Without anymore adue, let me break the ice and break my record for procrastination and lose my dreamwidth posting virginity :)
I never have actually used this journal before. The move of fandomsecrets inspired me. Mostly, I use my LiveJournal here: http://ansley15.livejournal.com/profile. Because I only blog for fandom reasons rather than real life, and because my real life is pretty crazy busy, this journal may be inactive. However, I check the journal frequently, so if you comment or message me, I shall get back to you :)
I don't share too much about myself over the internet...at first. Until I get to know you :) I will say that I am 20 and I am an undergraduate student at a liberal university in a hipstery town in a backwards, conservative state in the United States of America. A blue oasis in a red sea of intellectual desolation and bigotry. My majors are english, philosophy, and gender studies. I am a frequent user/abuser of the sentence fragments, the moral enemy of Chicago format, and a lover of the Oxford comma. I intend on attending graduate school for english and studying questions of epistemology and narrative in British modernism. However, my true passion is philosophy. I am interested in ethical theory, analytic epistemology, political epistemology, and social epistemology. Though I tend to be interested in contemporary theorists, I know a bit about everyone from Aristotle to Zizek. My favorite authors and poets include, though are not limited to, Joyce, Morrison, Woolf, Pynchon, Eliot, Ginsberg, Fitzgerald, Dylan, Plath, Dickens, Yates, Junot Diaz, John Dos Passos, Dostoevsky, Burroughs, Kerouac,Tolstoy, Parker, Ishiguro, Whitman, Hemingway, Capote, Salinger, Henry James, Beckett, Bukowski, and of course Hunter S. Thompson. In real life, I used to spend all my time running the Gay-Straight Alliance at my university and working in the university feminist group. Now, I only have time for work, hanging out with friends, and doing my undergraduate research. My hobbies include going to indie rock concerts with my friends, clubbing, and ...God I'm such a nerd...research. I still support the GSA, the feminist group, and I am a member of the Secular Students Alliance. I also tutor freshmen in logic, which is fun. I am logic's bitch forever.
There are many things I liked in whose fandoms I am uninterested. Arrested Developement. Daria. The Quentin Tarantino verse. Dr. Who. Sherlock BBC. Even the Whedonverse is one I've only dipped my toes in, despite my epic brain-crush on Joss Whedon (though that love is far from uncritical...*cough* Dollhouse *cough*). I am an avid TvTropes fan and often fall into Trope-speak when discussing fandom. You have been warned.
Star Trek: My first fandom love was Star Trek (IX and TOS). Though I have drifted far I have never had more fun in a fandom ever. It was my nerd outlet for almost 3 years and ontd_startrek on LJ has been and always shall be special to me. I also used to write Kirk/Spock and Kirk/Spock/Uhura fanfiction, which can be found here: http://ansley15.livejournal.com/8312.
html Looking back on it, I penned some pretty weird stuff. Huh. I also have 2 ginormous rec lists for Kirk/Spock fanfiction (here: http://ansley15.livejournal.com/6048. html ) and other (here: http://ansley15.livejournal.com/9971. html) of which I am very proud. As you can tell by the rec list, I multiship and I spent a great deal of time in the fandom. I suspect once the new movie comes out my love will be reinvigorated. I tend to ship TOS!Kirk/TOS!Spock, TOS!Uhura/TOS!Scotty, IX!Spock/IX!Uhura, IXUhura/Spock/Kirk, Chapel/McCoy (either universe) Chekov/Sulu (either verse), and Kirk/Gaila. However, lately, I am more interested in friendship fic and gen. Kirk-Uhura and Spock-Gaila friendship fics are pretty much my favorite thing ever. I also love DS9 and the glorious awesomeness of Kira Nerys and Jadxia Dax. I have watched TNG, but I find myself uninterested in its fandom.
