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Last night, I dreamt I was watching a so-latter-day-SPN-it-hasn't-aired-yet ep while [personal profile] caranfindel was in the room doing her own thing. The ep was this meditation on addiction that seemed clearly a straight-up exploration of what the writer was thinking about that had nothing to do with SPN itself. I muttered some comment about how the writer couldn't be arsed to come up with anything that actually had anything to do with the show, and caranfindel piped up with a wholehearted agreement, which led to a rousing discussion between us on all things show-related, and which had other folks coming into the room to join into the chat. So basically, a physical representation of online SPN fandom!

I think I was actually thinking about Carver. Lately I've been realizing I think what I had the hardest time with about Carver's Supernatural is that he seemed to be trying to make it "more realistic," to bring reality into this ... story about two brothers who hunt monsters, which is ludicrous. For me, from the very beginning, at its best, the show rode this gloriously delicate line, which was a grittily realistic portrayal of an entirely metaphorical series of events designed to explore the deeper realities of human relationships and the human experience, like nesting dolls, multiple levels and dimensions utilized to get at something that is inherently complex and multi-dimensional. That's why I loved Show so much, because it was so layered. To treat it as reality all the way on down took away all the dimensions and made it flat ... and silly. Sooo silly, Carver. I'm lookin' at you. Yeah, that's right, I said it. ;-)

I'm liking Dabb's SPN far better than Carver's already, though Show is far from being what it was pre-Carver. I found the general stories of S12 fairly cohesive, I liked the characters they kept returning to, like Max and Alicia, Mary, and Claire (BOY was I tired of Crowley and Rowena drama, although Crowley in that last ep made me realize I'll miss him, at least a bit), I thought the themes were good. I'd love to see Max come back as one of S13's big bads (as some people have suggested might happen); I LOVE that actor, and his story is great, with much potential. Before this last season, it seemed like every storyline was a reprise of something SPN had already done, but the nephilim is also a good new idea ... well, at least, of ideas SPN has fully explored, since the antichrist was a similar idea with much potential that was introduced and abandoned. There's so much potential! Especially if he's a good guy at heart, or at least conflicted.

Otherwise, I'm incredibly excited about Summergen, as ever, although I haven't actually started on the fic yet because ... well, the whole theme I'm going to delve into with it kind of scares me; I've got to prepare and gird my loins before I dive in. What's going on with you all? How are your Summergen fics coming?

Date: 2017-06-02 09:25 am (UTC)
caranfindel: (Default)
From: [personal profile] caranfindel
Ooooh! It's like the dream version of my comments section, where smart people say observant things and I say "good point!" :)

Oddly enough, I like some realism on my very unreal show. Keeps things grounded. Maybe that's why I don't like The French Mistake. Anything that reminds me I'm watching A Show, rather than pretending these guys actually exist, is distracting. Although subtler shoutouts to the fandom are awesome. (Then why did I love Fan Fiction? Discuss.)

I'm doing Summergen for the first time this year and I'm still in the percolating stages. I've got ideas but I'm really concerned about disappointing my recipient.

Date: 2017-06-02 11:31 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] anactoria
None of my Summergen prompts have really grabbed me yet. Not that there's anything wrong with them -- it's just that nothing has jumped out and made me think, "Yep, that's the one," which usually happens straight away. So, I'm still waiting for a bit of inspiration at the moment!

Date: 2017-06-02 11:47 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kalliel
Every time I got a new set of prompts for summergen I'd reflexively and fairly instantaneously think of the way I'd fill them. But then the prompts would reshuffle and I'd have a whole new set, LOL. So once we got everyone's prompts sorted I was just like FUCK IT I'M FILLING THIS RIGHT NOW, RIGHT THIS MINUTE. So I think for the first time ever I've finished a challenge piece . well in advance of the deadline. Usually it's more like "well, summergen is due tomorrow. I guess I should start???" XD

I'm glad you're excited about the themes you're going to be exploring. I know what you mean about needing to gird your loins to tackle something, though. Which is harrowing but also where the best fic comes from. <333 Good luck! I'm excited to read~

Date: 2017-06-07 01:54 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kalliel
Haha, indeed! Usually I don't even look at my prompts until the sorting is done, because for summergen I'm 100% open to working with anything (vs. like, spn_j2_xmas, where the threat of having to figure out how to write RPF or some sex kink I don't know anything about looms LARGE, XD). But since I was the one who sent out all the emails this time around, naturally while copy-pasting I got a good long look at all the prompts in the sea. XDD

I'm glad the process was liberating! That's awesome. And as for I wrote myself out of something that's had me tied up my whole life. I ABSOLUTELY understand that! <33333

(You are always welcome to pod! You do it the best. <333)

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