mid-season hiatus, and judging from how things ended I didn't really miss much. And of course Game of Thrones, which was a given considering I just can't even anymore with what they're doing, writing-wise, direction-wise, content-wise, everything.

Which TV shows did you mean to get into but didn't in 2015? Why?
Flesh and Bone, I talked about it before on here and I've been meaning to check it out, but I don't have STARZ and unfortunately I already missed, like, the first few episodes or something. I also missed my chance on catching Sense8, which everyone has been talking and praising, with good reason. It'll be another one of those Netflix shows that I'll have to wait until it's available to buy on DVD.

Which TV shows do you intend on checking out in 2016?
Shannara, since I'm intrigued by what I've seen from the trailers and read about what the book series is about. It looks interesting since it combines high fantasy with science fiction and I am curious to see how it'll be adapted for television. Legends of Tomorrow, mostly in it for Sara Lance to be honest.

Which TV show impressed you least in 2015?
I hate to say it, but Pretty Little Liars. It's sad since I've been rather neutral with this show since the beginning, forgiving most of inconsistencies and ridiculous storylines and boring filler subplots and inability to have a coherent flow with the later seasons, but that mid-season finale was just a gigantic mess. The thing is, the show could have done something amazing with what they had going, with the Dollhouse and the reveal, but that whole explanation was just pulled from their asses and done is such a rushed way that it was incredibly disappointing. It should have been a lot better, and I know I give them too much credit but seriously. All the different fan theories made better sense then what they attempted to do.

Also, the second season of Sleepy Hollow was such a letdown. It held such promise but it became such a disappointment, and sadly the show suffered because of it. Things have gotten slightly better with them rebooting the show somewhat in its third season, but damn, I have never seen a show go downhill that fast since Heroes.

Which TV show do you think you might let go of in 2016 unless things significantly improve?
Definitely Pretty Little Liars. Which is depressing since it's the one show I mentioned before that I would stick with until the very end, no matter how shitty it got, but that mid-season finale ruined any enthusiasm I normally have for the show. And initially I was excited to hear about the five year jump and seeing them as young adults versus them as teenagers, but reading up on what has been planned for the rest of the sixth season I'm just not all that impressed so far. I just think the show needs to end at this point. As much as I love these characters, I think Marlene King and the writers have long since run out of interesting coherent ideas, hence them prolonging seasons and just extending mysteries and events so we get confused and begrudgingly accept any bullshit explanation they can conjure up.

Which TV shows do you think you’ll never let go of no matter how crappy they get?
At this point I'm not even sure anymore.

Your main fandom of the year?
At the beginning of the year it was The Hobbit, because of the Battle of the Five Armies and the fandom basically having a massive group hug and needing all the fix-its and happy AU headcanons which I appreciated a lot. By the end of the year definitely Jessica Jones.

Your favorite film you watched this year?
Mad Max: Fury Road, hands down. Of course Star Wars: The Force Awakens comes out very soon, so we'll see if it ties with that.

Your favorite book read this year?
Revenge by Yoko Ogawa.

Your favorite album or song to listen to this year?
Halsey's debut album, Badlands. I was introduced to her music through Tumblr, and I absolutely love her voice, along with her music video concepts. The entire album is great, with my favorite songs being "Castle", "New Americana", "Drive", "Control" and "Ghost". Hayley Kiyoko released a song, "Girls Like Girls" which instantly became a bop, including the emotional music video. Red Velvet, a K-Pop girl group, released their album, The Red, this year with "Dumb Dumb" being their first single from it. I hadn't listened to anything from them prior to this when they first debuted, but immediately after watching their music video for "Dumb Dumb" I was hooked. Namie Amuro (♥) collaborated with several different artists this year, including Jolin Tsai and Crystal Kay. Into the Wild Life album from Halestorm, with "Scream" being my favorite that is on repeat. After a seven year absence, Missy Elliott came back with a vengeance with her new song, "WTF (Where They From)", which is an absolute bop, with the music video being nothing short of amazing. And of course, I could never forget the brilliance that is the entire Hamilton Broadway musical soundtrack. If you haven't heard it yet, you totally should.

Your favorite TV show of the year?
I think Jessica Jones since it is my current obsession as of late, and probably my favorite to finish off this year. Following that would probably be Stitchers and Dark Matter.

