kowaiyoukai: (Star Trek Chris/Zach cuddle)
You know, I was talking to [livejournal.com profile] jelost and I realized that there are still people who "don't get" RPS. I quoted that because it's an odd phrasing. It's saying that they don't understand why people would pair two guys togther in reality. Now, hey, let me start by saying that the idea of wondering if two famous people are dating is not a new one--celebrity magazines do it all the time. In fact, even lots of non-fandom people often keep up with who might be sleeping with who, and who might be gay, and who's breaking up, etc. So, obviously, talking about and imagining two real people getting together has a huge following of people, both in fandom and not.

Second point: I don't think a lot of people who ship RPS view the guys as "real people". In a sense, they're people who are portraying themselves in a certain manner to please their fans, and that's who you're dealing with when you're reading/writing RPS. You're fangirling over the characters the actors are in your mind, not who they actually are IRL, because of course there is no true way for you to ever know how they act when the cameras aren't rolling. That is the point of RPS, isn't it? To try and determine how the actors interact when they're alone. They become characters just as much as the fictional characters they portray are. If that makes sense.

Not to say that I think they're necessarily faking their emotions or close relationships to please fans. Some do, I think, but not everybody. And there's a certain sense you get from people--a chemistry that can't be faked or manufactured (as Zach is so fond of saying)--and it's that chemistry that people sense and flail over. I do think there's a reason certain RPS pairings are popular and others just don't have as many fans. It's the amount of chemistry two actors have, and depending on how obvious it is, the people who see it are the ones who ship it. There's also the interpretation factor. One interview, when viewed by several different people, can give off quite different vibes.

Specifically for RPS, I only ship three pairings: Chris/Zach, Bradley/Colin, and Jensen/Jared. I'm going to put the rest of this under a cut because it might get long. But here's why I ship them, and also why I think, regardless of whether or not they're atcually dating, they're fun to play with.

RPS Below! )
kowaiyoukai: (SPN wincest study)
If you guys haven't seen this, GO WATCH IT NOW!! Probably one of the best, if not THE BEST, fanvid I've ever seen--at least in terms of meta on fandom and society and how to view things fannishly. I cried while watching this b/c I am an emotional geek who takes this stuff way too seriously.

http://queergeektheory.wordpress.com/2009/02/07/new-media-and-old-institutions-2/#respond - It's imbedded in this entry.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_yxHKgQyGx0 - Found the youtube linky!

So, does anyone have the ability to download this for me, or do any of you guys have a copy of this already?

*puppy dog eyes*

EDIT: Dude. I just re-watched and now I've got chills and I'm seriously tearing up. Holy crap, yo. THIS IS WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT, PEOPLE. THIS IS WHAT FANDOM IS ALL ABOUT. \o/

EPIC. AMAZING. INTER-CONNECTED-NESS. I am shaking from the awesome. Must watch it more before I leave in ten minutes! *panics*
kowaiyoukai: (Default)
The Long List of Fandoms and Recommendations


This list was made from sheer boredom and also curiosity about just how much I’ve seen/played/etc. These are only the series that I remember/liked well enough to have included—I didn’t include series I either didn’t like or didn’t care about, such as Excel Saga, Samurai Deeper Kyo, and Nadia. I put the pairings I like next to the series name, and you should know those are only the pairings that really stood out to me. I probably shipped everybody with other people in each series, but what I’ve got written down are the ones I care about the most. So, what I’ve got written here aren’t the only pairings I ship in each series. I also basically ignored putting down the main couple if it’s obvious that I would agree with it, i.e. Kaori Yuki’s Boys Next Door. Then there’s my own rating of the show. It’s a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the highest. And my favorite character is thrown in there at the end, just for kicks. But if I don’t have one particular favorite, I left it off. You’ll also notice I’ve got a thing for yaoi and hot angsty guys. ^_^*

Note: Not all of these are actually fandoms that I’m in. In fact, I’ve never been in the fandom for, with a few exceptions, basically this entire list. However, these are series I’ve seen around LJ and various other fandoms, and so I figured I should put down my opinion on them while I was composing this, anyway.

The Long List of Fandoms and Recommendations )
kowaiyoukai: (pissed off)
Is anyone else noticing the trend of very quickly written, yet crappy, pornish fanfic? I used to be able to search on LJ for an hour and come up with at least one or two well-written fics about my fav characters being in love. Now, it seems like all I can find in certain fandoms is badly written porn. Porn has its place, but I really do enjoy the story elements of fic. I'm a writer, after all.

*le sigh*

I'm looking for fics with substance to them. I enjoy writing longer fics that are involving and deal with the characters emotions. Why can't I find those anymore? Am I getting too old? Has fandom become something else while I've been busy with grad school? Bah says I.

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