January 11th, 2013

Maiden's Blush rose

early Friday

Last night: I got very sleepy at 7:00 p.m., and slept from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and then again from perhaps 9:30 to 11:30 p.m.  I think that was about it.  I lay in bed for part of the time between midnight and 4:00 or 5:00 a.m.  I gave up and had breakfast around 6:00 a.m., then sat under the sunlight-effect lamp between 8:30 and 9:00.  I watched Mobile Tech's video reviews of the Nook with GlowLight and the Kindle Paperwhite before and after my time under the lamp.  As I noted in a recent post, I'm still mad at myself for getting the Kindle Touch the same week that the Kindle Paperwhite became available for pre-order, but I like the Kindle Touch well enough.  I just would have preferred something with a light.

Since that sunlight-effect lamp is quite bright, I read more of Lessons for Survivors under it.  The previous books, at least the Samhain editions, were available in multi-format, but I think Lessons for Survivors came in only e-pub format.  Presumably it also comes as a Kindle book.

I called about volunteering to teach a literacy class, which I take it is something like English as a Second Language.  The training for that is at a nearby synagogue that hosts a lot of community meetings and events.  I took Hebrew lessons there shortly after I graduated from college.

I got a new editing job just hours after I finished the last one, so I'll work on that today.  I'll probably go to the Indian grocery and get curry for lunch.  I may take a nap this afternoon, considering how little sleep I got.  I was doing relatively well with my sleep schedule this past week or so, too.

In the afternoon: I went to the Indian grocery and got goat curry, chicken tikka masala, basmati rice, and a garlic naan.  I had the meat dishes when I got home, and cooked some of the basmati rice.  I had the naan, which was fresh from being cooked when I got it.  They're so good when they're that fresh.  They have cilantro on them, too, and I like cilantro.  Either it had been a while since I ate anything but very bland food, or the masala and the curry were particularly spicy today, or both those things, but I could really feel it.

The rice had to soak for half an hour, then get to a boil, then be simmered for ten minutes.  I read a bit of Siren Song, which I'd read before, while I waited.  I'm partway through about six books, two of which I haven't read before.  Some I'll probably just put back on the bookshelves.
Maiden's Blush rose

rambling about TV

My version of Flash or whatever it is for video clips didn't work well enough that I could see Chris Colfer's acceptance speech for a People's Choice award, but I could hear the audio.  There were transcriptions going around, too:
  • “To be handed an award by, by this woman [Ellen] is just, uh, incredible. Um, thank you so much for this, this just means the absolute world to me. It—it is an honor to somewhat represent you out there. And it is so flattering to be exploited in your fanfiction. Um, I can’t tell you, it is the ultimate, uh, high five! So thank you so much! Thank you to our amazing crew, thank you to our wonderful fans, and the—the Klainers, the Gleeks, all the names you have for yourselves, it’s just amazing to—to be the subject of your fandoms, so thank you, thank you so much from the bottom of our heart! And to our amazing crew and cast, thank you guys so much, I appreciate it. Thank you, thank you.”
— Chris Colfer’s acceptance speech for the 2013 People’s Choice Favorite Comedic TV Actor. [source]

(Added: Sometime later I saw the video of that speech.)

I'm going to pick out the "And it is so flattering to be exploited in your fan fiction."  I had a "What?" reaction to that.  Obviously I don't know what he goes through with it, except for seeing his reaction to that comment by John Green.  Apparently people send fan fiction to him, which I wish wasn't done.  My view is that fan fiction should stay the secret that it was, but it seems far too late for that.  I read about Blake's 7 on Fanlore, and those actors became aware of slash fiction.  That was a long time ago.  Maybe it's that I thought that ideally actors shouldn't know about it.

I wish people wouldn't write Real Person Fiction.  I realize there's nothing I can do about it.  I've seen defenses of it.  It seems to creep some actors out, which I feel bad about.  Also, it seems to me that it would be a slippery slope for some fans who like that to go to thinking that it's so in real life.  The idea of people thinking fictional relationships are real disturbs me.  The fans I've seen say they like RPS also say they know it's not real.  For me, that's a few people I've seen saying that.  I don't know how it is with others.

I don't have a problem reading about characters.  They're clearly not real.  The first fan fiction I read was when I looked at P.L. Nunn's website, www.bishonenworks.com.  It was Weiß Kreuz fiction, which has absolutely nothing to do with reality.  They are pretty bishonen, though.  I don't know if I should make more of a distinction between that and characters that actors embody, but I don't make a big distinction.  Perhaps that was helped along by how many X-Men comic books I read, and how I'd picture the comic book characters when people who hadn't read the comic books were writing about the movie characters.  It wasn't real people to me.

Before reading fan fiction, I'd had many years of reading original fiction romances.  The characters are words on a page.  That carried over for me, too.