Your best new fandom discovery of the year?
Definitely Jessica Jones, for sure. Along with certain video games as well, like Life Is Strange, Until Dawn and SOMA, which of course I was introduced to through the YouTuber gaming fandom community. I'm currently also following the Hamilton fandom through Tumblr, as well.

Your biggest fandom disappointment of the year?
Pretty Little Liars, Lost Girl, and Sleepy Hollow. The first two unsurprisingly lacked good writing and direction in their later seasons due to convoluted plotlines and too many fillers, with the latter having shockingly gone downhill so fast during its second season.

Your fandom boyfriend of the year?
Richard Armitage and Mark Fischbach (Markiplier). For fictional characters, Thorin Oakenshield, Guy of Gisborne and Caleb Rivers.

Your fandom girlfriend of the year?
Troian Bellisario, Shay Mitchell, Tatiana Maslany, Chloe Bennet, and Namie Amuro. For fictional characters: Spencer Hastings, Sarah Manning, Skye, Sara Lance and Carmilla Karnstein.

Your biggest squee moment of the year?
I honestly don't know, since all my fannish squees tend to blur together.

The most missed of your old fandoms?
Talking in general here, I do miss the widespread sense of community particularly here on LJ. I know it's been discussed before ad nauseum, but I miss where specific fandom communities would be updated several times a day, where fandom would be overrun with icons of current shows, where discussions and rants and essays/metas would be posted on the regular, where people would engage in actual discourse. Individual journals do this yes, and it does depend on who you follow so it won't be that quiet, but the LJ fandom community isn't as it used to be, and I kind of miss it. Even with Tumblr, a place I frequent as much as I do here, there isn't much room for discourse or communication.

The fandom you haven't tried yet, but want to?
There is quite a few that have been on my list of things I want to get into. I still need to watch The 100, that's one fandom that I know has been talked about and I am intrigued by, particularly with the characters.

Your biggest fan anticipations for the coming year?
Aside from waiting for certain shows to return, I don't think there are any particular big anticipations at the moment. But that, of course, may change depending on the announcements of upcoming shows/movies/events/etc.
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Julie: Legend of Korra ★ songstressragnarok_08 on December 3rd, 2015 09:30 pm (UTC)
I do like your answers on this meme - I might just take care of this meme soon *^^*
Galadriel.: The 100 ✽ Hedasixphanel on December 3rd, 2015 10:13 pm (UTC)
I can't wait for Star Wars! 14 more days!!! I'M SO EXCITED! :D

That being said... I like this meme. I might take it... specially since I have things worth talking about!
Renéerogueslayer452 on December 4th, 2015 07:03 am (UTC)
It's going to be the biggest movie of this year, no doubt. I mean, it's freaking Star Wars. 2015 is going to end with a bang in terms of that, for sure.
Driver Picks the Musicbatmarg on December 3rd, 2015 10:21 pm (UTC)
Oooh, I used to do this meme (or one similar to it anyway) post-Christmas. Definitely snagging.

Amen on Sleepy Hollow.
Renéerogueslayer452 on December 4th, 2015 05:49 am (UTC)
Snag away! :D

And yeah, I don't know what happened with Sleepy Hollow since the first season was ridiculous fun and so good and held so much potential, but the second season suffered greatly and even if the third season is attempting to reset the show, the damage has already been done. Some people are thinking that, since the show has been moved to Fridays, that means it's pretty much doomed.

(All I want by the end, regardless, is for Ichabod and Abbie to get together. That is all I care for, tbh.)
Driver Picks the Musicbatmarg on December 4th, 2015 07:27 pm (UTC)
In season one, I wanted them to get together. In season 2, I wanted Abbie to just forget him and take on the world w/ her sister. Now I'm kinda meh either way.
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Renée: Arrow. Sara Lance.rogueslayer452 on December 4th, 2015 04:40 am (UTC)
Sara is bae, I love her so much. ♥ ♥ ♥
Samarsakuraberries on December 4th, 2015 02:13 am (UTC)
ooh, I love this meme! Will definitely do it myself!

