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A fakenews fandom LJ history June 8, 2017

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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.)

Burns & Allen Transcript: Married, but Single (1942-10-06) May 25, 2017

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The year is 1942. Harry James and his Orchestra’s “One Dozen Roses” is a number-one hit; you need your own maps to follow the developments of WWII because all the news is on radio; and Burns and Allen just got back from a USO tour.

While settling in at home, Gracie realizes she misses their pre-marriage courtship, and urges George to help her re-enact their first date. As far as she’s concerned, it goes perfectly.

Download the episode here, and read the transcript below.

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Burns & Allen Masterpost May 13, 2017

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A combination “as-complete-as-I-can-get-it link roundup” and “Gracie Allen appreciation post.”

The Burns and Allen Show (Radio)

Early on, the show is basically a recorded standup routine, with George and Gracie as generic comedians. Around late 1941 it turns into a more narrative audio sitcom, with George and Gracie as a married couple in the suburbs.

Gracie had an incredible work ethic. did shows with terrible migraines. She did shows when she had a broken nose and could barely talk. Here’s George, referencing the 3/24/29 show:

“In all the years we performed together she missed only one performance. That was a radio show, and her headache was so bad she couldn’t get out of bed. Our friend Janie Wyman, who’d just won the Academy Award as Best Actress, played Gracie’s part. That was about right.”

The Burns and Allen Show (TV)

Episodes for the first two seasons were often “remade” for the next six, which probably explains why a bunch of them aren’t uploaded.

“Screenwriters had an easy time writing for us. In our first few pictures they wrote the dialogue for all the other characters until we entered, then they instructed: Burns and Allen do four minutes here. That’s what they wrote for us: Burns and Allen do four minutes here. Then, later in the script they wrote: Burns and Allen do four minutes here. So writing parts for us was easy.

[…] The shooting schedule usually provided a full day for us to do a complete scene, but because we were used to doing shorts, we could film our whole bit in two hours. Then everybody would stand around wondering what to do to fill the remainder of the day before they could go home. Hollywood was so accustomed to dealing with temperamental stars who took much longer than scheduled that they just didn’t know how to deal with actors who finished too quickly.”

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“Let me tell you a little story about Aunt Clara. She wasn’t really rich, but Papa Burke left her a little money. When Gracie and I were starting out in vaudeville we weren’t doing very well, so every week Aunt Clara would send us a check for $25. Every week. Even after we’d become big stars, earning thousands of dollars a show, we still received that $25 check every week from Aunt Clara. Well, Aunt Clara never knew it, but she lost almost everything she had in the stock-market crash. But she never knew about it, because Gracie found out and arranged to have enough money deposited in Clara’s account each month to cover all her expenses. That went on for years. It’s a good thing Gracie did, too, otherwise we would have stopped getting those $25 checks.”

Multifandom Recommendations, 4/26/17 April 26, 2017

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Batman | Batman, Harley(/Ivy) | T | Sweet
http://archiveofourown.org/works/8433238

The Dark Knight strikes fear into the hearts of men. And pretty much just men. It’s a problem.
DCU | Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Zatanna, Black Canary, Flash, Green Lantern | G | Let’s Dance
http://archiveofourown.org/works/8002432

They’re trapped in a ghost ballet. You can’t punch ethereal ballerinas. It’s not just rude, it’s physically impossible. They’re going to be stuck there forever and then die, probably.
Batman | fans | G | Gotham’s Favorite Son
http://archiveofourown.org/works/7871041

Thanks, Gotham side of Tumblr.
Superman | Martha, family | T | Empty Graves
http://archiveofourown.org/works/6447187

Time travelers who plan to kill Superman never account for Martha Kent in their plans.
DCU | Clark & Lois | T | Hostile Work Environment
http://archiveofourown.org/works/7225390

Clark Kent is a menace, and Lois doesn’t get why she’s the only one to have noticed.
DCU | Bruce, Harley, Ivy | T | Office Meeting
http://archiveofourown.org/works/9132409

Bruce Wayne deals with supervillains almost as much as Batman does.
Jeeves & Wooster | Jeeves/Bertie | G | With the Intent of Bearing Arms
http://archiveofourown.org/works/10322177

World War II is approaching at an alarming rate and Bertram attempts to comfort them both in one of the very few quiet nights that remain.
Pet Shop of Horrors | D, OCs | T | Devotion
http://archiveofourown.org/works/7169492/chapters/16275593

Nobu is in love with pop idol Eriko. He knows she loves him too, even though they’e never met. So he gets a pet in a bid to impress her. But how far will his devotion take him down the path of madness?
Red Dwarf | Rimmer/Lister | M | Definitions
http://archiveofourown.org/works/10480758

