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helpless incoherent rant

So I watched the Star Trek: Discovery trailer… 

listen, I’m……… pleased, I guess…. that there’s diversity and women and all kinds of representation………………………….yay………………………. okay there’s really no other way to say this but bluntly: the casting is great but the tone of the show that the trailer sets is godawful; I’m so tired of Star Trek getting turned into Star Wars or Battlestar Galactica or anything else?????? stop blowing shit up????? where is the philosophy? the ethics? the anthropology? the contemplation? the wonder? the quirky creativity? the optimism?

Maybe????? I???? don’t want Star Trek to be???? another suspenseful/action-packed sci-fi political thriller???? We have enough of those?????

And the fact that the casting is so wonderful on representation only angers me more. Star Trek promoted diversity from the beginning because it wanted its message to be of universal peace and cooperation and unity. If you have no idea how to capture that message you can’t just paper over it… if you want a diverse sci-fi show just don’t make Star Trek y’know just make some other sci-fi show but don’t make Star Trek just let Star Trek be Star Trek……………..

I’m honestly heartbroken over this. Unless they just are making shitty-ass trailers that are completely lying about what the show is like.

AN ODE TO FANFICTION WRITERS:

FROM YOUR FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD FANFIC CONSUMER

Here’s to the newbies just starting out, the ones discovering their ability to twist and bend plots, characters and places to their will for the first time,

To the old faithfuls, who have kids at home and a full-time job but somehow still find the time to make us forget for a while,  

To the students who publish one-shots and sagas in-between study sessions,

To the ones who posted that one fic years ago and have since moved on, but whose story meant (and still means) so much to so many readers,  

To those of you who publish short, little things that pack the emotional punch of a freight train,

To the ones who update faithfully, and to the ones who don’t,

To the ones who weave lyrics into their stories, and the ones who deal in nothing but angst,

To those who don’t write in their native language, 

To the brave ones who do it despite their fear of rejection or criticism, 

To the ones who like to write with their friends, and the ones who do it alone because their friends wouldn’t understand, 

To the ones who spend hours researching in order to to make their world as real as possible, 

To to the poets and novelists and essayists and dreamers:  

Every single one of you is precious.  

You, along with all the other fandom artists and creators, lift us up and give us hope.  You make us laugh, you make us cry, you make us think and question and wonder.  You help us escape, sometimes, when we need it most.  You bring the unimaginable to life, you translate lofty words into ones we can smell, hear and taste, and you continually encourage and inspire us.  You’re wonderful and powerful and courageous and so, so loved, even if we aren’t always the best at letting you know it.  So this is for those of you with empty comment sections, with a concerning lack of kudos/likes/favs/bookmarks. Your stories make a difference, and they always will.  

So, from all of us to you:  

Thank you.

Okay but you guys know what this all means in Sci-Fi right now? 

The latest Star Trek Captain and First Officer are women of colour. 

The main leads in Star Wars are women, and men of colour. 

Wonder Woman and her tribe of Amazonians (many of whom are woc too) are on the big screen breaking all the records. 

The Ghostbusters are all brilliant women who ain’t afraid of nothing. 

And now the Doctor is female too! 

Women are taking Sci-Fi back! It’s ours again, we created it and now we get to have it! Little girls can dress up as all their heroes and be excited by that!

White Men are going out! They’re no longer always centre stage and it’s fucking fantastic

It’s such a good new move and I’m like…. I’m so happy to be alive to see this happen!!

The Hogwarts Sorting Hat: Fandom Edition

the Gryffindors are the FBI

the Hufflepuffs are full of mythological creatures

the Ravenclaws love space

and the Slytherins are all about murder

10 ways in which fans rewrite their favourite television shows:

1) Recontextualization - the production of vignettes, short stories, and novels that seek to fill in the gaps in broadcast narratives and suggest additional explanations for particular actions.

2) Expanding the series timeline - the production of vignettes, short stories, novels that provide background history of characters, etc., not explored in broadcast narratives or suggestions for future developments beyond the period covered by the broadcast narrative.

3) Refocalization - this occurs when fan writers move the focus of attention from the main protagonists to secondary figures. For example, female or black characters are taken from the margins of a text and given centre stage.

4) Moral realignment - a version of refocalization in which the moral order of the broadcast narrative is inverted (the villains become the good guys). In some versions the moral order remains the same but the story is now told from the point of view of the villains.

5) Genre shifting - characters from broadcast science fiction narratives, say, are relocated in the realms of romance or the Western, for example.

6) Cross-Overs - characters from one television programme are introduced into another. For example, characters from Doctor Who may appear in the same narrative as characters from Star Wars.

7) Character dislocation - characters are relocated in new narrative situations, with new names and new identities. 

8) Personalization - the inserted of the writer into a version of their favourite television programme. For example, I could write a short story in which I am recruited by the Doctor to travel with him in the TARDIS on a mission to explore what has become of the Manchester United in the twenty-fourth century. (However, as Jenkins points out, many in the fan culture discourage this subgenre of fan writing.)

9) Emotional intensification - the production of what are called “hurt-comfort” stories in which favourite characters, for example, experience emotional crisis.

10) Eroticization - stories that explore the erotic side of a character’s life. Perhaps the best known of this subgenre of fan writing is “slash” fiction, so called because it depicts same-sex relationships (as in Kirk/Spock,etc.)

- Henry Jenkins Textual Poachers pg 162-177

Why the Thirteenth Doctor is Important

I was a little girl who grew up in the 1980′s (which makes me Really Damn Old, but let’s set that aside.) I didn’t realize it, but I cosplayed all the time.  A yellow shirt? I was Captain Kirk. One of dad’s big shirts with a belt and a stick? Luke Skywalker. A towel pinned around my neck? Superman. Are you catching a trend? All boys.

Let me pause here by saying I have always been and always felt a girl.  Its not that I wanted to be a boy, or felt like I was a boy.  It was just that, to access these worlds I loved, I had to pretend to be a boy.  I even had to engage in this specific self-justification, EVERY TIME, to myself and sometimes out loud to watching adults: ‘I’m really a girl, but I’m just PRETENDING to be a boy.’ This slopped over into my general, non-fandom specific play too.  I did not want to be a cowGIRL, I wanted to be a cowBOY. Not a princess, but a prince.  Because the girl part was always lame.

It took until my 20′s to acknowledge that there were admirable women characters in the fiction I loved. Eowyn, Galadriel, Princess Leia, Uhura, Lessa the Dragonrider, Ambassdor Delenn. But I never told their stories in my head. (Yes, dears, did you think you would grow out of pretending and telling yourself stories? You won’t.) It wasn’t until my THIRTIES that I could throw on my favorite kick-ass coat (the one with the wonderful sexy cut and the flowers worked into the lining) and look at myself in the mirror and mutter ‘I am the Doctor’ before heading out the door to do some Adulting.

And if girls today still want to be Captain Kirk, Luke Skywalker, Superman, they can be, because those are great characters. But the don’t HAVE to leave a fundamental characteristic of themselves to the side just to access worlds that fascinate them.  A big shirt and a belt and a stick? They can be Rey. A tiara and some yellow sweat wristbands? Wonder Woman.  A coat, a screwdriver, and a big cardboard box? They ARE the Doctor.

And that is why I cried, when the Thirteenth Doctor pulled back her hood.