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list o' podfic

What is podfic, you ask? Podfic is an audio recording of fanfic, read aloud by a fan.

I record one every now and then. You can download most of them from the Audiofic Archive. I've also started posting links from my AO3 account. Here's the list so far, sorted by fandom:

list o podfic ) full-cast podfics )
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2017-09-30 03:23 am
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#ITPE 2017 Dear Podficcer Letter!

Dear Podficcer,

My main fandom at this point is still Bandom, specifically: My Chemical Romance (including the members' post-band projects), Mindless Self Indulgence (especially Lindsey Way), and Fall Out Boy. I've also enjoyed pan-Bandom fanfic that included Panic at the Disco and other bands, but my heart belongs to MCR (and Pete, for some reason). My favorite ships are Frank/Gerard, Pete/Patrick, Mikey/Pete, Frank/Mikey, and Gerard/Lindsey. And Gerard and Mikey being BFFs. And Lindsey being awesome.

I am also into Star Trek, specifically AOS. In 2009-2010 I read *all* the Kirk/Spock, but now I'm discovering via podfic that Kirk/Bones is excellent and I would love to hear more.

I know of Batman and his Batfamily members mainly through podfic and tumblr memes, but I've enjoyed everything I've heard so far! I think comics canon is what I've been seeing/hearing, but I haven't actually read the comics. (Netflix doesn't seem to have any of the Batman-adjacent cartoons??)

I have also just started watching Daredevil and am enjoying Matt, Karen, and Foggy's banter. My only knowledge of the fanfic is actually a group podfic I participated in recently, but it was fun, and I would love to hear more.

Things in fic I like include happy endings, humor, pining, AUs (especially: robots, space, supernatural), canon-compliant fic (Star Trek is already set in space!), genderfuckery, and fusions. Things I don't like include major character death (unless they're resurrected, of course), hockey, on-screen noncon, infidelity, and other unhappy endings. I also tend not to go for PWPs in podfics, but they don't squick me.

Things in podfic I like include you reading me a story! Thank you!!

You can see what I've rec'd to date here and on pinboard, if you want ideas...

aethel: (K/S cave story)
2017-09-23 03:28 pm

Rogue Archives

took a peak at Rogue Archives: Digital Cultural Memory and Media Fandom, an academic book written by a fan that involved interviewing a number of other fans, some of whom were quoted in the book. I didn't have time to read it cover to cover, but it looks pretty interesting. It is mostly about online fanfic archives, but frames these as an example of, you guessed it, rogue archives--digital archives created and run by non-professional archivists with a goal of preserving "content that has never been, and would likely never be, contained in a traditional memory institution." Other examples include Project Gutenberg, the Internet Archive, and some websites I hadn't heard of. I don't know if this was addressed in a chapter I didn't read, but some fic archives actually wouldn't fit the book's definition of rogue archives--some archives are selective about whose fic is included, whereas the book seemed focused on non-curated archives run by completionists.

I took a few notes:

"Media users have seized hold of all of mass culture as an archive, an enormous repository of narratives, characters, worlds, images, graphics, and sounds from which they can extract the raw matter they need for their own creations"

"Internet fan cultures are archival cultures in multiple ways..." talking about both the actual fic archives and archives as metaphors for the way fanfic functions

putting something in an archive confers status on it. "But Mbembe illuminates the power of digital communities' self-made archives to award those communities with the minimal status of having truly existed ... and therefore of making possible their insertion into history."

quotes Derrida: "There is no political power without control of the archive"

The author talks about failing to notice for years that some fic in an archive was created for challenges and that this oversight was due to her print culture (English lit?) background; she interpreted fic as "free-standing" texts rather than evidence of an event. "So those locked into the Gutenberg Parenthesis look for compositions by single authors and judge them on their originality and uniqueness."

some discussion about performance and body, and a quote from jinjurly about podfic!

Deirdre said in an interview that Babylon 5 was a huge fandom in its day but that you wouldn't know it because the archive went offline.

