Hello, prospective future Yuletide writer! Thank you in advance for the fic you are about to embark on.
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I got asked a thing about Daily Show/Colbert Report fandom history, and ended up typing a couple hundred words. Figured I'd repost it here, for anyone else who came in late and wants backstory.
In the beginning, before the Daily Show had any spinoffs, there was just tds_rps. Then the Colbert Report came along in 2005, and people started using "fake news" to refer to both shows together, in contrast to "real news" for the fans who wrote RPF about news anchors.
At that time Livejournal didn't let you have tags on posts at all. When the option was introduced, that was one of the motivations for creating the fakenews_fanfic community -- to create a place that had comprehensive tags from the beginning.
Anyone can start a new LJ comm, so they weren't centralized or organized in any logical way. If someone felt like there was a need that wasn't being filled by the existing comms, they would make one. Like, for a while tds_rps was joined by tcr_fps, which was open to Report-specific fics. It had such a narrow focus, there was argument about whether Jon/"Stephen" fics should be allowed -- because even though "Stephen" the character was in them, Jon wasn't a fictional character, he was just himself.
You can see why a community like that would get a limited amount of traffic. People who liked writing "Stephen" fic usually also liked writing about Jon. And a lot of them liked writing about Stephen-the-actor too, and there was heavy crossover with fans of news RPF, and fans of Strangers With Candy (the comedy Stephen co-created, where he played a character who was a lot like "Stephen," and the sense of humor was very similar), and so on and so forth....
So one of the reasons fakenews_fanfic rose to be the main fandom community was that it had a broad focus. People could post all their fake-news-related fic in the same place. Not every reader had exactly the same interests, but there was enough overlap that everyone would be interested in most of the fic posted. And the tags meant it was easy to go through and find exactly the things you liked.
For a long time there wasn't a single kink meme, just people making "put your kink prompts here" posts in their personal journals. Eventually someone decided to be more organized, and created a dedicated community for it. I don't actually know who! It was a personal project, not the official creation of any other community.
Fills from all the separate kink posts are bookmarked and tagged in one place. (I do know who handled that, because it was me.)
Yuletide is open! Here's all the fake news (& related) fics.
It's my second Yuletide, and the first one where I've written treats. So if you read a fic and think "huh, this writing style/character interpretation/combo of favorite tropes seems familiar"...you might be right.
And for a gift -- guys, I got my incredibly-niche moonshot prompt -- it's Dorothy hanging out with lesbians in turn-of-the-century San Francisco!
The Road Built in Hope (5346 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Oz - L. Frank Baum
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Dorothy Gale/Princess Ozma
Characters: Dorothy Gale, Uncle Henry, Original Female Character(s), Eureka (Oz)
Additional Tags: Slice of Life, Canon Compliant, Misses Clause Challenge
Dorothy stays with friends in San Francisco before the events of 'Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz.'
Vintage holiday wishes from Catball & Clown Girl:
TDS flash-forwards to a pirate broadcast from the end of Trump's first term. Desi Lydic is doing makeshift alleyway broadcasts with a rat, Ronnie Chieng moved back to China just in time to make millions off of Trump's botched details...my favorite part is how Trump's opponents have all been banished, but Elizabeth Warren is leading a group of rebels as "The Woman in the Woods."
"How many presidents had grandchildren when they moved into the White House? Given that more than 14,000 historians are members of the American Historical Association, and that genealogy has become an enormous hobby, you would think this would be an easy question to answer." It's not, but they've taken a shot at it. 3 of our last 6 presidents had them, and at least 12 out of the whole 44.
"Consumer of orphan and puppy souls Hillary Clinton helps raise awareness about child trafficking in Haiti."
"Between 2003 and 2009, the Bush White House “lost” 22 million emails. This correspondence included millions of emails written during the darkest period in America’s recent history, when the Bush administration was ginning up support for what turned out to be a disastrous war in Iraq with false claims that the country possessed weapons of mass destruction (WMD), and, later, when it was firing U.S. attorneys for political reasons."
Surprising numbers of teenagers in Macedonia are getting rich quick...by writing fake Trump-related news stories and reaping the ad revenue.
Guess which employees is Trump refusing to pay this week! If you said "his own campaign pollsters," you guessed right.
Trump hotels are taking a beating in the price wars. Beautiful schadenfreude.
The latest Savage Lovecast opens with almost twenty minutes of Dan channeling grief and heartbreak and hope into words I needed, that a lot of us probably need.
I'm doing okay again. Got to work like a functional person and did not once start crying at my desk, although it was a close thing a couple of times. Especially when Dan started choking up. Especially when he talked about how incredible it is, what a breathtaking sign of progress in the midst of all the horror, that when a gay club was attacked and the police showed up, they were there to help.
