frayadjacent: Buffy smirking over Giles with quarterstaff (Mindy Kaling)
Past memes: 2016 | Um apparently I only did this once before?

1. Your main fandom of the year?

Steven Universe, as last year. But also a certain creative decision made during Season 4 of The Mindy Project knocked my socks off and massively increased my commitment to that show.

I also listened to Hamilton A LOT, and spent way too much money buying tickets to see the show this year. But I never really got into the fandom side, so I'm not sure it counts.

2. Your favorite film watched this year?

Arrival. It was so beautiful and hopeful and wonderfully told, and I looooovvvved all the process stuff in it.

3. Your favorite book read this year?

Sorcerer to the Crown, by Zen Cho, for being delightful and filling my soul just when I needed it. Also Black Wolves by Kate Elliott, which was a slow burn but so good, Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (narrated by Adjoa Andoh -- I alternated between reading and listening on this one), and the audiobook of Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein (narrated by Morven Christie and Lucy Gaskill).

4. Your favorite TV show of the year?

Steven Universe. This season of Orphan Black was also excellent, and left me happy that the show hadn't ended with three seasons as originally planned (and as I'd wished when S3 finished).

5. Your favorite online fandom community of the year?

Dreamwidth, but I haven't been engaged much with online fandom at all this year.

6. Your best new fandom discovery of the year?

Underground -- but I think that might be the only new show I watched in full this year? I have not been watching much and when I do I generally rewatch old stuff for comfort, or watch my few ongoing shows: Steven Universe, The Mindy Project, and Orphan Black.

Underground got some flack for being more of an action-drama than its premise suggests, but I kinda loved it. I mean, why shouldn't runaway slaves get to be action heros? And the ending left me So Excited for Season 2.

7. Your biggest fandom disappointment of the year?

I finally read Uprooted, and while in some ways it was better than I expected, it was also a lot more violent than I expected and I just wasn't feeling it. Though calling that a disappointment is a major stretch. I mostly really liked the book.

8. Your TV boyfriend of the year?

Rahul Kohli from iZombie is outrageously attractive to me, so I'll choose him even though I only watched one episode of the show. Certainly not any of Mindy Lahiri's boyfriends.

9. Your TV girlfriend of the year?

Mindy Kaling. I have heart-eyes for her.

10. Your biggest squee moment of the year?

Every. Single. Moment. of the Steven Universe episode Last One Out of Beach City
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1. Your main fandom of the year?

In terms of passion as expressed through reblogs of fanart on Tumblr, Steven Universe. It was also the fandom I was most excited about, in addition to my ever-present love for Buffy and Xena. But I did make the Buffy vid of my heart (even if it didn't quite live up to my hopes).

2. Your favorite film watched this year?

Wild. It was such a lovely film; Witherspoon's performance was great, plus it had so much beautiful US West Coast scenery, how could I not love it?

3. Your favorite book read this year?

The Outskirter's Secret, by Rosemary Kirstein. I re-read the whole series early in the year and that one's still my favorite, though I've come to adore The Lost Steersman almost as much.

I also read and fell for the Imperial Radch books this year, but I don't know how to choose a favorite. Most people say Ancillary Justice is the best, but Ancillary Sword introduces most of my favorite characters (Tisarwat! Mercy of Kalr! Kalr 5!) so I'm not so sure.

4. Your favorite TV show of the year?

Steven Universe!!!!!! I also thought Jessica Jones was excellent, though none of its characters really pulled me in and stole my heart (Malcolm and Luke came close a few times). I started Supergirl but am still only four or five episodes in, more for external reasons than not wanting to watch the show, which I enjoy very much.

5. Your favorite online fandom community of the year?

Dreamwidth, still, but I'm pretty active on twitter. I feel like both of those things are at least as much about chatting with/reading blogs by friends as they are about participating in fandom per se. A lot of this is because the things my friends are talking about are not what I'm into. Or I get into it after my friends have already kinda gotten over it. Also, for many reasons I find myself less inclined to discuss my fannish obsessions online than I used to. I do adore the Xena watch happening at [community profile] ladybusiness.

6. Your best new fandom discovery of the year?

Steven Universe!!!!! I remember when people on twitter were talking about it and I was like, "whatever, a kid's show about a little boy is not my thing." Especially because white male child prodigies are a trope that I hate. (Steven's not a child prodigy, but I might have perceived him as one before I started the show.)