There was a whole chapter on print fans vs. net fans - transition period 1989-1998 - some print fans felt threatened - Henry Jenkins talked about learning online of an offline Beauty and the Beast fan club and going to meetings where fans had printed out usenet? discussion and read them together - Morgan Dawn was quoted
aethel: (gerard bed head [by obsessivewhore])
2017-09-04 10:02 pm
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fanlore log

fandom pages created: Mest, Simple Plan, Linkin Park

LJ community pages created: slashypunkboys, music_fic

fanfic pages created: Skin of the Canvas (then I finally read it! It is excellent!)

other:, Pony Music Video
aethel: (frnk [by turlough])
2017-08-25 06:56 pm
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fandom life

This month I've been posting Bandom recs at [community profile] fanart_recs! Someone who is/was on the Panic side of things should claim Bandom in a different month, because I have 0 recs for them.

I just counted so I can't claim that I've posted there more than I've posted here all year, but I've been on dreamwidth a lot more than usual this month.

So far this year I've been at two in-person gatherings with podficcers where we recorded group podfics in a variety of fandoms I now desperately want to get into but don't have time for (the one in February has its own collection); my AO3 works list makes me look super productive, but really I just said a few lines and didn't have to edit anything. I'm still trying to motivate myself to edit a podfic thing I recorded from last May to this March. This weekend for sure.

After my last Fanlore editing post I did start a page for THROAM, the most popular Panic! fic I'd never heard of. I got temporarily burnt out reading damnyouwentz posts in a way that never happened slogging through 12K chemicalromance posts written by teenagers, but now I miss my dumb READ ALL THE POSTS projects.

And at some point I have RL tasks to do.
aethel: (lemon gerard [by turlough])
2017-08-15 08:09 pm
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pondering received wisdom

Poll #18702 First Person POV?
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 18

What is your preference regarding first person narrative?

View Answers

I do not like 1st person narrative. period.
2 (11.1%)

I like it ok in profic, but I don't like it in fanfic
4 (22.2%)

I like it ok in profic or fanfic.
10 (55.6%)

2 (11.1%)

aethel: (frnk [by turlough])
2017-08-14 04:30 pm

end in sight for editing project

I might actually be running out of things to add to Bandom history on Fanlore! This is a relief! Where not!fic flourished is still a mystery to me--I have skimmed through bandslashmania, damnyouwentz, wolfshirts, and weemo_closet, and none of them talk about it. There are a few not!fics from 2007 and 2008, but maybe it didn't get really popular until later?

Recently created pages: The Dove Keeper, A Splitting of the Mind, we_are_cities, Wednesday-verse, toeveryletter, The Umbrella Academy

Currently on my to-do list: The Heart Rate of a Mouse; check rareslashpairs, slashypunkboys, mychemicalslash for trends; other popular fics not accounted for? I'm Not Okay AUs?

Since I'm not a PATD fan, this timeline is probably skewed in favor of MCR fandom.
aethel: (killjoys the girl [by askpoison])
2017-07-17 07:11 pm
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two things

Robots.txt meant for search engines don’t work well for web archives at Internet Archive

I was fiddling with the RPF pages on Fanlore, and it occurred to me that certain science fiction fandom practices might also have had an influence on Star Trek RPF, since Star Trek fandom was so indebted to sf fandom. SF fandom had faanfiction, where fans wrote stories about each other (I've never read one, so I don't know what these stories read like). Some pro authors did this too. Recently, I read a short story collection by Philip K. Dick that included a story about Poul Anderson getting kidnapped from a convention by people from the future. On the other hand, these practices may have more in common with self-insertion fic than RPF. I have no data to back this up beyond the plot of Visit to a Weird Planet. Has anyone ever written about this?
aethel: (gerard bed head [by obsessivewhore])
2017-07-05 06:02 pm
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misc updates

Photobucket stopped allowing hotlinking, breaking 15 years worth of images on webpages. I never used photobucket so it took a while before it dawned on me that old bandom picspams and concert reviews might now be gone :__(. Over on twitter some podficcers were discussing image hosting alternatives, and dropbox was suggested; I tried it and it works pretty well! You have to change the provided link from to

Still slowly backreading LJ comms to flesh out the bandom fanlore pages. I'm reading through wolfshirts and hope to get back to weemo_closet soon so I can close out the ten million tabs I've had open so long I have trouble remembering what I was going to do with them.