“ – NO.” Flustered, Rimmer’s hands frantically batted away the word before it could even be spoken, though his eyes radiated a different sentiment. “We’re not using that word. Because it isn’t! It certainly isn’t – ” His eyes dropped in embarrassment to search Lister’s jacket, as if the correct term were secretly stitched somewhere into the leather. “ – that.”
Red Dwarf | Rimmer | T | The Observations of Quarantine
http://archiveofourown.org/works/10664958

Following Space Corps Directive 598, Rimmer records his observations of the trio’s five days in quarantine…

…and, it seems, his descent into madness.

Moana | Moana, Maui, tattoos | G | forget me not
http://archiveofourown.org/works/9913262

Look, normally Maui’s all for humans weeping over his injured body. Hey, he’s been demigod-ing for thousands of years, it’s nice to be appreciated every once in awhile, all right? But this one, this girl, acts like she knows him. He disregards it, because that’s just creepy, until he realizes that he has a tattoo of her – and no clue how he earned it.
Madoka Magica | Homura/Madoka | T | Wish Fulfillment
https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12455245/1/Wish-Fulfillment

Homura and Madoka go on their first date. It’s possible that the two of them may have slightly different expectations for how it should go.
Steven Universe | lots of Pearls | T | Little Rebellions
http://archiveofourown.org/works/5951614/chapters/13680055

Not all Pearls have the chance to run off to another planet and take up arms. Not all fights are grand and romantic. These are the little rebellions- little, but just as defiant.
Animorphs | Marco, Yeerk, team | G | Sancho Panza
http://archiveofourown.org/works/9184621

By the time Marco goes to the construction site, it’s too late. He’s already a Controller.
Animorphs | Tobias, Loren, Ax | G | The Calling
http://archiveofourown.org/works/9190430

Loren comes out of the accident with all of her memories of Elfangor intact. But she doesn’t tell her son.
Red Dwarf | Lister/Rimmer, Kryten, Cat, Talkie Toaster | M | Coitus Interruptus
http://archiveofourown.org/works/8792302/chapters/20156596

In space, no one can hear you scream. Unless you’re on Starbug. [Violence Against Toasters]
Moana | Moana, Sina | G | Guess I Chose the Right Tattoo
http://archiveofourown.org/works/9036566

The end credits scene that should have been there.
The Avengers (2012) – Let’s Stop The Time Warp (Again) – Chapter 1 [Archive of Our Own]
http://archiveofourown.org/works/579008/chapters/1039046

Steve Rogers has to live the same day over and over. Bruce, Tony, Pepper, Jane, and Thor try to help him. Then things go from bad to worse.
Frozen, Moana | Elsa/Moana | G | Cross the Divide
http://archiveofourown.org/works/9098077

A strange boat, dipping and weaving impossibly through the waves of the fjord. Elsa did not know who could be upon it, but was determined to meet with them. She could hear the whisper of magic on the air.
Lilo & Stitch, Moana | Lilo, Maui | G | Peanut Butter Memories
http://archiveofourown.org/works/8848090

Lilo continues to feed Pudge the fish a peanut butter sandwich periodically, so to stop the weather from harming anyone else. Little does she know however, Pudge isn’t what he seems…

Erin Rewatches: Enterprise s4, plus wrap-up thoughts April 19, 2017

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Had very little to say about most of this season. But it did have four really good episodes, so there’s that! And there’s a full How Much Of The Show To Watch guide at the end of the post.

I might post a T’Pol Appreciation Watching Guide later. With screencaps.

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Erin Watches: Enterprise season 3 April 15, 2017

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Still watching, still liveblogging.

As of this posting I’m a little way into s4, and it has some eps I’d recommend, but part of my prediction was right: you could reasonably skip this entire season, minus “Twilight.”

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Erin Watches: Star Trek Enterprise, season 2 April 2, 2017

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Second verse, same as the first! Which means lots of good episodes, some fun aliens and wibbly space things, a running theme of the writers being extremely straight dudes, T’Pol being consistently amazing, and the T’Pol-Archer friendship getting ever stronger via the magic of good writing and character development.

The first episode concludes with Archer showing up in T’Pol’s quarters, to thank her for defending them to the Vulcan High Command. They’re BOTH in pajamas. Not even in a sexual-tension way, just a “we have such a level of mutual comfort and respect that we can have a chat in our jammies without any self-consicousness about our professional relationship” way.

