facepalm

My model airplane is mostly painted.

Today I read, in fandom wank, the epic tale of Victoria Bitter and the very very strange places that very very sick people can go using fandom as their vehicle. Wow, epic weird. This person has recently been writing Harry Potter fic using an assumed persona with a claimed background that, honestly, people, fails every single plausibility test I can imagine. Why was anyone taken in? I boggle.

Oh, the humanity. The ever-amusing humanity.

Oh, fandom, how I'm not really sure I missed you the last few weeks. Except then I read some Top Gear fic and remembered that fandom is fun.

ObFicWittering: Considering delaying long, plotty fic that is making me read about metallurgy so I can instead finish the frothy conclusion to "Liegeman". Which requires little research.
wow that victoria bitter story just sucked up a whole lot of my evening reading through it. I stay away from crap like that as much as possible. What a messy situation :)
It's just too weird to be believed, almost, isn't it? The "it's my evil twin sister smearing me" claim had me laughing and laughing.
I hadn't heard of VB and the trouble she caused so I spent most of the time I read the background looking like this O_O and then like this O_O.

What's even worse is if you keep reading the comments all the way through and follow the links they were at it still in 2006 under even newer guises!

People like that are what drove me out of fandom originally. One of the nicer points about lj is that you can choose to have discussions only with people are behave like rational adults. Well, for certain values of rational... :-D

Edited at 2009-12-17 12:22 pm (UTC)
Oh honestly. I'm not even going to bother trying to edit that comment again. Clearly I need something to boost my blood sugars. You got my gist I'm sure, even if my grammar and syntax are all over the place.
I understood what you meant :) I too wasted tons of time reading all the comments and piecing together the strange, strange story. Wow wow wow, there's some crazy out there. I mean, I think of myself as neurotic in various ways, but I lead a boring life with friends and family and pets and don't have breakdowns while talking made-up languages and channeling the spirits of random movie actors. O.O I can only dream of being that crazy! Er. Not.
Oh the funny.

I have such a love/hate relationship with fanwank. Potter was the first fandom I was ever active in and there was wank a plenty, especially in my little corner of it. Some of it was legendarily awesome - one person completely losing their shit and everyone standing back in awe and laughing, and some of it was just sad - like when two very talented authors, co-mods and podcast founders met for the first time at a con and decided they hated each other. Their friendship inspired some of the better fic in our ship and their bitter split is part of what drove me out of fandom. That, and entitled bitches in a yahell group claiming their interpretation of a character was the only correct one.

But I digress. Sometimes, it helps to step back, as you have, to remember the True Meaning of Fandom ™ . And to have sane friends in fandom to giggle at the crazies with. :-) I hope you'll continue as long as it takes to finish the ideas you've started, but ultimately, the fun is the point.

That, and me getting to read more "Liegeman".