I'm amused that people have been wondering why there aren't more Black Parade AUs for ten years.
aethel: (lindsey [by mcee])
2017-05-30 02:00 pm
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more LJ shenanigans?

Well, I'm importing my LJ to DW right now since there are rumors going around that an LJ script is improperly flagging legit LJ accounts as spam and DELETING THEM. This report originates in a fandom many degrees removed from me, so I don't know who has actually been affected by this.
aethel: (gerard old school [by scissorfighting])
2017-05-28 12:05 pm
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bandom recs 2017

I've been holding on to this post for months in the hopes that I would collect more recs, but I just haven't been reading or listening to anything new-to-me in Bandom. Except for jjtaylor a few weeks ago. Last month, I started going through wolfshirts to see if I could identify it as the inspiration of other fics I've read, but then the bandombigbang deadlines started looming, so I've been trying to focus on that instead. Maybe I'll have actual new recs in October!

I could have sworn I'd read a bunch of classic Pete/Patrick fics while researching LJ bandom communities, but I didn't bookmark them. Oh well. I did add more links to the Peterick Fanlore page though: check it out!


Nightswimming by Waxjism, the incredibly long and incredibly worth listening to podfic by greedy_dancer, who apparently spent 5 years working on this. I could listen to greedy_dancer's voice all day. The story is a small town AU with Gerard suffering from depression and Frank falling in love with him while dealing with changes at home. Happy ending!

Hold Your Heart into This Darkness by tuesdaysgone, podfic trilogy by argentumlupine. Amazing Killjoys verse story with happy ending. I was nervous initially about the power dynamics of the Gerard/Korse pairing in the first part, but it worked so well I kinda shipped it, uh, which should not have been the takeaway from how that relationship played out.

Love: The Package Deal by jjtaylor. amnesia and polyamory and pining and feelings all over the place. Not sure why I delayed reading this so long, since I love everything else by jjtaylor. Speaking of...

Ghost Frank series by jjtaylor. So I checked back to see if I had neglected to read anything else by jjtaylor and Holy Shit I had. I must have passed over this before because Frank starts out as, well, a ghost, and I am not a fan of character death. I did cry, but it has a happy ending. Possibly a little too saccharine, but I needed an antidote. The haunted house and creepy supernatural mystery elements were genuinely frightening to me reading in bed after midnight in my dark apartment....

undeserving of your sympathy by akamine_chan, podfic by argentumlupine. Short superhero AU.

Two ways Pete and Gabe get married by lalejandra, podfic by reena_jenkins. notfic.
aethel: (spock kirk uhura)
2017-05-28 10:53 am
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transcribing some notes I took while reading Textual Poachers

... in 2002

Textual Poachers: Television Fans and Participatory Culture - Henry Jenkins

p18: Fans as rebels; reject bourgeois and elitist theories on "good taste" -- on the separation between canonical literature and mass media; anti-institutional, anti-authoritarian

"Fans seemingly blur the boundaries between fact and fiction, speaking of characters as if they had an existence apart from their textual manifestations..."

Fans are deliberately cast as deluded, crazy, and maladjusted so that their radical interpretations of the aesthetic/literary value of TV and other forms of "low" art can be dismissed

pp21-22: Fans internalize criticism; have difficulty justifying their enjoyment of something considered artistically worthless

p24: "[fans] are also acutely and painfully aware that those fictions do not belong to them and that someone else has the power to do things to those characters that are in direct contradiction to the fans' own cultural interests"

academy, canon, authorial intent --> the "correct" method of reading

p48: "the largely female composition of media fandom reflects a historical split within the science fiction fan community between the traditionally male-dominated literary fans and the newer, more feminine style of media fandom."