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Multifandom Recommendations, 3/29/17 March 29, 2017

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Sailor Moon | Minako, Setsuna | G | Operation FMD
http://archiveofourown.org/works/3629322

Setsuna’s been single for a long time, and Minako just wants to help out. Setsuna and Minako friendship.
The Hobbit | Bard/Thranduil | T | The latest dream I ever dreamed on the cold hill’s side
http://archiveofourown.org/works/3177055

“I like the idea of Thranduil courting Bard, like a lot. But I imagine being old as dirt, the sass king’s idea of flirting has been out of style for centuries.”
Homestuck | Roxy/Calliope | M | big mating party
http://archiveofourown.org/works/716081

TG: callie callie callie
TG: i WILL be satisfied
TG: no matter what!
Hellsing | Integra/Alucard | M | Rules and Restrictions
http://archiveofourown.org/works/10460643

Integra Fairbrook Wingates Hellsing shares an intimate moment with her vampire. If only it were intimate enough…
Hellsing | Heinkel/Yumiko | G | Proposal
http://archiveofourown.org/works/9660665

Yumiko makes an observation.
Hellsing | Alucard/Integra | M | Naptime
http://archiveofourown.org/works/9494999

Integra Fairbrook Wingates Hellsing rarely took naps, but when she did, she preferred the couch in the main drawing room instead of the bed. Reason being that if an emergency required her—which happened often, much to her annoyance—she could immediately be ready for action and retaliation. Plus, this room had an enormous fireplace and she loved to read by firelight before slipping off into slumber.
Hellsing | Heinkel/Yumiko | G | Home
http://archiveofourown.org/works/9914174

Heinkel and Yumiko stay at the orphanage, prompting Heinkel to think of their relationship.
Phineas and Ferb | Perry/Doof | M | Teil das Bett mit mir (das ich nicht so frier)
http://archiveofourown.org/works/9712931

Doofenshmirtz is transformed into a stunningly handsome platypus and Perry can’t resist taking him home.
DCU | Clark/Lois, Bruce/Lois | M | Third Wheel
http://archiveofourown.org/works/6918955/chapters/15784000

It isn’t quite a love triangle. For one thing, Clark’s the only one romantic enough to even think the word ‘love’. For another, Clark and Bruce would be beating the holy hell out of each other even without Lois’ involvement. And if Lois was aware of the secrets they were keeping, she’d be beating the holy hell out of the both of them. Overall, Bruce’s visit to Metropolis has been a mixed bag for everyone involved.
DCU | Bruce, Diana, Clark, the Kents | T | Christmas in Kansas
http://archiveofourown.org/works/6663184/chapters/15238855

Clark Kent invites Bruce Wayne and Diana of Themyscira to his parents’ house for Christmas. It goes, in general, pretty okay.
Batman | Bruce, Tim Drake, other Robins | G | Anti-Social
http://archiveofourown.org/works/8019937/chapters/18361021

Batman needs a Robin. (trans!Tim, told in texts/tweets)
Don’t Trust the B—- | Chloe/June | M | Don’t Trust The Oui
http://archiveofourown.org/works/5680069

“Wait, you’re saying you want to use our fake marriage to pick people up?”
Don’t Trust the B—- | Chloe/June, Ellen Page | T | ‘Til You Make It
http://archiveofourown.org/works/9615839

“I ran into Ellen Page yesterday in a Duane Reade condiments aisle,” Chloe says. “Gave her this long sob story about my girlfriend and her tragic medical condition that makes her eyes really big and forces her to wear ugly sweaters, and she invited me to her birthday party.”
Puella Magi Madoka Magica, House | Wilson, Madoka, House | G | Drops of Jupiter
http://archiveofourown.org/works/10460379/

Of all the medical mysteries he’s dealt with, the mystery of the girl with pink hair and gold eyes who appears in the hospital on two separate occasions right before a patient dies might be the toughest one yet, or three times Dr. James Wilson meets with Madoka Kaname.
Sailor Moon | Prof. Tomoe, ensemble | T | Forgotten
https://www.fanfiction.net/s/43661/1/Forgotten

Whatever happened to Souichi Tomoe after Setsuna/SailorPluto took Hotaru away at the beginning of SailorStars?
Good Omens | Horsepersons | G | Repeal and Replace
http://go-exchange.livejournal.com/204326.html

When one of the Four Horsepersons of the Apocalypse decides to retire early, the other three find it difficult to accept, and are a little miffed at having their fortnightly brunch-drinks-and-trivia-games disrupted by the weird newcomer.
Good Omens | Aziraphale/Crowley, Horsepersons, humans | PG | Apocaparty
http://go-exchange.livejournal.com/201321.html

