Not to be rude, first off the bat, but how do you do it? How do you have time to analyze and think about the media you consume like that? And second off, why? I'm not trying to be rude, I'm just genuinely amazed that you can engage with something so much, and give such long and thoughtful answers to the questions that people ask you! And third, thank you. I'm really grateful for your blog and I genuinely love everything you post
Not rude at all :)
As for how… I mean, I definitely can’t/don’t do it for all media. I go way more in depth with The Flash and related content than I do with anything else I consume. So part of it is just parcelling down to this one thing and focusing a lot on it.
And part of it is practice - everything gets easier the more you do it. You notice more, pay attention more, your brain finds the analysis routine and starts to do it automatically.
Some of it is just… something I’ve always done. As a function of maladaptive daydreaming, whenever I consume media I’m enjoying, my brain is looking for angles to poke at them for holes or launching points for other ways the story could go (or could have gone). As an early teen, I used to set books aside mid-chapter so I could imagine what might happen next or decide on my own preferred version of it. I got… alarmingly good at picking up on foreshadowing or else predicting some things that were going to happen, sometimes several books ahead when I was reading a series.
And it definitely does take up time. This is one of my main hobbies though. Work, the pseudo-work that is maintaining life and bills and cleaning etc, spending time with my spouse, spending times with friends and family, and … “this” (which includes writing, blogging, and arguably daydreaming). I mean, I do other stuff, but it’s one of the few things outside of work that I explicitly build in time for as ‘play’.
I also have a lot of guilt over how much time I spend when I “should” be working and am engaging with fandom, in part because I use it as a way to avoid work when I’m feeling anxious, so that’s something I’m trying to navigate. But my work schedule is ridiculously flexible and almost entirely self-motivated right now, so that balance is hard and I try to create my own structure around it.
Aaaand, sometimes I go a while without responding? It can take a few hours to write a half-decent meta post, and sometimes I’ll sit for a few days on the ideas and let them come together in the back of my mind before putting them on the page. And then I’ll try to do a lot of responding and work on clearing out my inbox in a short time frame (like yesterday and today).
But… honestly I should probably let more questions slide, sometimes. Blogging eats into writing time.
But, well, that brings me to : why? Simply put: because I love it.
Like I said, this is something I’ve sort of always done. And maybe not with such formal analysis, but it comes natural to me anyway. And as a grad student, I’ve learned to communicate my ideas, so that part doesn’t take too much effort (though I’m sure stuff would be more clear if I took more time to edit my posts, but then I’d spend all day on them). And all of this lends itself to why I write fic as well, though that’s also just… if I have stories in my head 24/7, why not communicate them with the world?
And I love teaching. I love sharing ideas and helping people understand things or helping them make connections they might otherwise not. And I love the validation that comes from people enjoying my posts and wanting my opinion - I’m definitely not above the affirmation :D And I enjoy the discussions and debates? I end up learning a lot as well. It all makes me a better storyteller and a better media consumer too.
It also helps that I’m chatty. If I tried to make this answer shorter, it would take 2x as long. Being long-winded makes things easier. My brain works fast, my mouth some days works even faster.