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There was a gentle rumbling and slight shaking of the dashboard.
Fandoms of new, turned quickly about to stare, startled by the sight in front of them.
THE STAR TREK AND LOTR FANDOMS HAVE AWAKEN FROM THEIR SLUMBERS, ARISING TO RETAKE THEIR RIGHTFUL THRONES.
Meanwhile, the Classic Who, the last of the Three Great Fandoms, lies in wait
For the 50th Anniversary is approaching
The Old Ones are awakening.
“Can I touch your butt” in Elvish.
This is so useful
No, this is not “Can I touch your butt” in Elvish. This is “Can I touch your butt?” in English, transcribed using the letters of the Elvish alphabet. There is a difference.
In Elvish, the letters of the alphabet correspond to sounds, not to words. The above text spells it out using one symbol to represent one letter of the original English, which is incorrect:
- c-a-n i t-o-u-c-h y-o-u-r b-u-t-t
If you really want to spell out an English phrase using the Elvish alphabet, you would do so phonetically, which would basically equate to one symbol per phoneme (sound):
- c-a-n a-i t-u-ch y-o-r b-u-t
If you actually wanted to write “Can I touch your butt?” in Elvish, one (very rough) translation would be:
Annog nin daf pladan tele ci?
Which, in Sindarin Elvish, roughly translates to, “Would you give me permission to touch your rear?”
Written in tengwar (the Elvish alphabet), it would look like this:
Sorry for the blurry quality.
There is no nerdcore like the Tumblr nerdcore. Only here would a grammar and linguistics argument involve Tolkien and butts.
I made a thing…
This is perfect in so many ways.
Who are the Fandoms?
They’re online royalty.
If the internet was US Weekly they would always be on the cover.
That one there? That’s Supernatural. They’re one of the weirdest fandoms you will ever meet. Damian followed a Supernatural Blog last year…
They asked me how to spell “Wincest.”
And that little one? That’s Sherlock. They’re totally crazy because their show runner invented psychological torture. The Sherlockians know everybody’s business. They deduce everything about everyone.
That’s why their fanon’s so big. It’s full of deductions.
And fanaticism takes a virtual form in Doctor Who. Don’t be fooled, because they may seem like your typical ship-crazy, feels-having, Sci-fi fandom. But, in reality, they are so much more than that.
They’re the time lords. The stars. The other two are just their little workers.
How do I even begin to explain Doctor Who?
One time Doctor Who punched me in the feels. It was awesome.
The why-Moffat-is-sexist master post is making its way across my dash again, and I think it’s finally time I put down my thoughts on this post and others like it that are incredibly critical of the creators of our favourite fandoms. I’m sure others have written about this too, but I’ve got to get this down here where I can remind myself about it.
Posts like this are awesome, whether we agree with them or not. They can get us to take a closer look at the media we are consuming and the messages within it. They can let us know that the little voice in the back of our minds that might be telling us that something isn’t quite right, isn’t quite wrong. And they can open up a wider discussion about social issues that need to be addressed.
But, what these posts CAN’T do is actually change anything.
They are a start, and a great one. But unless someone like Moffat reads it and suddenly sees the “error of his ways” and changes his mind overnight, the problems we see in our favourite media will not change.
So what are we going to do about it? And when I say we I mean WE, because this is as much of a direction to me as it is for anyone who’s reading this.
We need to stop writing JUST fanfiction. I mean keep writing fanfiction, but also start writing spec scripts. We don’t like the direction a show is taking? Start thinking of ways to fix it, in a way that it can actually get it produced. This is important. If we don’t know how to write a script properly, then we’ll learn by taking some courses online or at a college or community center.
Then we will sit down and write it. We’ve scrutinized our fandoms inside and out, so now we have to take them apart, learn what makes them tick. How does the action rise and fall? How much of series is overarching plot and how much of it is monster of the week? How do these characters REALLY interact? Then we will rebuild them, fix them, and make them the way we want them to be.
Once we’ve put in all that time and effort, we’ll start getting it in front of the people who could actually get it made (hence why learning how to write it in the proper format was so important). These new stories are not going to change anything sitting on our hard drives. We will find our way in through all the little cracks and crevices and back alleys of TV land until one of us gets in there and gets it done.
And if we can’t get it in front of the show runners? Is that going to stop us? Oh no. We’ll write our own story then. We’ll come up with our own characters, our own relationships, our own worlds with their own problems and events and consequences. Then we’re going to get that in front of the people who can get it made and put it out there. If we can’t we’ll make it and do it ourselves.
But is our fandom not a show? Or do we not like script writing? We’ll write a short story then. Or a novel. A poem. More visually inclined? We’ll draw a graphic novel. Feeling like it’s too much to take on by ourselves? We’ll do it with a friend. We’ll collaborate. We’ll CREATE. I mean this is tumblr, creating is WHAT WE DO, and we must never stop.
I mean it. Never stop. Fanfiction, spec scripts, original scripts, poetry, graphic novels, short stories, novels – anything and everything, as long as we keep creating. We must never stop being critical of the stories and messages we’re consuming. We must never stop calling out other creators on what they’re delivering to us, and we must never stop having discussions because of it.
And above all else, we must keep completely and utterly loving our fandoms. We cannot loose our passion for them, because that it what makes us so critical of them. They are what made us create those master posts in the first place, and they are going to keep inspiring us to make the changes we want to see.
there’s something kind of beautiful about an entire fandom going absolutely batshit insane all at the same time
I like how fandoms are becoming their characters.
…clapping because this is the perfect gif.