But I gave it a chance and I am so glad, because now I can say I have three favorite shows instead of two. The plotting, the storytelling, the mythology, the characterization, the relationship-building, the political and ethical positions show show carves out: every single one of these things is well done. Mostly incredibly well-done. Plus the music is fantastic, art is lovely, the voice acting is incredible, the show genuinely makes me laugh, it can be downright creepy (in a good way) at times, and UGH EVERYONES FACE. It's one of those shows where my favorite character changes from episode to episode, because they're all so good. It is earnestly hopeful and that hope is earned. This show knows my heart.

7. Your biggest fandom disappointment of the year?

Orphan Black. Everyone has talked about how plotty that show is, and throughout S2 many criticized the show for how convoluted the plots were getting. I didn't care as long as I had my character beats -- Sarah being ruthless and loving and never stopping trying, Helena loving children and her sistras, Felix making me laugh and warming my heart, Siobhan being a badass -- and interesting relationship dynamics. But S3 really struggled under the weight of the plottiness. Only one episode really worked for me. The second half of the season was better than the first half, but I finished the finale wishing the show was over, feeling they'd wrapped it up in a pretty good place and I wish they'd just left it there, instead of introducing *more* new plot elements for a fourth season.

8. Your TV boyfriend of the year?

John Jacobi on Killjoys. On one hand I find it embarrassingly predictable how much I like him (he's funny, he's lower-case-n nice, he wants to do right in the world, he's not particularly muscley for Hollywood), on the other hand it's surprising because it is super rare for me to find male tv characters who I really like and connect to.

Honorary mention to James Olsen from Supergirl who is great.

9. Your TV girlfriend of the year?

Deedee Magno-Hall, who voices Pearl on Steven Universe. Yes I chose a character for boyfriend and an actor for girlfriend.  I love her voice and her performance! Also Rebecca Sugar. Also Xena, forever. <3

PS If I die tell Mindy Kaling I love her.

10. Your biggest squee moment of the year?

Hmm. When Steven began singing "Giant Woman" in the episode of the same name, and the whole show just clicked. spoilers for late S1 to mid S2 Steven Universe )

11. The most missed of your old fandoms?

I miss my old devotion to BtVS, when I would discuss it online all day and rewatch whole episodes just to see if I agreed with one of the points in someone's meta, and when I vidded Buffy early on. I don't think I'll ever have that level of fannish passion again.

12. The fandom you haven’t tried yet, but want to?

I've just started Sense8, which I like well enough so far. I keep meaning to try The 100, and The Legend of the Seeker, both of which I think I'd like. I just never want to take the time to watch new shows now.

I'm more excited about getting back into books. Reading feels a lot more accessible to me than television, since I can do it on the train into work and while eating breakfast and so forth. I'm also wanting a broader range of stories and characters than I often find on television. I just finished Black Wolves and am planning to read more Kate Elliott. I'm also planning to read Chris Moriarty's Spin series (on [personal profile] luzula 's very convincing rec) and Fire Logic (the, erm, logical choice from this "which lesbian SFF should I read" list, though that list has lots of candidates!).

13. Your biggest fan anticipations for the New Year?

More Steven Universe. I'm also looking forward to catching up on Supergirl and to Luke Cage's show. I might see Batman v Superman, or I might just wait for the Wonder Woman supercut.
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Restarting a meme from...January (!) to help me get back in the habit of posting.

Day 11 - A show that disappointed you:
Oh this is maybe why I stopped this meme! I dunno, the world is shitty right now and I don't feel like knocking anyone's fandom. So I'll just say that Doctor Who fans are my favorite part of the show.

Day 12 - An episode you've watched more than 5 times:
Lol, most of Buffy. Like seriously intently watched, and within the last 6 years. /o\ The episode I've watched the most is probably "Once More, With Feeling". I still love it so, but I had to back off because the impact was starting to wear off. It's beautiful, it's funny, it makes me cry. Especially when Buffy sings, "well that depends/ on if they let you go". Shit. Shit shit shit. Now I'm all full of love and sorrow for my girl.