media fandom began with Star Trek

examines how texts are inevitably reinterpreted by readers; authors view this as disintegration, but the process makes the world of the text take on an independent reality

p60: academic practices of analyzing literature and TV --> objectivity, distance, detachment
popular viewing practices --> identification, emotional involvement
p61: "bourgeois" analytical theory = masculine
popular = feminine

p116: "Fan criticism is the institutionalization of feminine reading practices just as the dominant mode of academic criticism is the institutionalization of masculine reading practices"
-socially, not biologically determined; women's stories are devalued, so they learn to find their stories in the periphery of masculine narratives

p189 "Slash fiction represents a reaction against the construction of male sexuality on television and in pornography"

p190 "Slash breaks as well with the commodification of pornography, offering erotic images that originate in a social context of intimacy and sharing"

p191: considers only male/male slash --> first and more prevalent, although written by and for women 90%

p194: "In slash, both characters can be equally strong and equally vulnerable, equally dominant and equally submissivie, without either quality being permanently linked to their sexuality or their gender"

p205: slash is social commentary on popular constructions and restrictions on male sexuality; acts like Eve Sedgwick's Between Men, removing the barriers to same-sex desire and making explicit the idea of a continuum between friends and lovers

p214: slash explores and explodes "ways male sexuality gets bound to notions of competition, dominance, and violence"

fan fiction is a form of interpretation and analysis

p234: fan music videos
1. "memory palace, encapsulating a complex narrative within a smaller number of highly iconographic shots"
2. or they can function like essays or fan fic; take suggestive images out of context and edit them to make the subtext more obvious (an admitted relationship or denied one--i.e., Troi and Riker, or Data and Yar)
3. to tell a new story like fan fic

fandom = folk culture

qualities of fandom:
1. "particular mode of reception" - fans watch with undivided attention, are both emotionally invested in and critical of the show
2. interpretation and analysis methods: compare/contrast with real life, look at details for hidden meaning, extrapolate from subtext
3. lobbying the producers and networks for certain plot developments and to get cancelled shows back on the air
p278: "Fandom originates, at least in part, as a response to the relative powerlessness of the consumer in relation to powerful institutions of cultural production and circulation"
4. "cultural production": art, fan fic, music videos, filk
p279: "Once TV characters enter into a broader circulation, intrude into our living rooms, pervade the fabric of our society, they belong to their audience and not simply to the artist who originated them"
5. "alternative social community"
aethel: (gerard bed head [by obsessivewhore])
2017-04-24 09:27 pm
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another poll

Poll #18270 chatfic
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 14

What does "chatfic" mean?

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chatlog (possibly cleaned up) of your brainstorming session with another fan
10 (71.4%)

fic consisting mainly of chat room dialogue between the characters
3 (21.4%)

something else
1 (7.1%)

aethel: (lemon gerard [by turlough])
2017-04-18 05:18 pm
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Poll #18226 Fandom RPG
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 12

Have you heard the term "Fandom RPG" before? (Fanlore wiki doesn't count)

View Answers

Yes, recently
4 (33.3%)

Yes, but it's been awhile
1 (8.3%)

7 (58.3%)

aethel: (gerard bed head [by obsessivewhore])
2017-04-15 11:34 am

since the LJ news....

I have been creating more Fanlore entries for Bandom communities and started a timeline for podfic communities. I tried and failed to connect to my virtual machine Archive Team Warrior thing. I installed virtualbox = no. I installed VMware = no. I left a message on the ArchiveTeam's IRC channel about LiveJournal.

To be honest, I don't think old bandom communities people have forgotten exist are in the greatest danger here. Lots of bandom people already deleted their personal journals and photobucket accounts years ago, leaving devastation in their wake as I look through old picspams and reclists.

supernaturalfic, however, is definitely being deleted after being imported to Dreamwidth. (Fanlore page here.)

