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QAF Essay: Why the Queer as Folk Fandom is so Wanktastic (Part 3) [Jun. 20th, 2005|11:25 pm]
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[pluvial_poetry]
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It's been awhile...

I love to talk about wanking...

 

Why the Queer as Folk Fandom is so Wanktastic (Part 3)

-  Hey Jaded!

 

If you've been in this fandom long enough, you get to see the same kind of arguments over and over. Not just Brian/Justin versus Brian/Michael although that's certainly a dead horse that we can't stop beating. *

The arguments that I'm speaking of are personal; by fans, about other fans. And it's always the same kind of accusations. Side 1 accuses Side 2 of being immature and crazy. Side 2 accuses Side 1 of being bitchy and bitter. I'm sure we all know what I'm talking about. And I'm sure both sides certainly have evidence to make their cases. No one is perfect; everyone has their bad points and their bad days. Personally, I'm bitchy and bitter every day of the week. That's just my nature. Perhaps it's inevitable that these accusations should be continually thrown around. Perhaps we deserve it. Some of the time.

But the real problem that I have with these arguments, is that inevitably a peacemaker surfaces, and they'll say something along the lines of, "Is Queer as Folk really that important? It's fiction. You don't need to fight over it with people that you don't know, that you'll never meet. Why take it so seriously, fandom is supposed to be fun!"

In a way, I both agree and disagree with that statement. Obviously it's fiction, of course it's supposed to be fun... but nonetheless it is important. It is serious. When you reached the point where you had to go online, join communities because you couldn't get enough of the show - it became serious.

Like I pointed out in part 1, when you're attached to something; the show or the pairing, you're a lot more likely to defend it.

With QAF, I think the fans have moved beyond defensive. We've been fighting for too long. By now - all sides are on the offensive. The fans are jaded. We're on a short fuse, we're quick to attack.

I think that the virtual aspects of fandom certainly adds to the negative atmosphere. When you speak to a person when you can't see them or hear their voice, miscommunication is easy. You have no idea if someone is insulting you or just kidding around. Words on a page are too easy to misinterpret.

And when you're already angry after 5 years of being "attacked" by shippers, it's all too easy to click on that comment button and let it fly. Especially since there are no consequences to fighting. Fandom isn't a club or business that you'll be kicked out of it you start fights or if you're crazy. You can basically do whatever you want in fandom and no one can really stop you.

That sounds a bit scary right? It explains why so many of us have to have friends-locked journals, and why it's so hard for a B/Jer to be friends with a B/Mer. Both sides of the shipper war have learned their lesson well. We all have learned to stick to our own side because everyone else is crazy. And if the opposing side says something even slightly negative to you, it's easier to snap first and ask questions later. We can't let those bat-shit insane bitches walk all over us. **

I've also heard some people saying that the Queer as Folk fandom is no wankier than any other fandom. Obviously, I disagree. It's not that we wank more than any other fandom. We don't. But whereas the Harry Potter fandom will wank over whether the Big Name Fans are abusing their powers or whether chan writers are really kiddie pornographers - topics that are semi-important. Has the QAF fandom ever had a wank that hasn't ended with B/J vs. B/M party lines drawn? Not that I've ever seen. I think this is what defines us as a big time wank-filled fandom.

And because of the fact that Queer as Folk wank is innate. It's passed down from one generation of shippers to the next. It's practically in the newbie manual to livejournal - little sheep shouldn't venture too far outside of the fold, lots of dangerous wolves out there. It's almost unavoidable that wank gets started. Unless things change.

They have been changing. I blame spoilers. But I'm not so sure that I'm happy with the change. We are who we are. QAF fans are not just wanky - we're wanktastic. And maybe this community, qaf_essays is just a place to breed wank but so what? I'm having fun and I hope you guys are too.

The End ***

 

 

* ahh, colorful colloquialisms. Love 'em.

** I've heard this on both sides of the fence so let's not get all riled up.

*** You may have noted that this is part 3 and that I haven't written part 2 yet. Sue me, I like to do things out of order. :P

 

And for all the lazier members out there, here's a good essay prompt for you - tell me how you think season 5 compares to the other seasons. Write a 150 words or more, cut for spoilers and you've got yourself an essay.

~ Roxie

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[User Picture]From: mikeyface
2005-06-21 06:49 am (UTC)
I am NOT lazy!! Hee!! ;) --kidding!! Though, I like that idea! Sometimes, it helps me to write if I have a definite topic! Are there any that you'd like to see written about? I may give that one a go, though :)

As for your essay, BRILLIANT!! I did notice you didn't write 2 yet but I still love you & your essay rocked!!! You're right about B/M-ers and B/J-ers not being friends. It's so bizarre and stupid!!