Also, I used to listen to the soundtrack (along with my "Buffy playlist", which is what I called it before I knew that fanmixes were a thing, and which by the way sparked my first vid ideas) while bicycling to and from work on the Burke-Gilman trail. So now I associate specific songs with specific parts of the commute. E.g., "I'll Never Tell" immediately makes me think of riding in the dark and cold of a winter evening under the Aurora Bridge and around the corner past Theo's chocolate factory. I always skipped "Rest in Peace", which is the only song on the soundtrack I dislike.

(In case you're wondering, I listened with only one earbud and, um, usually took it out when I was riding on streets with cars. Usually.)

I'm trying to think if there are any non-Buffy episodes I've watched more than five times. Possibly some X-Files or Star Trek: Voyager episodes, because I had a few on tape so I probably rewatched them a bunch, but that was so long ago I don't remember them well. Maybe a few episodes of the US version of The Office, because Mr. Adjacent cycles through sitcoms while he cooks -- which is most of the time -- and there are few I can't resist. Mainly "Boys and Girls", "The Dundies", "Duwali", that beach party one. I like when everyone goes somewhere else together.

Links to previous answers )

the rest of the questions )
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Snagged from [personal profile] lostdragonfound 

Send me a show and I'll tell you...
- The first character I fell in love with:
- The character who is my ‘baby’:
- The character who I do not understand:
- The character that I think the show ruined:
- The most attractive male and female character:
- The character death that was the worst for me:
- The character that is the most like me:
- The character I think the writer(s) love:
- The character that I just want to be happy:
- My four favorite characters, past or present:
- My four least favorite characters, past or present:

I think all my shows appear in my tags list?

frayadjacent: Buffy smirking over Giles with quarterstaff (Xena grinning)
Day 10 - A show you thought you wouldn't like but ended up loving:

Most shows?  I'm very reluctant to try new things. 

Though as I've discovered fandom and thus given more thought to what I actually like in television, and had opportunity to interact with people who are good at articulating what *they* like -- and don't like -- it's easier to predict what I'll enjoy.  But yeah, pretty much everything I watched prior to ~2012 I was cajoled into giving a shot. 

30 Questions )

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Day 09 - Best scene ever:

My non-definitive answer is the scene between Buffy and Giles in the training room in The Gift.  A scene which [personal profile] next_to_normal iconned for me!! :D

Fray gushes, with spoilers. )

30 Questions )

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Oops, I'm getting behind!

Day 07 - Least favourite episode of your favourite TV show:

Everytime people talk about the bad BtVS episodes, all I think about is the things I like about them.  Even "I Robot, You Jane" has Giles/Jenny fun, plus that great final scene:

None of us is ever going to have a normal relationship
(This image comes from tumblr, but I can't seem to track down the maker to credit them.)

Hmm.  Maybe "Bad Eggs".  That episode is pretty boring.  Or "Wrecked" -- not because it was as bad, in and of itself, as some other contenders, but because it threw Willow's arc a bit off course.  Before that, I think Willow had one of the strongest character arcs I've seen on television.  After "Wrecked", it was still strong, but it never worked quite as well for me.

Day 08 - A show everyone should watch:

I don't believe such a thing exists.  Sorry.

30 Questions )

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Day 06 - Favourite episode of your favourite TV show:

The Gift (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)

