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Fandom Meme...



Tell me you want to play and I'll pick up to three of your fandoms. Then update your journal and answer the following questions:

1. What got you into this fandom in the first place?
2. Do you think you'll stay in this fandom or eventually move on?
3. Favorite episodes/books/movies, etc?
4. Do you participate in this fandom (fanfiction, graphics, discussions)?
5. Do you think more people should get into this fandom?


Taken from pedanther, who gave me the following fandoms:   Doc Smith, Oz, and Saint Seiya.


Doc Smith:
1. What got you into this fandom in the first place?
    When I was in 5th grade, my teacher Mr. Dickinson found out I was a science fiction fan, and he lent me a couple of books. The first one was Pandora's Planet, by Christopher Anvil (which I liked a great deal), and the second was this battered old paperback, slightly smelling of smoke, which in fact had a couple of burned places on the cover, titled Second-Stage Lensmen.
  The book was not the first in the series (in fact, it's the next-to-last book in the series), but it had a prologue that told me the story up until then -- and that prologue alone blew my mind. A story covering billions of years! Colliding GALAXIES! A battle of good versus evil across millions of lightyears! And then I started reading the main book, and I didn't put it down from the time I started until the time I was done (which was after my normal bedtime). I then knew I *had* to get the other stories in this series.

2. Do you think you'll stay in this fandom or eventually move on?
  I've been a Doc Smith fan since I was 11, I don't think I'm likely to change NOW.

3. Favorite episodes/books/movies, etc?
  In some ways, Skylark DuQuesne is my favorite Doc Smith novel. It's also one of the EXTREMELY few examples of an author coming back to a universe they'd last written in many years before, and producing something fully worthy of that which had gone before. In the Lensman Series, I'm a somewhat atypical Lensman fan in that I like Triplanetary best, with Second-Stage Lensmen just behind it.

4. Do you participate in this fandom (fanfiction, graphics, discussions)?
  If there's a formal "fandom", no, but I don't think you can technically get more participatory than putting in a character directly derived from one of the man's works into a new published novel and dedicating said novel to him. I've also participated in discussions on Doc Smith many times in many places online and off.

5. Do you think more people should get into this fandom?
  I think it would be great if more people did, but I recognize that the writing style, and certain basic approaches/assumptions based on Doc's era of growing up (during the end of the 1800s) will make the books hard going for many people.

Oz:
1. What got you into this fandom in the first place?
  I don't even remember how young I was -- no older than 7, certainly, possibly one or two years younger -- when I found The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in my father's collection of books. It was an old edition, a bit battered (eventually falling apart), with a painting of Dorothy and Toto walking down the Yellow Brick Road as the cover. I was immediately captured by the story of little Dorothy and her scary, often bizarre adventures. I wanted MORE of those adventures; fortunately, Baum had written quite a few Oz books, so every birthday and Christmas I was guaranteed to have at least one present I would REALLY like.

2. Do you think you'll stay in this fandom or eventually move on?
  Oz is part of my life. I could no more "move on" from that than I could move on from SF/F in general.

3. Favorite episodes/books/movies, etc?
  Oooh, that's a hard one. Marvellous Land of Oz, Rinkitink in Oz, and Lost Princess of Oz, probably, though it's really a very hard call, and if you ask me again tomorrow I might give a different set of books in reply.

4. Do you participate in this fandom (fanfiction, graphics, discussions)?
  I'm not part of any of the official groups (of which there are at least a few), but I wrote an entire Oz-based novel which, though not published, is in submission to publishers. So yes.

5. Do you think more people should get into this fandom?
  I think everyone should at least visit Oz once -- not via the well-known 1939 movie, but via one of the books. Like Doc Smith, it's potentially an acquired taste; the assumptions and writing choices of L. Frank Baum are not those of modern children's writers in many ways.


Saint Seiya:
1. What got you into this fandom in the first place?
  When I started dating Kathleen, one of the things she did was introduce me to anime. She showed me AKIRA, which was pretty cool, though a bit murky and uneven; she showed me Demon City Shinjuku, which was also pretty neat... and then she showed me Saint Seiya.
  Compared to American hero cartoons of the era, Saint Seiya was a revelation. These boys fought, bled, got killed (and resurrected), and were fighting a secret war literally against the gods, using an inventive array of powers based on the constellations, set in a modern world in which the ancient Greek  gods (as strangely interpreted by the Japanese) were alive and well.

2. Do you think you'll stay in this fandom or eventually move on?
  In a sense, we've already moved on. Saint Seiya was the first of the anime "God-Warrior" shows, but it wasn't the best (that probably would be Yoroiden Samurai Troopers), and more importantly the creator, Kurumada, has several problems (he seems constitutionally unable to write DIFFERENT stories, so additions to the universe are fairly predictable (and downer) to the point we just don't even watch them. I'll always have a soft place in my heart for Saint Seiya, but it, as a fandom, is no longer really alive for us except in memory and our own vision of the universe (see below).

3. Favorite episodes/books/movies, etc?
  Undoubtedly my favorite episode is the one in which Deathmask Cancer has beaten the living hell out of Dragon Shiryu (whose soul is trapped in Hades, which Deathmask controls, mostly) and is about to throw Shiryu into the pit of damned souls, when the prayers of Shunrei (his love interest) reach Deathmask; as Deathmask is pretty much a demon himself, and Shunrei is extremely pure and in fact blessed, this causes him actual pain and annoyance. However, Deathmask is incredibly powerful; he reaches out ACROSS DIMENSIONS, finds her, and telekinetically picks her up and drops her off a cliff into a raging river.
  And then Shiryu goes BALLISTIC, tapping into a level of power beyond anything Deathmask has ever seen, and proceeds to curb-stomp Deathmask to one of the best pieces of music in the series, with this formerly invincible foe cowering away in sheer shock and terror. (The next episode Deathmask gets a LITTLE more chance to whump on Shiryu, but not for long, and gets humiliated FULLY again)

4. Do you participate in this fandom (fanfiction, graphics, discussions)?
  Currently... not really, except indirectly (i.e., references in my writing, etc.). However, participation in the Saint Seiya fandom, specifically in the field of fanfiction, is directly responsible for my learning *how* to write. Between us, my then-girlfriend, now wife Kathleen and I wrote something over a million words of Saint Seiya fanfic, starting with Kathy's story "Fallen Angel", then going through the co-written novels Wild Card, Resurrection (containing the stories Requiem, Rebirth, Ghosts, Awakening, and Meteor), Snow Queen, Corruption, and other works that were more or less finished including The Key, Monolith, Vacation, Starpower (in which the Samurai Troopers entered the universe), Soul of a Hero, The Trial, and others culminating in Brave New World (in which the Z-Team shows up).
  These fics defined my ability to write, taught me how to get in the heads of multiple characters, and helped me learn plotting skills as well.

5. Do you think more people should get into this fandom?
  I think anyone who finds the God-Warrior subgenre of anime interesting should see it; this was the seminal work, it laid the groundwork for all the God-Warrior and most of the general shonen fighting shows that followed.




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