There's anger to be articulated too. Neither TDS nor TNS hit the right note for me, but Full Frontal was cathartically furious.
And Roy Zimmerman just put out a new recording of the incandescently bitter "Thoughts And Prayers."
Speaking of: you may have heard that it's a cheap gesture when politicians offer their "thoughts and prayers" after a mass shooting. Igor Volsky demonstrates that it is, in fact, a very expensive gesture. Hundreds of thousands of NRA dollars went into these gestures.
Equality Florida is handling the funds for victims and survivors of the Pulse massacre, and has other resources, particularly for family members.
And as with any tragedy, if you're eligible to give blood and don't have an appointment scheduled...get one for next month. Or the month after that. For when the surge of interest has receded, but the need is still there.
that "Fink and Cranor get interviewed on Colbert's show" thing had happened, like, a year ago. At least. Maybe eighteen months for good measure.
Because at that point I would have been elated at that level of fannish crossovering. But by now, the only thing I want to hear from the Night Vale crew is "when we wrote a character becoming suicidally depressed, and didn't have any of his loved ones provide any care or support -- not even his boyfriend in what is supposed to be a loving and healthy same-sex relationship -- that was really fucked-up." Anything that isn't that, I'm just...not interested.It's like why I haven't tried to watch any more of Sailor Moon Crystal. It's not going to give me what I want, and the things it does give will probably upset me in some way, and I've stopped feeling any pull to watch it and find out how.
So the Jon-Stewart-went-and-bought-a-farm news has officially blossomed, right? There's no context on the image, so maybe it's just a random picture of Jon with a cow, but I'm really hoping that's a picture of Jon with his cow.
Alison Bechdel talks to NPR about the Fun Home musical, gay stuff in general, and how she would like us to switch from calling it "the Bechdel test" to "the Bechdel-Wallace test" (since it was Liz Wallace who came up with the original criteria). I'm down with that. There are a bunch of song clips from the musical included, and, wow, even an excerpt from "Ring of Keys" was seriously feelings-inducing. Gonna look this up now.
(I originally typed that first sentence as "Alison Bechdel talks to NPC." And if you think about it, Terry Gross is kind of an NPC for the RPG of life....)
"Mahō Shōjo Ikusei Keikaku Magical Girl Survival Novels Get Anime." Going by the description, it's basically Battle Royale or The Hunger Games, but the magical-girl version. I am so here for this.
"Marvel and DC are consistently considered the mainstream, but they are routinely beat out in pure sales and popularity by webcomics, manga and graphic novels including Telgemeier’s Smile and Drama (both with more copies in print than Star Wars #1, and at a higher retail price). Homestuck is a webcomic that was, at least at one point, getting 600,000 unique visitors per day, and Randall Munroe’s XKCD was reportedly pulling in between 60 and 70 million hits a month at times. The last pamphlet comic prior to Star Wars #1 to sell one million copies was a Pokemon manga from 1999.""Hello Barbie is by far the most advanced to date in a new generation of A.I. toys whose makers share the aspiration of Geppetto: to persuade children that their toys are alive — or, at any rate, are something more than inanimate." She's wifi-enabled. She's Siri with a face (and a bunch of, from the sound of it, reasonably feminism-conscious and child-oriented programmers). This is really cool.
Steven Universe: Latest episodes are good episodes. Was really into "Sadie's Song". I love how they avoided the trope of "shy person doesn't want to dress up and go out on stage and perform, but their friends push them to do so, and they're amazing and end up loving it!", instead going with "shy person doesn't want to dress up and go out on stage and perform, and you shouldn't push them to do so, because their comfort zone is valid and deserves to be respected."
Plus, Steven got to wear a skirt and heels with little rosettes, and it wasn't played for laughs or presented as Subversive and Important, it was just treated like any other outfit a boy might wear. Well played, show.
And "Catch and Release" confirmed so many Peridot theories. She's tiny! She's basically imprinted on Steven! She's scared and confused and thinks basically every human thing could be a weapon, which makes me wonder what exactly they've been told about Earth back on the Gem Homeworld. Bonus worldbuilding: her dialogue lets us know what Gem swearing sounds like.
Some people are thinking "omg she's actually a child" now, but she didn't act like a child in her first appearances -- she acted like a competent, calm, almost robotic technician. I'm sticking with the theory that she wasn't designed to have much personality, and is haphazardly developing one as an attempt to adapt to this crazy new environment she's been thrown into. Which explains why she's so darn feral.
