the_sun_is_up: Fugo and Abbacchio standing extremely close together while making model faces at the camera. (giogio - personal space invasion)
Homestuck has officially eaten my brain, and unlike with poor neglected JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, this time there's a freaking massive fandom available to fuel my new obsession.

While surfing for fanart and fanfic porn, let's not kid ourselves, it's almost all porn up in my "Fic" bookmarks folder, but anyway I was struck by how ship-happy this fandom is. They seem enthusiastically dedicated to shipping Everyone/Everyone, to the point where I wondered if there are even any shipwars in this fandom. I knew that some ships were controversial (John/Vriska, Kanaya/any male character, the incest ships, etc), but I'd yet to see evidence of any traditional ship-vs-ship death-matches.

TV Tropes confirmed what I suspected: Homestuck fandom is similar to Naruto fandom in that the sheer volume of characters and viable pairings ensure that any given shipwar will have difficulty building up size, influence, and venomosity simply because the majority of the fandom have their balls in completely unrelated courts. When only a fourth or a fifth of the fans give any degree of crap about your shipwar, it's not going to make much of an impact. Compare this to a fandom like Avatar, which was utterly dominated by a single shipwar through the show's entire three-season run; it was rare to find someone who hadn't picked a side, and the two factions had such drastically different interpretations of the main characters' personalities, the core themes of the show, and even basic plot elements that it made it nigh impossible for the two groups to have a civil conversation, even if said conversation was about something totally unrelated to shipping!

However even big sprawling canons still produce a few bitter shipping rivalries, even if they're small and contained, and according to TV Tropes, the one in Homestuck fandom that refuses to die down is Dave/Terezi vs. Karkat/Terezi. Which is completely hilarious to me because one of the first Homestuck fics I ever read was this glorious gem of a chatlog fic in which Terezi, Dave, and Karkat discuss their mutual desire to boink each other and try to decide what type of relationship each side of the triad should be having, and eventually they conclude that a threesome is the best solution. And bing, suddenly I have a new OT3. As a result, I cannot begin to take the D/T vs. K/T debate seriously. It's like debating whether to have a cookie or a glass of milk. Besides, why should Terezi have to choose just one guy? Terezi is awesome! She gets all the guys! All of them!

Besides, I was sold on the spadey potential of Dave/Karkat ever since that priceless chatlog where Karkat chewed out Dave and John for flirting with troll ladies and drew them an adorably terrible dating diagram, and also this happened:

CTG: ok later windbag
?CG: STRIDER FUCK OFF
?CG: AND BY FUCK OFF I MEAN FUCK OFF RIGHT BACK HERE AND LISTEN, YOU INSUFFERABLE PRICK.


Heeeeeeeee. :3

FFFFF

Mar. 27th, 2012 08:40 pm
the_sun_is_up: Person with a fan for a head excitedly typing the word "OMG" over and over. (zero p - eeeeeeeeee)
OH MY GODDDDDDDD SO APPARENTLY THE FIRST EP OF AVATAR KORRA CAME OUT AND I AM LIKE PEEING MYSELF WITH EXCITEMENT BUT I'M IN CLASS RIGHT NOW AND PLUS I'M A LITTLE SCARED TO ACTUALLY WATCH THE EPISODE BECAUSE I MIGHT DIE OF AWESOME

GGHGHGHHHGHHHH
the_sun_is_up: Panty looking excited, with her hand on Stocking's abdomen. (psg - PEEKABOO PEEKABOO PEEKABOO)
So yet another person on my flist has gotten hooked on Avatar, and when I heard about this, I experienced the usual confusing mixture of "Yaaaay Avatar is the best ever!" and "Gaaaaah PTSD memories of Avatar fandom's horribleness!" And while discussing the show, the topic of shipping naturally came up, as did the topic of age gaps. Of course I'm referring to how a lot of Avatar fans, mostly Zutara shippers but some other people as well, were creeped out by the fact that Aang is 12 and Katara is 14 and they're the main romance of the show.

And I guess I understand this in theory. But especially now that I've been in fandom for a long time and am looking back on this in hindsight, I have a hard time empathizing with the "ewww age gap" argument because, well, let's be real here: I have seen and shipped waaaaay more questionable things than "12-year-old boy + his 14-year-old female best friend."