Five years have passed since the Earth’s Close Call, and Adam is hosting a party to catch up with everyone. Everyone involved was invited…well, almost everyone….When the Horsepersons gatecrash, things get a bit messy.
Jeeves & Wooster | Jeeves/Bertie | M | A Little Light Reading
http://archiveofourown.org/works/8504365/chapters/19489498

Jeeves has an unfortunate accident which leaves him bedbound . . . and unable to read to himself. Bertie, as always, comes to the aid of the party.
Harry Potter | Harry, Dumbledore | PG | A Little Behind the Times
http://www.fictionalley.org/authors/akissinacrisis/ALBTT01.html

A foray back in time to retrieve a Horcrux means that Harry has an unexpected encounter with someone he didn’t intend on seeing. Suddenly, Hermione’s rules about not meddling with the past become a lot harder to keep.
Sailor Moon | OCs | G | Negaverse Plumbing
http://saintseiyafan.com/stayka/dkhome/eliddell/elid-div/dko-plum.html

Anyway, it *really* all started at the Negaverse immigration offices.
Sailor Moon | Mimete, team | G | Mimete Steps Out!
http://www.oocities.org/tokyo/courtyard/3008/counterclockwork.htm

A Counterclockwork Orange, being the story of a day in the life of a professional agent of pure otherworldly evil and her complete and utter lack of interpersonal skills.

Erin Listens: the Magic Tavern and other podcasts March 28, 2017

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Hello From The Magic Tavern just got so intense. There was an epic battle in episode 100…then a bunch of interludes, including one from the Cowboy Dimension that had me dying of muffled laughter at work…and now it’s officially designated Season 2, and, yowza.

If you’re not already listening (and if you’re not allergic to shows with a whole lot of butt jokes), you should start.

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Deep into the backlog of Love and Justice. It’s kind of…uplifting?…to hear about how much they love Crystal. Like, I can listen to them gush about the things that were emotionally affecting, and don’t have to see the actual animation, so I can imagine they’re podcasting from an alternate dimension where it didn’t make me sad.

They’re too hard on the ’92 anime — by which I mean, they complain about things it objectively can’t help. Of course the first season doesn’t have much sense of “shared past” between the senshi and the Dark Kingdom. The animators didn’t know about it! Naoko hadn’t written it yet!

On the other hand, I regularly feel like Sailor Business (which I’m all caught up with now) is too easy on the ’92 anime. So it kinda balances out nicely.

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I’m listening to both of those at 1.2x speed, because the hosts tend to meander. Same with Yo, Is This Racist? — it’s just too slow otherwise.

…also, it talks a lot about the awfulness of current politics. I kinda have to psych myself up before listening. And/or say something like “once I get through one of these, I’ll reward myself with the next Magic Tavern episode.”

More-polished and better-edited regulars on my MP3 player: the Savage Lovecast, and The West Wing Weekly. Those get played at regular speed. Both make references to the political awfulness — it’s an inherent side effect of their premises — but in measured and relatively-contained doses.

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Still listening to Illusionoid, and Kakos Industries, although I stopped saving the episodes afterward. Neither one is so absorbing that I’d want to do a re-listen.

…in fact, the only series on this list where I’m holding onto the episodes is Magic Tavern. Did a re-listen just a few months ago, in preparation for Yuletide fic. It’s highly re-listenable.

Related, a couple anons on FFA were talking about Republic of Heaven Community Radio, and one mentioned the weaknesses in book 2. I stepped in with this:

Honestly, I’d go back and give it a full-body rewrite if canon hadn’t been such a painful kick in the teeth.

I can see the soft spots, can feel when the pacing sputters, I know there are ways it could have more consistency and stronger throughlines. I just…don’t have the stomach to go near it.

That’s not an empty promise — anyone who knew me from fake-news fandom might remember that I did a full-body rewrite on a longfic there. But, yeah. Not in the cards, not this time.

Erin Rewatches: Star Trek: Enterprise (season 1) March 22, 2017

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I’m rewatching Enterprise for the first time since its original run. Have some liveblogged reactions.

T’Pol was my first One True Character — followed very shortly by Integra Hellsing, who I discovered about a year later — and T’Pol/Archer may have been the first ship I had serious Feelings about. (There are other pairings, like Dorothy/Ozma or anything in Sailor Moon, where I was already familiar with the characters by then, but didn’t start actively shipping them until later.) So this is a pretty big milestone in Personal Fandom History.

(Content note: talks about the canon mindrape, and other sexual skeeviness.)

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