Season two opened with "Duet," the first gay kiss in a sci-fi series, between McKay and Beckett (it was quickly followed by Torchwood and Dr. Who).
Actually, the Jack/Doctor kiss on Doctor Who predated the Beckett/McKay kiss in "Duet," it just didn't air in the US until after.
Actually, if we count gay girls, Dax on Star Trek: DS9 wins with the first gay kiss on Sci-Fi and second on major network tv.
I'm curious: was there no (or little) femmeslash in 2005?
How entirely fascinating! I hope you'll do this again for 2007 (I know that must have elicited a squeal of terror, but a series of these would be fantastic)!
Actually, I'm looking forward to doing one for 2007. Next year I want to get more people involved, like a town meeting. I learned so much from amothea
This was very interesting to read. You've included several that I've never read, and reminded me of a few favorites I need to reread. Thanks for taking the time to do it!
One housekeeping note, your link (in the body of the essay) for "Freedom's Just Another Word..." is missing the 'm' and the 'l' at the end of the code, so it's broken.
Whoa, good catch on that link -- thank you. amothea
checked all the links so I must have messed that up in posting. You've included several that I've never read
Oh, good. That is the ultimate point of a rec-list, isn't it? *g*
This is fascinating.
I do think however it might be worth mentioning samdonne
's Your Cowboy Days Are Over
, which was a fairly damning deconstruction of SGA after season 2, as well as (as I read it) something of a commentary on the fandom. It was, if anything, gen, though, and may not meet your criteria.
Double the rec for Cowboy Days, which was one of the most widely-recced gen(-ish) stories. I think.
Speaking of not-slash, I think ltlj's Retrograde
series is also extremely popular, even among slash fans.
I'm actually surprised you don't have trinityofone
's Tannhauser Gate as one of the alternate views of John's past - it's about as alternate as you can get (i.e. John grown in a vat), yet still bleeds well within canon. It was written for artword
Just thought I'd mention that one.
Interesting. I didn't include it simply because I hadn't read it. I have used about five too many of trinityofone
's fics for this, so I don't feel too guilty missing it. ;)
Actually, in terms of referencing Lorne's following newly evolved following, you might want to link the Lorne Fic list that cetpar
runs. It's a bit slow in updating, but reasonably complete (and I know I should have tossed this in my earlier reply, but didn't think of it until now).
Oh, really? I hadn't heard of that. Good idea. *searches for the list*
Really enjoyed reading this - it makes a lot of sense of what I've been reading this year :) Good job! I do maintain a recs list - 157 SGA recs so far and counting, mostly McShep.
Totally just realised I forgot to put the link in *is a complete dork* It's at My del.icio.us
I did find a link for some of the plagiarism discussion, but only what was posted to the mckay_sheppard community, which is where it started:http://community.livejournal.com/mckay_sheppard/869615.html
The challenge had had a few posts, but it was a person completely separate from that that sparked the discussion. Then the 'MsScribe' story broke, escalating the plagiarism discussion to intense levels. trinityofone
came out and essentially said 'I took a lot of my early stuff from books that I read'
, and other people followed suit. The two things lead to a lot more citation of sources overall, and suspicion of the standard movie re-write tropes for about half a year. Comparing the reel_sga
stories to the movie stories posted to the undermistletoe
community, you can see that the newer movie stories vary from the original source quite a bit more.
Sidebar to this: It is my feeling that this discussion is what led to helenish
's stories when posting her 'directed' universe, as the post-Scribe, post-reel_sga environment really emphasizes the citing of sources. It was something that may or may not have been done in years past, but in the current version of the world, it is now very important to do.
This was awesome and fun to read! I know I have a hard time keeping track of when things were written and at what point in the seasons they fall, since I came into fandom about 2/3 of the way through S2. (Fan awards don't, erm, help, since they don't seem to consider any sort of qualifying period at all, but that's another post altogether...)
I'm not sure and everyone can feel free to argue with me on this, but it almost seemed to me like more of the AUs and wilder diversions from SGA canon in fic (i.e. the stories not taking place or having anything to do with Atlantis, the kinkfic, more future fic), and also fic based on more minor characters and pairings, all could have been written when they were and not before simply because so much having to do with the main characters, in Atlantis, doing normal exploration-type stuff. Once you get beyond a point where the writers and readers now really know the characters, then you can feel more comfortable making them themselves in an AU setting. Except for John, anyway, who no one will ever know anything about, if the SGA writers have their way. :P
And OMG, the Five Things meme. Is like, the best fic meme ever. For those of us who don't have the patience, energy, talent, or imagination to write out whole long (or longish) stories, Five Things allows you to write that little bit, that plot bunny, and then four other little plot bunnies to go with it. Honestly, when I'm surfing through endless, backed up flist fic links to check out, and a backlog of 5 sga_newsletter annoucements, if I see something for a Five Things story, I'm there in a heartbeat.
...all could have been written when they were and not before simply because so much having to do with the main characters, in Atlantis, doing normal exploration-type stuff.
Apparently, my thoughts were flying a bit too fast for the fingers. I meant to say that when you start in a fandom, when a show begins, there's that time period where there's more fic based around the episodes, and the main characters, in the main settings. Which is how I kinda saw the SGA trends towards AUs. Now that we know the characters a little better, we can expand the settings that we can fit them into.
As someone still fairly new to the fandom, I have to say thanks for this insight. It's fascinating, and also as someone coming from the Harry Potter fandom, it's a really nice way to get a handle on what others might consider 'old hat'. SGA is relatively new as a fandom, but there's still a lot of history to wade through.
Thank you. I'm hoping someone will be willing to do a retrospective on 2005, though I was able to touch on our first year of fanfic a little.
You were in the HP fandom, too? *g* What pairings were you into? Did you write under the same name?
*g* Way late to the party, but this is extremely cool. Even having read most of the fics here, this post is clearly all about the love, which makes me squee with happy.
What a cool recs list-cum-overview. The nice thing about coming late to a fandom is that people already have done all the heavy lifting and the only problem is, what to read first. :)
Hi, you're welcome. I'm glad you've enjoyed it. If I'm able, I'd like to do one for 2007 as well.
What an absolutely fantastic post, and as a relative newbie I wish this had been the first thing that I had read because it would have set me up perfectly. Thank you!
Hee! I love it when I get into a new fandom and suddenly discover that people on my flist are already in it. It's very helpful, too. ;-) I've only had a chance to see s1, so I just got myself spoiled even more than I was before for s2, but I love the tone of this, the humour you put into it and the priviledge of being able to see the fandom through the eyes of someone who's seen it grow. Thank you! (And, obviously, thank you for sharing those recs!)
Send me good vibes because I've got the Flavor of the Year 2007 in progress now.