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If you’re a fan of television or movies, especially if you’re one of those fans, then you’re probably aware that Vividcon took place a few weeks ago. And where there is Vividcon, there are great vids! I thought I’d do a series highlighting some of my favorites that came out of the convention.

Title: Anything for Love by astolat and Speranza
Summary: I would do anything for love, but I won’t do that! …oh, all right. (Vividcon 2012 Premiere)
My thoughts: A meta, multi-fandom vid focusing on the experience fans and fandom, their passionate and ultimately fickle nature, and the extent fans will go to for their love of characters (and pairings and fandom and fannish creations and sharing the love). If you have ever shared a fannish love (obsession) with any one, then you might know what it’s like to be Thelma and Louise going over that cliff. (“Let’s make that vid! Write that fanfic! Create that art! Whoosh! Plummet! Over the edge!”) As the vidders themselves put it–fans sometimes feel ‘dubconned’ into their big, massive, fannish emotions, and this video captures that so well.

Links of interest about this vid:
1) Annotations and credits as well as other information on the making and inspiration of the video.
2. The video on Archive of Our Own

My favorite parts:

1) I love that it’s multifandom. How hilarious/sad/something is it that I know every single source used in this, and have been fannish about several?
2) I adore the big, fat red X over Tumblr (I won’t do that) and how it just dissolves under the heat of fannish love (oh, all right, I’ll do that).
3) I love that the fickle nature of fandom is captured with Thor looking so betrayed at the end when the fans get distracted by Magic Mike, and Loki comforting him. “But, brother, why do they not want to write stories about our angsty, epic, not-really-incest-but-not-really-not-incest love anymore?” “It will be okay, Thor. Shh. It will be okay.”
4. I absolutely love how they’ve captured the gleeful, delightful, whimsical, gorgeous, awesome insanity of fandoms with Adam Lambert as Mary Poppins, the Lex Luthor paper dolls, the babies dressed in Star Trek uniforms, and etc.

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There is meta in the use of this fanart! 

(by Thunderfrost)

 

If this post has you thinking, “Fandom? What? Tumblr, huh? What is this crazy stuff? And, really, all this madness,time, effort over movies and tv shows? Why? Why would you spend time on this?” Well, there is a post coming your way soon about how movies and television are important media, worthy of study, and that how people interact with this modern source of story and myth is massively important and amazing. But that day is not today.

In the meantime, go forth and do anything for love, y’all. Just don’t…do that. (Oh, all right. Do that.)

7 thoughts on “Watching: Vividcon — Anything for Love by astolat and Speranza

  1. LOL! That vid was awesome. Fandom, it’s such an amazing thing and I’m sure looks totally nuts to anyone not in it!

    2) I adore the big, fat red X over Tumblr (I won’t do that) and how it just dissolves under the heat of fannish love (oh, all right, I’ll do that).

    That was my fave part. I totally went from “Tumblr is confusing and I won’t do it” to jumping on the bandwagon in pursuit of fandom within the space of a few weeks.

    1. Fandom! This video makes me want to give Fandom big, sloppy kisses, when quite often I want to slap Fandom upside the head. So! Hooray for this vid! But, yes, it’s such a crazy thing that probably looks even crazier to someone who’s never been involved in loving media that way. Muggles. 😉

      Tumblr. /o\ Seriously.

  2. Great video, Leta! 🙂

    I’ve written my share of fan fiction in my time and read a fair amount, too. Fan fiction is actually what got me hooked on writing in the first place, compelled to write a satisfying ending to a series I loved because the show was cancelled and the end of the last season showed all the heroes being killed. Of course, I couldn’t have THAT!

    My first ever fan convention was World Con back in ’94 when it came to Winnipeg. Wow! I was blown away by the costumed characters, the fantastic featured writers and everything in between! It’s made every local fan convention pale by comparison. I would love to get to one of the really big ones like in Vancouver or San Diego or Toronto. Unfortunately, that costs big bucks, which I just don’t have, not to mention the air fare to get there.

    All-in-all, fandom is awesome! 🙂

    1. A fellow fanfic writer! *high five* 🙂 I knew we were kindred spirits.

      compelled to write a satisfying ending to a series I loved because the show was cancelled and the end of the last season showed all the heroes being killed.

      Was it…um, Robin Hood? *crosses self* If not, uh, sorry about spoiling the end to that series, too.

      I’ve only ever been to one con–BASCON back in…well, awhile ago. It was a weird time in my emotional life, right on the cusp of some bad years turning into my recent set of very amazing years, and I’m a bit vague on the dates around that time. Anyway, it was a cool experience, but I’ve wanted to go to a bigger con. DragonCon is close by. Hmmm. Maybe when my daughter is older, we can indulge her inner fangirl (and mine, too) by going.

      Yay for fandom!!!

      1. Hope you get the opportunity to ‘indulge’ your ‘inner fangirl’!

        As for the series, it was an obscure British SciFi series called Blake’s 7. I don’t remember Robin Hood being a series. Maybe it just hasn’t gotten here yet. 🙂

  3. At one time…in 2004…I would have thought, “Fandom? What? Tumblr, huh? What is this crazy stuff? And, really, all this madness,time, effort over movies and tv shows? Why? Why would you spend time on this?” I would have added, “Only written works are worthy of this sort of devotion, works where you can pour over word choices and trace similes and metaphors through hundreds of pages and agonize over character choices and defend or criticize denouements. Then, in 2004, lightening sizzled through my skull, and I admitted to myself, to the world, that my fangirlishness was not limited to the written word. Yes, I too recognize every hero in this vid. In for a penny, in for a pound: that’s me. njs

    1. and I admitted to myself, to the world, that my fangirlishness was not limited to the written word.

      You know, I’ve been thinking lately about the privilege involved in valuing the written word above more easily accessible media like television or movies. It’s kind of classist at times, and I am glad we are all coming to a greater understanding of the importance/value of the more accessible stories out there, and looking harder at the way those reflect our current culture and highlight the myths our kids are growing up with. Uh, hopefully that made sense. My brain had a hard time wrapping around what I was trying to express.

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