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The SGA Project, a.k.a., "Flavor Of The Year." [Jan. 2nd, 2007|08:11 pm]
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Hello. I've been working on this off and on since October. School's just started again (Sanskritsanskritsanskrit...) so I probably won't have much time to reply to comments. *takes a deep breath* Okay, I hope I have enough disclaimers.


The SGA Project, a.k.a. "Flavor Of The Year."

The goal: Give readers a taste of 2006 Stargate fandom, provide a rec-list with context, a description of intertexts, and explanation.

Why: Coming from the Harry Potter fandom, I find myself constantly explaining stories we wrote and read two-three years ago, "yes, yes, well… canon was like this, you see, and there was this story and then someone wrote that other story in response and…." Fanfiction is interdependent, relying what happens in canon, in mainstream media, and in between other stories in fandom. Stargate Atlantis is just in its second year of fanfic, new enough that we can still trace these connections. Well. More or less. I mean, how do you trace the connections between over 2,000 writers and 7,000 stories?

Caveat: I don't speak for fandom, I only speak for my own limited view. Picture it as a fish-eye camera in the room: it's just "a" perspective but not the only one, and a different camera mounted at a different angle, pointed somewhere else, will capture a completely different picture. Anyone who wants to create their own analysis, or write more based on other pairings, please go ahead. I regret I can't cover everything. A particular bummer is that I can't do Het (don't know it) and I'm only touching on Gen. Any volunteers? Bueller-?

Methodology: MethodologyCollapse )
Acknowledgements: This snapshot would not have been possible without...Collapse )

This is not a fan award or a top ten list. It's a rec-list with a particular angle that attempts to capture a snapshot of the year. Obviously I'm going to choose stories I like, but what I'm interested in is intertextuality, context, the conversation that frames the stories.

Canon Synopsis, Let Us Take You Back: 2006 Canon Synopsis...Collapse )

Affect of Canon on Fanfiction: As a result of contact with home, the desperate darkness of 2005's season one fanfiction disappeared since the expedition was no longer trapped. But some of the carefree silliness also dispersed...Collapse )

Affect of Pop Culture on Fanon: The critical success of Brokeback Mountain...Collapse )

Taking the Military Seriously: Slash writers began to deal with don't ask, don't tell head on...Collapse )

Effect of Current Events on Fandom, or Stargate's Usual Delight in Politics: It's unusual to have one story utterly dominate a fandom...Collapse )

The Natural Growth of a New Fandom. The Joys of Minor Characters: Speaking of Lorne...Collapse )

"That Kiss," and its Affect on Slash: The first gay kiss in a sci-fi series...Collapse )

A New Slashy Interest in John Sheppard: Unlike Rodney, fans discovered the reticent John gave little clear information beyond the fact that he likes Ferris wheels and doesn't apparently read Tolstoy...Collapse )

Fanon's Affect on Fanon, or, When in Doubt, Make it Up: Oh, John...Collapse )

Oh, Cool, A Direct Conversation between Fanfics: The BDSM fans have also had their own interpretations, with both a submissive and a very dominant and possessive John Sheppard...Collapse )

Wow, you're still reading this long essay? Color me impressed. Moving right along...

A Silly Fandom Taking Itself More Seriously, This Time With Crossgender: In the world of alternate sexuality...Collapse )

Multimedia. Yes, It's a Buzzword, but it's Also True: Vids and fanart are far beyond the scope of this essay but...Collapse )

The Backbone of the Stargate Atlantis Fanfiction: Technology, aliens and crossovers, oh my...Collapse )

The Lure of the Meme That Ate Fandom: The irresistible and all pervasive Five Things meme...Collapse )

The Recs:

Nevermind, just give us the RecsCollapse )

Rec ListsCollapse )

Oodles more disclaimers for those who love them.Collapse )

If you maintain a rec-list, drop me a note and I'll add it here for everyone's reference. (P.S. I won't be including del.icio.us lists, however. There are too many to include and the description field del.icio.us gives us is too small to describe stories well.)


ETA: By-the-way, feel free to disagree and add/or things that I missed (wickedwords has already brought up elsewhere that I didn't include the reel_sga plagiarism discussion, which is very true, amothea does feel that "Your Cowboy Days Are Over" should be on the list, liviapenn has added John/Teyla trends outside the scope of the essay). This is meta. Go for it.
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[User Picture]From: azarsuerte
2007-01-05 02:53 am (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: viciouswishes
2007-01-05 03:15 am (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: viciouswishes
2007-01-05 03:12 am (UTC)
I'd add the femslash is peeking it's head out with sg_femslash and girlgate.
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[User Picture]From: icarusancalion
2007-01-07 08:45 pm (UTC)
I'm curious: was there no (or little) femmeslash in 2005?

Icarus
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[User Picture]From: cincodemaygirl
2007-01-05 03:16 am (UTC)
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)!
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[User Picture]From: icarusancalion
2007-01-07 08:47 pm (UTC)
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, toft_froggy and sheafrotherdon.

Icarus
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From: zoniduck
2007-01-05 05:27 am (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: icarusancalion
2007-01-07 08:50 pm (UTC)
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*
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[User Picture]From: cofax7
2007-01-05 05:37 am (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: mecurtin
2007-01-05 01:55 pm (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: mardahin
2007-01-05 08:02 am (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: icarusancalion
2007-01-07 08:52 pm (UTC)
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. ;)

Icarus
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[User Picture]From: mardahin
2007-01-05 08:06 am (UTC)
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).
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[User Picture]From: icarusancalion
2007-01-07 08:53 pm (UTC)
Oh, really? I hadn't heard of that. Good idea. *searches for the list*

Thank you!

Icarus
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[User Picture]From: tahariel
2007-01-05 12:10 pm (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: tahariel
2007-01-05 01:04 pm (UTC)
Totally just realised I forgot to put the link in *is a complete dork* It's at My del.icio.us.
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[User Picture]From: wickedwords
2007-01-05 11:47 pm (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: wickedwords
2007-01-06 12:13 am (UTC)
Sidebar to this: It is my feeling that this discussion is what led to helenish citing xanthe'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.
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[User Picture]From: neviachiel
2007-01-07 06:47 am (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: neviachiel
2007-01-07 06:50 am (UTC)
...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.
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[User Picture]From: icantfollow
2007-01-28 01:53 am (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: icarusancalion
2007-01-28 10:33 pm (UTC)
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?

Icarus
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[User Picture]From: twistingflame
2007-06-06 05:27 am (UTC)
*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.
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[User Picture]From: astridv
2007-09-08 09:10 am (UTC)
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. :)
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[User Picture]From: icarusancalion
2007-09-08 05:42 pm (UTC)
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.

Icarus
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[User Picture]From: dovil
2007-09-22 02:58 am (UTC)
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!
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[User Picture]From: icarusancalion
2007-09-22 10:55 am (UTC)
You're welcome. *g*
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[User Picture]From: rane_ab
2007-12-15 07:54 pm (UTC)
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!)
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[User Picture]From: icarusancalion
2007-12-15 08:31 pm (UTC)
Send me good vibes because I've got the Flavor of the Year 2007 in progress now.
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