Completely agree with your answer regarding missing LJ. I was just thinking about this the other day, because of how much I'm into Jessica Jones and how amazing it would have been to watch Jessica Jones at the height of LJ fandom and all the great discourse and conversation that would have come out of it.

Also, I think you would love the 100! Clarke Griffin has become one of my favorite female characters of all time. I would definitely be very interested in seeing you review it.

Oh, and as another recommendation, since you watch Arrow, The Flash is amazing! I marathoned the first season in a little less than two days and fell in love with all of it (not that it's not without its problems esp. regarding the treatment of iris). It's a completely different tone than Arrow but I actually ended up preferring it to Arrow by a lot.
Renée: Revenge. Emily Thorne.rogueslayer452 on December 4th, 2015 01:00 pm (UTC)
Oh, I can definitely imagine if the fandom side of LJ was as active as it used with Jessica Jones, or any other new show for that matter. There would have been communities made immediately after the teaser trailers were released, with more communities for shipping, people having binge-watching parties as soon as the entire season dropped, multiple discussion and meta posts, fanvids made, icon communities would be flooded with new icons from each episode. Ugh, now I'm getting all nostalgic all over again. /longs for old school LJ fandom days

The first season is on my Christmas list! I've heard a lot of great things about the show, and with a lot of amazing women characters, and basing from the things I've seen circulating around Tumblr it definitely is something right up my alley.

I have heard that The Flash is very fun, so I'm willing to check it out when I can.
Chelsea: Christmas → Hot Chocolatesictransits on December 4th, 2015 02:20 am (UTC)
Agreed on PLL. It just didn't live up to the hype this past summer. I won't let it go but I'm definitely not as excited about it as I usually am.
Renée: Pretty Little Liars. Spencer Hastings.rogueslayer452 on December 4th, 2015 04:18 am (UTC)
It's disappointing because the season started out so strong, with the girls in the dollhouse, and I had hoped they would keep up with that momentum, but sadly they didn't, and the reveal in the mid-season finale was incredibly weak that it's kind of unbelievable they thought fans wouldn't notice (as evident from a fan discreetly calling out Marlene King at a conference event about continuity issues).

I mean, I guess any reveal would be a mild letdown considering all the fan theories that have been circulating for years now, all of which are better than any actual reveal anyway. But still, writers should be conscious about the timeline of events and continuity of things to make sense, which sadly the show hasn't been doing for a while and it's become even more painfully obvious after that mid-season finale, which was more of an exposition to bullshit and retcon an explanation instead of attempting to make sense of everything that has happened to the girls throughout the years, and to give the audience some satisfaction after sticking with this story for as long as we have.
goldenusagigoldenusagi on December 4th, 2015 06:19 am (UTC)
I watched the end of Lost Girl, and my reaction was mostly: uh, OKAY. I should get around to making a post.
Renée: Lost Girl. Bo. Succubus.rogueslayer452 on December 4th, 2015 09:13 am (UTC)
I've seen a lot of mixed reactions, usually ranging between being upset to simply being meh, particularly with the lackluster series finale.
💋: come down to memaybe on December 4th, 2015 03:30 pm (UTC)
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
Recently started watching this on Netflix and have become obsessed. I don't see too many people around LJ that watch or have even heard about it. I'm sure my reactions watching the show would be highly entertaining to people if they could see me bc most of the time I'm either a) fangirling over Phryne and how awesome she is + her wonderful wardrobe or b) wanting her and Jack to make out ;)

I agree 100% regarding your comments on the loss of the fandom community here on LJ. I miss those days when I was following like a gazillion communities and they were constantly updated. :/ Fandom is just so spread out anymore - what with some still on here, others are on tumblr, and some just doing their thing on twitter. Frankly, I don't get how people can actually discuss anything on the latter two, but whatever. (and yes we have discussed this a lot before, but every-time someone mentions how they miss the old days on here, I have to chime in. )

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Renée: Nikita. Femme Fatale.rogueslayer452 on December 5th, 2015 07:32 am (UTC)
You should make a post about it! I would love to hear what you have to say about the show, including how utterly fabulous and awesome Phryne is and her fantastic wardrobe, and the sizzling chemistry between her and Jack and wanting them to smush faces with each other. ;)

Fandom is just so spread out anymore - what with some still on here, others are on tumblr, and some just doing their thing on twitter. Frankly, I don't get how people can actually discuss anything on the latter two, but whatever.

