Okay total wackjob sounding question but do you think there's any point in writing fanfiction for a dead/non-existent fandom?
I’m gonna skip the intros and just say this: ABSOLUTELY.
Seriously, I’ve spent a majority of my fanfic life writing for “dead fandoms”, and can I tell you, there are so many benefits. To name a few:
You can take more liberty with the characters. Anyone in a popular fandom can tell you that the more people that are out there, writing and reading fanfiction, the more pressure there is to write characters a certain way. Everyone else’s headcanons practically become law, to the point that when you try to do something original, it feels weird or out of character. When you’re in a fandom full of cricket noises, though, the characters are your playground.
There’s someone out there who will adore you. Even if they don’t review, there are living people in dead fandoms, and they will appreciate anything you post, even if it feels like shouting into the void. You have no idea how many obscure or dead fandoms I’m still in, simply because someone out there published a few fics I loved. You can ask any fanfic reader and they’ll probably tell you the same thing.
Fewer of the usual tropes have been written. You know the stuff: characters have to fake a relationship, characters are kidnapped, characters are stranded on an island, characters are thrust into a zombie apocalypse, characters are genderswapped, and the like. A dead fandom means that there’s less work out there, which means you can write the “fandom staples” and AUs that the fandom lacks. It’s actually quite beautiful, to be the last hope for Fandom Trash.
The dead fandom may come back to life. Star Wars fanfiction, for the characters I liked, was basically dead as I was growing up. Everyone was writing about Anakin Skywalker and the new trilogy and I was bored as hell. Then the new movie was announced, including the original trilogy characters, and everything kicked back to life again! All my old stories were suddenly getting attention and feedback. The same thing happens when an old TV show gets a movie or an old movie gets a reboot, etc. etc. etc.
It teaches you to write for yourself. It’s a common misconception, especially in fanfiction culture, that writing is a product – a gift you give to other people. This is emphasized by reviewers soliciting more chapters and messaging writers privately to pressure them (which many of us know is a pain in the ass). But when you’re writing, with no intention of professionally publishing and little expectation of online feedback, you feel free to do what you want. You start to write scenes and plots that make you happy, because writing becomes more about the process. And that’s invaluable.
So in conclusion: hell yeah, own that dead fandom. Who knows? You might even pull a Frankenstein and bring it back to life, yourself.
The seatbelt sign was turned off as the plane begun to steadily drift above the clouds. A whimsical purple-pink sunset painted the sky. A girl with lovely [h/c] hair wearing [c] sweats and a [f/b] shirt leaned against the window uncomfortably in her seat, her left leg proped up on her seat, barricading her phone from the person sitting in the middle.
‘I CANNOT BELEIVE THE YURI PLISETSKY IS STILL SITTING RIGHT NEXT TO ME. I have to get a picture- but I can’t look like a stalker- not that I am, of course. I mean, If you saw your favorite celebrity of course you would want a pictu- oH MY GOSH HOW LONG HAS MY LEG BEEN UP LIKE THAT AAA he probably thinks I sit wierd iTS COMFORTABLE OKAY.’
The girl, [y/n], slowly lowered her leg and sat up in her seat, holding her phone close to her chin. The boy seemed to be too intrested in the show he was watching on the screen in front of his seat to notice.
‘But now he can glance at my phone whenever he wants and I can’t guarantee a Yuri edit won’t pop up on my feED NOPE.’
[y/n] disconnected from the plane’s wifi and turned her phone to airplane mode. She began to tap through the tv selections on the screen attached to the back of seat in front of her. She quickly snuck a glance at the boy sitting next to her.
Yuri Plisetsky was wearing an olive green army jacket over a black hodie and a black shirt. He wore leapord print sweats and he had big headphones with cat ears on. [y/n] figured the headphones were too big not to be noise canceling, and he seemed to be watching a show about crying mothers.
‘Wait, is this Say Yes to the Dress?’
[y/n] stealthily glanced at his screen, but then became sucked into the show, leaning a bit foreward to try to read their lips.
She then felt a tap on her shoulder.
