Because I was tagged

And also because I need a new opening for my current book-in-progress, and playing with memes is easier than coming up with one. 🙂

From shina_laris:

1. List out all your fandoms.
2. Beside/underneath each fandom, briefly detail your first encounter with said fandom. If it’s a television show, try to recall your first episode and what about it dragged you in.
3. Tag the same number of people as former/current fandoms. =D (If you have five fandoms, tag five people. If you have twenty fandoms, tag twenty people. Etc.)

I’ve never been involved in fandom in a formal way, but I did write (and act out) fanfiction in private notebooks with friends, back before I knew what fanfiction was, back before anyone who didn’t work for a university had online access. (Which will give an idea of how long ago we’re talking!)

Roughly in order of participation:

1. Star Wars (TOS): I actually was away at summer camp when Star Wars was released; it wasn’t until junior high that I read the novelization of The Empire Strikes back, became hooked, and went back and saw the movies. I could say the special effects and other sensawunder stuff pulled me in, but really, it was Han Solo. I still adore Han Solo.

2. Battle of the Planets (early anime known as Gatchaman in Japan–severely edited for U.S. release): I’d been watching this as long as I can remember, but it wasn’t until high school that I began writing things set there. The American-edited BOTP episodes edited out a lot of the angst, but me and those I wrote with could tell it belonged there, so we proceeded to add it back in, in our own way.

3. Madeleine L’Engle’s Murray/O’Keefe books: Discovered these books relatively late, when lucy_anne handed me a copy of A Swiftly Tilting Planet while we were on a Girl Scout trip to Mexico. I loved L’Engle’s optimism; I loved Meg Murray, who, at the time, seemed much like me.

And yes, crossover stories involving (2) and (3) did result. Crossover writers can be remarkably determined.

4. Voyagers! (an 80s time travel show): Again, I could say it was the cool concepts that pulled me in, but no. It was Jon-Erik Hexum. I loved Phineas Bogg as much as Han Solo. We added more angst to this one, too.

5. Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Darkover book: A friend introduced me to these when I was in my senior year of high school; they followed me to college, where I devoured them. I can’t remember if I started writing fiction here before or after I realized that Marion Zimmer Bradley was actually publishing Darkover fiction. Soon after graduating from college, though, I wrote away from guidelines, submitted a story–and that became my first professional sale.

Won’t tag anyone specific, but feel free to take part if you want to.

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