Now, I can understand why people get into it like they do even after all this time. Heck, I had to stop myself from jumping into the fray (if I'm gonna cause trouble, I'd prefer to do it on friendly territory :D)! But it's only because I genuinely enjoy debating people and seeing if I can make their heads explode. I don't actually think I'm going to change anybody's mind by posting my talking points for the one-millionth time. I learned back in X-Files fandom how pointless that was.
But I was having an interesting time looking at the whole mess from a sociological point of few. Because I happen to think that all long-standing problems like this have a few key roots. Like most of present-day society's problems stemming from the sheer number of children born out of wedlock-- but I'll leave that for another post! When it comes to fandom, the root is the same root that leads to so many problems in the 'real world': people loooove to be victims.
Oh, look at poor me, the ship is being shoved down my throat, it showed up out of nowhere in Season 4, if Sam had any self-respect she would have transferred to another team, Stargate isn't a romance and if it ends in a shippy way the show will be ruined for all of us team-lovers!
Give me a flipping break.
Now I have no beef with the idea of not liking ship. I mean, I don't know that I've ever met a TV or movie relationship I didn't like that didn't have something to do with the actors involved, but that's just me. I'm genetically disposed to want stories to end with a kiss at the altar, but I know not everyone carries those particular genes. No problem. But man, it's when the whining and kvetching and victimization starts that I get really annoyed. Because, you know, there are real victims out there, real reasons to get upset. It's a TV show, you morons, and as much as the toes would like you to think otherwise, the writers are going to do what they're going to do. It's not going to come down to, Well, we were going to have Sam and Jack end up married with seven children, but since a couple spazzes on the Internet are working up their blood pressure over it, we decided to have Sam start dating Siler instead.
By the same token, the outrage of the samandjack list would not stop Sam and Siler's ceremony, should it come to pass ;)
The ones who think the understand the matter militarily are the funniest. We're not talking about a show like JAG that has no advisors and does whatever it pleases. Stargate has a military advisor, and if she's not hacking the producers to little bits over whatever's supposed to be in Lost City, why do the unwashed masses on GW think they know better?
Oh yeah. Cause they're idiots.
*happy sigh* You know, that was sooo much more satisfying than storming GW.
Oh, and Rob, about the Jonas zine... er, I really want to do it. Really really. I'm even thinking about making it a zine-on-a-CD (seen it done in other fandoms, honest) so it could have more multimedia stuff and cost less to ship. And I have one story besides mine already. So if you have an idea, please write! If nothing else it will all go online together as a big beautiful lovely package :D