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It's time for my favorite review-type meme of the year: FANDOM STYLE.  Some people answer the fanfic meme, but as I am not prolific enough for that, I have to go with my strengths: namely, by maintaining a prodigious stable of fandoms.  About which I can then answer questions.

It comes in two versions, one more of a broad overview and the other a list of specific highlights.  Maybe someday I will feel motivated enough to synthesize them into one comprehensive survey, but for now, I'll keep them separate and let you pick which version you'd rather answer.  Even though the best answer is obviously "both."

(insert a moment of silence for the fact that I was so excited for the meme this year that I started filling it out in October, editing as necessary, only to somehow accidentally, tragically delete it sometime in the past week, and have to rewrite all my answers in inferior ways)

(I should also point out that I like to play fast and loose with the definition of "fandom," sometimes interpreting it seriously and other times applying the label to "anything serial that I watched and read some additional information on")

01. What fandoms did you acquire in 2009?
Law & Order: UK, Harper's Island, Southland (to a very shallow degree), Primeval, The Sarah Jane Adventures, Glee, Ghost Whisperer

Plus there was that whole "I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!" pile o' crazy.  Which for the record I do not regret.  If anything, I regret that I didn't write more about it.

02. What fandoms did you let go of in 2009?
-The Secret Life of the American Teenager - GOOD RIDDANCE
-ER & Without a Trace took their closing bows, and promptly fell off my radar
-Pushing Daisies did too, unfortunately
-Torchwood and I broke up at the end of "Children of Earth"
-American Idol & So You Think You Can Dance finally became too much to keep up with

03. What fandoms did you mean to get into but didn't in 2009? Why?
-Friday Night Lights: I forgot about it until the very end of summer, and then life got too busy for me to spare the necessary time and attention it requires

-NCIS: L.A.: I was looking forward to the spin-off, until I met the cast.

-Dollhouse: the first episode couldn't hold my interest, and thereafter I saw entirely too much of Eliza Dushku running around bloody/dirty and/or in skimpy/no clothing, which killed my interest entirely.

04. What fandoms do you intend on checking out in 2010?
-Friday Night Lights: I've been saying this for a while, but I swear that one of these days, it will actually happen.

-Merlin: I'm coming for the pretty ladies.  And Arthur.  And the certainty that if I have trouble seeing slash in Lord of the Rings, your madness won't corrupt this for me, either.

-Rex Is Not Your Lawyer: David Tennant!  *bounces with impatience*

And at some point, I will find time to get into/catch up on/finish The Good Wife, Mercy, and Three Rivers.

05. What fandoms do you think you might let go of in 2010 unless things significantly improve?
CSI: Miami and I are in the process of drawing up divorce papers.  I expect it will be finalized next year.  Which is funny, because once upon a time, I listed this show under the next question.

-Lost will probably vanish off my radar once the series ends, too.  Notice how I barely even mention it when it's not on the air. 

-If they get canceled, Cold Case for sure...and Numb3rs for maybe.  I don't know!  I didn't think I'd let go of Pushing Daisies that easily either, but LOOK WHERE WE ARE.

06. What fandoms do you think you'll never let go of no matter how crappy they get? Why?
The Office and I break up every spring, only to give it a fresh start in the fall.   We're life mates!  And I'm sure I can love Jim & Pam just as long post-series as I loved Mulder & Scully.

07. What show impressed you most in 2009?
I want to say "Lost," just because at the end of season 4, they had destroyed all my ships and seemed poised to suck harder than ever before, and then season 5 came along and was basically amazing from start to finish at every turn.

08. What show impressed you least in 2009?
The Secret Life of the American Teenager.  Even with an extremely low expectation threshold, it managed to get so awful that eventually it wasn't even fun to mock anymore. 

09. What fandoms were you most active in over the course of 2009?
Depending on the season: Doctor Who (including tangents for the spinoffs), The Office, Numb3rs, and Glee

Version the Second

First Fandom of 2009: Law & Order: UK

Best New Fandom of 2009:
Glee!  Is shiny, mate.

Best New Fandom None of Your Friends Watch of 2009:
The Sarah Jane Adventures.  What part of "one thousand times better than Torchwood" aren't you Who fans getting? 

Favourite Fandom of 2009:
Numb3rs, tied with Glee.  The latter is already more active and creative, but this is the first time I've been able to play in the former after years of avoiding it due to its initial obsession with slash.

Favourite Episode of 2009: Let's do another top-six thing, shall we?  Off the top of my head, possibly even in order: "Angels and Devils" (Numb3rs), "Elevator Love Letter" (Grey's Anatomy), "The End in the Beginning" (Bones. SUCK IT, FANDOM), "The Lover" (The Office), "Ballad" (Glee), and "Sorry Bro" (How I Met Your Mother).

You see, unlike a certain best-writing category in the Emmys, I believe in diversification. 