I don't know what he meant by "exploited."  My take on "exploited" makes me feel bad for him.  The actors of Alles was zählt and Verbotene Liebe knew there was fan fiction written about the characters, and they'd seen some fan videos.  Jo Weil did a funny impression about what the slow-motion kissing in the videos looked like.  I had watched some of the more infamous Alles was zählt shower scenes before I ever heard about Glee.  The first time I saw a clip of Deniz and Roman of AWZ, it was the shower scene in episode 751.  The first episode of Glee I saw as it aired was "Original Song," and it gave me certain expectations.  Not AWZ expectations, but perhaps more Tom and Olli (of VL) expectations.  Of course, back then Olli was in college and Tom was in medical school, so they were a few years older.  I knew there had been a backlash about Tom and Ulli.  The actor who played Ulli was about twenty-three at the time, and Jo was probably twenty-two or twenty-three when he started playing Olli.

Olli wore reasonable clothes the first time around.  The second time around the people in costuming picked out some unflattering outfits for him.  Even Jo wasn't sure what was with all those scarves, though he diplomatically said that what Olli wore wasn't what he'd wear himself.  The joke in some fandom circles was that those scarves would look better around Olli's wrists.

Jo and Thore got questions about whether they were dating, from the media, too.  Thore was probably twenty-four or a bit younger when he started playing Christian.  He looked his age.  Thore made it clear he was straight, but was a good ally.

Deniz was supposed to be seventeen when he met Roman, though Igor was more like twenty-seven.  Roman was ten years older, but there wasn't that much of an age gap between Dennis G. and Igor.  AWZ was daring even for German television, though, I think.

The kinds of reactions actors got for playing gay characters were not new to me as an audience member.  Dennis G. did not get the credit for his acting skills that he should have for playing Roman.  I don't think Glee is that much of a comedy, and Kurt is often crying, but there are funny moments.

So I've said where I came by my reactions to fan fiction.  I knew about the No Limits website years before I knew about the Scarves and Coffee website.  I've read fan fiction about characters, and then met the actors who played those characters.  The Gays of Our Lives event was unique.  The reactions from fans and media are not new -- Tom and Ulli got together in 2000 -- but perhaps the scope is.
Maiden's Blush rose

rambling about TV again, and reading

I'm thinking of the AfterElton Hot 100 again, which I followed all the way, as I had the previous year.  (http://www.afterelton.com/2012-hot-100#slide-50-field_photo_gallery-46359)  GleekTO said on AE that the Tumblr fanbase hadn't known about the Hot 100 until too late.  She got skepticism.  There was a lot of blaming of "teenage fangirls" for Darren Criss being #1.  There was not as much bitching about Chris Colfer being #2 on the list, and that was mostly from AE members that don't like Glee.  But there was a lot of "He's not hot!" re DC.

Gunners did a hysterically funny little rant about how gay guys have to come out to their families and others, and then they had to come out again on AE saying they were gay men and they thought DC was cute.  I stayed quiet in the comments section, and just sent various people private messages and feedback on their profiles.  Gunners and I discussed it in feedback.  I said I was avoiding the haters.

(Added: I read through again, and Gunners' rant wasn't in the comments.  It must have been in feedback.)

One guy said that DC wouldn't have been his choice, but he was happy someone Asian was #1.  He got several thumbs up for that.  I sent him a private message and we conversed back and forth a bit.  At least one other person said he was happy that someone Asian topped the list.  All the comments about race were positive ones.  There was plenty of sexism, but no racism.  The "no racism" part made me happy.  I wasn't as thrilled with the sexism.

As of last time I saw a number, 45% of AfterElton members were women.  I was shocked.  I doubt I would be counted, because I never put my gender.  There are other members who don't put down a gender.  The percentage of women is probably higher now.  There's some disgruntlement about that.  It's understandable, because it's "The pop culture site that plays for your team."  It isn't really anymore, except if you redefined team as people interested in gay and bi male representation in pop culture.  That wasn't what "team" was supposed to mean.  I have male buddies there who are welcoming to women.

Mostly, though, I just comment on the "Gay Books -- What We're Reading" forums.  The Dr. Fell stories were my last recommendation of 2012, and Lee Rowan's Royal Navy series was my first recommendation of 2013.  Aside from the Dr. Fell stories and the latest Cambridge Fellows Mystery, I've been reading straight romances, books about dogs, books about roses, and a book about intersex people and conditions.  I'm sure I'll have more to contribute next week.  We've talked about the Cambridge Fellows Mysteries a number of times on the forums.  In March, I'll have Qhuinn and Blaylock's book to talk about.  I went off topic a couple of times on the m/m romance forum to talk about all the Ho Yay in the previous Black Dagger Brotherhood books.  This time it will be legit about a same-sex male couple, and not just crazy amounts of Ho Yay.  I'm excited.  I liked the straight and bi romances, too, or at least the Brothers.  The books are ridiculous -- should that be "rihdiculous"? -- but lots of fun.

I talk to A. from Green Bay in feedback and on the phone.  There are a couple of guys I talk about gardening with, and more people I talk about books with.  A. and Uly are Glee fans, and they're in their fifties.  It's definitely not just teenaged girls.  But I knew that.