Anywhooo, I loved this and I love YOU!

*hugs*
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[User Picture]From: pluvial_poetry
2005-06-22 12:08 am (UTC)
*lol* I'd love to give you essay requests! You know what you should write about? Emmett/Brian. 2nd best OTP on the show. ;)

And I'm glad you liked the essay, darling!! Love you too!

*hugs back*

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[User Picture]From: argyletheme
2005-06-22 03:32 am (UTC)
Emmett/Brian. 2nd best OTP on the show. ;)

I agree whole-heartedly ;D
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[User Picture]From: mikeyface
2005-06-22 06:26 am (UTC)
Oooooooh!! I'm SO on it!! :) Thanks! I don't have a whole lot of free time right now but as soon as I do, I'm writing that essay!!! :)

*Hugs & smooches* :)
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[User Picture]From: jane2005
2005-06-21 02:19 pm (UTC)
Love this! I'm friending you - if it's a prob., let me know.

I think the shipping wars have calmed down recently because with S5 we've gotten a clear and undeniable spotting the real enemy - CowLip.
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[User Picture]From: pluvial_poetry
2005-06-22 12:11 am (UTC)
*lol* Yeah, damn CowLip. Ruined everything for everyone. ;)

And the friending is no problem. Friends are good. :)
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[User Picture]From: little_lusty
2005-06-21 04:14 pm (UTC)
Well, I can't say I have seen too much of this but I am an infant in the QaF world right now! I have only been a true, die hard, obsessed, gave my heart and soul over to the damn show for a few months now. I have known about it since it debuted and had the chance to see random eps from each season but finally it got the best of me and I spent the better part of 2 paychecks and a gift card getting the seasons! Now I am all caught *well almost!* and I am really suprised to see how the lines are drawn. I adore discussing this show and I love to pick little details out and really define what they mean for the characters! That's the fun! I am such a Brian/Justin fan, that will NEVER change. I find myself still suprised at how there are people who truly want Mikey's little head on a stick! But hey, I have my own crazy opinions so....for right now I try to not pass judgment...too much! Thanks for the GREAT ESSAY! Brit:)
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[User Picture]From: pluvial_poetry
2005-06-22 12:14 am (UTC)
I adore discussing this show and I love to pick little details out and really define what they mean for the characters!

*lol* That's what I like to hear! So when can I expect a QAF essay from you posted to the community? ;)

Anyways thanks for reading and commenting, I'm glad you liked the essay. :D
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[User Picture]From: little_lusty
2005-06-22 02:53 am (UTC)
You can expect one any old day now!:) Writing is one of my passions and with QaF on the brain pretty much 24/7 these days it's only amatter of time! I promise to do one soon! Brit
*thanks for the encouragement!:)*
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[User Picture]From: bouncykeira
2005-06-22 02:17 am (UTC)
always fun to read more of your essays
if I wasnt insane from school crap and rl I might even write one for you
unfortunately my muse seems to be broken
I think this season is interesting, if a heartbreaking, poor Brian, even if they are making him into a dip, I still feel bad for him.
sigh
looking forward to more lovely rants from you
huggles
K
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[User Picture]From: pluvial_poetry
2005-06-22 04:34 pm (UTC)
No summer break for you?! That's rough! Good luck with school and such. :D

And thanks for commenting!!

*hugs*
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From: feedmyobsession
2005-06-23 08:17 pm (UTC)
"Is Queer as Folk really that important? It's fiction. You don't need to fight over it with people that you don't know, that you'll never meet. Why take it so seriously, fandom is supposed to be fun!"

Heee, this sounds like something I've thought a million times while reading through arguments and "wars". But to my defense: I've never actually said it to people in the middle of an argument. I find it better to stay away. Or just silently follow the developments ;)

Thanks for sharing your opinions. You're a great writer, and you make some excellent points. It's entertaining!

I think that the virtual aspects of fandom certainly adds to the negative atmosphere. When you speak to a person when you can't see them or hear their voice, miscommunication is easy. You have no idea if someone is insulting you or just kidding around. Words on a page are too easy to misinterpret.

Exactly!


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[User Picture]From: pluvial_poetry
2005-06-23 09:26 pm (UTC)
*lol* Well I guess I think that some people take fandom too seriously. But in general, I think that while fandom is fun, I see why people argue over it. If people argue violently over baseball and football, why not a television show? :D

But yeah, it is best to stay away from all arguments. Safety first, as they say. ;)

Anyways, thank you for commenting. I'm glad you enjoyed the essay, found it entertaining. *g*
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