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8th-Jan-2010 02:25 pm
We were supposed to go out last night to see the Rich Kids (1977 band formed by Glen Matlock after he left the Sex Pistols and featuring Midge Ure, Steve New & Rusty Egan), do a reunion benefit gig for New, who's been fighting cancer, but the roads round here are way too icy to risk driving and we didn't fancy our chances on the trains much either. Bloody weather!

So in lieu of that, I did some round-up statistics & memes. Not quite as exciting, granted, and a bit late. But then, if time isn't linear but is instead a great big ball of wibbly wobbly timey wimey stuff, then concepts such as 'late' have no meaning, right?

Fic round-up for 2009

Oh, you pitifully unproductive year, you!


Prison Break - Michael/Alex: The Creation of Alternate Universes - 1,534 words, PG, Takes place after the end of 4.10 'The Legend.'. When Michael & Alex start brainstorming, who knows where it could end up?

Prison Break - Gretchen: Jail Queen - 214 words, PG13, post-series. Gretchen knows that first impressions count.


Live Free Or Die Hard - John/Matt: Options to Explore - 2,782 words, R, post-movie. Lucy helps John see what's been under his nose all along.

Prison Break - Lang/Alex: Angustia - 1,739 words, PG13, S3. What she sees in that prison breaks her heart.

4 fics in 2 fandoms, totalling 6,267 words

Stats for the decade

2004 - 49 fics & 3 WIP parts in 1 fandom (BtVS) totalling 89,602 words.

2005 - 24 fics in 3 fandoms (BtVS, Doctor Who, House) totalling 86,501 words.

2006 - 4 fics & 2 WIP parts in 2 fandoms (BtVS, Life On Mars) totalling 14,737 words.

2007 - 2 fics & 7 WIP parts in 5 fandoms (Life On Mars, The Great Gatsby, BtVS, Doctor Who, Torchwood) totalling 25,043 words (2,152 fic, 22,891 WIP)

2008 - 11 fics in 3 fandoms (Doctor Who, Torchwood, Prison Break) totalling 14,327 words

2009 - 4 fics in 2 fandoms (Prison Break, Live Free or Die Hard, totalling 6,267 words

Total decade - 94 fics, 12 WIP parts in 9 fandoms, totalling 236,477 words

2009 fandom round-up meme

1. Your main fandom of the year?
Although my actual fannish activity was minimal, my fannish heart still belongs to Prison Break ::pets my poor dead show::

2. Your favourite film watched this year?
Star Trek reboot/prequel/XI (has there been consensus about what we call it?) I loved it -- I thought it was a clever freshen-up for the franchise, and a fabulously entertaining film with a successfuly broad appeal. Everyone I know, whether rabid fan, casual viewer or complete outsider, thoroughly enjoyed it. The Kirk/Spock was a thing of beauty, although I think Kirk/McCoy probably grabbed me more. Haven't read any fic, but I should probably get on that. I'm sure there's plenty :-)

3. Your favourite book read this year?
The Gargoyle, by Andrew Davidson. Epic cross-genre story that works on all fronts -- historical, romance, fantasy and thriller.   Gory and pragmatic realism sits side by side with myth and allegory in an assured, stylish, original, thoughtful and compelling debut. 

4. Your favourite album or song to listen to this year?
Hourglass, the second solo album by Depeche Mode singer Dave Gahan. Quietly powerful and a little creepy, this is hypnotic dark electronica. I could (and frequently did) happily play this on repeat all day.

5. Your favourite TV show of the year?
It still has to be Prison Break. S4 was pure crack in so many ways, but I loved it to pieces. Runner up position goes to Torchwood: Children Of Earth, even though it was heart-breaking to watch.

6. Your favorite LJ community of the year?
Um. I wasn't around enough to really have one. Probably the newsletters, if that counts, because it's a good way to catch up on stuff. And smallfandomfest, which is always great fun

7. Your best new fandom discovery of the year?
I don't even know if there is a fandom, but I thought Breaking Bad was an absolutely stonking show. Fantastically written and acted, dark as fuck and with one of the most gorgeously compelling relationships I've seen in a long time. I can thorougly buy and love Walt/Jesse as dysfunctional father/son, but there's also a simmering undercurrent of twisted sexuality to be found if you want to look for it.