Star Wars: Lately I've been into the other "Star" series...Star Wars, of all things. Bow before my nerdiness. Is it cheesy? Hell yes. Badly written and cliche? Of course. So why am I up until 4 in the morning reading meta about how the "sides" the force are arbitrarily constructed and psychologically analyzing Obi-Wan Kenobi? I dunno, man. I think that my favorite fandom activity is coming up with Watsonian explanations for Doylian plot holes, deconstructing black and white morality, and finding darker undertones in "vanilla" series. I have only dabbled in the Expanded Universe. I read the Thrawn Trilogy yeeeeeeeeears ago, but I need to go back and re-read it. The novelization of Episode III is my headcanon for that movie because it is awesome. I have not watched the TCW show, but I read one of those godawful so-bad-they're-good tie in novels because it read like a piece of published fanfiction and sometimes bad fanfiction is my guilty pleasure. Because I follow a few Clone Wars fans on tumblr, however, I pretty much know everything that's happened on the show and can pass as a bonified nerd. In Star Wars, I love complicated, well-written meta and I am uninterested in shipping. A list of my favorite meta will be coming up in a few days. My favorite relationship is Obi-Wan and Anakin. While I enjoy reading other people's slash fic about them, I tend to queerplatonic ship them myself. Or, if I do ship them, it's more Obi-Wan--->Anakin romantically without necessarily sexually. I also like Han/Leia, Leia-Luke platonic soulmates, Han-Chewie bromance, Obi-Wan-Yoda friendship, and the complex relationship between all the members of the Jedi council in the prequel verse. As far as fandom goes, I tend to be more interested in prequel verse because the prequels were more badly written and leave more room for
bullshitting interpretation. Also, note I enjoy things I know, objectively, aren't that good. Also, please realize I don't hate anything in Star Wars (even the stuff I know, objectively, sucks), However I make fun of everything.
Actually, that I make fun of everything, even things I like,is probably a good thing to keep in mind when talking to me :)
Anime:My first anime love was Code Geass. I obsessively watched the shit out of that show. I think it took me a month to watch all 50 episodes, and the only reason it took that long was because of school. I was obsessed with it for a few months, before I realized there were much better anime out there. How old was I, you ask? Twelve? Thirteen? Hah, yeah...try nineteen. This was this past December. Since then, I have discovered Death Note, Madoka, Higurashi, Haruhi Suzumiya, Neon Genesis Evangelion, and a plethora of others. I will never watch Inuyasha or Bleach or Naruto or any of the mainstream, long, never-ending mega-anime. I tend to enjoy fandoms of shows like Death Note or Haruhi which take place mostly in the real world with a dash of science fiction added to them. I have read parts of the Haruhi Suzumiya light novels which I found online. This includes the last novel, so if you haven't read the 11th book in the series THERE WILL PROBABLY BE SPOILERS ON THIS JOURNAL. I will try to spoiler warn. Because I'm pretty new to anime, I am always open to suggestions! Aside from the anime mentioned above, I liked Ga-Rei-Zero, The Last Exile, and I am working on Revolutionary Girl Utena right now. For some reason, I tend to like anime with strong female characters and a mostly female cast. Oh, and Lucky Star is my guilty pleasure :)
Other fandom notes: Obviously, I am a fan of death of the author, dragging out queer subtext, discussing problematic aspects intelligently and calmly, and over-analyzation. Like I said earlier, I love making fun of things I love....because seriously, "I'll take this potato chip...AND EAT IT!!!!!" will never not be the most hilariously awesome scene ever. It really will not. I also multi-ship. And I stay out of ship wars. If I say “I don't like pairing x” (for example, I don't like Anakin/Padme and say so fairly often) that doesn't mean I hate it or even that I won't read well-written fic for it. I'm really the most laidback person ever about shipping. I ship slash, femmeslash, and het fairly evenly, though being queer myself, I usually have more to say about queer pairings. I also ship poly-amorous families, namely Kirk/Spock/Uhura. In general, I am more interested in friendship, gen, and “queerplatonic” relationships than romantic. Also, I love nothing uncritically. If there are problematic elements in a work of fiction, you can bet my sweet feminist ass I will analyze the hell out of it. I do this not necessarily to criticize, but to examine the (often unconscious) ideologies at work behind the creation of a piece of fiction.
Oh, also, a caveat-I am severely dyslexic. Yes, I know. A dyslexic literature student. Oh, the irony. So, if you catch any spelling errors or the like, please let me know! I shall not be offended. I try to proof read everything on Word before I post, but Word does not catch everything.
Welcome to my dreamwidth :)