The current example that leaps to mind is a series I've recently gotten hooked on which oddly enough has a very similar shipwar situation to Avatar fandom. In this series, the main canon romance and the ship that is by far the most popular in the fandom is between the heroine and the angsty brooding bad-boy jerk-with-a-heart-of-gold villain-who-isn't-really-that-bad guy. Yeah, it has a similar appeal to Zutara. But unlike either of the main ships in Avatar fandom, this relationship is extremely sexually charged. The guy in this equation acts much like a male Femme Fatale, constantly teasing and flustering the heroine, invading her personal space, making suggestive remarks, licking her ice cream cone, tricking her into thinking he's going to whisper seductively in her ear and then chomping her ear instead, etc. He's like the male equivalent of that stock anime chick who's always glomping the male lead and shoving his face in her boobs. Whenever he's around the heroine, his whole attitude just drips with seduction, and even though she tries to act all impervious, he's very good at getting under her skin.

How old are these characters? The girl is 12. The guy is 17.

Ohhhhhh snap.

Yeah, I'm talking about Shugo Chara. And for the record, I ship it whole-heartedly, in spite of the "CALLING CHRIS HANSEN" aspect. But you see what I mean, right? It's pretty hard for me to take the "Katara/Aang age gap is icky" crowd seriously at this late stage when I'm busy being distracted by Amu and Ikuto being LOLWRONG in every single scene they share. A 12-year-old and a 14-year-old holding hands and occasionally kissing each other on the cheek looks pretty vanilla to me when compared to a lot of the other ships I've seen in various fandoms and canons, and especially when compared to Miss Elementary Schooler and her cat-eared high-school-aged boy-toy.

I guess the gist of this post is a) my years in fandom have drastically decreased my ability to be weirded out by things and b) I really need to talk about Shugo Chara and how it is the most brilliant piece of female-oriented fanservice ever.
the_sun_is_up: Panty from PSG wearing glasses. (Default)
Title: Say (All I Need)
Fandom: Avatar
Musical Artist: OneRepublic
Featured Ship: Katara/Aang
Download: 35.6 MB avi file
Streaming: at Imeem
Notes: All Aang needs is Katara. She is the air he breathes.

Lyrics: All I need is the air I breathe )
the_sun_is_up: Panty from PSG wearing glasses. (Default)
Round 2!



PART 2 PART 2 PART 2 )
the_sun_is_up: Panty from PSG wearing glasses. (atla - Zukka question)
So aaages ago I talked about doing this and today I finally got off my lazy butt and did it! After much angsting over screencap choice and many attempts at humorosity, and with apologies to Jane Austen, I present:



PART 1 PART 1 PART 1 )
the_sun_is_up: Panty from PSG wearing glasses. (naruto - Deidara bird)
A simple little vid, but I'm fairly happy with it.

Title: Lovers in Ba Sing Se
Fandom: Avatar
Music: "Lovers in Japan" by Coldplay
Download: 39.6 MB avi file
Streaming: at Imeem
Notes: A vid exploring the lighter, more hopeful side of Ba Sing Se. A companion piece to my Cemeteries of Ba Sing Se vid.

Lyrics: Someday the sun'll come out )
the_sun_is_up: Panty from PSG wearing glasses. (Default)
Title: Cemeteries of Ba Sing Se
Fandom: Avatar
Music: "Cemeteries of London" by Coldplay
Download: 28.9 MB avi file
Streaming: Low-quality version at Imeem
Notes: This vid explores the more sinister side of Ba Sing Se, featuring the Dai Li and the main cast of Avatar.

Lyrics: And the night over London lay )

Edit: GOD-FUCKING-DAMMIT. Sorry folks, I got bahleeted again. I'll fix it soon and repost the vid later. Or you can download if you like. Fucking LiveVideo. >:-(

Edit 2: Aaand we're back online! :-)
the_sun_is_up: Panty from PSG wearing glasses. (atla - Aang)
Title: The New Year
Fandom: Avatar
Musical Artist: Death Cab for Cutie
Download: 35.3 MB avi file
Streaming: Low-quality version at LiveVideo
Notes: This vid follows Aang and his friends on their journey through the Fire Nation, from the Awakening to Day of Black Sun.

