About the fandoms I belong to *AKA this is where I rave and gush about all the wonderful movies/tv shows/animes/books that are as vital in my life as breathing. Yeah, I'm in for it bad*
My first, in so many ways. My first anime, my first cheering for two characters to get together, my first crush for a cartoon/anime character (Sesshomaru - I have a thing for the silent, brooding type :p ). My first time to get so obsessed with something that I recorded several episodes of it, searched for ways to quote it all the time in real life and generally needed it like food and sleep to live my daily life. *sigh* Good times, good times.
It will forever hold a special place in my heart.
Death Note has it's own corner of my heart, for so many reasons.
It was because of Death Note (and a major power failure because of a stupid storm) that I decided to turn to the internet to satisfy my cravings for anime. I used to watch it on TV, but when I missed a crucial episode because of said stupid storm I had enough and searched for it on the net (after the power came back online, obviously :p). Which is when a whole new world exploded into my life and took my breath away. I also discovered lack of sleep induced headaches. :D
As a direct consequence of this (not the headaches, the having to watch anime online part), I was thrown into the incredible depths of fanart/fanfiction and my first OTP was born (LxLight). This pairing maintained it's position for almost two years and we had lots and lots of fun together.
It was also thanks to Death Note that I decided to learn English. Or, well, to go beyond the shallow surface that we scratched in school and teach myself all the little nuances, and immerse myself in it, until, today, when it no longer feels like a foreign language to me, more like a second language that, more often than not, feels more natural in my brain and on my tongue than my native language. In my head at least. I'm a bit awkward when it comes to social interaction. *Raise your hand if you already noticed this without me having to tell you :p*
It was because of Death Note and fanfiction - albeit indirectly - that I met my first serious boyfriend and later heartbreak. Let's not dwell on that.
I discovered fanfiction.net because of my desire to read more Death Note. (And the Universe expanded a little because of it :) ) I should also mention that Death Note was the first time when I wanted to see two males in a relationship because the (sexual) tension was just too much to take in the anime. And once you open that can o' worms, there is no going back. :D
I guess I can say that Death Note was even more a first than Inuyasha in many aspects.
This was also the time when I discovered that in addition to the strong, brooding type I also like brains in a guy. (Way to give unnaturally high expectations to a girl, Death Note!)
The Mentalist & Criminal Minds:
Thanks to these TV shows, my love for smart guys increased tenfold.
It was also thanks to The Mentalist that I admitted to myself that I have a thing for blonde curly hair and blue eyes. The Unnaturally High Expectations reached new levels of epic, affectionately dubbed as The Perfect Guy Who Doesn't Exist But I Can't Stop Wishing That He Did. Yeah, long title, I know. :P
Discovered completely by accident on the most grey and boring TV channel in the history of TV. I would usually wake up early in the morning on weekends (I know, I can't believe I did that either! :p ) to watch Agatha Christie's Poirot (then go right back to sleep for a few more hours), which was the only thing worth watching on that channel.
Until one day when they didn't air Poirot anymore (I think they ran out of seasons) and instead this new TV shows started, called Doctor Who. I was gone after the first episode. Gone, as in, as into it as you can possibly get. For this, Christopher Eccleston will forever be a special name to me. He was my first Doctor. :) Then came David Tennant, who is still my favorite Doctor to this very day. The same way as Billy Piper will be special as the first companion and Catherine Tate will be my favorite companion as the unrivaled Donna Noble.
I would like to ask the "hardcore" fans not to bash me for not watching the earlier (original) series as I had no means to know about it (I did watch Doctor Who on TV and I didn't know there was an earlier version because they didn't air it). With the wonders of the internet this "mistake" can now be corrected - and will be, one day, when I am not so busy with other things.
The Vampire Diaries:
Important not only because it gave us Ian Somerhalder (another major crush), but also because it restored my faith in vampires as violent, bloodthirsty creatures. Despite the fact that sometimes there is so much high school drama in it that I want to bang my head against my desk. Yes, I know that it happens during high school, but still. More adventure/suspense and less drama, please! :D
Stargate SG-1 & Stargate Atlantis:
Ah, Stargate! Special in so many ways. First and foremost because it got me in touch with my inner geek and encouraged me to wear my title with pride. It also helped me through a difficult period of my high school life.
In addition, Dr. Daniel Jackson was my first serious crush on a TV character. I WILL LOVE YOU FOREVER DANIEL!
House, M.D. & Merlin:
These two TV shows are especially important. It was thanks to them that I discovered the cathartic properties of laughter.
Whenever I felt hurt, angered beyond belief, I would watch House be rude, sarcastic and so deliciously, brutally honest with people and laugh until the venom of hurt left my body.
Merlin showed me that a TV show doesn't have to be intense or serious to be good, in fact a little (or a bucketload) of silliness is sometimes more entertaining than heavy suspense.
Took my life by storm and left everything upside down, inside out in its wake. Nothing is the same anymore. (Much like what Sherlock did to John :D )
I will confess that when I read the original ACD (Arthur Conan Doyle, for those who don't know) stories as a child I wasn't terribly impressed. They were nice, yes, interesting and all, but I didn't turn all geek on them and I wasn't much more intrigued by the movies starring Basil Rathbone either.
Then came the new movies, a re-imagined Sherlock Holmes played by Robert Downey, Jr. While the kick-ass version was a nice change, it still failed to make a huge impression, although I did start following Downeys career more closely.
As the summer of 2013 came, many TV shows I've been following (Once Upon A Time, Revenge, The Vampire Diaries) took a summer break and I was left bored and wondering what should I do with my time now? Then I heard about this TV show called Sherlock (took a few years to reach my ears in my not-so-remote-but-still-a-rathole location) and decided try to it, know what all hype was all about. Figured it might pass the time, help me get past the summer, I mean if so many people were raving about it, it had to be good, right? It's not like a was gonna get obsessed with it, or anything, right? UNDERSTATEMENT OF THE CENTURY!