My brain isn't functioning on the higher levels this evening, so I'm gonna make a list of reasons why this ep is my favorite.  We'll see if I can manage to turn that list into paragraphs with transitions and complete sentences.  (Hint: if you're reading this, I didn't.) SPOILERS for the first 5 seasons below.
  • The teaser: takes us back to the original mission statement of the show, about a girl in an alley who faces a monster and kills it.  But it also reminds us, with Buffy's sorrowful response to "but you're a girl" ("that's what I keep saying"), how far the show, and the characters, have come.  And how very at the end of her rope she is.
  • The "we're bloody well talking about this" scene.  I just want to HUG EVERYONE.
  • The scene between Buffy and Giles in the training room.  Neither of them changes their mind, but they come to an uncomfortable understanding.  Plus, Buffy's monologue about when she killed Angel, and why she's not that person anymore.  MORE HUGS.  This is actually possibly my favourite scene in the whole show.  *clings to scene*
  • Everyone gets a moment: Xander the bricklayer, Giles the killer, Anya the stick-arounder and problem-solver, Willow the witch but also Willow who loves Tara.  Spike's "you treat me like a man" speech.  Dawn's willingness to die to save the world.
  • Willow and Tara's reunification, of a kind.  One of my favourite moments for that couple.  Oh!  And the callback to Hush, when the two hold hands to share power, and part the crowd.
  • On the other hand, this is a pivotal moment for Willow's magical development.  The Weight of the World is the first time she delves into getting into other people's head, but there it's in order to help them.  Here, she's not only Buffy's Big Gun -- she is unquestionably one of the most powerful characters -- but she's also specifically learning how to get into people's heads in order to hurt them.  *shivers*
  • Sarah Michelle Gellar's face.  Oh my god that face.  She's so sad and my heart hurts for her.
  • Buffy is clearly wrong, but I'm overwhelmed with love and sympathy.  Like Buffy herself, part of me doesn't care that she's wrong.
  • Giles, on the other hand, makes the right call killing Ben.  I actually find this to be a lot less morally ambiguous than many people say.  But it's still a chilling moment, especially since Giles doesn't know that Ben turned Dawn over to Glory.
  • The gorgeous directing and editing.  And music and lighting.  Is it just me or is the Magic Box especially gorgeous in this ep?
  • The humor.  Not as funny as some eps -- even some very dramatic eps like Becoming II have more memorable comedy.  But there's still the trademark BtVS humor that I adore in this episode.
  • And the biggest single reason: that Buffy simultaneously fulfills and surpasses the "death wish" that Spike claimed she'd come to once she'd lost her connections to the world.  On one hand, her death is, to some extent a suicide.  She doesn't "know how to live in this world, if these are the choices."  "The hardest thing in the world is to live in it."  But rather than dying because she's lost everything worth living for, she dies as an expression of love, and of her connections to the world.  This makes me so happy and so sad and did I mention I JUST WANT TO HUG MY GIRL?
  • Also speaking of hugs and Buffy's face, the way that SMG can so perfectly express what I just wrote, only so much better, with a fucking facial expression as Buffy decides to jump.  Who are you SMG?
30 Questions )
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Day 05 - A show you hate:

I was about to write how I never watch more than a few episodes of a show if I don't enjoy it, but it's not really fair to say I hate something if I haven't seen that much of it.  Or, more likely, I won't even watch one episode of the shows I'm pretty sure I'd hate, but then it's really not reasonable to say I hate them.

But then I realized: I've seen most of How I Met Your Mother.  And I kinda hate it.  No amount of Robin Scherbatsky in the world will be enough to stop my bitterness at giving hours and hours to this show when I could have been discovering Parks and Recreation working on my dissertation.

30 Questions )
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Day 04 - Your favourite show ever:

Buffy the Vampire Slayer
.  Here's some reasons why:

The characters: Buffy herself is my favourite character of all time.  I'll save the why of that for Day 14, but suffice to say I've never seen a character that seemed as fully realised to me as Buffy Summers.  And the love doesn't stop there: I'm still in awe of the coherent, multi-dimensional characterisation that show drew -- across seven seasons -- for Willow, Xander, Giles, Anya, Joyce, Spike, and many others.  Their complex relationships, their love and loyalty, their fights and insecurities -- never has a collection of characters felt so real to me.

The heart: it's not just about feeling real though.  The Whites and Schraders are also complex, multi-faceted characters with interesting, strong, very authentic relationships.  But something Buffy has in spades that many shows of similar quality lack is an attention not just to their characters' failings, but also to their strengths, their capacity to love and to give to each other.  The fact that, even if they fail, they try to do better.  The show has hope, and heart.  In the last year or some I've come to realise that shows have to have this kind of heart for me to truly love them.

The many different relationships among women.  And, relatedly, the way it explores women's power.  I don't always agree with the positions it seems to be taking, but it poses the questions in ways that I still really enjoy.

Out of sheer laziness, for the rest of BtVS's many attributes, I refer the reader to Mike Marinaro's spoiler-free meta: 10 Things Buffy Does Best.  I'm not sure I agree that Buffy is as singular in its quality as he makes out here -- i.e., I agree it does these things well, but I'd argue there are a handful of other shows that also do. I think it's a mix of the high quality elements he lays out here, my own personal taste, and the fact that Buffy came before most of those other shows, that puts it on top for me.