8. Your biggest fandom disappointment of the year?
Can I cheat slightly, because it was shown on New Year's Day, and say the resolution (hah!) of Donna's arc in the last DW special? Not what I wanted for her. Not at all. A close second goes to the TOTALLY UNFAIR lack of a Michael/Alex hug in Prison Break. I still feel cheated. Third place goes to Heroes. Nothing specific, just... Heroes, generally.

9. Your TV boyfriend of the year?
My heart is large and has space for many, but Alex Mahone still takes the top spot.

10. Your TV girlfriend of the year?
Olivia Dunham from Fringe. Smart, resourceful, kick-ass and hot. Hmm, do I have an FBI kink?

11. Your biggest squee moment of the year?
That's actually quite tough. Althought there's been a lot to love, it's been more of the dark, intense, shocking and/or heart-breaking variety. Clearly, I need more fluffy fandoms. Oh, I know -- Ruth coming back to Spooks. That was definitely worth a squee :-)

12. The most missed of your old fandoms?
BtVS. The nostalgia never quite goes away. I miss the diversity and range of a large canon & cast, and the activity of a large fandom. I miss that white-hot productivity. And I still, dammit, miss the show. Life On Mars, too, because the US version (although it was kind of sweet in its own bumbling sort of way) made me realise just how damn good that show was.

13. The fandom you haven't tried yet, but want to?
Urr. Possibly Supernatural? I love the show to pieces and adore both Sam/Dean and Dean/Castiel - although I came to it late and wouldn't be entirely sure where to start in a fandom sense. Hasn't everything been done already?

14. Your biggest fan anticipations for the New Year?
The start of Supernatural S5 in the UK. The last season of Lost. And, although I am rather nervous about it, Matt Smith's Eleven.

Yay 2010!

donna by lindenharp
9th-Jan-2010 12:21 pm (UTC)
I was terribly disappointed about Donna, too, but have consoled myself with the thought that this means there is still an urgent need for Donna fix-it fic.
9th-Jan-2010 03:30 pm (UTC)
Ah, dude, I know. I think what upset me most was the way it was made so explicity clear -- in Wilf's own words, no less -- that she was settling for second best. So knowing that, how is seeing her wedding supposed to be a joyful send off? How I am supposed to be content with that? It made it worse that she wasn't affected by the Master's plan, because I really started to believe that she was going to play a pivotal role -- but even when she remembered, it didn't change anything. She's still part Time Lord, dammit! That should *mean* something.

Clearly, there needs to be epic fic where she hooks up with Sarah Jane and saves the world. A lot :-)
9th-Jan-2010 03:54 pm (UTC)
Yes - I've seen a claim that Wilf said she and Sean were made for each other and it was only their lack of money he worried about, but that certainly wasn't the message I got! My recollection was [Big sigh] "He's sweet enough, a bit of a dreamer..." with the implication that Wilf was doing his best to reconcile himself to someone he didn't think was remotely in her league. And the bit where Donna waves the ring about hinted to me she was more excited about being married than about Sean.

Some people have said, well, she's back to the person she was before, for whom marriage was the big ambition - and she did have what was clearly a happy experience of marriage in her Library dream. I certainly don't think that Donna can't find fulfilment in marriage, but the signals I was getting from Wilf were that she wouldn't in this one - and that she had raised her ambitions and developed herself after meeting the Doctor, never mind the Time Lord factor. I think the person we saw in Partners in Crime could make her own way, and I'd rather she had a little money to help her on that way than so much she doesn't really need to bother.

