How to kill your slash fandom in 5 steps -
witchescanberightgiantscanbegood:When it comes to showrunners interacting with fandom slash ships, we’ve heard this song a million times before.
This is amazing. It’s everything we (at least sorta, kinda) already know put together in an easy-to-understand, non-hysterical, text.
What I pull from this is that Merlin is the fucking best.
I actually think Merlin is a pretty interesting study because (in addition to making me write this fic in order to deal with my frustration over the ‘NO HOMO’ aspect ) it was one of the major canons that prompted me to write, way back in 2010 in the Before Time when we were all on LJ, a post in reaction to queerbaiting before any of us were calling it queerbaiting.
I would never say that Merlin didn’t queerbait. It also oversold the Arthur/Merlin pairing to its fans—maybe not in the way that TW and SPN have, but, I mean, it did have a slash dragon, and it did have cast members being like “welp obviously they’re the OTP.” But it definitely didn’t fall into the kinds of awkward and manipulative interactions with fandom that have characterized what we’ve seen in shows that have come after it. I think Merlin only got to step 2 on this list and never ever went beyond it to any kind of backlash against people who shipped it, unintentional or otherwise.
BUT I also don’t think Merlin experienced the kind of concerted campaigning (what I call “slashtivism”) that shows undergo now from fans who want the ship to be canon and actively resent the show for not going there. I honestly believe that if Merlin had started airing in 2014 instead of 2008, it would have seen a much, much different kind of fandom engagement because of Tumblr. I think that’s both a blessing and a curse, because while I really, *really* fucking wanted Arthur/Merlin to become canon, I would also have hated to have seen a show that gleefully welcomed queer fans and ran with its homoerotic subtext until the end become burdened by the kind of beleaguered relationship to its slash OTP that TW has had. It’s kind of a depressing thing to think about.
In order to quantify its metric, GLAAD introduced the Vito Russo test, patterned after the Bechdel Test and named for the author of the seminal work on Hollywood queer representation, The Celluloid Closet.
The Vito Russo test breaks down effective or complex queer representation into three components. The film must have:
* A character who is “identifiably” gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender
* Who is not “solely or predominantly defined” by their sexual or gender identity—that is, it’s not the only thing you know about them
*Whose presence actually has a purpose within the plot of the story. —
Applying the Vito Russo Test to the number of films released gives an even bleaker picture of the state of GLBTQ representation in Hollywood, as the majority of the films which included queer or genderqueer representation only featured characters for a few seconds, and often purely as the brunt of a gay joke, a source of “gay panic,” or other offensive humor.
Still, there were some bright spots, notably Lionsgate’s Peeples, which presented a positive queer relationship to a predominantly African-American viewership, and Sony’s The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, which introduced a fandom favorite in the queer romance of Magnus/Alec, which will hopefully get more screentime as the series continues.
GLAAD’s report on GLBTQ representation in Hollywood for 2013 is dismal.
Bad news for queer & genderqueer fans of cinema: Hollywood doesn’t love you back.
"Average Austrian expat would climb 3 mountains to escape Nazis" factoid actually just statistical error. Spiders Georg Von Trapp, who would climb every mountain, is a statistical outlier adn should not have been counted.
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Reblogging because today sucks and I need to smile and also to be loved by laughterkey
Anonymous said: Hi! I'm looking for an inception fic, (and I sort of think you wrote it but I'm not sure?) and it seems like you are The Person who might know. Eames dissapears, Arthur freaks, Cobb says "who??" when Arthur asks him for help and then dismisses the comment as a bad joke but it is still a CREEPY moment and a CREEPY atmosphere and then Arthur is kind of spiralling and finds a note from Eames in his own handwriting. ETC. I love that fic. This is killin' me. Please help.
I didn’t remember this fic but eleveninches did! The fic you want is by Delires, and here you go! :)
Anonymous said: Re: your latest article - While the relationship built up slowly, it's pretty clear that Cecil is queer in the very first episode.
Actually, there’s at least one interview where Cecil Baldwin talks about how he didn’t realize it at first, that he didn’t realize the character was meant to be queer, and that he thought his initial description of Carlos’ perfect hair in that first episode was a very generalized, “the whole town loves him, we all have crushes on the beautiful person” kind of thing. So I definitely don’t think it was clear from the first episode if the actor playing him didn’t even realize it.
Thanks for reading!
'Sherlock,' 'Teen Wolf,' 'Supernatural,' among top targets for fanfic writers -
Why do some characters inspire a ton of fanfiction, while others are perennially ignored?
The true answer would probably require an entire book to articulate, but this is just one of the questions raised by this year’s unofficial census of the most popular fanfic pairings on Archive of our Own.
One of Ao3’s strengths is its tagging system, which is stupendously in-depth. It allows writers to make their work searchable through various categories including fandom, pairing, word count, and an ever-expanding list of more specific content tags.
These tags make it very easy to see which topics are popular among fanfic writers—or at least, among the fanfic writers on Ao3. Using the ship tags, Tumblr user centrumlumina has figured out the 100 most popular pairings on Ao3, a sequel to last year’s census.
The most noticeable trend is that 71 of the top 100 pairings are male/male slash, with the vast majority of popular relationships being between two white characters. The first character of color shows up at No. 23: Scott McCall from Teen Wolf, paired with his ex-girlfriend Allison Argent.
[No points for guessing what the top 3 ships are]
HOW TO KILL YOUR SLASH FANDOM IN 5 STEPS OR LESS
Step one: Introduce two characters (or bandmates) with especially compelling chemistry. Once you’ve realized that fans are really enjoying their character/bandmate interaction, film them interacting even more to generate interest.
Step two: Recognizing that you’re sitting on a goldmine of potential fans for this one pairing, court the fandom by both acknowledging the existence of the ship and embracing the fans who ship it.
As a bonus, make in-show references to the ship for funsies!
Step three: Once you realize that fans have latched on to the ship as the primary reason they’re watching the show or band, start to
freak outdistance yourself from the pairing and issue denials.
(Stop us if you’ve heard this one before.)