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[livejournal.com profile] mistakency asked me: Your fandom history! How you got into fandom, the best and most terrible fics you've read, your formative experiences, etc.

I got my start in internet fandom on Sheroes Central, a message board run by/inspired by Tamora Pierce and Meg Cabot. I think I started using it because my sister, [livejournal.com profile] cetacea, who was a huge Tamora Pierce fan, got me to start using it. I would've been in grade school at this point, and in 2003 people started talking about livejournal and giving out invite codes so I got myself one, under the name rhymeswithlungs, from that Buffy quote about what rhymes with lungs, because I was a huuuuge Buffy fan by then but not really involved in fandom at all. I was never really involved in Buffy fandom, for which I am grateful because I think it would've made me bitter about the show. (I changed my name to [livejournal.com profile] sarkastic when I got a paid account. I think I either didn't know about rename tokens or they didn't have them yet.)

Somehow, I cannot remember why, I started watching Alias, and actually started out as a Syd/Vaughn shipper, but eventually saw the error of my ways and became a diehard Syd/Sark shipper. The first fic that I can really remember reading is [livejournal.com profile] callherblondie's Complicity. Which I was obsessed with, and I lived for updates of that thing. Alias fandom was where I made some of my longest lasting fandom friends, where I got introduced to fanfic, critiquing the source material - just interacting with media on a deeper, crazier, more interesting level than normal tv-watching. Also where I got introduced to vids and fanart - [livejournal.com profile] corngirl_jo's amazing vids! Those introduced me to Tom McRae, who I still associate with Alias and Sark specifically.

This was what I like to call my Het Phase, before I had been introduced to the wide world of slash (more on that later, obvi). I was also a pretty intense Harry/Hermione shipper for awhile, which is weird now because I am very strongly Harry&Hermione friendship now, and have no interest in romance there. I remember becoming obsessed with Paradigm of Uncertainty right before leaving on a family roadtrip to South Carolina and being so frustrated that I wouldn't be able to read it for a week. Ah, the days before wireless and tablets. Also, I'm pretty sure that fic is actually ridiculous, but I loved it back then.

So how did I get into slash, you may ask? I must've had some interest in it before this, but the strongest memory I remember is asking [livejournal.com profile] gabby_silang for Clark/Lex recs. SHE CORRUPTED ME. I remember reading Sleep While I Drive and getting to the sex scene and being like, Oh. Oh, I see now. This was a big moment for little Peggy.

After that, I kind of bounced around from fandom to fandom, usually going where the fic went. Since Alias fandom died out, I've never really been that immersed and intensely involved in creating and consuming for a fandom. Probably my most prominent fandoms would be Harry Potter (HARRY/DRACO LYFE 4EVA!!!), Heroes (Petrellicest! breaking those incest barriers!), Supernatural before the fandom turned into a crazy hellhole of demon people (so like... season one), Veronica Mars (Veronica/Logan!), Football RPF, and now Hockey RPF and (begrudgingly, these days) Teen Wolf.

Some of my all-time favorite fics:
- Drastically Redefining Protocol by rageprufrock (Merlin, Merlin/Arthur) - Oh my god. This fic. ;ldgjfdkgjfkgjfklgj. Pretty much everything I ever wanted from a fic. It's all downhill from here, frankly.
- Omiai by toomuchplor (Smallville, Clark/Lex) - This fic is my happy place.
- Shoebox Project (... like you don't know?) - OBVIOUSLY.
- other things the road to hell is paved with by LuciaZephyr (Dresden Files, John/Marcone) - DEAR GOD THE SLOW BURN. IT BURNS. Also, proudly continuing my tradition of reading fic in fandoms where I have never consumed the source material.
- Chimera by JoeLawson (Dark Angel, Alec/Ames) - Okay, so this is Alec/Ames mpreg, that's a whole lot of wtf there. I used to firmly believe that mpreg could never be anything but cracky and ridiculous, but this fic totally changed my opinion on that. I mean, most mpreg IS cracky and ridiculous, but there can be good ones. Also this is kind of a proto-A/B/O-verse without actually being that, before all the cool kids were doing it.

I won't specifically name any terrible fics I've read, but I have read a lot of them. Just recently I was reading this TERRIBLE mpreg fic in a fandom that shall remain unnamed, and it was so fucked up and had mega consent issues and made NO sense, but I could not stop and kept texting my sister choice quotes from it. And it was like hundreds of thousands of words. I am generally willing to put up with a lot of shit to read fic for rarepairings I like or for kinks that are hard to find in general or hard to find for a particular pairing. I definitely prefer good fic, but sometimes ridiculously insane badfic can be just as good. It's like that quote from Troy on Community: "That sounds terrible. I want to watch it twice."

