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Jun. 22nd, 2017 09:56 pm
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I'm sort of trying to find something...fandom friends, or maybe just friends.

I will always love Stargate (SG-1 and SGA) and Trek (TNG, DS9, VOY) I have passing interests in other and currently love Dragon Age, MCU, Steven Universe, Brooklyn 99.

I'm 35, bi, gf, married with a kid. I don't write as much fanfic as I used to still have a lot of ideas peculating up there. I miss being part of fandom though I've always felt like I was on the fringes.

I ship f/f and het mostly, and I read that too but I will write anything. Any pairing. I'm either mental or gifted. Not sure which.

I love old films from the beginning to the 70s. Love MST3K. The new series was great. I love crap films, I hate reboots but I will watch them sometimes.

I live in Wales, I work in a pharmacy and write fiction and poetry too.

I have an intro post here for more about me.

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Jun. 21st, 2017 06:52 pm
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Looking for fandom community again <3

Jun. 21st, 2017 10:28 am
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Name: MF Luder
Age: 30's
Country: midwest USA
Subscription/Access Policy: If you comment and ask to be friends b/c we have stuff in common, I'll give mutual access/subscription. If you just add me, I probably won't because I'll assume you're only interested in reading fannish stuff, all of which is 100% public. Please be 18+.

Main Fandoms: Star Trek, The X-Files, Dark Matter, Stargate: Atlantis, DCTV (Arrow, Supergirl, The Flash, Lucifer, Constantine), DC comics/DCCU, Marvel comics/MCU, Good Omens
Other Fandoms: Person of Interest, Supernatural, White Collar, Teen Wolf, Heroes
Fannish Interests: I read and write fanfic. I love a good meta and squee.
OTPs and Ships: Mulder/Scully, Mulder/Krycek, McShep, Kirk/Spock, Barry Allen/Felicity Smoak/Oliver Queen, One/Two/Three (Dark Matter), Destiel, Tony Stark/Steve Rogers, Diana/Bruce/Clark, Peter/El/Neal, Harvey/Mike, Aziraphael/Crowley, Betty/Veronica/Archie, Rinch, Trip/T'Pol/Archer, Swan Queen, Sterek, Alex Mahone/Michael Scofield, Jessie Quick/Wally West, Petrellicest, Clary/Isabelle, Barbara Gordon/Dick Grayson, Barbara Gordon/Dinah Lance, Dinah Lance/Oliver Queen, Frank/Edward/Claire (House of Cards), Wincest, Clint/Coulson, Jason Todd/Roy Harper/Kori, D'avin/Dutch/John, Dan/Chloe/Lucifer, Sam Carter/Jack O'Neill, Peggy Carter/Howard Stark, Isaac/Scott/Allison, Charles/Erik, Harry Kim/Tom Paris, Supercorp, Sanvers, Mulan/Aurora, Jack/Nathan (Eureka), Janeway/Seven, 00Q

Favourite Movies: Star Trek, MCU, Wonder Woman, The History Boys, Lord of the Rings trilogy, X-Men: First Class, Sherlock Holmes, DCAU
TV Shows: (in addition to above) Killjoys, Riverdale, Dark Angel, NCIS: LA, Elementary, Castle, The Mentalist, Once Upon A Time, Rizzoli&Isles, Gilmore Girls, The West Wing, Young Justice, Firefly, Dollhouse, Sense8, BSG, Lost Girl, Eureka, Jessica Jones
Books: American Gods, Good Omens, Wicked series, The Wheel of Time series, sci-fi generally
Music: I like most genres with a trend to pop, indie, and socially conscious music; I'm not into music fandom though
Comics/Anime/Misc: Marvel, DC, Clean Room, Archie comics, Hellblazer, Kim&Kim, Lumberjanes

