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It's cold. Not just in Norway, but large parts of Europe and Britain. Of course, Norway's used to cold and snow and a lot of other places are not. So I laugh at them for freaking out just a tiny bit. Mind you, waking up at a quarter past six (a.m.) and spotting -18C outside is not a great incentive to get up. Looks like it's gonna stay this cold for at least a week, too.

Oh well. It's a good excuse to stay in during the weekend and write fanfic. And play Wow. Shiny new world, shiny!

When you see this, post ten fandom rants and ten fandom happy things in your journal. So I do.

1. Mushed ship names are still like fingers down the chalkboard of my soul. It's not cute. It's not funny. It's not needed. Also, Arthur/Gwen as "Arwen" does not amuse the LotR lover in me.
2. Slash is not superior to het. Het is not better than femmeslash. Femmeslash does not rank above slash. Or, to sum it up: What you write does not grant you automatic awesomeness and bragging rights. How you write something might earn you quality points, though, but that can be subjective.
3. Your ship is not better than my ship. My ship is not the bestest ever and all who can't see it are fools. Or, to sum it up: What you pairing you like does not grant you automatic awesomeness and bragging rights.
4. The Internet is not American and issues in non-American media shouldn't primarily be explored through an American perspective.
5. Also, non-Americans are exactly that: Not Americans. Telling them off for not knowing something American? Daft. Telling them off for cultural expressions when you're unfamiliar with their culture and don't know the context? Kinda offensive. Still doing it even after it's been pointed out This Is Not American? OH DO FUCK OFF. Also goes the other way with non-Americans presuming to know all about the US because you watched Friends.
6. Sometimes an asshat is exactly that - an asshat. Really. Even if he/she is really hot. Hotness doesn't come with a guarantee of decent personality. No, really.
7. Nothing is like rape except rape. Also, centuries of prejudice and racism is in fact not like being the only kid wearing braces in school or some other minor experiences with being a bit different so don't try to use the latter to show how you know all about the former.
8. Friendslocking a post because you got comments challenging your viewpoint? Not impressing me. Taking on what people are saying in a respectful way? More likely to earn favourable impressoin. A willingness to admit wrong and rethink your opinions based on new perspective? Thumb's up!
9. Sticking hearts on icons showing a scene that's basically sexual assault? Fail. Sexual assault is not romantic and implying it is makes my skin crawl. I mean, love the darker aspects of it if that's your thing, but don't pretend they're not there just because the people involved are hot.
10. Your ship not happening in canon doesn't automatically make the writing of the show/book/movie bad.

1. HELLO SHINY NEW MERLIN FANDOM.
2. CATACLYSM.
3. You all. Seriously. I don't know all of you as well as I would have liked, but many that I do know, I define awesome by.
4. People who make icons/graphics, who write fic, who make fanart, who post thoughtful meta, who pass on links and reports the rest of fandom can enjoy, who are a presence in fandom others appreciate - you all rock.
5. People who leave feedback, whether it be concrit or all positive.
6. Fanfic rec comms. Have found many gems through it, and often stuff I wouldn't normally look at.
7. 'No bashing' zones.
8. A growing focus and awareness of female characters being awesome too, and in different ways. Male characters often got love more easily than female, while female characters got flack and hate for stuff male characters barely got an eyebrow raised for. I like to think this is a good sign for the future.
9. The response [profile] girlsavesboyfic got. So repeating that next year, then with a girl-saves-anyone category.
10. The new perspective the international aspect of fandom offers. I know people from so many different places and different cultures, and it has changed how I think.
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