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[personal profile] kass asked me to talk about my first fannish love, and I've been mullling that over since she mentioned it. I'm not entirely sure how to define it.

It could be Lord of the Rings; I read it for the first time when I was 12, and wow. It was an annual re-read for me for years; I learned some Elvish; I memorized some of the poetry. It sparked my interest in Nordic legend and myth, and shoved me full-tilt into the SFF side of genre. ("It's just a phase," my parents thought. "She'll grow out of it." Hahahahaaaa not so much...)

Or it could be ST:TOS, which I watched in reruns starting god knows when, and bonded with my soon-to-be sister-in-law over when I was 13-14. I could recognize episodes from the first few seconds; I bought the novelizations and the fotonovels and the tie-ins as soon as they started appearing. I discovered my embarrassment squick through Plato's Children when Spock was forced to behave ridiculously; I started down the path of seeing humanity as a whole and being totally confused by nationalism. I found the Star Trek Concordance at the library and read it cover to cover, marveling at the stories about the first Star Trek conventions in New York and wishing I was brave enough to go to a con. (It really did have that little moving wheel on the cover, too – so cool!) TOS zines were the first I ever bought, and were my introduction to slash. ♥ No other ST series ever worked for me as well as the original.

It could be Star Wars, which came out when I was 12 and oh my GOD was I the right age for that. I wanted as much as I could get and then some; I saw it many times in the theater that summer and dozens of times in the theater over the next year or two. When my family got cable for the first time a few years later, I got up at 6am to watch it on HBO. (Dad: "... haven't you seen this before? Why are you awake?" me: "shhhhh!!!!!") I wanted the novelizations and the calendars and the t-shirts (... I still have the t-shirt *kof*) (... and the novelizations). I dressed up my dolls and stuffed animals as Star Wars characters. (You haven't lived till you've turned a stuffed skunk into a stormtrooper with careful application of tissues and scotch tape.)

It could be Battlestar Galactica (the original). This is the first canon for which I consciously made up stories, mostly about how Apollo and Starbuck were meant to be together, or how one of them needed to rescue the other, so that makes it a first as well. I hadn't quite gotten all the way to slash on my own yet, but I was right there on the verge.

Or it could be Forever Knight, which I watched religiously no matter how hard it was to find, and taped regularly (first show I ever taped for keeping!), and went looking online to see if anyone else watched it, too, when I first got online. I've talked about my early FK days here before – hah, actually, because Kass asked about it a few years ago. <3 That was what pushed me from being in SF fandom proper to being in media fandom, and man, I loved it. I loved the people, the energy, the creativity, the fan theories, the riffs and in-jokes, all of it. It was the first time I'd interacted with people who were writing fanfic, and it made me think that this was something I could maybe do? It wasn't the first fandom I wrote fic in (hah, I checked this time – usually I get this wrong and say FK was the first), but it was the second, and I made some really strong connections with people in that fandom.

So, uh. My first fannish love was sort of ... everything? Heh.

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Date: 2017-01-08 04:33 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] tinny
I thought about this, too, since it's a Snowflake question this year (or maybe every year? Although that would be silly), but I can't pinpoint any particular fandom, either.

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Date: 2017-01-08 07:49 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] dorinda
You haven't lived till you've turned a stuffed skunk into a stormtrooper with careful application of tissues and scotch tape.

This is awesome! The furthest I got costume-wise was using tissues and scotch tape to make new clothes for the Dorothy Gale doll that came with my Wizard of Oz playset. Sometimes I wanted her to be a character in Logan's Run, you see. :D

RENEWWWWW! RENEWWWWWWWW!

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Date: 2017-01-08 08:55 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] gwyn
Ah ha ha ha ha…dies.

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Date: 2017-01-08 08:15 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kass
♥ ♥ ♥

I read LoTR for the first time when I was around 12, also, and by the time I finished high school I had taught myself to write in tengwar a little bit. :-)

And I am amused that I asked about early fannish loves a few years ago too! I seem to have a perennial fixation on origin stories.

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Date: 2017-01-08 08:54 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] gwyn
Star Wars came out when you were twelve?? All this time I thought you were around my age but you're a BABY. Well, I mean, I was 17, but still--BABY!

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