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Where the towels are oh so fluffy ([personal profile] erinptah) wrote2009-08-25 06:18 pm

Unexpected glee is unexpected

Reason #2501845 I love DW: OpenID users can join communities. So if there are locked posts, or if the comm is set to "only members can comment", you still don't need an actual DW account to have a way in.

Reason #2501846 I love DW: It's good for LJ. (Link includes a whole history of online journaling services. Inside views and all.)


Just recently started listening to Pandora again. Had forgotten how much I love it.

The premise: you tell the program some music you like, and it goes out and finds similar-sounding songs to play for you. If you're a music junkie, it's addictive. And it's added a ton of background info since I was last there, including lyrics, artist histories, and album reviews.

So a song by H.I.M. comes up on one of these stations (this one, which is how I got introduced to Plumb, Delain, Fireflight, and Leaves' Eyes), and I click through to their artist page, and what do I see?

Spontaneous self-insert bandom RP!

(Newest comments on top. There's more on the page itself, though old comments get deleted to make way for new ones, so it may all be gone soon.)

A lot of the time fandom (and RPF specifically) gets discussed as if it's this insular thing. It's a close-knit community of like-minded people, or it's some aberrant phenomenon that is (/should be?) confined to specific corners of the Internet. Especially on LJ, people have a tendency to talk about fandom as if it's the exclusive domain of a bunch of people on LJ.

But it isn't. Fannishness can spring up anywhere. Take two random people, who likely as not have never even heard of LJ-based bandom, and give them a forum on which they can interact (even one like Pandora, which is not in any way designed to be fandom-friendly), and bam! Cracktastic RPF roleplaying ensues.

All of which fills me with glee. This impulse is universal, people.

(That doesn't mean "everyone has it" - just that "it sure as hell isn't about to be 'confined' anywhere".)

So, in the interest of finding more glee, let me just throw this question out there: Where has this happened to you? What are some of the random, mundane, mainstream, or otherwise surprising places you've stopped short and thought, "O hai thar, unexpected!fandom"?
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[personal profile] attie 2009-12-21 03:32 pm (UTC)(link)
Final round of the national foreign language contest! I met [personal profile] billie there, along with a few other slashers who don't have a journal. It seems that reading fanfiction is really a good way to improve your foreign languages!
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[personal profile] attie 2009-12-21 11:36 pm (UTC)(link)
Germany :)

It only works really well for English and Japanese I guess, since those are the two languages with humungeous fandoms. I did spend some time in French 30STM fandom, since there wasn't any slash in English at all, but mostly stopped after creating the 30stm_slash community on LJ. (More because it coincided with going to college and not having an internet connection in my room for two years though.)
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[personal profile] halfeatenmoon 2009-12-26 06:42 am (UTC)(link)
Here via... a long linktrail, really! I'm rockeandroll on LJ. And I'm looking at the date and seeing that this was posted quite long ago, but whatever. I love this topic.

I have encountered fandom/fanficcy ideas frequently and bizarrely in a multitude of places. The only ones that spring to mind immediately are RPF kind of things. Like I used to be on the newsletter list for this band, The Whitlams, and one time the frontman was asked to present an award at a ceremony because the more famous person who was meant to do it backed out. Anyway, he sent everyone in the fanclub an account of his experience of presenting the award which derailed into this long bit about how he was sorry that the girl who was meant to present the award to the winner backed out, because he always thought she and the winner would make a great couple and then talking about exactly how he imagined it would happen. Music RPF: even musicians do it.
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[personal profile] halfeatenmoon 2009-12-26 08:11 am (UTC)(link)
The funny thing is, I'm not really a music RPF fan (well, not until about a week ago) and definitely not with these bands. But that was something that just stuck out as fic-like. Unfortunately a few years later someone on the fanclub mailing list made some crack about shipping two of the band members. Which I don't exactly object to, but this was an official fanclub list. That the band members had access to, even if they didn't read it. The list was kind of dying anyway but the whole thing was kind of dodgy.

Also, I have sometimes made friends with people and discovered, without ever mentioning fic to them, that they ship things compulsively. Including my best friend, a straight man who has stronger slash goggles than I will ever wear. I can't watch a movie with him without him coming out of it with slash references.

Oh! And I remember once there was a Twilight shipwar in the letters page of MX, Melbourne's free evening newspaper. (It is not a classy paper. Page 3 may as well be titled "What Pete Wentz and a handful of other celebrities said on Twitter today." But they always mention Pete Wentz.) (I'm in Melbourne Australia, not Melbourne Florida. Just for clarity.)