30 Questions )

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Day 03 - Your favourite new show (aired this TV season):

Seriously?  I've only watched one: Agents of SHIELD.  So I guess it wins by default.  But, even though I haven't seen a single clip of it, I've heard so much good stuff about Sleepy Hollow, and I really do intend to watch it.  So I bet once I do, that would beat Agents of SHIELD.

30 Questions )

If you want me to answer a question or prompt of your making instead of posting on this meme, prompt me here!  I still have plenty of days left.
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Day 02 - A show that you wish more people were watching:

LOL, I am so not the person to come to for little-known, little-watched shows.  This is why I'm also not doing Fandom Snowflake Challenge Days 2 & 3, because they both involve reccing things that I think are little-known, and I just don't venture out enough to know.  Basically, if I've seen it, there's a good chance most of my readers have too. 

I mean, I would always happily eat up more Elementary fic, meta, vids, and other fanworks, but I'm not really concerned about a lack of viewership as such.  It seems to me that a huge fraction of my reading list is watching that show.  And even though most people don't post super frequently about Elementary, I know I'd find more fannish stuff if I just went to tumblr.  But I'm too lazy to learn tumblr savior, so.

As for old shows, I suppose I wish more people in my circles watched Friday Night Lights.  It's in my Top 5 shows ever, and in that case I do suspect that the dearth of vids, fic, etc is as much lack of viewers as it is lack of people making stuff.    Here is a non-exhaustive, unsorted list of things I love about it:
  • People communicate.  Not always well, but they try.  Drumming up false drama over lack of basic communication skills is a serious pet peeve for me, and this show never does that.
  • It treats everyone, from the single mother with a drug addiction to the obnoxious new rich guy's wife, with honesty and sympathy, and it lets them be real people.  It doesn't go for cheap jokes or bad drama at characters' expense.
  • It tells the kind of stories I never, ever would have expected from a show about a high school football team in Texas.  It particularly gives some beautiful arcs to numerous female characters.
  • It makes me want to be a better person.
It's a really good show.  You should watch it. 

30 Questions )
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I like memes.  I like how they get me posting.  I especially like memes with questions that draw out a substantive response rather than just yes/no/link here etc.  So I'm going to do the TV meme, which I last spotted over at [personal profile] deird1's page.

Day 01 - A show that never should have been cancelled:

Ooh, this is a tough one.  My immediate response is Firefly.  I imagine that's a lot of people's immediate response.  It's one of my favorite shows, and it was way too short.  I'm not a huge fan of Serenity and would definitely prefer that we got that story, as well as The Shepherd's Tale, in a season or two of television instead of a film and comic book. 

But at the same time, just that first season still feels like a complete package.  No, we didn't get any big plot arcs, and yes there are lots of unanswered questions.  But the end of "Objects in Space" doesn't leave me hanging.  It leaves me feeling all the affection for these characters that the other episodes already earned.  And yes, more is great, but I don't need it.

What I'd really love is a third season of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.  The first time I watched I was let down by the lack of resolution with the S2 finale -- I'm not sure I realized that there wasn't a third season, actually.  But it was only on rewatch, when I more fully appreciated just how many plot threads and story lines and character arcs were coming to a head and left to dangle, that I realized what a loss that cancellation was.  I think T:tSCC is probably the only show whose cancelling has actually made me angry.

Complete list of questions )
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Which TV shows did you start watching in 2013?

Parks and Rec, Elementary, Person of Interest, Orange is the New Black, Breaking Bad, and Freaks and Geeks )

Which TV shows did you let go of in 2013?

Parks and Rec, Person of Interest, Community )

Which TV shows did you mean to get into but didn't in 2013? Why?

Lost Girl, Farscape, Sleepy Hollow )

Which TV shows do you intend on checking out in 2014?

Same as above )

Which TV show impressed you least in 2013?

Once Upon a Time, Doctor Who )

Which TV show did you enjoy the most in 2013?

Elementary, Xena )
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Give me a show/movie/fandom and I'll tell you:

my favourite female character
my favourite male character
my favourite book/season/etc
my favourite episode (if it's a TV series)
my favourite cast member
my favourite relationship
a character I'd die defending
a character I just can't sympathize with
a character I grew to love
my anti otp



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