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piepeloe  asked:

Just getting into Barisi, partly because of you. Had heard about the ship and then I saw someone rec the first part of your 'Groove' series. I spent most of the day reading those stories even though I hadn't seen a single ep of SVU. I have since changed that, though I'm shallow and started at s16. Now I want to follow a bunch of fellow Barisi fans, only to see people talk about how bad s18 was. How bad, in what way? I ask bc my last fandom was awful this past year. Thank you :)

Awwww, thank you so much! (and I’m so sorry it took so long to respond, you caught me during a tumblr break <333)

That’s so good to hear. I appreciate the fact you took the time to find me and reach out to me, just to tell me that and put a smile on my face :)

I gotta say, you found the Groove Series just in time! I’ve been working on the final installment (i.e. The Wedding) for a while now, so hopefully it won’t be long until you have something actually new (as opposed to like 2 years old lol) to read :D

(stealth Barisi update: IT’S GETTING SO LONGGGG. I’M ADDING SO MUCH STUFF. I HAVE 3 EXTENSIVE SMUT SCENES AND I SWITCHED SOME THINGS AROUND AND THERE’S A TRIP AND DANCING AND RING SHOPPING BECAUSE SONNY DOESN’T HAVE A RING AND AAAAAH I’M BRIMMING WITH BARISI IDEAS :DDDDD)

Anyway.

As for how bad Season 18 was, I don’t know what you mean! What’s “Season 18?” It doesn’t ring a bell! Last thing I remember, Season 17 ended with a powerful episode (in which we lost Mike, unfortunately, and which we spent worrying about Barba’s death threats, and during which we were reassured Sonny had chosen to stay with SVU, and after which Liv went on a much deserved Paris vacation) and then we switched showrunners and we’re waiting to see what the new guy, Michael Chernuchin, will do :D

(seriously though, let me link you to some of my previous posts on S18 because, at this point, I barely remember what happened, I’ve only watched each episode once, as they aired, and I will never watch them again)

Oh, I do remember we never got a Sonny-centric episode, so that was swell. And I also remember no one got any character development whatsoever :D

Oh! Let me also link you to my post about the Correct Episode Order of S18, you might need it :)

And lol our fandom was pretty… turbulent in the past year, too, so you would have felt right at home! Bad show quality equals a stressed and agitated fandom, in my experience. When you have nothing to make you happy on a show you once enjoyed (and you have to rely on fic), it can be hard to maintain a level of enthusiasm, and it can be easy to snap.

During S18, some people distanced themselves, some of us got salty and started writing fix-it fic, some people managed to stay more positive (tell me your secrets!), and some people quit watching (no, YOU tell me your secrets!), lol.

Let’s hope Season 19 will be better.

Thanks again for this message, and I hope my delayed response made you feel a little bit more welcome. I have hope the show and the fandom (including the Barisi subset of it) will have a resurgence with this upcoming season, so don’t be deterred by our previous ramblings. Start watching Season 19 with an open mind, like I will, and hopefully we will all remember what it’s like to enjoy ourselves <3333

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