She turned to see Yuri offering her an earbud, the headphones he was wearing now back around his neck. He had a smirk on his face, as if he had just caught her doing something she didn’t want him to see.
[y/n] gingerly took the earbud, freezing a bit when her fingers touched his, and placed it in her left ear. She leaned a bit closer, using her arm rest, so she could see the screen better. Yuri did the same, their heads just almost leaning on one another.
‘AAAAAA- you know what? This, this actually feels nice! Relaxing. Not how I thought meeting him would be..’
After about 20 minutes, [f/n] decided to rest her eyes, only to fall asleep against Yuri’s head instead.
“Excuse me m’am?”
[f/n] groggily opened her eyes to a foggy window and docked planes. She put a hand on her forehead, which wasn’t as cold as it should have been if she had leant against the window the entire time she slept. She hazily pushed a blanket off of her, too sleepy to wonder when she had put it on. She turned to the hostess, one of 3 left cleaning in the abandoned airplane.
“The plane landed a couple minutes ago.”
“Oh! Sorry! I’ll be right off.”
“No rush, darling.”
20 minutes later [y/n] quickly paced through the empty halls of the airport, groggily trying to connect to the airport wifi.
‘Sorta creepy when there’s not a lot of people here…ugh. I can’t believe I fell asleep like that. I didn’t even get to ask him anyth-’
She stopped walking to rub her eyes at she stared at her camera roll. There were 2 new photos and 1 new video.
The first was a picture of her sleeping on Yuri’s shoulder, Yuri looking off to the side dramtically, pretending not to notice her.
The second picture was of Yuri giving [y/n] a peck on the cheek, but only his red flushed nose and tinted lips were visible in the shot. [y/n] was also now covered with an airplane provided blanket.
[y/n] had to slap herself to guarantee she wasn’t hallucinating from the jetlag. After that, she played the video:
“You really shouldn’t have a picture of me as your lock screen if I’m also the password, angel.”
‘oh my gaaaah he did that little smirk at the end i cant belie- wAIT WOT’
[y/n] searched through her apps, pink rising to her cheeks from embarrassment and being a bit flustered, to see if he posted anything or messed around with something. To her surprise, everything was left the way she had left it.
All except, she had a new contact named ‘Call me, angel’
They have us blocked but im petty so here we go 😊 .
Asking non-gay/bi men to stop portraying our romantic/sexual relationships in a fetishizing way is bad and misogynistic ? Telling yall to stop portraying elements like incest/abuse/pedophilia between two men as sexy is a bad thing ?
Do yall even hang around any gay/bi men or do yall get all your information from Tumblr? Like everyone in this thread is nasty, but lets start with anon. Anon you think its okay to generalize all gay male erotica as “big dicks, no lube, and turning straight guys gay” when 1) you aren’t even a gay man and 2) you probably eat up those boring ass johnlock fics where the word gay isn’t even mentioned. Its funny because the tone of your ask makes you sound like you know something when in reality you don’t know jack shit and need to stay in your boring whitebread straight girl lane :^) .
Now for everyone else in this hellhole of a thread. Yall non-gay/bi men don’t know the needs or the wants or the desires of mlm and need to shut the hell up and take a back seat when it comes to gay male erotica. No one is telling you to stop drawing smut or writing fanfiction. We are telling you to stop fetishizing mlm, but yall are so pretentious you can’t even see that maybe gay/bi men know more about this subject than you do. You people believe you are above homophobia and yet find media like killing stalking to be hot and sexy even though its about the torture and abuse of a gay man by a straight man. It disturbs me that the general attitude in fandoms and elsewhere sees the sexual gratification of non-gay/bi men more important than the safety and comfort of young gay minors, who often see this type of shit and become confused and misguided because of its awfully inaccurate depictions of our sexualities and relationships.
And last but not least Lmao @ 21st century whatever you are the nastiest. “Some gay men are the most misogynistic therefore I have an excuse to be homophobic and fetishize gay men and gay sex”. That’s what you sound like. Its pretentious and condescending to act like you know how our relationships work or to act like we are doing OUR OWN erotica and porn wrong. You and all the straight fangirls can go choke I don’t give a shit about homophobes, especially homophobes who think just because they aren’t a man that they can’t possibly harm gay/bi men. Bye.