10 minutes into the first episode and I was blown away, taken to pieces and put back together again, but I was no longer the same. In a moment of boredom, an attempt to pass the time, I discovered new heights of passion for the entertainment industry and life outside my little corner of obsession ceased to matter. In that first week of pure Sherlock everything was ablaze. I barely slept, I wasn't hungry, stomach full of butterflies, heart full of love, eyes full of tears... I was instantly in love. I am still in love. Never before did I feel such passion, such a need for more, more, more. The meaning of fangirl reinvented itself, the world of fanfiction suddenly as vital as air, as addicting as chocolate... There are no words to explain what I felt back then and I still can't put it into words, months after that initial high.
I could sing praises for hours, but really, the only thing that you need to know, is that if you haven't started watching it yet, then go, Go GO! And be prepared to come back as a new person. ;)
It should come as no surprise, that after nearly 3 years of vacancy, the title of OTP has been filled again, by Sherlock and John. BEST BROMANCE IN THE HISTORY OF TIME!
And I discovered that my fascination with curly hair isn't limited to blonde hair anymore. Oh, no, now I am all for dark curls, blue eyes, cheekbones, cupid lips, long neck, elegant fingers... *sigh* The Perfect Man Who Doesn't Exist suddenly came to life in the person of Benedict Cumberbatch, who, aside from looking exactly like everything I ever wanted is also funny, smart, sweet, a perfect gentleman and everything a girl can ever wish for. I will never stop loving you Mr. Cumberbatch even if you never learn of my existence.
Sigh* Life is a cruel, cruel bitch.
Star Trek (2009, STID):
It all started with me finding out that my beloved Benedict Cumberbatch will be starring as the villain in the new Star Trek Into Darkness movie and me being me, I just had to see how he would perform. Which obviously required that I re-watch the 2009 movie first, then STID. Well, I did. And I liked the 2009 movie, even though I was heavily criticized when I voiced this opinion ("Only dorks and geeks like Star Trek, the cool guys are all Star Wars!"). Yeah... please refer to my IDIC mini-speech at the top of the page, I don't feel like saying it again.
Anyway, when I first watched the 2009 movie (in 2009) I liked it, but, the year being 2009, the end of my high school purgatory, I didn't have a lot of time to dwell on it, because real life made me busy and I was still upholding my promise to stay away from fanfiction.
Then things changed, STID came out and I figured if I wanted to understand it properly, I should re-watch the 2009 movie too. And boy, did the Universe explode behind my eyes for a second time this summer!
Mr. Cumberbatches performance was deliciously sexy in his I'm-sitting-with-my-spine-perfectly-straight-staring-at-you-in-arrogance-because-I'm-awesome-like-that-and-super-smart-and-strong-but-I'm-also-misunderstood-but-still-deliciously-evil way. Yeah, I love him. So please, don't insult him in front of me because while I am a peace-loving creature, I won't hesitate to strike if you hurt me. *please refer to the IDIC speech, again*
But anyway, while I was almost sure I was going to like this movie, I never expected to LOVE it as much as I did. Especially the scene with the glass, my God, it was heartbreaking and beautiful.
Which prompted me to read a bit of fanfiction, see how the fans explored the angle and all that. At first, just a couple of stories, one or two favorites, then some YouTube videos, because they are a must in a world of slash, then some more fics and some more and by the time I looked up, Kirk and Spock took their well deserved places as my second favorite pairing in the Universe.
One last thing that I should mention about this fandom, is that I am somewhat familiar with it, having seen bits and pieces as a child (mostly with Pikard), but I forgot most of it, so these movies served to realight the fire of curiosity in me for this huge, huge fandom. In time, I will explore the rest of the fandom, TOS and everything, but for now, I am content with exploring the J.J. Abrams created Alternate Universe and delight myself in Kirk/Spock slash.
Conclusion: go and kneel at Benedict Cumberbatches feet, all this is his fault anyway. :p
Favorite Animes: Death Note, Bleach, Inuyasha, Gakuen Heaven, Kirepapa, Kaleido Star, Papa to Kiss in the Dark, Jigoku Shoujo (Hell Girl), Gravitation, Junjou Romantica, Paradise Kiss, Tokyo Mew Mew, Slayers, Full Metal Alchemist, Yu Yu Hakusho, Spiral, Kiddy Grade
Favorite TV Shows: Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis, House, M.D., Sherlock, Once Upon A Time, Revenge, Merlin, Doctor Who, The Mentalist, Criminal Minds, Charmed, Gilmore Girls, The Vampire Diaries
Favorite Pairings: Light x L (Death Note), Sesshomaru x Kagome (Inuyasha), Chisato x Shunsuke (Kirepapa), Misaki x Akihiko (Junjou Romantica), Hiroki x Nowaki (Junjou Romantica), Keita x Kazuki (Gakuen Heaven), Kaoru x Omi (Gakuen Heaven), Kaoru x Tetsuya (Gakuen Heaven), Tetsuya x Hideaki (Gakuen Heaven), Sora x Leon (Kaleido Star), Layla x Yuri (Kaleido Star), Sherlock Holmes x John Watson (Sherlock), Belle x Rumplestiltskin (Once Upon A Time), Snow x Charming (Once Upon A Time), Elena x Stefan (The Vampire Diaries), Elena x Damon (The Vampire Diaries), Caroline x Klaus (The Vampire Diaries), Caroline x Tyler (The Vampire Diaries), Kirk x Spock (ST 09, STID)