fandom realm

Guys, please remember to leave fandom commentary within fandom realms and not on figure skating videos, threads, skaters’ social media accounts, etc. There are a lot of big events coming up, and it’d be a shame to see people who are really serious about certain skaters or the sport getting drowned with YOI comments. 

None of those skaters are the characters. They are hard-working, dedicated professional athletes and artists. Respect them, respect their career, and respect their private lives. If Yuri!!! on Ice leads you to their videos, etc. and you become a fan of them, that’s great. Just make sure you’re keeping the real skaters and the fictional ones separate.

I just found this randomly online from polyvore, but no artist. Hope to find this artist because this is the perfect specimen of Oropher, father of Thranduil.

“He was the purest of High-Elf–eyes as grey as a summer storm filled with flecks of gold that whenever anger found him would appear to flash like lightning. He towered over everyone; broad shouldered and strapping he never failed to intimidate anyone even in kindness.his silky hair was fine as muslin and the color of the finest gold and took its course liberal he passed his shoulders coming to a stop short at the small of his back. Strong features set up on the smoothest and lightest skin, the color as the halo of the sun that failed to wrinkle even during one of his tirades.”–TKWR Trilogy by J.M. Miller

You were never really good at it, you know. There was a naiveté to you that none of the ugliness could stain, as if you never truly believed in evil. It was what I liked best about you.
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The Fool, Assassin’s Quest by Robin Hobb. 

I realised today that the precious cinnamon roll of this fandom (Beloved) has their own precious cinnamon roll (Fitz), who to the fandom is actually more like a piece of well-intentioned yet chaotically messy rhubarb crumble that someone, unfathomably, has put ketchup on. 

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You are about to become my queen, love.
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For my final installment of #ficrecdays, I’d like to pour one out for my homies… for the fanfics that have left the fandom realm and have transcended into the world of original fiction. I’ve already seen a few in their new life and I can’t wait to see the rest that are in process of their ascension as well as the brand new ideas you’ll bring forth!  

This one is for you… @bleedtoloveher, @badnovels, @muttpeeta, @fnurfnur, @bitcheslovesprinkles @krousewrites @andshewaits @awhiskeyriver 

Originally posted by mcstromartanen

Things that need to end in fanfiction now.

Sex Version - M/M

There are plenty of things that are highly inaccurate in the realms of fandom; a complete lack of understanding of the male form and orgasm, unrealistic portrayals of pleasure and pain, entirely unrealistic uses/abuses/nonuses of lube, etc etc, but a large majority of these can be ignored because, hey, it’s fanfiction. It’s meant to be entertaining, it doesn’t have to be 100% realistic.
But there are a few reoccurring patterns that seriously need to stop.

  1. Dominant = Top. I’m fed up with this character being portrayed as submissive!!” Fair, you’re allowed that opinion, it’s your own discretion. “They’re clearly the top.”
    –And you lost me.
    This is not how sex works. Yes, often this is the way of things, whomsoever tops can be more dominant, but dominance and topping are not mutually exclusive. You can be a bottom and be more dominant in the bedroom, you can be a top and be submissive. Headcanon all you want about a character’s position but for the love of god stop using this as your argument. It’s not realistic. It’s not.
  2. Social lead = Top. Let’s make this one a bit more clear: Character a is more inclined to buy character b flowers, character a opens doors and pulls out chairs, character a arranges dates, etc. Therefore they top.
    (You’ll notice a pattern with these complaints.)
    No. The way a character behaves with their partner in public is entirely not how they necessarily behave in the bedroom. I don’t know how to make this more clear. There is no correlation between the two things. One character could be the epitome of chivalry but the biggest sub in bed.
    Notice of course how I said ‘top’ not ‘dom’. Why? Because you still equate topping to dominance. Why does this make me uncomfortable? You’re subliminally implying that one character takes the ‘man’’s position and the other takes the ‘woman’’s position.
    In doing this, you’re not only trying to apply a heterosexual ‘standard’ to a gay relationship, but it’s also incredibly sexist as it relies on the same idea that men do one thing in a relationship and women do another. I believe the term is heterosexist but I could be wrong. In any case, stop.
  3. The more experienced one tops because…he’s more experienced. There is absolutely no logic to this. That’s not how this works, that’s not how positions work, that’s not how any of this works.
    First of all; positions are based on personal enjoyment and preference. If you haven’t noticed, real life gay men have their preferences and they can know that before they even have sex.
    A bottom could have more experience than their virgin partner, why would they top just for that?
    Second of all; it doesn’t make any sense. Your argument is that the character who has more experience both topping and bottoming should top, and the virgin should bottom, because bottoming can hurt/be strange to get used to? By this logic, the person who is familiar with the sensation and prep for bottoming should bottom. Your logic is flawed.
    Remember kids, characters can prepare/stretch themselves for sex, their partner doesn’t have to do it.
  4. Dom = Top. Again.
  5. Experienced = Dominant. Okay. It makes perfect sense for the person with more experience to take the lead in a first time situation. Particularly if their partner is a virgin and needs guidance.
    Taking the lead does not mean topping, nor does it mean being dominant.
    A more experienced person could be a subbing masochist and guide their virgin partner through how to adequately spank them, what words to say, how tightly to grip their neck. Get the jist?
    Again, each of these points comes back to that heteronormabullshit. Your inherent idea is that topping = dominance = man. It’s so harmful, it’s homophobic, it’s sexist, it’s just plain inaccurate.
  6. This whole dom/sub culture. In terms of preferences in the bedroom, it’s no strange thing for one person to be slightly more sexually dominant or leading or whatever in bed. But a lot of fanfiction pivots on this idea of one character being more dominant and another character being more submissive in every aspect.
    Again, you can look back to that underlying sexism thing.
    This isn’t to say that real life people don’t find a position and stick to it and are happy forever. Lots of relationships work like that, it’s no biggie. But the uncomfortable thing in fanfiction is that it relies on two characters taking up inherent positions in bed that then bleed into how they behave in the rest of the relationship instead of just interacting as equals based on their personality…like actual gay relationships work.
    Again, not saying that gay relationships don’t ever have one slightly or heavily more submissive person or one person who always pays for dinner or whatever. But it’s not common. Equality is kind of a big deal in gay relationships, if you haven’t noticed.
  7. Physical/Personality traits dictate bedroom position. This should be obvious. The taller/heavier/bigger/stronger one doesn’t necessarily top, the quieter/reserved/shy/emotional one doesn’t necessarily bottom.
  8. Dominant = Topping. Oh did I already say this one? Remember it.

You can pretty much narrow these all down to one point, but I wanted to break it up to actually have impact. It’s really frustrating to read these things over and over especially when a lot of it can be implicitly harmful in reinforcing stereotypes – not just for LGBP people but straight people as well, if that’s how you think a relationship works.