Ooooh, think about if Steven was flipping through channels one day and ends up stumbling across Steven Universe. He’s currently suffering from a cold and he’s intrigued enough by the name to leave it on for a little bit and watch it.
When May and Wallace get back from getting stuff for chicken noodle soup, he is totally hooked onto it and starts binging it. Because there are people! that have rocks!! on their bodies!! Whoever thought of this was a genius.
And that’s how Steven Stone, world famous Champion and rock enthusiast, ends up becoming obsessed with a children’s show.
Ok, so, if you had to pick animals that represented each dai companion, which ones do you think would be best? I saw that mod Sarah had a zoology interest and was a bit intrigued.
OH BOY QUESTIONS ABOUT ANIMALS??? AND DRAGON AGE??? SIGN ME UP!!! ASKING ME THIS WAS A MISTAKE ANON YOU HAVE OPENED THE INFO DUMP GATES I AM A BIOLOGY MAJOR SPECIALIZING IN ORGANISMAL AND EVOLUTION BIOLOGY
Cassandra: Perhaps a cat (any member of the family Felidae, though specifically for Cassandra,
Felis catus, AKA the domestic house cat). Cats come in many personalities, just like humans and many other living creatures (not limited to vertebrates, consider cephalopoda). People, however, often associate them with being graceful and powerful hunters, but with also being somewhat standoffish– which is not a trait that is granted to all cats, as any cat owner would know. Most cats are loving and intelligent, too, which makes me think cats (mostly domestic cats, but if any of you are thinking of a black panther, which is just a melanistic member of any of the Panthera species) then go for it.
Iron Bull: A tough one.The bull (defined as any uncastrated males of the species Bos taurus), is the obvious choice– but with now much Bull likes dragons (while unfortunately not a real creature, because they can’t have a spare set of limbs to make wings-reptiles are part of the supergroup tetrapoda, have only four limbs; to have wings, the front limbs must be wings or or they don’t have any at all. In that regard, Skyrim dragons are the more anatomically correct dragons if they were to exist but WHATEVER this is a fantasy universe) a drake is also a very possible choice for Bull.
Blackwall: A bear would be the obvious choice, perhaps Ursus americanus, the American black bear, which is the most wide-spread of bear species and often the ones that wander into human settlements looking for food.
Sera: While many of you think of the a honey bee, any bee that is a species under the genus Apis, I don’t believe this suits Sera. Perhaps a raven, or another member of the genus Corvus. The reason for this is that members of the genus Corvus (which contains such species as ravens, crows, rooks, and jackdaws) are highly intelligent– and known to be ballsy as fuck. They can be taught human speech, and are known to even play tricks on each other for shits and giggles. They are the pranksters of the bird world, and I feel this would fit Sera excellently.
Cole: A mimic octopus, Thaumoctopus mimicus. Bear with me on this; while all members of the order Octopoda, which are cephalopods, a subgroup of molluscs, are highly intelligent and capable of fantastic camouflage through the use of iridophores and chromatophores (to put it simply, they’re specialized dermal cells that contain pigment to rapidly change color), a mimic octopus is perhaps the best of all at camouflage. A mimic octopus is capable of changing its skin texture and shape to copy other species to blend in– sometimes called ninjas of the sea. Watch this TED Talk for further information: https://www.ted.com/talks/david_gallo_shows_underwater_astonishments
ANYWAYS, GETTING OVER HOW RAD I THINK CEPHALOPODS ARE, Cole was a spirit who took the form of the mage Cole, in the White Spire. We have no idea what he looked like before then– as Dorian describes most spirits, they look “bizarre (and) monstrous” in their true forms. If a spirit is capable of such mimicry and such intelligence, I can think of no better animal to represent Cole than a mimic octopus.