I think that's one of my issues, really. Because while different platforms have different uses for people, there isn't really any place similar to the communicative community that LiveJournal has. The journaling style of discussion and commenting threads is something I love because it makes it easier to engage in conversation. And though I am also on Tumblr, it's kind of an impersonal space to be in, while here on LJ I find it easier to write out my thoughts and talk to other people. Fandom spaces will always shift and change, but I do wish we had more platforms of the journaling style so we could have that engaging environment again.

And it's interesting because I continuously see people wanting to leave places like Tumblr because they hate what the staff has been doing to it (recently they removed the reply feature altogether, for whatever reason we don't know), but they have no idea where else to go because there hasn't been any other site for fandom to retreat to. I keep wanting to say to them, "Come to LJ! We're still here!" Because this place has become quiet because people migrated to Tumblr, if they could return it would liven the place up almost like it used to be.
M: PLL - All About the Liarsmfirefly10 on December 5th, 2015 12:43 am (UTC)
ITA with you about PLL and how disappointing all the 'reveals' were. And nothing I've heard about the '5 years later' stuff has interested me. But I'll watch a few episodes and see if anything pulls me in.

The second season of Sleepy Hollow was awful but I actually think season 3 has been pretty good. Not as good as season 1, but it's at least been entertaining, imo.

Jessica Jones was awesome and I miss LJ being active. Granted, I only came into LJ toward the end of it's active period but I still noticed the huge drop-off in fannish communities and discussion. And I haven't found any way to replicate that on tumblr.
Renée: Pretty Little Liars. Hanna.rogueslayer452 on December 5th, 2015 07:31 pm (UTC)
I feel like if we took away all the boring fillers and erased all the ridiculous subplots with random characters that had nothing of relevance to the story or plot, the entire show would be reasonably sized down to where it could have ended decently around a fourth or fifth season, with possibly a cohesive storytelling. But of course they have prolonged everything so that it just feels so unnecessarily stretched out, which is hilarious considering that mid-season finale was so rushed with that "reveal".

I am also going to watch and see what the second half of the season is like with the five year jump, though most of the excitement has dwindling away, sadly. :/

Jessica Jones is absolutely amazing, I just cannot believe. ♥

Tumblr has its own way of communication, which is fine, but that was mostly created around an already impossible system since that site was never meant to be a platform for discourse in the first place. I enjoy reading tag essays on individual blogs and elaborate text posts and the like, but it isn't the same as someone writing a long detailed meta on their journal and having massive comment threads in one place, where there is a sense of controlling your content, of your journal being your own space, where fandom communities would have different uses and conversations, where it was more personal than an impersonal space when making friends and engaging in conversation. There is absolutely no way of replicating what fandom had here over there. They only way that would happen if people came back here, which while some have made posts about missing LJ, they haven't committed to it even though there are still so many fandom people here still.
M: PLL - All About the Liarsmfirefly10 on December 6th, 2015 10:16 pm (UTC)
insanely long comment, sorry :)
lol, I think if we took out ALL the filler and ALL the random subplots, the 'A' mystery could've been wrapped up by the season 3 finale. That's how much random nonsense they've done over the years. Like all that crap with Ezra's kid -- who turned out to not be his kid -- so that whole storyline was pointless. And, as much as I loved Maya, so was the mystery around her death, seeing as she was killed by a random stalker/fake cousin instead of anyone related to 'A.' They could've just had her break up with Emily and leave town and avoided that whole storyline. We could've lost all those random dudes who keep popping up in Spencer and Aria's lives whenever they were having problems with Toby and Ezra. We could've avoided all that nonsense with Ella's creepy fiance and Ashley's minister boyfriend. We could've left out Caleb and Hanna's brief brush with alcoholism, seeing as neither of them got treatment for it because they just...stopped drinking :)

I understand why the show introduced all that nonsense as a way to fill time so they could stretch out the mystery as long as possible (which is also why we had so many fake leads and random suspects) but it made for some really boring TV. There were maybe half a dozen random, non-'A' related subplots that I actually cared about.