Favorite Male Character of 2009: Jim Halpert, no contest.  Although if there were a contest, Will Schuester & Charlie Eppes would be contenders.  They would just lose to Jim.

Favorite Female Character of 2009: Dead tie between Sarah Jane Smith and Amita Ramanujan.  Third place: Rachel Berry.  Oh, shoot, Juliet Burke! I can pick four, right?

Favorite Villain of 2009:
Charles Miner!  Is he really a villain, though?  Because he is fantastic and I love him so.

Favorite Het Couple of 2009:
Stock answer: Jim/Pam by default.  ACTUAL ANSWER: this year?  Charlie/Amita. 

Favorite Femslash Couple of 2009:
Do I have one of those yet?  I still don't think I have one of those.

Favorite Slash Couple of 2009:
Jack/Ianto.  It was a thing that existed, in my world, for all of a week!

Favourite Shippy Scene of 2009:
*rubs chin thoughtfully* So very many...but I'm gonna go with Grissom finally tracking down Sara, as I'd been waiting on that perfect kiss for years. 

Most Surprising Moment of 2009:
Kutner's death

Fandom That You Never Expected To Get Into: Ghost Whisperer.  I mean...the hell?  I still don't know how that happened.  Or how I ended up loving it more than Medium, at least in the current season.

Fandom That Made An Unexpected Comeback: Numb3rs.  Four seasons, it existed as little more than a reliable staple in my pack of crime dramas, and then suddenly this year it was EVERYWHERE I WANTED TO BE.  I haven't seen a staple show blow up like that since CSI: NY in 2007.

Fandom That Inspired The Most Crack: Secret Life of the American Teenager.  Wait, you meant "inspired BY crack," right?

Last Fandom of 2009: Ghost Whisperer.  Or, well, technically Community, but I restrict myself to the Jeff/Annie fanfic corner of that.  I don't even watch the show, so I refuse to count it. 


( 7 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 20th, 2009 06:33 pm (UTC)
I might finally have enough fandoms to do this one!
Dec. 21st, 2009 06:05 pm (UTC)
Yay! Because no one ever does this meme but me, and I find this fact sad.
Dec. 20th, 2009 06:52 pm (UTC)
-Merlin: I'm coming for the pretty ladies. And Arthur. And the certainty that if I have trouble seeing slash in Lord of the Rings, your madness won't corrupt this for me, either.

You just have to avoid all gen communities because they aren't gen (i.e. things like merlin_tv and merlin_icons) and play in camelot_love.

I don't know why fandom hates "The End in the Beginning" because I think it is cracky AU awesome goodness. Fandom is stupid. I mean, jesus, what more do they want?
Dec. 21st, 2009 06:22 pm (UTC)
As far as I can tell, I think the fandom just internalized a feeling of being cheated, and took it out on the finale. Even though it's not like we got the AU INSTEAD of a potential canon relationship and Booth woke up going "Gross, I would never want any part of that." Patience, fandom. Meanwhile, I say enjoy the preview.

As to the people who hated it for other reasons, clearly just touched in the head.
Dec. 20th, 2009 11:04 pm (UTC)
The Winter hiatus (i.e. NOW) would be a good time to check out FNL! *prods* Pretty sure you could marathon it in this time, especially since Season 2 and 3 are half seasons. Season 4 has been amazing so far and I want you to experience the rush of seeing this awesome new episodes as they come out weekly because some of them have definitely been Emmy-nomination worthy (if the people who choose the nominations weren't mindless idiots)!!!!

I may do this. I take it where you've said '2008', you mean 2009 but just forgot to change it? :)
Dec. 21st, 2009 06:12 pm (UTC)
1. I know, I know! I will probably regret it later, but I insist upon savoring this show. And marathoning it right now, when I have 85153 episodes of other shows I am supposed to be marathoning on my regular lineup, does not seem in the cards. I am thinking FNL is still slotted for summer. But, just to be clear, season 4 is amazing still? Because it seemed like a recipe for disaster, what with the East/West fiasco. Are they pulling it off regardless?

2. crap, I thought I caught all those changes! Fixed now. And yes, you should do the meme. *pokes* Because no one but me ever does.
Dec. 21st, 2009 11:11 pm (UTC)
I understand how you feel but but but this means by the time you finally catch up there will probably only be one other season left. =/ Season 4 is still SO SO amazing. Basically because half of the characters have left, I was convinced it was going to be an average season at best (hopefully not as bad as Season 2 anyway) but seriously, the way they've integrated the new characters? It's like they've been there all along. And the whole East/West thing really really works. I was wary at first but I think it needed to be done to stop the show being repetitive (small town, football, win some, lose some, romances .... things could have gotten a bit too familiar).
When you finally get this far, you probably won't remember it but "4.05 - The Son" - one of the best episode of television this season, and quite possibly ever. No, seriously, the emotion behind it, the acting, the writing .....
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