And now for something I haven’t done in a while: one of Sunday Stealing’s mighty mega memes. I thought this one would also work nicely as a year-end wrap up thingy. So without further ado, here is the Quick 2010 Fandom Meme:
- 1. Your main fandom of the year:
According to Wikipedia, a fandom is essentially a group of like-minded fans of a body of artistic or literary work, of a musical or sporting group, or of an activity. For example, Star Wars fans belong to the Star Wars fandom, Padres fans belong to the Padres fandom, and knitting fans belong to the knitting fandom.
I would have to say that I don’t particularly identify with any given fandom. I don’t lurk on message boards or go to conventions. Sure, I go to the San Diego Comic-Con, but even that’s pretty much a general interest entertainment convention at this point.
- 2. Your favorite Film this year:
- Let’s say that it was Inception. Now that was a convoluted story.
- 3. Your favorite Book read this year:
- Machine of Death: a collection of stories about an unpredictable death-predicting machine.
- 4. Your favorite Album or Song this year:
- The Gay Pirates: exactly what it says on the tin.
- 5. Your favorite meme site of the year:
Strictly speaking, a meme is simply a contagious idea. On the Internet, this often refers specifically to a catchphrase or gag that people endlessly riff on, at least until the next shiny object comes along. I don’t visit any sites to specifically look for these sorts of things, though StumbleUpon tends to bring them to my attention anyway.
Of course, if you want questionnaire-type memes, then Sunday Stealing is the place to go.
- 6. Your Fandom that you haven’t tried Yet, but want to:
- This assumes that I would want to join a new fandom. But, very well, let’s assume so for the sake of discussion. Assuming that it hasn’t already jumped the shark, how about Steampunk? I think I’d look rather dashing in welding goggles, cravat and top hat.
- 7. Your best new Fandom Discovery of the Year:
- I had to take a moment to parse this question. I suppose the most interesting fandom that I learned about this year was that of chiptune music. Apparently, playing music on vintage sound generator chips is kind of a thing. There’s even a guy who’s retrofitted an old electric organ into an eight-bit synthesizer.
- 8. Your biggest Fandom Disappointment of the Year:
- The biggest Fandom Disappointment of the Year had to have been Tron: Legacy.
- 9. Your TV Boyfriend of the year:
Does this mean “who’s the best boyfriend on TV this year?”
Honestly, they all leave something to be desired, at least on those few shows that I’ve been watching. I suppose I’ll award the title to Doctor Who‘s Rory, a generally decent fellow who somehow managed to hold on to Amy despite the Doctor’s extraordinariness. A plastic replicant version of Rory also saved Amy’s life and then watched over her for over two thousand years.
- 10. Your TV Girlfriend of the year:
Most interesting, anyway: Stargate Universe’s Chloe. She was kidnapped by aliens, who did domething to her and caused her to begin changing in mysterious ways. She was also connected to an ancient teaching device which filled her brain with forbidden knowledge. She’s gone from being cute and sweet to dangerous and powerful.
Regrettably, the show’s been canceled, so we may never see her fully blossom into a Space Witch.
- 11. Your most Missed Old Fandom:
- I used to enjoy Star Trek back in the day, but I wouldn’t say that I miss that fandom.
- 12. Your Biggest Anticipations of the New Year:
- I anticipate that Proposition 8, California’s anti-same-sex-marriage ballot initiative, will be rejected by the appeals court. But I also anticipated that initiative to fail in this supposedly blue state, so what do I know?
- 13. Your favorite post (of yours) of the year:
Microfiction: Homemaker: where a story of 140 characters was painted by this image:
And, yes, it’s a fart joke.
- 14.Your favorite new blog (to you) of the year:
- Because of the way that I organize my feed reader, it’s hard to tell when I started reading any particular feed. But I think that the newest addition is Pac’s Pad.
- 15.Your favorite new website of the year:
I assume that, like the previous, this question and those following also use “new” to mean “new to me.”
I’ve recently begun following these great webcomics:
• Cat and Girl
• Hark A Vagrant
• Manly Guys Doing Manly Things
- 16. Your favorite news story of the year:
- Proposition 8 overturned. And the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. Oh, and the sealing of the Deepwater Horizon well was good news, also.
- 17. Your favorite actor of the year:
- Now, if I were to pick just one, all the others would feel left out. That wouldn’t be fair, now, would it?
- 18. Your favorite drama TV show of the year:
- Is Burn Notice a drama? Or is it more properly classified as action? How about Lie to Me, then?
- 19. Your favorite comedy TV Show this year:
- I haven’t really been watching any. None that I’d call a favorite, anyway. Snarking on YouTube videos and/or daytime television is fun, but not quite fun enough for favorite status.
- 20. Your favorite cartoon of the year:
- Sym-Bionic Titan is a new cartoon by the creator of Samurai Jack. It’s about a Space Princess in exile, her bodyguard, and a robot. While it recycles a great many elements from earlier works, it somehow manages to be original. I particularly like some of the science-ficitonal elements. For example, the technology behind the Titan seems to revolve around forcefields and nanotechnology. This results in a very distinctive, translucent look to the machine. Remember how I said that I wished that the artistic style of Tron: Legacy had been used in an original movie? It would have totally worked for something of this super-tech nature.