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It is that time folks - the time of the year when Snick goes on and on and on about the prior fannish year. I'm going to write a fic-specific round-up once Yuletide's revealed, but in the meantime, here's a summary of the rest of my fannish activity this year.

1. Your main fandom of the year?
Writing-wise, still definitely SPN (13 stories) and SPN RPF (6.5, including the second half of Not Just For Hallmark Specials Anymore). In terms of consumption of canon, comics won by a mile, specifically Marvel comics although I read a fair bit of Image stuff as well.

2. Your favorite film watched this year?
In the theater I have seen exactly two: Pacific Rim and Frozen. Pacific Rim might as well have been made specifically for me (except if it had been, there were would have been more women and it would have passed the Bechdel test lots). Everything about it was gorgeous: character designs for the robots and monsters, lighting, use of color. The character interactions pleased me. The plot didn’t make me mad, which is a freqent problem for me with action movies. I adored it.

Frozen I had a variety of issues with. I definitely enjoyed it while watching, but it will not be a favorite.

If we expand this to all films, though, then I... can’t remember what all I watched this year? Haywire is a very emotionally and visually spare action movie with a female lead; it’s a pity no one seems to have watched it. (Again, I could have done with more women, but...) Dragon Hunters is an oddball French animated fantasy with fascinating world design and a POC in the lead role. I quite liked it. I'm sure there are more that I'm forgetting.

3. Your favorite book read this year?
Someone asked me this recently and I gave them the wrong answer because I’d failed to add a particular favorite to my “books read” list, but here it is now: Seraphina, by Rachel Hartman. This was a gift from gryfndor_godess (<3 <3), and it’s the best fantasy I have read in years. As so many fantasies are set in faux-medievalism, this one is set in what I’d call a faux-Renaissance, possibly in Italy specifically. Seraphina is the cranky, anti-social assistant to the kingdom’s head musician; she’s also half-dragon, which is not only verboten but considered impossible. This sounds like it’d lend itself to Mary Sueishness, but Seraphina is so aggressively down-to-earth (not to mention cranky) as to murder that accusation in its bed. The worldbuilding is fabulous; these are the most interesting dragons I have read about in ages, analytical and unfeeling (by cultural enforcement, if necessary), completely alien. Also there are plots! Several of them! This book elegantly juggles far more elements than it ought to be able to. I found it deeply satisfying from start to finish and recommend it to EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOU.

4. Your favorite album or song to listen to this year?
I spent a lot of time this summer listening to Ganglion by Saltillo. The aural mix of quotations, sampled advertisements, and instruments suited me very well. I also quite enjoyed this old trip-hop mix by architeuthis.

5. Your favorite TV show of the year?
I'm only making very slow progress with it due to logistics, but Carnivale is definitely the most intriguing and satisfying show I've begun watching this year. Tons of interesting characters, beautiful cinematography, verrrry interesting worldbuilding. Runners up include Breaking Bad (the first 1.5 seasons were brilliant, but the suspense may be getting to be too much for me), Game of Thrones (need to catch up on this), Orphan Black (acting that's out of this world, although the plot/worldbuilding makes less and less sense the longer it's been since you watched the show).

7. Your best new fandom discovery of the year?
COMICS. <3 <3 <3

8. Your biggest fandom disappointment of the year?
SPN the show. Oh, honey. I loved what we had together, I still like hanging out with your friends and remembering who you used to be, but we ain't never getting back together again.

9. Your fandom boyfriend of the year?
I was really more hung up on the girls this year. Fantomex, maybe. Fascinating character concept, great showing in Remender's UXF, and he has a coat, y'all. (Which is to say, his current costume is in my top five favorite superhero costumes ever.)

10. Your fandom girlfriend of the year?
Definitely Genevieve Padalecki, with the caveat that I mean fanon!Gen who is a werewolf/dragon/alpha lady/whatever. Fanon!Gen is small and feisty and cranky and gorgeous. She has a habit of dating other people who are also gorgeous. Sometimes she has a lot of bravado; sometimes she's buried so deep in herself that only improbable accident can bring her out. Of my 6.5 RPF fics this year, 5 were from her POV.

Runner up is Psylocke/Betsy Braddock, who broke my heart in Remender's UXF and has the potential to be super interesting in Wood's X-Men or Spurrier's XF or both.

11. Your biggest squee moment of the year?
Comics again. Comics have brought me more joy this year than any canon since I first started watching SPN in 2011.

