Sep. 27th, 2013

cest_what: (natasha in sunlight)
So I've been updating the [ profile] kudostest pinboard eight months now (bookmarking all new AO3 femslash with a 10%+ kudos/hitcount ratio). Here are some things that I've learned:

1) Dangan Ronpa has an f/f ship that the fandom refers to as Despaircest. I don't know what to do with how weirdly appealing that sounds to me. Although I haven't reached the tipping point and actually checked out the visual novel yet.

2) Teen Wolf and Avengers are pretty much the only femslash-friendly fandoms that pinboard is into. Those fics are the only ones that will already have notes when I save them.

3) Once Upon a Time is a fucking monster of a femslash fandom, and I have no idea where the fandom even lives. I only ever see OUaT mentioned in passing in my corners of DW and Tumblr, by people who like it but don't fic, but somewhere there is a community of people churning out 100k Regina/Emma epics every day and twice on Sundays. Despite the fact that the ship is built on hate UST, and Regina's canonical character tag includes the words "Evil Queen", they are almost all about Regina being brave and misunderstood while everybody except Emma is mean to her.

4) OUaT is also super into ship portmanteaus, but they're all kind of charmingly evocative and none of them are smushnames, so on the whole I tentatively approve. Snow Queen (Emma Snow/Evil Queen Regina) is the most common, but I've also seen Sleeping Warrior for Aurora/Mulan, and a bunch of Ruby ships along the lines of Red Queen, Red Snow etc.

5) Despite all the attention they've gotten, there's still very little fic for Orphan Black and Orange Is the New Black.

6) There is a person who has been writing a Judi Dench/Fandom Insert Character series for five months now.

7) I have no idea how the Marvel and DC universes work or how to tag them. I sort of thought I would start to get a sense for the interconnecting sub-canons, but noooooo.

8) Fic summaries make RWBY sound so exactly like my kind of thing. I wish I liked the animation style enough to watch more than an episode.

9) There is apparently no better character name for the playable video game characters where you can choose their gender than e.g. 'Female Hawke'. It took me ages to work out whether this was a name or a Rule 63 tag.

10) If I've never heard of a fandom, it is almost definitely a video game. If I've seen something mentioned on tumblr that I assumed was an anime, that's also a video game.

11) There are kind of a lot of video game fandoms.


So I missed last week because I wrote a Dear Femslashex Letter instead (apparently ... two posts a week is not possible for me?), but here's my favourite fanwork encountered this week:

Home by Harukami

It's No. 6 again, and Nezumi/Shion again, and it's what I basically want 90% of all No. 6 fic to be: a complicated but happy reunion preceded by thousands of words of being lonely, and painfully, epically missing each other. Thank you I will take twelve hundred.

Also Shion talks to mice.


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