Lyrics: So this is the new year )
the_sun_is_up: Panty from PSG wearing glasses. (atla - Kataang)
Because the finale was just too awesome not to be picspammed, I present the final installment of the Ginormous, Dial-up Decimating Kataang Spam!

SPOILER WARNING FOR TSR, EIP, AND SOZIN'S COMET.



Happy Endings )
the_sun_is_up: Panty from PSG wearing glasses. (bsg - Head!Gaius)
Five minutes in and Mike and Bryan had already won my undying love by including something that I had HOPED AND PRAYED would be in the finale:

SPOILERS )
the_sun_is_up: Panty from PSG wearing glasses. (Default)
It's baaaaack! The Dangerous Ladies picspam has returned! SPOILERS FOR TBR.



Part 3!!! )
the_sun_is_up: Panty from PSG wearing glasses. (atla - Mai's a ninja)
Title: The Power is On
Fandom: Avatar
Musical Artist: the Go! Team
Featured Characters: Azula, Ty Lee, and Mai
Download: 30.5 MB avi file
Streaming: Low-quality version at LiveVideo
Notes: This is a tribute to the Dangerous Ladies of Avatar. Lots of butt-kicking and general awesomeness.
SPOILER WARNING: Contains spoilers for TBR.
the_sun_is_up: Panty from PSG wearing glasses. (atla - Suki rock-n-roll)
In honor of [livejournal.com profile] 14_avatar_days as well as the Avatar series finale itself (*sob*), I've made a picspam celebrating the all the things that make Avatar great! Warning: CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR WAT, FBM, AND TBR.



Big A, little a, what begins with A? )
the_sun_is_up: Panty from PSG wearing glasses. (atla - Kataang)
In an attempt to get my muse back...

Title: Panther Dash
Fandom: Avatar
Musical Artist: the Go! Team
Featured Characters: Katara, Aang
Download: 24.1 MB avi file
Streaming: Low-quality version at LiveVideo
Notes: Another fight scene vid, this time concentrating on the combined badassery of Katara and Aang. Enjoy!
the_sun_is_up: Panty from PSG wearing glasses. (atla - Kataang)
Title: Hide and Seek
Fandom: Avatar
Musical Artist: Imogen Heap
Featured Ship: Katara/Aang
Download: 36.8 MB avi file
Streaming: Low-quality version at LiveVideo
Notes: A look at the angsty side of the Katara/Aang relationship. Because contrary to popular belief, Kataang isn't all sunshine and daisies. ;)

Lyrics: Trains and sewing machines )
the_sun_is_up: Panty from PSG wearing glasses. (atla - Mai's a ninja)
Ugh, I've been hammering away at this thing for weeks and it's finally done. Phew.

Title: No Cars Go
Fandom: Avatar
Musical Artist: the Arcade Fire
Download: 54.9 MB avi file
Streaming: Low-quality version at LiveVideo
Notes: This is a straight up fight scene vid, another "ooh look at the shiny" affair. Basically me trying to squeeze as much of Avatar's awesomeness into one vid as possible. Enjoy!

Lyrics: Us kids know, no cars go )
the_sun_is_up: Panty from PSG wearing glasses. (atla - Kataang)


Tracklist, download, and commentary )
the_sun_is_up: Panty from PSG wearing glasses. (atla - Suki rock-n-roll)
Title: What it Feels Like for a Girl
Fandom: Avatar
Musical Artist: Madonna
Download: 45.3 MB avi file
Streaming: Lower quality version at LiveVideo
Notes: This is a tribute to all the ladies of Avatar, and to what it means to be a girl in the Avatar-verse. I managed to get in almost everyone, although there are a few missing, so sorry if your favorite isn't in there.

Lyrics )
the_sun_is_up: Panty from PSG wearing glasses. (atla - Suki rock-n-roll)
Title: Mambo #5: Aang’s Ladiez
Fandom: Avatar
Musical Artist: Lou Bega
Download: 35 MB avi file
Streaming: Lower quality version at LiveVideo

Notes: I know, I know, everyone and his mother has made a vid of this song. But strangely, I’d never seen one for Aang, which is a shame, since our Avatar is quite a ladies’ man. The vid features Katara, Koko, Meng, and Anji as the canon Ladies, Toph because they’re BFFs and some people ship them, Azula because it’s my crackship, and Zuko because... I couldn’t resist. XD

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