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02 September 2013 @ 10:03 pm
30 Days of Blogging - Day Thirteen - Fannish Activity  
It feels like I've always been fannish to some extent. As children my sister and I "acted out" a lot of tv shows; The Champions, Prince Planet, even Gilligan's Island (she was always Ginger. I was always the professor. What does that say about us?)and I had a fling with Man From U.N.C.L.E but the one that took over my life was Star Trek. I devoured everything I could get my hands on in relation to that show.

In high school I wrote my first fanfic, although I didn't have a name for it back then. It wasn't Star Trek, though, rather it was for a second-rate local cop show called Matlock Police. I had a huge crush on one of the detectives in the program and just couldn't get enough of it so I wrote my own adventures. On the weekends though it was still Star Trek that we played, going into the city with our tricorders made from plaster of paris and our little transistor radios dummied-up to look like communicators. We thought we were so cool, stalking through the underground stations looking for Klingons.

In my early twenties I joined the local Star Trek fan club. It used to be a lot of fun, having zine-collating days where the house was pungent with the smell of Gestetner ink and orderly piles of pages covered the lounge room floor. You'd all sit in a circle around the room with a pile of your allotted page in front of you; the person to your left would pass you the pages prior to yours and you'd add one of your pages to the bottom of the pile then pass the whole thing to your right, for the next page to be added.

Back then whenever a zine was printed, free copies were sent out to every other club that you knew about, for reviewing. The best perk of membership was being given the zines from other clubs, in order to read and review for our next club newsletter. Free zines!! What a treat.

I dropped out of organised fandom for years when I moved away from the capital city but never stopped "fanning" my favourite shows and characters. I have Blakes 7 official novels, as well as those for Man From U.N.C.L.E, Beauty and the Beast and Miami Vice. (and more recently I've added some Pros novels to the pile). I bought nearly every single Star Trek novel as soon as it was released. I might not have participated, but I kept the spirit alive.

And then along came the internet. Woo-boy! No longer did you need to go searching for fandom, you could bring it right into your loungeroom. In a way it's sad, as to a certain extent it's become a solitary pursuit, but it's so much more accessible which outweighs the loss of club meetings etc.
Fandom? I love it.
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Strike while the irony is hot: [EMO] EMOTASTIC ST/SWdraycevixen on September 2nd, 2013 02:16 pm (UTC)

I have a big weakness for these "how I got in to fandom" posts so I'm glad you made one.

I love the idea of you and your friends roaming the underground looking for Klingons. :D

I was actually looking around my study thinking that there's nothing obviously fannish to be seen.

Oooh, no there is fannish stuff just not for one of my active fandoms. Tucked away on a shelf are the Master and 9th Doctor toys my nephews bought for me along with a deck of 9th Doctor playing cards. *g*
miwahni: Dr Who Bananamiwahni on September 3rd, 2013 11:54 am (UTC)
Well there you go; 9th Doctor is my second-favourite.
Have you read the crossover fic which posited that Sam Tyler was really the Master? I can't remember how/why he ended up back in the 70s but it was a good read.
Strike while the irony is hot: [EMO] EVIL GLEEdraycevixen on September 3rd, 2013 12:19 pm (UTC)

I've actually read several of them, like the Life on Mars fandom could resist. :D

miwahni: Dr Who Bananamiwahni on September 3rd, 2013 12:25 pm (UTC)
It really was too good an opportunity *g*
moonlightmead on September 3rd, 2013 08:40 am (UTC)
I love reading these 'how I got here from there' stories.

I didn't play Star Trek in the playground, although it was, I think, being shown at the time. I remember I found the American accents hard! We played Doctor Who instead. I wanted to play Blakes 7 but there was only one other classmate who had even seen it!

I think buying every novel is certainly participating!
miwahni: Dr Who Saving the Universemiwahni on September 3rd, 2013 11:56 am (UTC)
Ooh which doctor did you play?

What a shame you didn't have anyone to play Blakes 7 with, that could have been fun.
moonlightmead on September 3rd, 2013 12:30 pm (UTC)
Tom Baker was my first doctor. I have fragmentary memories of Brain of Morbius when I was very small, but I don't remember the Zygons, if that helps date me!

Oh wow, and I have just remembered: between us, my sister and I had dozens and dozens of the Target novels, which we devoured. (Mind you, that was inevitable - they were books, they were unread, the only question was which of us read which first!)

Blakes 7 for me is the fandom that got away - I never found it when it was extant, despite looking, alas.
miwahni: Dr Who Saving the Universemiwahni on September 4th, 2013 11:59 am (UTC)
Ooh! *jumps up and down* Tom Baker was my first doctor, too, and still my favourite. I've been eying off a box set of "The Keys To Time" recently but spending $100 on more dvds doesn't quite fit with my resolution not to spend any unnecessary money.*sigh*
moonlightmead on September 4th, 2013 06:35 pm (UTC)
I have just noticed your icon. Yay!

I so want to tell you that The Key To Time is a necessary spend, but, hmm :) Although it has one of my all-time favourite Who stories in it, and one of the novelisations was really good too, despite the unfortunate production values of the story itself, so maybe it is nearly necessary...
miwahni: Dr Who I want to believemiwahni on September 4th, 2013 08:49 pm (UTC)
Not that you're enabling me or anything *g*. Thanks for the recommendation though. I barely remember any of the storylines from back then, but am sure they'll come back to me once I start watching.
The writing in these shows (Dr Who, Blakes 7) was usually strong enough to overcome any shortfalls in the production. Wobbly sets, and every alien planet looking like a chalk mine in Kent - the story managed to transcend it all.