Also I remember once reading a fic where someone gave themselves a blowjob.

I feel like there is as good a place as anywhere to end this brief fandom history of [livejournal.com profile] sarkastic.

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Date: 2013-12-22 01:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] corngirl-jo.livejournal.com
I raise one to you old friend. I still hope one day to be able to come back to Live Journal. Until then, happy happy memories.

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Date: 2013-12-22 01:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sarkastic.livejournal.com
So good to hear from you! Sarkney fandom was the best of times.

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Date: 2013-12-22 08:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] serenitysea.livejournal.com
remember alias fandom in its heyday? IT WAS ON FIRE.

our Sarkney community was truly the best.

love those two crazy kids.

ps: Veronica Mars movie.... am I the only one geeking out over this?! Logan and Veronica reunited at last!!!!

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Date: 2013-12-24 04:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sarkastic.livejournal.com
Such good times! Fandom has never been as awesome again. But I'm glad I got to experience it at least once.

I'm like .... tentatively excited about the movie. The last season of VM was so terrible, I'm worried it'll be like that. If it's more like season one, I will die of happiness.

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Date: 2013-12-24 05:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] serenitysea.livejournal.com
I feel the same. I still refuse to watch Season 3 past the breakup. I just. I can't.

Not just because of the breakup but because it went so far downhill SO FAST. Ugh.

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Date: 2013-12-24 04:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] callherblondie.livejournal.com
Alias fandom, and especially the Sarkney part of it, was the best fandom I've ever been involved in. Such fun times!

The winter holiday is coming up soon for me and I'm going to do an Alias rewatch and work on my WiPs. I recently re-read what I have done so far on Complicity and was like 'nobody cares anymore, it's been ages, but I really want to continue and finish this for personal satisfaction.'

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Date: 2013-12-24 04:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sarkastic.livejournal.com
Holy crap, I think I might actually have a heart attack if you updated Complicity, so thank you for the heads-up. I haven't reread it in ages, but this seems like a really good excuse. I at least would be very excited to see where it goes.

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Date: 2013-12-24 05:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] serenitysea.livejournal.com
i second this!!!

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Date: 2013-12-29 11:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mistakency.livejournal.com
omg Peggy you had a Harry/Hermione phase???? I don't know why this is standing out as the most remarkable thing in this history full of remarkable things - probably because I associate you very strongly with the trio friendship brigade + slash - but it just blows my mind. I wonder whether we knew each other back then! Probably not because that topic would have resulted in a deathmatch.

EARLY '00s MESSAGE BOARD USERS UNITE. I love that it looks like yours still exists! I have no idea what became of all my old Yahoo Groups and mailing lists. I wonder whether anyone is still entering fandom through them?? This question makes me sound ancient but this post was so interesting; it makes me want to round up, like, a hundred 13-year-olds on Tumblr and interrogate them. When I was your age we didn't have gifs! We printed out fics and hid them in binders!! I had to download all those Buffy vids on dialup and it took forever!!!

Those introduced me to Tom McRae, who I still associate with Alias and Sark specifically.

PULL ME CLOSE LOOK INTO MY EYES SMILE AT ME WHEN YOU STICK IN THE KNIFE

Also I remember once reading a fic where someone gave themselves a blowjob.

hahahaha oh my goddddddd that is simultaneously amazing and horrifying. I have read a ton of truly terrible fic of the OOC and "you need a beta" variety, but have lucked out on the "anatomically impossible" front. I hope no one used that fic as their sex ed class.

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Date: 2014-01-03 12:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sarkastic.livejournal.com
I wonder whether we knew each other back then! Probably not because that topic would have resulted in a deathmatch.
Well thank god then. I wouldn't have wanted to have to kill you in the name of H/Hr. How embarrassing!

When I was your age we didn't have gifs! We printed out fics and hid them in binders!! I had to download all those Buffy vids on dialup and it took forever!!!
Yes! These damn kids don't know how easy they have it! We used to walk five miles in the snow just to watch HBO!

PULL ME CLOSE LOOK INTO MY EYES SMILE AT ME WHEN YOU STICK IN THE KNIFE
YOUR WOLF SUIT IS WEARING THIN AND YOUR REAL SKIN LOOKS LIKE IT NEVER BLEEDS

I hope no one used that fic as their sex ed class.
Since I went to Catholic school that taught that sex was evil and vaginas were the worst, my sex education was fanfic and Anita Blake novels. TERRIFYING. Needless to say, there were times I was confused.

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