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So, I'm finally owning up to the fact that I don't really like what Steve/Tony fandom's become. I still love the characters and the whole pairing and chatting about them and spinning the wheels about maybe and what if. I love scans and spoilers and I'm dying to see IM3, and when I'm with select people (not naming names, but you probably know who you are) I'm able to dig up that same old enthusiasm.

Because what I love is what Steve/Tony used to be. I wallowed in the long, plotty fic where the romance was often parallel (or secondary! gasp!) to the action plot, I reveled in trivia and character dissections, in long threads about fic ideas and plot lines. And while the fic might have been thin on the ground, there was a pretty good chance that whatever came through would be good quality.

Now... IDK. I'm getting tired of feeling like 95% of the time when I run across a Steve/Tony post, it's not talking about the same characters, even when we're referencing the same universes. The characterizations are barely recognizable, at best. WTF is with SuperFamily and how do I burn it with fire? And Deadpool/Spider-Man? Does anyone even know who Deadpool is anymore? And Natasha does have a personality, you know! It's occasionally cute but for FFS, it's OOC, at least admit that. It's all weird and disconcerting and leaves me feeling like I tried to climb some stairs and my feet slipped out from under me.

I don't even read the fic anymore because the hit:miss ratio has gotten incredibly heavy on the miss. Sturgeon's Law has taken effect. And since most of my fandom engagement is in reading... IDK what's really left for me. Writing is great, but it's mostly solitary work. I can't fangirl on writing alone. Some can; I'm not one of them. So yeah, I'm just BOFQing it up over here and finally admitting something that's been bugging me for a while. No one wants to be that fan, and I bit my lip a thousand times to keep from proving the "comics/old fans are meeeeeeean" whiners true. But here it is: I'm not happy with fandom, and it doesn't seem to be going away. :\

Date: 2013-03-14 07:04 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] elspethdixon
I feel your pain. Most of the problem for me is that I'm really not a movie-verse fan despite having enjoyed seeing them in the theater - I'm not interested in the characters or the fic for any verse except 616 (and Marvel Adventures, because it's the closest to 616), so I feel like there isn't really a place for me anymore in a fandom i used to feel at home in. Plus, now i get to see people complaining about how much Steve/Tony sucks every time I turn around, and even though i know that a disproportionately high amount of movie-verse stuff does in fact suck, it's still not fun to see your OTP bashed all the time. And cap_ironman is basically a movie-verse only comm now, which makes me sad when i think about how much fun it used to be.

And since Fraction's horrible legacy is still infecting the iron man title (I had such ecstatic hopes when i heard he was finally, finally leaving, but then the new writer turned out to be his buddy and a big fan of his work, because apparently comics fans just aren't allowed to have nice things anymore) the canon doesn't have anything for me at the moment, either.

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