Other Info: Ravenclaw, INTP. I love all Trek but Janeway is the captain of my heart and DS9 is my fav - so yeah, I'm that Trek fan. I am also a multishipper (obvs) who doesn't do ship wars; I ship and let ship. That doesn't always seem to be the case on tumblr, so just know I'm old school regarding that. I've been on DW for 7 years, but am fully integrating now via the great migration from LJ. I'm also on AO3 and tumblr. My journal is 90% fandom related. Please come and be my friend! I miss the discussions about fandom that occurred on LJ in its heyday.
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You wouldn’t know it from the amount of time I spend thinking, talking, and writing about horror cinema, but I’m actually not a huge horror fan. I’ll spend hours falling through a TV Tropes or Wikipedia rabbit hole reading plot summary after plot summary, but what I’m looking for are spoilers and someone else to do the work. I want reassurances that the vampires have been staked and the aliens have been nuked from orbit. I’m rarely interested in going through the psychological labor it requires to actually…you know, sit through a horror movie myself. Not because I think horror films are bad, or somehow unworthy of my time; but because I am mentally weak. I am more than half convinced that if I watch too many scary movies, I will be more susceptible to demonic possession. I saw The Ring. I know how Samara works.  She ain’t slick!


NEVERTHELESS, there are some horror films I love and will rewatch over and over again (if “love” is the right word for the overwhelming dread that insinuates itself into my brain until I exorcise it with old episodes of What’s Happening). The boundaries and expectations of certain genre films — Westerns, romantic comedies, and yes, horror — can be very comforting in their predictability. We know, roughly, what the characters will say and want and do (and all too often, what they will look like). The pleasure of consuming these texts relies as much, if not more, on finding our expectations met as delighting in their subversion.

One of the compelling ways in which this “visceral” delight manifests itself is in the horror genre’s ever-evolving evocation of unsettling bodies. Modern horror films offer up a host of creepy, terrifying, gross figures, but one of the most fascinating is the character of “the hag.”

Baba Yaga [non-John Wick version], Meg Mucklebones, Miss Havisham

The hag, or the crone, is that beckoning, frightening, wizened figure of fear that hobbles through so many cautionary folktales across cultures. She lurks along dark pathways to terrorize children and grab wary travelers from out-of-the-way forest clearings. She lives alone, away from the safety and order of the village — or shuts herself up in a decaying abode that wise neighbors skirt in wariness. She may be called “Grandmother” or “Old Mother,” but if she ever had any children, they are long gone. Part of the revulsion lies in the way she makes her own way in the world. How does she survive: without a man, without children, without family? Surely, she must be up to something nefarious.

And yet, the fear of the crone is not of a scary old woman who will inappropriately insert herself into a domestic space where she does not belong — rather, the fear is that she will pull the unwary person out.

It is with this understanding of the role of the crone in horror that we can explore an interesting phenomenon in films like [REC], Mama, or even horror-adjacent films like Crimson Peak or Legend. Each of these films features, to a greater or lesser narrative extent, the spectre of a sick, decaying, monstrous woman — and in each case, said figure is portrayed by a cisgender man.

Javier Botet made up as Enola in Crimson Peak

The physical manifestation of feminine decay that these films delight in is dependent upon a certain physical form (e.g. lankiness to the point of emaciation, spindly limbs) that filmmakers are choosing to find among cisgender men – and we should be mindful that some of the actors who are drafted to play these parts may or may not exhibit “infirmity” themselves (actor Javier Botet is responsible for [REC]’s beleaguered Tristana Medeiros, a Crimson Peak ghost and the titular Mama from Andrés Muschietti‘s 2008 film; he has Marfan syndrome). There is a certain model of feminine decay that’s been ramping up in horror films over the last 20 or so years, and it is increasingly embodied not via CGI, but instead via cis male bodies, transformed by latex and costume.

Actors like Botet or the ubiquitous Doug Jones, (or Robert Picardo, if we include his turn as “Meg Mucklebones” in Ridley Scott’s Legend) offer visually arresting models of threatening, supernatural feminine decay characterized by extreme pallidness of skin, wrinkles and rotten teeth, and dank clumps of hair.

Doug Jones as Edith’s mother in Crimson Peak

In many ways, the horror of these figures is of women who have somehow failed out of an approved [white] femininity — or aged out of fecundity. These figures exist within a nexus in which their gender has become a liability; and in its very exaggeration, it ceases to be viable and fixed. Our insistence upon a dual understanding of sex and gender means that if they are not truly women, then they must be…what, exactly? Surely it’s no accident that cisgender male actors are called upon, time and again, to portray this monstrous femininity. Witness the shrunken or sagging breasts; the angular features; the irresistible physical strength. These are not, and cannot be, nurturing mothers or seductive objections of sexual fascination — and therefore, they have no cultural use except as a figure of revulsion.  What is left for a woman who has no point, other than to frighten and terrorize?

