Hello my dears! It’s Adri this week with another delivery of The Shipping News! Feels and squealing ahoy!
Angst Fest of the Week
Sometimes I feel like the only person on Tumblr who watched The Borgias. Maybe a couple of hundred other people also felt this way and that’s why it got cancelled. I blame lazy marketing, but, you know, what do I know? As unsatisfied as I am with the half-assed series finale I have to say I am extremely pleased with my OTP and how the show wrapped things up with them. Why am I so happy? Because there were LITERAL TEARS OF BLOOD involved, of course! Though admittedly the pairing was relatively short-lived (haha see how I laugh at my own pain?) the romance between loyal to a fault assassin Micheletto and (we ALL saw it coming) backstabbing Pascal was tragic from beginning to end. I watched this show with my sainted mother and the moment Micheletto began showing signs of affection she immediately turned to me and said, “Oh he’s fallen in love, he’s as good as dead now.” One thing about my mother, once she makes a plotline prediction you can confidently stake your wallet on it. There was death and ambiguous disappearance, and most of all, there was poetic angst.
You think you know pain?
Teen Wolf Teasing
To believe or not to believe Jeff Davis? The man has been promising us Danny Mahealani and Alpha Twin Ethan interaction for a couple of weeks now and the most we’ve gotten is some background flirting in the library (which we all immediately zoomed in on and giffed, but that’s beside the point). Yet on Sunday night’s Tumblr Q & A, one of several he’s engaged in on the show’s official blog, Jeff totally honest cross his dark twisty writer heart promised us some Dethan.
Now I’m gonna believe him and hope to not be disappointed again, but I guess we’ll have to hold our breath and see tonight! There’s a fair bit of murmuring and anticipation for the ship out there, with only a second of silent interaction on the show there are already thirty seven fanfics in the Ethan/Danny tag on AO3. I for one am excited see what Danny thinks of the Mighty Morphin’ Alpha twins, that is, if he finds out who and what they are this season. Oh the mystery!
Abandoned: The Never Ending WIP
I want to talk about a problem that has plagued every fandom since the dawn of fandoms; abandoned fanfics.
Abandoned fics are a problem not only for great, epic popular stories but also for the tiny low quality ones. You know why? It’s a problem because someone was reading that story. Someone was invested in the path those characters were taking and that someone was left without a resolution.
I’m fairly certain most people that actively read fanfiction have some nugget of bitter resentment in their heart over an abandoned fic. To me that abandoned fic is “In The Shadow of His Wings” by Mirabella, a Draco Malfoy/Harry Potter (or Drarry) fic that was last updated in 2007. No, I am not over it.
However, I realize there’s a more poetic way of looking at these things. Somehow, though most of us have read hundreds if not thousands of fanfics over the years, we have never forgotten these. The ones that never end. Were they really that great? Or did their lack of resolution sear them onto our hearts? I think the endless anticipation is what keeps those titles and those stories bright and present in our minds. If we can’t enjoy the end of those plots then at least we can enjoy the sweet suspense for, well, forever.
Fanfic of the Week: “Reparations” by Sara’s Girl
Since you may fall into the trap of reading the previously linked and heartbreakingly abandoned fic above, I decided to give you guys the treat of a completed Drarry fic as the fic of the week.
Reparations by Sara’s Girl is a delightful read that picks up Harry and Draco in adulthood, meeting once again in an unlikely situation and left to adjust to each other and how they’ve grown since they last met. It’s a wonderfully satisfying read, with a sequel to boot (since we’re making up for all that unfinished business).
“Can’t this be done quicker by magic?” Harry asks at last, attempting a more civil tone.
“Quicker is not always better, Potter.”
“Is smug part of your job description?”
Malfoy ignores him and looks at the ceiling. Harry waits for a long minute, and then pulls out his wand, aiming it at the parchment and opening his mouth to cast a simple Duplicado.
“Put your wand away,” Malfoy sighs, returning his feet to the floor and folding his arms on top of the desk. “My point is, that I’ve been doing this a lot longer than you have, and the purpose of this rotation is to teach arrogant, know-it-all, newly-qualified Healers that magic is not the answer to everything.”
“You’ve changed your tune,” Harry mutters, but he lowers his wand.
Fan Artist of the Week: yanagoya
I’m sending some love out to my darlings in the Hannibal fandom this week, bless you lot and your slightly disturbing but unfailingly sexy symbolism.
We’ve Got Mail!
Addressing our correspondence this week! And about time too. First of all I want to thank everyone who leaves messages in our ask box over at the Shipping News Tumblr. We really appreciate them and I assure you, we read them all! If ever you have a hard time hearing back from us, chances are that we’ve been mulling over what you wrote in our epic five way conversations and can’t settle on how to approach your suggestion/comment/question. That said, I’d like to address some of the things we’ve got in our inbox now! If I’m not addressing your message, trust me, one of my partners in crime will get to it when her turn comes! (Chances are she’s better qualified to talk about your fandom!) On to your messages!
A lot of messages request that we take a look at some forgotten or overlooked ship. Scout’s honor we keep your requests and suggestions in mind! In fact a request for more Drarry is what brought up all those abandoned fic feelings in my heart!
One interesting anonymous tip reminds us that there is indeed more to the One Direction fandom than the Larry ship!
1D has five gorgeous, charming members, and henceforth many wonderful ships, yet people outside the fandom act like everyone ships Larry and nothing else. While Larry is the most popular ship, every combination has its own amazing section of the fandom.
Anon, we promise to keep our eyes peeled for more diverse pairings in the One Direction fandom! For example, these cuties Zayn Malik and Liam Payne, how could we have missed their adorableness!
(Side note: Zayn Malik was the only One Direction member to make TheBacklot’s Hot 100 list this year (at #96).)
By far one of the best messages we have ever received came not long ago, in which a guy gives us his perspective on women and gay men in the slash fandom.
In fandom, it is widely known that the vast majority of people who actively participate in fandom-related activities (particularly within slash fandom) are straight women followed by queer women. This of course is a rather fascinating phenomenon considering that slash fandom consists almost exclusively of gay or homoerotic content. I’ve found it interesting to read about and learn from the perspectives of these women who love to create and read and view gay content, but I also, as a gay man, find that the lack of voices explicitly belonging to gay men within fandom is at least is bit odd. That said, I thought it prudent to offer my perspective and personal journey in fandom.
And last but not least, for all of you guys just waiting to come on over and join the conversation, lionchild87 poses this (possibly unanswerable) question:
“It would be awesome to know if straight guys ship? Do they dream of OTPs like the rest of us?”
The answer to this, whether or not Ethan and Danny will actually get a scene, and that final update of a long abandoned fic all have us on the edge of our seat (and are likely to leave us there). I’ll sign off this week with a rather appropriate gif.