However, this year is also the first time someone (=scarletscarlet) drew art for fic of mine (twice!), which is soooo exciting you have no idea. Guh, the art makes me so happy. Bear!Gen! And Jared and Gen standing on the street with ice cream cones! :DDD

12. The most missed of your old fandoms?
Y'all, I've been feeling sort of nostalgic about Buffy lately. I don't know when I'm going to get around to it, but I'd like to rewatch a bunch and then write a bunch of things I didn't write the first time – a lot of Buffy+Faith, especially (maybe Buffy/Faith?), and more Dawn-centric stuff. I think that I've worked through most of my Spike obsession (famous last words?), but there are a lot of other characters that I haven't explored nearly enough yet.

13. The fandom canon you haven't tried yet, but want to?
Haven't tried at all? The big one is The Sarah Connor Chronicles, which I'm much more excited about now that I know Cersei Lena Headey stars in it. I'd also like to at least dip my toe into Warehouse 13 and Fringe (which apparently has tons of body horror, WHY DID NO ONE TELL ME). There isn't anything new new that I want to watch, nor has this list had much added to it since last year, which feels weird.

Otherwise, there's a bunch of TV I'd like to finish: Twin Peaks (STILL), Breaking Bad, Mad Man (which I made a bunch of progress on this year, although I failed to mention it), Game of Thrones, definitely the rest of Carnivale.

14. Your biggest fan anticipations for the New Year?
COMICS. Specifically all the new titles coming out for the (I kid you not) All-New Marvel NOW advertising wave. Black Widow! Ms. Marvel! Loki! Elektra as drawn by Mike del Mundo! And a new X-Force that is ugly as all heck but has characters I care about.

Biggest fandom excitement is definitely round two of genteensybang, w00t! I also hear tell there might be a comics-specific exchange in the spring? I really hope that's true. Yuletide is great for many things, but it is simply not prepared to deal with sprawling, umpteen-million-subcanon monsters like Marvel or DC.

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Dec. 30th, 2013 10:04 pm (UTC)
Seraphina sounds like exactly my kind of book -- I will definitely have to track this one down! Thank you very much for the rec!
Dec. 31st, 2013 12:19 am (UTC)
You are most welcome! It will not disappoint. I haven't so thoroughly and unreservedly loved a new read in years.
Dec. 30th, 2013 10:28 pm (UTC)
I've been doing a shitty job keeping up with comics lately myself, but watching you discover them has been absolutely delightful. Also apparently I don't have an icon for talking about comics, which is weird.
Dec. 31st, 2013 12:21 am (UTC)
Awwww! That makes me feel all warm and fuzzy. Discovering them has been delightful for me, too, and it's nice to know that my enthusiasm has not been boring all of my fannish friends. :D

(I assume it was the LJ pingback thingy that summoned you here? I know you are not on LJ all that often these days.)
Dec. 31st, 2013 12:56 pm (UTC)
Yep. Tumblr's sort of enforced vapidity is very low-stress for me, so I've basically moved operations there despite loathing the platform. What a time to be alive. Anyway, evidently the best way to get me to pay attention to something on LiveJournal is to rec one of my old works in it. XD
Dec. 31st, 2013 05:30 pm (UTC)
Ha ha, I will keep this in mind. I think there must be a Call of Cthulu joke to be made here somewhere, but I can't put my finger on it... :D
Dec. 30th, 2013 11:56 pm (UTC)
Ooh, a book rec and the possibility of BtVS reengagement, those are nice things to know of.

I wrote a few paras of a possible teensybang today. Too sick to make sense, but I think there's some there there. Jensen's mom is a witch. I did not know that till I started.
Dec. 31st, 2013 12:22 am (UTC)
YAY, teensybang! You have LOTS of time between now and due dates, whenever those are. I forget.
Dec. 31st, 2013 02:48 am (UTC)
Betsy! I love her too. (Though I'm really glad she finally got some pants).

Fringe does totally have some body horror, but most of it takes place in the first half of season one.
Dec. 31st, 2013 04:35 am (UTC)
She was just really great in UXF - almost by accident, it felt like to me. But yes, I adore the costume redesign. I'm excited to reread UXF as soon as my omnibus arrives in a couple of months, but I am not excited about looking at the thong swimsuit. :\

Also, hi! I can't remember if we've been acquainted before today? But you like SPN and Kate and are therefore clearly awesome.
Dec. 31st, 2013 08:32 am (UTC)
hi! I'd feel silly if that were the case, which...yeah, it may be! Though we've got a whole lot of friends in common, so maybe we have chatted some other time.

And I've just spent ten minutes trying to remember how I came to discover your journal, but aha, it via livejournal notificatons. You rec'd my summer gen story, LJ notified me, and that was that. There aren't too many people I've come across who are actively following comics (and the comics I like), let alone that *and* SPN. I may have made flaily hands at the computer screen.