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But this is far from being the only fascinating cultural expression implicit in the figure of these hags, crones, and harpies. They go further to indict our deep-seated unease with aging in general, a fear made all the more poignant when you consider that capitalism is ruthless with those citizens who are not productive in some way. A woman who is not “womanly” has little use in the psychosexual economy; an old woman who is a drain on resources has none in a capitalist one.

The way that the crone figures as a metaphor of a dying order also bears more investigation. The Spanish horror film [REC] caused a minor global sensation when it was released in 2007, and to date is considered to be one of the best examples of the “found footage” genre. [REC]’s success spawned three sequels, but it’s hard to beat the first film’s incredible evocation of creeping dread as a young reporter and her unseen cameraman move from filming a “behind the scenes” documentary about firemen to fighting for their lives in an old apartment building against some sort of “infection” that turns victims into ravening, mindless, undead killers. The horror is unleashed when the firemen and a feckless young cop enter the apartment of an old woman, Mrs. Izquierdo, to check on her after her neighbors hear screaming and fear she has hurt herself. They enter her apartment, she shambles forward and then attacks with bloodcurdling screams and berserk energy. Her ferocious attack is shocking and, at least initially, received with dark comedy: look at this pathetic, sick, fat old woman in her nightgown lurching at these robust men.

[REC] starts with an aggressively banal peek into a working civic infrastructure with all its tools deployed: the press (the reporter, Angela Vidal); social services (the firemen); law enforcement (the federal authorities and police who swoop in to contain the threat); and later the church. In fact, apart from Angela herself, all representatives of this civic authority are male — which makes the attack upon that authority by Mrs. Iziguerdo that much more striking. This rabid, nearly-nude old woman has no place in this current order. Tucked up in this ancient edifice, alone, she represents an old order brutally lashing out at the forces of a new order which seeks to help, then to subdue her. She is almost a cliche of a crazy old cat lady; but to be fair, the movie spares little sympathy for the other elderly members of the movie: the bickering and confused older couple who can’t quite remember what apartment they live in, the vain and effeminate older gay man who lives with his mother and is quick to express racist suspicions of the Asian family living in the building. These people are liabilities, and we are unsurprised that the film finds a way to dispense with them quickly.

When [REC] was remade as Quarantine for American audiences, the figure of poor, possessed Tristana Medeiros became simply The Infected Man (played by the absolutely wonderful Doug Jones, who is no stranger to these kinds of roles).

Tristana Medeiros becomes…

this.

There are physical expectations imposed on all bodies, masculine and feminine; and penalties levied upon people whose appearances are perceived as aberrations. In horror films, those penalties become literal and tangible. “Deviant” bodies are forcefully and physically expelled to ensure the safety (and sanity) of “normal” people. Horror vibrates with a hysteria over monstrous bodies who threaten the unspoken assumptions behind ageism, ableism, and misogyny. Filmmakers shower talented cis male actors like Javier Botet with work, but at the same time use these actors to underline a profound dis-ease with deviant bodies (the elderly, people with disabilities, the gender non-conforming, among others). In the end, the true terror of horror films might not be about the monsters they contain, but about what they reveal about the people who create and consume them.

 

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Age: early forties

Country: USA

Subscription/Access Policy: Mostly public. I will follow back/grant access to almost anyone who follows/grants access to me.

Main Fandoms:  Homestuck, Chrono Crusade

Other Fandoms: Star Wars, Star Trek, Andromeda, StarGate franchise, Fullmetal Alchemist, Marvel Movies (only on a technicality: I've only seen Iron Man, but I voraciously read MCU fan fic.) Voltron Legendary Defender, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel the Series, Inuyasha, Black Butler, Blue Exorcist, Welcome to Nightvale

Fannish Interests: I read and write fan fic. I occasionally write meta about shows or about writing fan fic. My reading habits are pretty much all over the place, and I sometimes read fandoms where I haven't seen a lot of the canon material if I know the writer or if the writer was bookmarked by a writer I like. I love long fics and alternate universes. And crossovers. 

