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End of Fannish Year Meme 2016

Welcome to this year's end of fannish year meme!


End of Fannish Year Meme 2016

1. Your main fandom of the year?

This (I should probably start writing last) year was about meeting Doctor Who fans in real life. In March, fans from all parts of Poland gathered in Cracow for the first Whomanikon, and even the TARDIS appeared. The second edition is said to last two days, yay! I attended few local meetings as well, and I managed to win a DW quiz, taste fish fingers and custard (they taste surprisingly good) and run through the city with other fans to get a photo of the Autons shop dummies or Vashta Nerada our shadows in a library.



2. Your favourite film watched this year?

To mention again a kids’ film, Zootopia. I’m still surprised how accurate it is as a comment on multiculturalism, prejudice and equaling chances. Bridget Jones’s Diary was fun to watch again, as well as St Trinian’s 2 and Music and Lyrics.

3. Your favourite book read this year?

What is the Name of this Book? by Raymond Smullyan. It’s a set of puzzles meant to be solved with elementary logic, and pieced together into stories and adventures. Each part starts with easy problems and then they get more difficult, forcing you to look for patterns rather than go with the trial and error method. Towards the end, the author gives a lesson about mathematical logic and metamathematics. Reading that book was days of pure fun for me. When I’m seen with a piece of paper and asked what am I doing, usually I can’t answer with “I’m trying to figure out who of my companions is a werewolf” or “I need to find a door to a room without a tiger inside” :)

4. Your favourite album or song to listen to this year?

I’ll skip this one, as I listen to various things I can’t list two weeks later...

5. Your favourite TV show of the year?

All my favourite tv series were on a hiatus this year. I think the closest to the original screening I got this year with something I enjoyed very much was last year’s Cucumber. Wonderful eight episodes.

6. Your favourite online fandom community of the year?

Livejournal continues to be a nice place to me – hello, my LJ friends, I’m happy you’re here!
I’ve also become an admin of the Polish David Tennant fans’ group on Facebook called David Tennant Polska and the community's not broken yet, so we must be doing something well.

7. Your best new fandom discovery of the year?

Life on Mars. I’m always about five to ten years behind films and tv series and I’m happy I didn’t know anything about this wonderful series because I'd be spoiled and I couldn’t blame anyone. I enjoyed every episode and was very worried the finale wouldn’t stick up to my growing expectations, but it did. Best thing I watched this year, it must have been a hit.

8. Your biggest fandom disappointment of the year?

After the pilot, I hoped Westworld could be something new and interesting, but it wasn’t as deep as the pilot promised, it focused on different things and I ended up not really caring about the characters and plot twists. It was quite a disappointment.

Also, for some reason, Doctor Who audios with David Tennant didn’t touch me as I thought they would have. Not sure if it’s the fact that it’s only the audio, or if it’s the scripts, or the performance... In fact, you could almost miss it, because not many fans talked about it when it finally came out. I expected more DT fans like me getting interested in the expanded universe, but I’ve seen only few reviews, so the whole event is a bit disappointing, as I thought it’d be bigger and more meaningful both for me and for the fandom. I'm not that worried though :)

9. Your TV boyfriend of the year?

Sam Tyler, despite the terrible ‘70s clothes, was the only qualified and respectful policeman in 1973 Manchester. I must watch more productions with John Simm.

Surprisingly, the end of the year came with a little crush on Hugh Grant – speaking of being years behind everyone else, that’s a record: his first big films are twenty years old!

10. Your TV girlfriend of the year?

I’ll skip that one, I already have two “boyfriends”. Three, if you add the obvious one :)

11. Your biggest squee moment of the year?

I squeed for three days when I was in London. I’ve seen David Tennant with my own eyes and I could watch him playing. That’s certainly one of my best experiences.

Beside that… Chris Chibnall is going to be a new Doctor Who showrunner, isn't it amazing?

12. The most missed of your old fandoms?

Nothing’s really missed. I hoped I’d enjoy watching Hugh Laurie again with The Night Manager and yes, Hugh’s character looked fascinatingly evil, but I only managed to watch two episodes before I lost my interest in the plot. Sorry, Hugh.

13. The fandom you haven’t tried yet, but want to?

All I know for sure is I want to watch more British tv series. The Crown with Matt Smith is on my list but I can’t find the right mood for now. I’d also like to find something I’d fall for that would air more often than every two years, to get that fandom every day experience. I miss it. I keep looking and trying things out, but no luck yet. It's not easy if you don't know what you're looking for :)

14. Your biggest fan anticipations for the New Year?

Broadchurch 3! It was recently announced that Broadchurch comes back in February and the trailer have us Hardy half-naked without his tie. What’s more to want?

 

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aletheiafelinea
Jan. 1st, 2017 06:26 pm (UTC)
What is the Name of this Book? by Raymond Smullyan
Interesting.
Heh, I like this quote: "Some people are always critical of vague statements. I tend rather to be critical of precise statements: they are the only ones which can correctly be labeled 'wrong.'"

I’ve also become an admin of the Polish David Tennant fans’ group on Facebook called David Tennant Polska
Oh wow, congratulations! O.O

#8, I notice you don't mention Doctor Strange, so I take it you didn't even had expectations big enough to count it as a disappointment. XD

Hugh Grant – speaking of being years behind everyone else, that’s a record: his first big films are twenty years old!
No worries, I crushed on Steve McQueen decades after his death. ;)

It's not easy if you don't know what you're looking for :)
I think it's normal, though. Every truly good book or film comes as a surprise. :)
alumfelga
Jan. 2nd, 2017 04:04 pm (UTC)
Heh, I like this quote: "Some people are always critical of vague statements. I tend rather to be critical of precise statements: they are the only ones which can correctly be labeled 'wrong.'"
Me too :)

Oh wow, congratulations!
Thanks. It's a nice corner of the Internet, on the contrary to my other experiences with fan groups on Facebook that can be very difficult to moderate. It's probably because the group in not that huge.

I notice you don't mention Doctor Strange, so I take it you didn't even had expectations big enough to count it as a disappointment.
That's about right :) I didn't really believe I'd be amazed and I wasn't waiting impatiently for the premiere. I didn't want to go with the "I know I won't enjoy it" attidute either, but I wouldn't call my expectations high.

No worries, I crushed on Steve McQueen decades after his death.
Suddenly, twenty years don't sound that much :)

I think it's normal, though. Every truly good book or film comes as a surprise.
Maybe you have to stop looking and then you find it. It's what they say about love, but I'm not sure I second that opinion :)
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