Friday, July 20, 2012

seekingoutfriday asked: I don't hate the Hunger Games story either! We're all just full of love haha

Like I said before: None of us actually hate these stories.  We just don’t like them as much as we like the others.  But we still like them a lot.

14sarah asked: Let me clarify... I didn't hate "Quinn married Finn". I hated how it made me feel and what it made me think. I call it a nightmare because the stupid thing kept me from sleeping. Anything that evokes that emotion in my stone cold heart... is amazing. I don't want happy endings, I want real storytelling.

Yes, I completely agree.  I think that’s the real beauty of what TMF could do.  She could write something you don’t particularly like conceptually, but make really respond to and engage in it once she committed it to prose.

RE: Beantowngleek’s Submission

I have a lot to say about this post.

First, I agree that the decline of the fandom has been really disheartening.

As the second half of the third season began, many people declared that they would stop watching Glee once the season ended, choosing instead to exclusively turn to fandom contributions for their Glee needs—in the way of fics, manips, etc.  However, many of the contributors to this fandom, feeling equally disenchanted with what Glee have become, became unmotivated thereby further supporting the decline of the fandom at large.  Together, the two groups feed off of each other, and this fandom continues to wind down.

TMF’s departure was a huge loss—if this blog is any indication—but there’s a silver lining here.

I don’t think anyone will argue with the statement that Glee is atrocious.  So atrocious, in fact, hundreds (maybe even thousands) of people have decided over the past three years to write well-crafted and engaging works rectifying the parent media’s flaws without any compensation aside from personal accomplishment.  Consequently, the Glee fandom grew up.  It moved out of it’s parent’s house. It got a job. It got married and had kids.  And now it lives independently from Glee.

TMF’s departure was like trading the Corvette in for the practical mini-van. It’s just a part of that maturation.  Writers are still out there writing good fic because there are still plenty of stories to tell with these characters.  Demand is simply leveling off now.  And that’s okay.

Tell the stories that need to be told, and you can be sure plenty of people will be there to read them.

I am confident that the fandom will still be here even if Glee collapses in on itself next season.

I’ll be watching regardless.

How bad, really, is the loss of TMF to the fandom?

I suspect it’s increasingly hard for any Glee fanfic writer to continue to write — I definitely have no motivation to continue/ complete my half-finished ideas. If you extend that thought, it’s unlikely that TMF, having broken away so neatly, will ever write Glee fanfic again — and that is an extremely depressing idea to digest.

I’ve been trying to put this in perspective after a re-reading marathon which included a week of just reading ECFC over and over again…

I guess it’s not as bad as Achele being the broke-ass non-event that it turned out to be (but not by much).

Definitely much worse than Glee turning into what it has — well turned into (which is, well, shit).

I think it says a lot when a single fanfic writer is — by miles — far more important than the entire fucking show…

Damn.

seekingoutfriday asked: Hit right in the gut! Ah! The person didn't like "Quinn married Finn" fic which is my favorite! Lots of sadness right now. Oh well, it's only fair. I went after their favorite story. All is fair in love and fanfiction.

After all, that is the nature of discussion. Haha

I mean, but let’s be honest:  We love anything and everything TMF writes wrote.

14sarah asked: Hunger Games fic was one of her best works. I couldn't stop thinking about it for days. And now that you've posted that Ask, I will be thinking about again. TMF evoked such huge emotion both good and bad... she makes people think. The only other fic ever to make me so mad was her "Quinn married to Finn" nightmare. And every time I think about those I am reminded of Joss Whedon when ask about killing off Tara. "I cried, so I knew it was the right thing to do". TMF never pulled any punches.

Gurl, I hear that.

Seriously, I loved the Hunger Games Crossover.  I read it and sort of entered in to state of shock afterwards because I just could not stop thinking about it.

I was also livid after reading the “Quinn married to Finn” story, but in the best way possible.  I was livid, but I was also in awe of what TMF had done.  

alexacadia asked: my least favorite would probably be these strange steps... whoops, i know that's a really popular one. i just connected so much to aocc and to ECFC that it seemed a little lackluster in comparison. i did get into her works much later though, and i think reading everything retroactively probably influenced how i saw her writing.

I could definitely see that.  ECFC and AoCC are both so well done that TSS does seem lesser by comparison.  Also, I definitely think that when you read TMF works and in what order you read them makes a huge difference it determines the expectations you have for each work.

seekingoutfriday asked: This question could be bad. And start a war. But I shall answer anyway. The Hunger Games fic I wasn't WOO about. I don't like crossovers at all, and I'm not a fan of AU. It takes a lot for me to be engaged in AU stories, and I think TMF did a lot better job with her other AU stories than the Hunger Games/Glee fic. Not to say it was badly written, because it wasn't. It just wasn't my cup of tea.

You are a very brave soul.

Because you stepped forward, I will return the bravery.

I must admit that if I had to pick my least favorite…it would be I’ve Been Trying to Reach You for similar reasons.  Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed the story, but in a ideal world, I would sacrifice IBTTRY for a complete AoCC or ECFC XI, you know?  

Anyone else feeling brave?

Thursday, July 19, 2012

TMF and Post-HS New Directions

Something I noticed in TMF’s stories is that, for the most part, the characters end up going on to attend some pretty prestigious colleges and/or other quality post-high school programs/opportunities.

Most of them end up being pretty successful.  Well, except for Finn—most of the time he sort of evaporates.

They don’t always take advantage of these opportunities, but they are always talented enough to get them.

I guess, to me it seems like in most of the stories, the NDs are either crazy successful or painfully average, and there’s no real middle ground.  I don’t really know if it bothers me, but I feel like it sticks out since TMF is generally plausible in characterization…except for this aspect.

Does that make any sense?

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Is there a TMF story you don’t like?

Why?