I ended up finding a lot of really cool and creative stuff out there, once I remembered to apply Sturgeon's Law and keep poking around -- and I have to say, I found that the aesthetic and subculture that Kristina Contes is part of was most appealing to me personally.
Wow, that is prime wank. But there wasn't even any plagiarism! But where's the death-threats? And the IP address tracking? Where's Mina de Malfois?
Yeah, and it definitely needs more sockpuppets and at least one pseuicide -- it's your basic BNF schadenfreude wank, with fewer iPods and no Charlotte Lennox.
I bet the article itself resurrected the wank, since the journalist's sympathies were pretty obviously with Contes.
omg yes. I can see it now: "This journalist just doesn't get it, they're so stupid they don't do the research, don't they realize she cheated! And then when she was caught, she didn't return her prizes, she just laughed it off! She's a bad role-model! She doesn't comply with our unstated and constantly-shifting community standards!"
Which, frankly, is about the same as the response I had to the Slate.com article about the HP Lexicon lawsuit. Those outside reporters, they don't understand the subtleties of our subculture!
mixed-media, semi-commercialized autobiographical RPF
I like your brain. :)
(I may have read Cobra Starship fic last night)
I am so very, very amused by this, I can't even tell you. ♥
I briefly considered titling my LJ "Here via metafandom" (He came for the meta, and stayed for the fic!). Now that I've been watching SG1, I'm leaning towards "Unauthorized offworld activation" as my LJ's name.
Plus I kept wanting to rec Pamela Des Barres' awesome memoir, I'm with the Band: Confessions of a Groupie to everybody who was dissing the scene queens. But since I don't actually know who any of the scene queens are, I figured I'd keep my mouth shut &
The only thing I know about scene queens are pictures and a couple of blog entries, plus whatever I glean from meta posts. Oh, and posts on wikihow and stuff like 'how to be scene' or whatever. Those are hilarious.
Bandom seems exhausting -- having to keep up with everybody's MySpace and blogs, and then all of the TAI TV and Buzznet stuff, plus hunting down obscure interviews and the clips people make at concerts with their cell-phones!
*wanders over to wikihow; wonders if anyone's posted 'how to be Green' yet*
I helps to have scarily obsessed friends, plus comms that post everything you need to know. Have you friended theydresstight
Oh, great comm, thanks!
*looks back nostalgically to when I used to dress tight in my younger, skinnier days -- seriously, I used to wear my skintight, laces-on-the-side black jeans to work all the time*
I don't know whether I should giggle or make hearteyes at you. :P
Perhaps there was a brief experiment with glompy nail polish from Urban Decay. But no guyliner, alas!
This is an awesome post. Thank you for this! I've been reading the links for an hour!
Glad to hear it! I got completely absorbed myself last month -- there's just so much going on here and it's a fascinating mirror for fic-centric fan cultures.