And I bet she's responding to Steven because he has the Rose Quartz gem. Even if Rose was a rebel/traitor, she's still high-status enough that Peridot (like Pearl?) has an automatic/instinctive reaction to this Important Gem.
Army Wives has made me tear up at least three times now. It's a series with a lot of grief and trauma built into the premise, and it's really good at portraying them.
Portraying other things, it can be...schmaltzy? Overly rosy? One of the earliest storylines involves a couple nearly splitting up, until the woman gets pregnant, and they decide to stay together for the baby...and this totally works, they're still happily and relatively-non-stressfully married six seasons later. That's the kind of thing I mean.
You kinda have to suspend your disbelief about the goodness and morality of the US military as a whole while watching. None of the characters are highly-placed enough to change who our country goes to war with, but most of them don't argue much about it, either. And there's heavy representation for Christianity, none at all for anybody else.
On the plus side: lots of female friendships, women doing a variety of highly-skilled jobs (a lawyer, a cop, a nurse practitioner, a colonel!), one recurring lesbian couple plus a few other queer characters popping up in the background, a realistic (afaict) character with diabetes, and traumatic brain injury, and HIV. Also, a general aversion to "manufactured drama caused by two people being unable to speak to each other like adults." So many conflicts get resolved by the characters doing some mature reflection on what they're really upset about, and then talking it out!
The last season shuffles out most of the regulars and tries to get you invested in a new main group. No surprise it got canceled after that. But the replacement goldfish were likeable enough that I'm glad I watched through to the end, and non-invested enough that I'm not too distraught about the cliffhangers they got left on.
Okay, I'm gonna say it: I'm underwhelmed by The Late Show.
A fair amount of it is just TCR on a bigger stage -- the intro-to-the-Pope segment the other night was exactly what "Stephen" would have delivered, except that he would have called it "Better Know A Pope" -- which is all well and good. And there's been at least one sketch that was basically an Exit 57 throwback.
But I've started skipping the interviews unless I care what the guest has to say. Never did that with TDS, TCR, or the Nightly Show. (Although if either Trevor Noah or Larry Wilmore decide to have Donald Trump as a guest, I will skip that like a flat rock on a long pond. Good lord, why would you give that man any more publicity?)
I mean, come on, Ted Cruz complains about how same-sex marriage isn't in the Constitution, then five minutes later he's complaining about unelected judges in Washington getting to interpret the law for the whole country -- and Colbert doesn't point out that that is in the Constitution? That was one of the most obvious setups he could have gotten, and he just let it whoosh past, untouched. Where's the interviewer who blindsided the sponsor of a Ten Commandments bill by asking him what those commandments were? What happened?
Skipping the musical performances too, although I probably would have done that no matter what else was going on in the show.The Nightly Show's panel discussions are sharper, funnier, and more listenable, with a lot fewer softballs. Last Week Tonight doesn't do guests at all, delivering a pure concentrated fake-news broadcast that doesn't pull any punches. Can't be sure yet what Samantha Bee's upcoming Full Frontal will become, or whether I'll like how Trevor Noah handles the Daily Show, but at least I feel secure in counting on Larry and John Oliver to keep delivering a satisfying fake news fix.
I've spent the past several days staying up most of the night, because when the sun is up it's sometimes too hot to do anything but sleep. Definitely too hot to have my laptop running.
Petition to cut the rest of August short and move straight to September, please.
The Thrilling Adventure Hour has at last released the final episode of Moonshine Holler! Never my favorite segment, the formula was kinda wearing, so the one thing that would've drawn back my interest was "we finally get a reunion with the Hobo Princess, and the actual plot progression that follows."
And we did! And I really enjoyed how it played out! Especially the reveal of where the Hobo Princess was this whole time, and what she's been doing -- that was excellent. Maybe in the comics we can get a spinoff following her side of the story? Because I would be all over that.
Rewatching The West Wing with 5+ more years of TV-watching experience is so much wilder than the first time around.
Agent Coulson works for the FBI in this universe! They just appointed liberal lion Patty Hewes to the Supreme Court, and hired Ms. Frizzle to be the President's secretary! Delusional Republican Sally Langston takes a turn being a rational Democrat. The White House staff receive a guest who clearly just walked in from Sacred Heart Teaching Hospital, and another who must have flown in from Lima, Ohio.
(There are multiple fics on the AO3 where TWW!Coulson is a secret identity of MCU!Coulson. Fandom, you have not disappointed.)
Meanwhile, I'm having Josh-and-Donna feelings all over again. (I'm so happy that Donna's actress is now a senator on Alpha House.)
I uploaded the Indecision 2008 joint election special, for anyone who wants a good throwback.I'm so not ready for this to be over.