Varric: A parrot. Parrots are highly intelligent and known for their speech capabilities, along with being v. pretty. There are MANY different members of the order Psittaciformes, which encompass all parrots. It is a very large clade composed of 393 species to date, but I I think Varric could best be represented by an African Gray Parrot, specifically the
Congo African grey parrot, an Old World parrot of the species Psittacus erithacus. These birds are SUPER COOL because they’re among the best at mimicking human speech; one in particular in Japan was returned to his family after repeating the address of his home. They’re also known for hearing things in their surroundings and then repeatedly saying it, much to the ire of the humans they live with.
Dorian: This one is easy; a peacock, which comes in three species, though all are members of the family
Phasianidae, which is shared by pheasants, partridges, junglefowl, chickens, Old World quail, and peafowl. These are popular gamebirds, often poor at flying but PRETTY AS FUCK. For Dorian, I think I’ll go with the Indian peafowl, Pavo cristatus– notice the familiar ‘Pav’ in the name, anyone?
Solas:An ostrich A gray wolf, Canis lupus. No further explanation needed.
Vivienne: An orca, Orcinus orca. Orcas are among the most intelligent animals on Earth, known for being beautiful as well as the apex predators of the sea (being cosmopolitan species, like humans, they are found in a variety of environments, across multiple habitats.
Josephine: A dove, any member of the family Columbidae, which encompasses 310 species. (Fun fact! Members of Columbidae are the only birds that don’t have to lift their necks up to swallow water. All birds except for them have to pull it into the mouths and pull their necks up to swallow). Doves are seen as an international symbol for peace and love, suitable for an ambassador. For her, I think I’ll go with the diamond dove, Geopelia cuneata.
Leliana: Like Sera, I think she would also fit as a raven, but for the sake of being a nerd and introducing another sort of animal, the next runner-up is the ferret, Mustela putorius furo. Ferrets were domesticated for their ability to ferret– that is, to hunt and catch prey, specifically rodents, which often reside in narrow holes and tunnels that humans can’t reach. Being an excellent spy, well, I feel this should explain itself.
Cullen: An African lion, Panthera leo. If anyone has seen his helmet, it should be sufficient explanation, but they are also famed by their beautiful, voluminous manes– just like Cullen!
The moral of this story is: don’t ask me about animals unless you are prepared for the info-dump, because I love the kingdom Animalia so much (I got OVER 100% in a college-level Zoology course, I could regale you for HOURS on Animalia, ranging from Porifera (sea sponges), the basal clade and taxa of Animalia, all the way to Mammalia. I meant to do chores an hour ago but got carried away. Thank you, and enjoy my fangirling.
“It’s not an accident,” that Sousa was the love interest and defeated the big bad at the end of both seasons. The writing quite intentionally underscores the theme of being underestimated. As Peggy is underestimated, Sousa is as well, and even by her. Enver spoke quite thoughtfully about how important that was to have a disabled character in such a role, how unfortunately rare it was in media, and how it informed how he played the character.
While we had him to ourselves, I pressed him quite hard about what he thought the exact nature of Sousa’s injury was. The writers declined to provide any definitive information–perhaps to allow the flexibility to make the choice in the future.
Enver pointed out to them that they probably still wanted him to be able to chase after bad guys and that would probably be difficult if he went really big with the injury. Therefore, he ended up deciding that Sousa at minimum didn’t have proper functionality in his knee.
I wonder if this is why all the Marvel productions are so cagey as whole. They don’t want to write themselves into a corner and want to leave room for great ideas in the future. This totally underscores the futility of trying to read clues in canon for what might happen next. It’s vague on purpose!
Enver kind of melted when I asked him
what his dog’s name was. “Sawyer,” he crooned. “Want to see a
picture?” He showed us an adorable picture of Sawyer, gushing about
how cute he was, and then showed us an oil painting he had done of his
pup (referred to in this tweet).
I asked where he hung the painting. “My living room, of course. Where else would you hang it?”
Reader, my mind went to the bad place. I asked him if he had seen the thing. “No! Show it to me!” I showed him @scullyscreamcheesebagel‘s masterpiece.
He thought it was hilarious. “Can you send it to me?” Uh, yeah I can.
And so our meet and greet ended when the guest services person returned
and I was frantically trying to remember how to use airdrop.