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2013-06-20 03:27 am (UTC)
Xena was my gateway into online fandom. I got a computer right around the middle of the first season (talking about 1995). It didn't take me long to discover fic (after following a couple of web rings.) *high-five for old skool web rings. Hee!* This led to me to spend many a late night reading as much Xena fic as I could find. It was...tropetastic: self-cest, AUs, tentacle!sex, BDSM, etc.
After a couple of weeks, I realized that I only wanted to read Xena/Gabrielle (with the occasional Xena/Callisto if I was in a mood for something twisted.) bb!Luce was into the femslash BIG TIME. This trend continued when I also got into Buffy (intensifying during Season 3 when Faith showed up.) I shipped Buffy/Faith like my
depended on it. Eventually, Faith became the little black dress of Buffy femslash for me 'cause I paired her up with EVERYONE.
It was fun times.
due South was what led me to LJ in late 2003/early 2004. Both Xena and Buffy had gone off the air by then and I was a little adrift in my fannishness. I'd been part of a couple of boards and Yahoo groups, but the general interest for either fandom had died down.
Anyhoo, I found a link to a due South fic posted on LJ. I followed it and was totes blown away by the fandom (this was around the tail end of the second wave of the due South fandom so, things were ridic active). I was Lurky McLurky til 2007 when I posted my first non-anon!comment to someone's fic. It'd be a few months until I wrote and posted my first fic.
Now, due South has a side-fandom called Canadian Six Degrees or C6D that is made up of many TV shows and movies. In some ways, it's kinda like Bandom? Because there's a core group of Canadian actors and musicians (about 15 more or less) who tend to work and hang out with each other
. This in addition to being friends for years. So, the slide into C6D RPF was super smooth. As a whole, due South/C6D is generally RPF-friendly.
Personally, I've never had any issues with RPF. I just never 'got' it--despite reading Xena RPF and Buffyverse RPF to see if it'd click for me. Once I got into C6D, though, the RPFs left me googly-eyed.
By late 2010, however, I was falling out of love with due South and some of the C6D branches. It so happened that I came across a rec for a Bandom fic in early October of 2010. I checked it out and was totally blown away by it. Mostly because it was unlike anything I'd read in the due South/C6D fandom. (FTR, I'd heard of Bandom (especially because several of the most active people in due South fell into Bandom and/or the Kris/Adam fandoms). Nothing about it had caught my eye back then so I never paid attention to picspams and posts about The Black Parade and the FOB hiatus, for example.)
So I read tons of short and mid-length Bandom fics, not paying much attention to the pairings (though I was able to suss out that Waycest wasn't for me at all). I had no idea what Mikeyway, Brendon, Spencer, Ray, Gerard, Lyn-Z or anyone looked like and I didn't care. That said, I didn't approach the stories like they were original fics. Mostly because I knew I'd seen Pete Wentz's cock online many years before. Also, I had a vague memory of video for Helena (though I didn't remember what the guys in the band looked like. IDEK.)
Fast-forward to about 3 months later when I got totally @______________@ for MCR (after
seeing them on TV.)
Bandom (or any active RPF fandom for that matter) is so fun because there aren't any limits to what we can create. It helps that everyone has crazy amounts of chemistry with everyone else. >:)
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