OTPs and Ships:
Homestuck: Dave/Karkat, Dave/Terezi, Kanaya/Rose, Jade/Karkat, Dirk/AR, Dirk/Jake, Terezi/Vriska, Dave/Jade, Dave/John, John/Karkat, Gamzee/Karkat, Rose/Kanaya, Beta OT4, Alpha OT4

Chrono Crusade: Rosette/Chrono Aion/Chrono (because I am terrible) Chrono/Mary Aion/Fiore Shader/Fiore Genai/Forever Aloneness

Voltron Legendary Defender: Polydins, Keith/Lance, Shiro/Keith, Shiro/Allura Pidge/Shiro (unrequited embarrassing crush) Lance/Hunk Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Spike/Xander, Xander/Anya, Xander/Faith 

Angel the Series: Wesley/Angel, Wesley/Gunn, Cordelia/Doyle

StarGate Franchise: John/Rodney, Jack/Daniel, Daniel/Sha'uri, Team OT4s 

Andromeda:
Harper/Tyr, Harper/Rommie Beka/Terrible Life Choices

Favorite Movies: Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Highlander, Labyrinth, The Gate, Star Gate, Watcher in the Woods, Fantastic Planet
 
TV Shows: Voltron Legendary Defender, Steven Universe, Criminal Minds (I've only seen one season but I liked the characters, so.) StarGate: Atlantis, Babylon 5, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel the Series, Poltergeist: The Legacy, Andromeda, Forever Knight

Books: Martha Wells, Lois Bujold, Diane Duane, David Weber (though not as much recently) C. J. Cherryh, Seanan McGuire, Anne Leckie, P.C. Hodgell, Eric Flint, Anne Bishop (kinda) Anne McCaffrey (when I was a kid), Octavia Butler, David Eddings (when I was a kid), Elizabeth Bear (kinda) Steven Brust, Alan Dean Foster (also when I was a kid), Emma Bull, Shirley Jackson, Piers Anthony (trainwreck), Orson Scott Card (trainwreck) Robert A. Heinlein (also a trainwreck) Genre: science fiction and fantasy, some horror

Music:
U2, Boiled in Lead, Dessa, Early Metallica, Iron Maiden, Peter Gabriel, P!nk, Seanan McGuire, Live, Muse. Genres: Mixed bag of rock, pop, filk, rap, etc.

Comics:
ElfQuest, Sandman, Some Marvel X-Titles, Books of Magic, Some Indie things I don't remember the name of.
 
Other Info: I write about personal life issues and mental health issues on my blog. I also write about my various efforts to support myself which have not been entirely successful. I write original fiction though not very much due to the aforementioned mental health issues. (I am slowly overcoming the problem though, and am looking forward to eventually posting more original fiction to my fic journal.) I am working on getting more of my older fan fic up on my AO3 account.

I have no idea what I'm doing...

Jun. 19th, 2017 07:38 pm
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Fannish Interests: feminist sff, epic fantasy, queer representation, fat representation

I like to post about: All the things.

Books: ASOIAF, WOT, Neil Gaiman, Octavia Butler, Audre Lorde - epic fantasy, dystopian, historical fiction, feminist fantasy, non-fiction: feminist, fat liberation, women's and queer history, autobiography

Shows: Orphan Black, Outlander, Underground, The 3%, The Handmaid's Tale, Cleverman, Travelers, GOT, Luke Cage, Stranger Things, House of Cards, Sense 8 (sadface), Preacher, A Series of Unfortunate Events

Music: Dessa, Erin Mckeown, Neko Case, Hamilton, 90s alternative, 80s/90s hip hop

About Me/Other Info: So, I'm new to dreamwidth, but my wife has had an account forever and she thinks it's a cool place, plus I was just getting into Imzy and it went bust so I thought I'd try out dreamwidth. Truthfully, because of working-class life experiences and a misspent youth, I just discovered fandom and fanfic about 2 years ago even though I've been reading sff (and everything else I could get my hands on) since I was a kid. So, yeah. I have no idea what I'm doing. I'm a pretty great cook. I just graduated with a master's in gender and sexuality and have a bachelor's in history (first-gen college graduate). I like collecting original art and prints from queer and fat and queer fat artists. I write poetry, but most of it is terrible. I come up with great ideas for stories and/or books, but never seem to follow through. I hope that changes now that I'm done with school. Tattoos are awesome and so are cats.

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