But as I say, I do think her story has been left open, probably deliberately, whether it's for Moffat to develop or as a gift to the fans; the only significant contribution she made in The End of Time was to push them in the direction of Naismith, but that indicates there's still something going on in the background.
13th-Jan-2010 09:21 pm (UTC)
A close second goes to the TOTALLY UNFAIR lack of a Michael/Alex hug in Prison Break. I still feel cheated

Word. So much word. He hugged EVERY OTHER PERSON but Michael. Grrr. (I still tell myself their relationship was just too big to be contained in a mere hug.)
16th-Jan-2010 09:55 am (UTC)
I still tell myself their relationship was just too big to be contained in a mere hug

*nods* Clearly they knew that once they started, they'd never be able to let each other go. We know the truth! :-)
28th-Jan-2010 04:41 pm (UTC)

I finally made it to the end of Life on Mars S2 last night. My sister gave me S1 for Christmas, so I rewatched that, then ordered S2. It's been a long while since my first watch of S1 that a lot of it was new again, but I also saw so much more detail this time. So much detail in that show!

I am slightly embarassed to admit that I watched many episodes with the subtitles on. ::blushes:: Gene's dialogue was so fast and furious and his accent so thick that I just couldn't keep up. And I wanted to get it all, 'cause what a brilliant show! I don't know how they packed so much into two short seasons: plot, character development, romance, angst, comedy, social commentary on then and now... I know I'll be rewatching the entire thing again.

But didja notice that the overall plot was the same as Avatar's? With the added twist that 1973 Sam had amnesia. How very odd.

On another note, I CAN'T BELIEVE THEY KILLED SCOFIELD!!!!!! I did NOT see that coming until he got that last nosebleed. ::weeps:: I still haven't seen the post-series movie--is it any good?

I'm now working my way through S1 of Supernatural. It's fun!
30th-Jan-2010 01:37 pm (UTC)
Yoo hoo! *hugs*

I think Life On Mars is an absolute masterclass in How To Do It Right. The actors and writers just nail it, on every conceivable level. The S2 finale caused a lot of waves in the fandom, because some people really hated it. I wasn't one of them :-) I thought it was perfect -- I was amazed that they had the chops to go there, to finish a wildly successful primetime BBC drama with the suicide of the lead character. It was a brave, ballsy storytelling decision that was bleak, breathtaking and a mindfuck to the end -- just like the show itself. I understand why people had a problem with it, but for *my* Sam, my selfish, damaged, crazy Sam, it made perfect sense.

It shows, I think, just how perfectly the stars aligned in the making of that show when you watch the US version. It's... kind of cute in a rather bumbling sort of way. I love Michael Imperioli as Ray, and I'm looking forward to the car crash of a finale with masochistic glee, but I only ever half pay attention - it's background TV only. From identical DNA, they produced... well, the runt of the litter :-)

(Haven't seen Avatar - is it worth it?)

RIP Michael Scofield, indeed. We miss you still :-)

With you on the final nosebleed revelation, when your heart just *breaks.* I didn't watch the movie for a long time (because until you've seen the final scene it's not over, right?) but I eventually had to cave and yes, it is good - worth seeing.

I recently started a rewatch of Supernatural S1 too! Where are you up to? It kind of surprised me to realise that it was actually such a good show, right from the start. Are you a Dean girl or a Sam girl? *g*
1st-Feb-2010 08:56 pm (UTC)
The only thing I didn't like about the end of S2 was that I thought it was going to work out that way, and I was right. I so rarely figure things out ahead of time that it's kind of anticlimactic when I do. I just couldn't see him leaving Annie, Gene, and the rest of them behind forever (especially after Maya left him and he let go of her), and I certainly didn't want him to! Even after he woke up, I knew he was going back somehow.

I need to watch the series about 12 more times to get everything out of it. There's so much in there. You could write several theses on it.

Do you think Sam was selfish? They say that people who commit suicide are selfish. I don't think it was ever made clear which world was the real one, honestly. That scene at the end where Sam is in the incredibly dry and boring meeting where policy buzzwords are flying around like a swarm of gnats--which is more ridiculous: that world or 1973? Certainly, Gene would have listened to that conversation, scoffed loudly and rudely at the thought that that was policing, and declared it proof of insanity. :-)

If it was all about Sam being in a coma, how did he apparently change the future world in at least two ways? When he had his accident, Maya was missing and in the hands of a serial killer. After they discover who the original killer was in 1973, someone tells Sam that Maya's in the room and she's safe. How did that happen?