Meanwhile, I'm wondering when not!fic first appeared and what the definition of chatfic is. The Yuri on Ice!!! page says it's "fanfiction written in the style of a group chat"

ETA: copperbadge update on what he's deleting and where it's backed up
aethel: (killjoys ways [by askpoison])
2017-04-05 07:41 pm


community owners can import their LJ communities to DW?

also my previous post wouldn't cross-post to LJ even though I accepted the new TOS

my computer just spoke to me?! I don't know what it said.
aethel: (gerard bed head [by obsessivewhore])
2017-04-05 06:09 pm

livejournal: back your shit up

You may have heard LJ's TOS has changed and people are worried and some people are deleting their livejournal accounts. This is distressing to me as a Fanlore editor and fic reader, and I hope no one is planning to start deleting whole communities without advanced warning (?!!?). In the meantime, I've been looking through my old bookmarks and downloaded ljarchive, which lets you get a local copy of your own lj OR (supposedly) any community you are a member of. But it already choked on geeheartmikey, so I don't know how reliable it is. ArchiveTeam has LiveJournal on their to-do list for automatically backing up to the Internet Archive, but 1) I'm not sure they've started yet? 2) It's the Internet Archive, so no journals excluded from search results or marked as 18+ can be archived. (So, you know, no kinkmemes, assuming the Wayback Machine was able to read all the comments in the first place.) On twitter I think I saw anatsuno talking with some people about starting an informal kinkmeme preservation project? Any other preservation projects on people's radars? I notified Fanlore that they have 42K links to livejournal posts that might or might not be on the Wayback Machine, so they're working on that.... AO3 hasn't posted about it, but I swear to you that someone out there really loved that ficlet you posted ten years ago, so consider uploading it to AO3.

Meanwhile, I'll be checking out ArchiveTeam's Warrior software and writing up Fanlore entries on Bandom communities.

eta: I cannot make the warrior virtual machine do the thing. will not connect to the website.

eta2: so far ljarchive has choked on everything except amplificathon, which is already backed up to dw anyway. it keeps giving me errors like this:

System.Xml.XmlException: There are multiple root elements. Line 2, position 2.
at System.Xml.XmlTextReaderImpl.Throw(Exception e)
at System.Xml.XmlTextReaderImpl.ParseDocumentContent()
at EF.ljArchive.Engine.Sync.ExportCommentsMeta(OptionsRow or, ILJServer iLJ, SessionGenerateResponse sgr, Int32& serverMaxID, Int32 localMaxID, UserMapCollection umc, CommentCollection cc)
at EF.ljArchive.Engine.Sync.ThreadStart()
aethel: (gerard bed head [by obsessivewhore])
2017-01-08 06:26 pm

2017 update

I continue to be way more active on twitter than here, though post-election I'm thinking Dreamwidth may be a better choice of venue if only more fans would use it. Since finishing bandom big bang I signed up for ITPE and went to Podfication in Minneapolis, where I hung out with fellow podficcers and had a great time. However, after talking to MPH about Fanlore, I came home inspired to write ten million new articles so I sort of forgot to write up a con report for Podfication. Before Podfication was also when I was binge-watching SPN because it was less scary than the real world, but I forgot about SPN too. I'm planning to get back to watching at some point, but the odds of me ever participating in the fandom are slim.

MCRchaeology, wherein I read through old Bandom communities on livejournal and write Fanlore articles about them, has been going well, if slowly. So far I've made pages for chemicalromance, geeheartmikey, mcr_het_fics, mychemicalslash, and yeahchemical. Last week's? Russian server scare made me even more anxious to READ ALL THE COMMS before somebody deleted them out of fear that Russia would actually care about your slash fic. There was already a 50/50 chance that picspams or meta posted to an individual journal were gone.

For ITPE I received a fantastic crossdressing historical AU Frank/Gerard podfic (3 hours!) from opalsong, who has a really nice, clear podficcing voice I don't think I'd heard before: A Lovely Apparition, written by wordslinging. RsCreighton also made me a delightful treat: By the Numbers, written by Shoemaster, wherein Frank is Gerard's accountant. Meanwhile, I recorded A Natural Reaction to Rough-housing by Bexless for duendeverde4. I'd brag about finishing a 3-hour podfic in less than a month, except rscreighton recorded 40+ hours for ITPE???