And to completely change topics again: yes, pants are good. See also Carol Danvers, whose old costume actually makes it painful for me to try and read the Ms Marvel stuff.
Dec. 31st, 2013 05:49 pm (UTC)
OH RIGHT. I knew your name looked familiar, and couldn't place it.

There aren't too many people I've come across who are actively following comics (and the comics I like), let alone that *and* SPN. I may have made flaily hands at the computer screen.

Oh man, I KNOW. Actually, just someone who actively follows comics is enough to make me flail. Most of the comics people I have here on LJ, I found by stalking, like, comment memes and Yuletide sign-ups. And I was tickled pink to discover that my spn_j2_xmas recipient was also a comics person.

What are your favorite titles right now?
Dec. 31st, 2013 07:16 pm (UTC)
Man, that's a hard question. Hawkeye (obviously), Scarlet Spider, Captain Marvel, FF... I've been a bit broke recently so I've been mostly reading stuff through Marvel Unlimited, and waiting for it to catch up where I last left off, so I'm sure I'm forgetting things. (but I always remember when I see they've added it!). It was Kieron Gillen's Journey into Mystery that hooked me on the whole genre (which is so weird, because of the MCU stuff, Thor was the one I was most indifferent too). That was especially hard being the only person reading it on my flist because if that'd been, say, supernatural, there would have been EPIC meta and discussion and general feelings of "ow, my heart, ow".
Dec. 31st, 2013 09:32 pm (UTC)
*nod nod* Marvel Unlimited is the BEST. Except for the interface, which is the worst. But having practically the company's entire output at my fingertips? :D I haven't been reading any lately because I've been traveling, but I'm presently working through Peter David's X-Factor, and I have a huge list of other things I want to read.

You know, the best place I've found for comics discussion is . Anon memes are definitely not everyone's cup of tea, but there's usually a comics thread each post, and the people there tend to be interested in a pretty wide range of Marvel and Image comics, and a handful of DC stuff. I can usually find someone there to vent to or squee with, if no one on my flist is familiar with the thing.

From what I hear, "Ow, my heart, ow" is the consensus response to Gillen's run on JiM. :)
Jan. 1st, 2014 12:51 am (UTC)
Yeah, the interface is buggy as all get out, but I guess it's kind of a silver lining or the most epic archive crawl of all time would never end.

Man, JiM was great. It was so much fun. And then it topped the fun by throwing you a part and giving you a puppy and some rainbows. And then it kicked you in the stomach and stole your wallet.
Dec. 31st, 2013 05:12 am (UTC)
Ooh, Haywire sounds interesting.

although the plot/worldbuilding makes less and less sense the longer it's been since you watched the show
Hahaha how so?

I had a lot of fun with comics this year, too. :)
Dec. 31st, 2013 05:38 pm (UTC)
Haywire is... very minimalist? It's like the opposite of Michael Bay. There's a lot of running and hiding and very little dialogue, although it's all still very slickly produced. My only complaint is that the main character is, for all we can tell, the only woman in the entire spy-for-hire business, which grated a bit after a while, although she herself is fabulous.

Oh, just the whole DYAD operation seems unlikely. That they would have that kind of technology twenty years ago in a world that otherwise looks exactly like ours, that they would think that putting a patent on a human genome was somehow a legal operation or would be recognized by any court of law in the world, that they would have all these resources to do absolutely whatever they wanted with. I just don't buy the basic set-up. Plus the main guy (whose name I forget) is so cheeseball; I just can't buy him as a character. (It doesn't help that I encountered him first in SPN, as Pestilence.)

So I like the character stuff, but IMO the worldbuilding stuff is... silly.

COMICS. <3 <3
Jan. 1st, 2014 06:53 pm (UTC)
Oh, cool.

Haha, yeah, it is pretty hard to buy human cloning already being that good in the 80s. :P
Dec. 31st, 2013 05:20 am (UTC)
8. I'm still deciding whether or not I can be bothered to eventually catch up on the latest season.

I'd like to rewatch a bunch and then write a bunch of things I didn't write the first time – a lot of Buffy+Faith, especially (maybe Buffy/Faith?)

\o/ \o/ \o/ \o/ \o/

13. YES WATCH T:SCC (but prepare yourself for inevitable heartbreak once you're done). Lena Headey exists.

Fringe is good for… uh, three seasons? Interested to see what you make of it.
Dec. 31st, 2013 10:37 am (UTC)
T:TSCC was a brilliant little series. I'm thinking I need to rewatch it.
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