And then there was the fellow who Sam had sent to a psychiatric facility instead of jail (as had happened in the history of his world), and that patient came into Sam's coma-room and tried to kill him. Was he always in the psych ward, or did his timeline change?

Was Sam somehow changing history? Did he somehow make his mentor (the black fellow--names fail me) what he turned out to be?

So many questions!! I want more seasons.

Yes, Avatar is worth it. Not the most breathtakingly original plot or the most amazing character development, and it bugged the hell out of me how they portrayed research scientists ("I have to get samples!!!") (which is also why I can't watch Bones), but it's a marvellous film just to watch, an exciting ride, and comes with a feel-good ending. I'm pleased that it's knocked Titanic from its #1 spot. I'm one of the few who thought that Titanic was overdone and schmaltzy. I also HATED The Piano, when every other woman on the planet thought it was the most romantic thing ever, and I loathed Bram Stoker's Dracula (just because it's a long film with poor lighting does not make it profound). I'm weird that way.

See Avatar in 3D if you can--it's fun.

I will have to order the Prison Break movie then. I've read that it confirms Michael's death, although I'm not entirely sure I want it confirmed any more than it already is.

I'm on Disc 3 of SPN. Last night's episode was the faith healing one (with Darla!). It's pretty solid for a first season, although the bug episode was a bit lame. So far, it's mostly been monster of the week stuff, but hints of long-term plots are starting to come up.

I dunno yet if I'm a Sam fan or a Dean fan. I like Dean's in-your-faceness, and I'd probably like Sam more if he got a haircut. Time will tell. Which are you?
3rd-Feb-2010 05:58 pm (UTC)
I'm impressed that you twigged the end! I didn't see it coming at all. I was desperate for 1973 not to be just a delusion, but after he woke up properly in 2006 I was convinced it had to be. Then when I realised he was going to jump, my heart was completely in my mouth waiting to see if he would get back there.

I think Sam's worldview was very much It's All About Sam All The Time --although you have to forgive him for that in the '73 world since well, it actually kind of was :-) The people who hated the ending had a problem with what it would have done to Ruth, which I can see -- there, I think, is where the 'suicide is selfish' idea lives.

I personally believe that the actual reality is ambiguous, too. I think there's validity for that reading in the show, although I understand that the writers (initially, at least -- I gather there's supposed to be some kind of definitive explanation coming up at the end of Ashes to Ashes) stated for sure that he was in a coma, 2006 was real and 1973 was a hallucination.

If you work from that point, then everything that Sam experienced in '73 -- including the glimpses of 2006 -- was false. So the things that led him to believe events had changed (hearing about Maya, Tony Crane escaping & trying to kill him in the hospital) never actually happened. Everything in '73 is completely self-contained, and didn't affect the 'real' 2006 at all.

I can see that works, but I don't like it, because that means Gene & the others never had any independent reality at all -- and that is just not acceptable :-) My personal canon is that Sam was supposed to die in the car accident and be non-linearly reincarnated, but the wonders of modern science kept his body alive and so that's why he 'flitted' between realities. He ended up waking into a world he wasn't supposed to be in any more, and couldn't connect with. When he jumped, it put things back in order and he could live properly in '73. Or something like that, anyway *g*

I'm a little torn on Avatar. I want to see it for the experience (clearly a TV viewing is never going to cut it) but there was an ep of South Park that spoofed it so well (Cartman living with the Smurfs) that it's made it very hard for me to take it seriously :-)

I hated Dracula too, haven't watched The Piano and have actively avoided watching Titanic. Guess we're both weird!

The Darla ep of SPN is great! I'm just a few ahead of you, I think. The bug episode is FAMOUSLY appalling, and the racist truck was pretty hilarious, but on the whole the MOTW eps are good. Once the arc plot kicks in, it kicks in big time, and they do a very good job of blending the early stuff in. It's HUGE fun.

I expected to be a Sam!girl (he's definitely the Michael of the two, heh) but no, it ended up being Dean all the way for me. I shall await news of your allegiance in due course *g*

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