February 3rd, 2006

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Fannish Weekend –Day 1

“S” from San Jose came to visit last weekend, and we had the perfect fannish weekend. I’ve known “S” since the late 70’s; we’ve shared a lot of fandoms together, starting with K/S, and then going into The Professionals, Garak/Bashir, and many others.

We started out with a visit to Whimsic Alley, which is a Harry Potter themed store in Santa Monica. Here’s their website:


The shop is delightful! They have little ‘rooms’, done diagonally, with a central aisle and an open room in the middle for the cash register. Each room has its own theme. My favorite is the first room on the left, which is set up as a wand shop, but also has dragon ornaments and general fantasy stuff. I really felt like I was in Diagon Alley. Other room themes: Harry Potter costumes/sweaters; a Tim Burton Room; calligraphy/old clocks/leatherbound blank books; novels and other books, focusing on Potter, Lemony Snicket, etc.; games, and for some strange reason, The Simpsons. I found a couple of beautifully bound books that will be perfect presents for upcoming birthdays.

The next stop: the vegan restaurant Real Food Daily in West Hollywood. (The restaurant is right up from the street from Trashy Lingerie – I think that store’s name is self explanatory. The mannequins in that store window were all decked out in their finest Valentine’s Day scanties.)

Even if you’re not a vegan/vegetarian, which I’m not, Real Food Daily has a wonderful selection of great dishes, and they make a fine cup of coffee, a necessity for a caffeine fiend such as myself, but something most vegan restaurants don’t bother with. (Hello! Coffee comes from *beans*!)

Next, a visit to the Hollywood movie memorabilia stores. We started out with Hollywood Book and Poster, which had a wonderful Harry Potter window facing the street, an equally intriguing “Brokeback Mountain” display in their right side window, and their usual squicky disgusting horror film display in the left side window. Best not to look at that one. I’m not squeamish, but, blech. (OTOH, I was highly entertained by all the “Hollywood Ho” shops nearby, with all their streetwalker gear and dominatrix displays. Hooray for Hollywood.)

A friend had asked me to pick up a “Brokeback Mountain” poster for her, but the guys in the store said those sold out about five minutes after they received them. They said they never expected this movie to do as well as it did, and not nearly enough posters were produced. They were hoping to have some in stock later this spring. They did have a nice selection of photos from this movie. I bought a couple more gifts here.

It was nearing rush hour, so I then proved to “S” that it is possible to drive from one end of Los Angeles County (Santa Monica) a good portion of the way toward the other end of the county (Monrovia) without ever once getting on a freeway. I’m sure we saved a lot of time doing that!

We had a lovely dinner with another friend and then headed home for an evening of fannish chat.
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Fannish Weekend Day 2: SGA and BASCon vids!

Fannish Weekend – Day 2

We headed out to Riverside County on Saturday to visit a friend. The goal of my friends: to pimp me into Stargate Atlantis fandom. To this end, we watched several SGA episodes (I’ve never seen this show before) and watched all the SGA music vids from the BASCon music vid DVD.

Fun show! I had an entirely different impression from it from the vids I’ve seen. For example, the two leads both seem like sidekicks – this show doesn’t seem to have the traditional hero. Or else the main guy doesn’t somehow look/act like the traditional hero. Or... not sure what I mean, but it sure is different from what I expected.

I can see reading fic in this fandom, particularly since I see some favorite authors in the archives.

Been reading LJ today, and between that and watching a bunch of SF TV shows recently, I’m feeling slightly better about my most recent K/S story. Comments have been made in various LJs on how all the various SF shows borrow plots from each other... and they do... So if the pros are doing it, why can’t I? My latest K/S story, now in rewrite, is an AU, and half the time I feel I’ve never read anything like this in this fandom before, and half the time I feel I’ve borrowed from every single SF show/movie I’ve ever seen. I mean, I have a chase through an asteroid belt, for god’s sake! Which was actually fun to write.

Back to the fannish day. We also watched a bunch of other vids from the BASCon DVD, and I’d like to rec my favorites:

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Fannish Weekend Day 3 and Killa's Vids

Fannish Weekend – Day 3

On day 2 we stayed up half the night talking, so we thus spent most of Day 3 being lazy, talking talking talking, watching more vids, and hunting for leftovers in the fridge.

“S” hasn’t kept up with K/S or TOS fandom in recent years, and I felt that needed to be remedied, so I showed her the following five vids:

“Razzle Dazzle” by Tjonesy, Killa and Hafital. This is a fun tribute to Kirk, doing what Kirk does best, whether it’s baffling the enemy with bullsh*t (scenes from “I, Mudd” and “A Piece of the Action”) or fighting the enemy (“Gamesters of Triskelion” and “Tomorrow Is Yesterday”) or parading around barechested, in a towel and a big winning smile. The vid featured loads of those charming little-boy who-me? smiles. Gotta love that “They’ll beg you for more...” line paired with the image of Kirk putting his boots on after just boffing Deela.

Next we saw “Layla” by Tjonesy. I describe this vid to people by saying it incorporates a scene from every TOS episode plus the movies. This is a simple description, it doesn’t convey the emotional power of this vid. Everyone I’ve shown “Layla” to has been very moved; they always comment on how many memories this brings back. From that wonderful shared look between K&S in “Where No Man Has Gone Before” to the end where Kirk is seated back in his chair, ready for a new adventure, this vid conveys the entire heroic sweep of their lives. I love the way she fades from the older K&S to their younger counterparts, then has the Enterprise warping off into the unknown. The editing and matching of the music to the music is precise and wonderful. Brilliant achievement.

“Closer” by Killa and Tjonesy. Words always fail me where I try to talk about this vid. They used existing scenes to create an entirely new “episode” and that, combined with the raw power of this Nine Inch Nails song, created a vid I find utterly compelling and quite disturbing. They took a storyline that has been done a zillion times in fan fic - the pon farr rape story – and make it new and fresh and emotionally devastating. Quite an achievement. Bravo!!!

“Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps” by Killa. What fun! She found what looks like nearly every flirtatious look between K&S in the entire series – and these are tons of them – along with some wonderful Kirk puppy-dog eyes looks and created a great vid with Kirk as the seducer and Spock playing coy.

Lastly, “Dante’s Prayer” by Killa. This is an absolute heartbreaker, and one of my favorite vids of all time. She uses scenes from ST 3 to show Spock’s death and resurrection; her vid ends with that final line “Your name is Jim...” Killa superimposes scenes in sepia from the original series and STTMP over these moments and having these scenes play out over Loreena McKennit’s gorgeously sung lines, “Please remember me...” is profoundly moving.

The weekend was over by then... time for the drive to the airport and goodbyes and plans to see each other at MediaWest.