And that's not even talking about 'A' related stuff that turned out to be unimportant. Like pretty much everything to do with Toby's mom. Which also ended up being incredibly sloppy because the writers forgot their own timeline and had Bethany kill Toby's mom years before we saw her walking around in Toby's house :) It's just crazy.

I know you CAN communicate on tumblr but it's really difficult. Like, the best way I've seen so far is through ask-box messages. Although maybe the new messaging system is better...IDK because I haven't tried it/received it. Adding your own commentary or tag essay onto someone's post is cool, but if the post gets hundreds/thousands of notes, very few people will end up seeing what you added to the discussion and the discussion itself becomes impossible to follow.

Are there a lot of fandom people still over here? Because my flist is pretty much dead. I used to check it every day but now I only check it once/twice a week and I don't feel like I've missed much. And I don't think any of my communities are still active. Like, the most active among them only get two or so entries a week. And that's only when new episodes are airing. Like this one Walking Dead community has weekly episode discussion posts but that's pretty much it and even those posts don't create much discussion. And Fandom Secrets -- which was one of the biggest communities, as far as I can tell -- still exists but is nowhere close to being as active as it was when I first discovered it.
Renée: Pretty Little Liars. Secrets.rogueslayer452 on December 7th, 2015 05:24 pm (UTC)
Re: insanely long comment, sorry :)
The show has always had a problem with kind of introducing something with a subplot or small arc/storyline, but then kind of dropping it or forgetting that it ever happened. It was minimal in the beginning which is probably why I didn't mind it as much, but within these last few seasons it's become more noticeable and it's distracting. Especially the "A" red-herrings, it happens so often with the accusations and misleads that it's become kind of a running joke now within the fandom, and not the good kind.

And that's not even talking about 'A' related stuff that turned out to be unimportant. Like pretty much everything to do with Toby's mom. Which also ended up being incredibly sloppy because the writers forgot their own timeline

Someone called out Marlene at a conference about that, which was kind of hilarious. I don't know her response to it though, probably some bullshit backtracking. But it goes to show that the fans aren't stupid as the show seems to think we are. We notice this shit. We spend time dissecting every little detail coming up with theories and connections, for goodness sake. Just because the writers can't recall the correct sequence of events of their own timeline doesn't mean the fans have.

but if the post gets hundreds/thousands of notes, very few people will end up seeing what you added to the discussion and the discussion itself becomes impossible to follow.

It's even worse when you go and correct something, people will still be reblogging the wrong thing because they didn't see the updated version. Even posts then end up being deleted will still be reblogged. This is dangerous when it comes to spreading around information. It's a major flaw in their communicative system, particularly in trying to be apart of a conversation because you don't always end up getting notified on who replies on what, particularly with asks (unless it's responded to privately). It's a very, very impersonal way of communicating and interacting with others, and it's probably why most don't take the effort to do it that often. I mean, it's an ongoing inside joke over there that Tumblr users don't really talk to each other, they just like/reblog and that's as much communication as you'll get from mutuals.

Are there a lot of fandom people still over here? Because my flist is pretty much dead.

It depends on who you follow, really. There are still fandom folks around, a lot more than people give credit for, but they are rather sparse (due to communities being dead and whatnot), and it's why friending memes are a great way of looking for them. My flist is somewhat active, just not as it used to be. I remember back when people updated several times a day, now it's more like a few times a week.
Revyallodole on December 10th, 2015 06:29 pm (UTC)
I don't follow youtubers much anymore (not that I ever did) but Markiplier and Cryaotic remain awesome. ♥

Also, Halsey's Badlands is just nnnghhgh. It makes me want so many things. Her voice is like honey. ♥
Renée: Agents of Shield. Skye.rogueslayer452 on December 10th, 2015 07:08 pm (UTC)
I follow quite a handful of YouTubers, especially this past year I've follow some quite regularly. But I have been following Mark for some time now and I like that, even after everything that has happened in his life, he still manages to do whatever he can and inspires happiness and laughter with his let's plays and charities and whatnot. I love his level of goofiness, and how genuinely heartfelt he is with his fans and even his deep, profound commentaries on certain games he plays. It always makes me smile. ♥

I love Halsey's voice. It's a combination of it being ethereal and haunting, and I love her lyrics. I can't wait to see what else she has in store with her music for the future.