I was negotiating my deal on “Nikita”. A copy of The Hollywood Reporter came to my house one day. There was a photo of me, and it said that there was this landmark casting about to happen. I was like, “Ooh…what landmark casting?” I started reading this article, and it said that if I took the deal — which I was still negotiating — that I would be the first Asian American lead on broadcast television. I wanted to throw up. There are so many quality Asian American actors out there, but they’re not giving us the lead roles!
What was important to me was not that it was an Asian lead. What was important to me was that it was a lead that was not written for an Asian. “Nikita” has always been played by white girls. Always. Warner Brothers took a leap of faith and said, We don’t want a French girl, or a white girl, or this or that. We want the right person who has the heart of this character. You have it.
nah, he ran into her knife
he ran into her knife ten times
HE HAD IT COMING
HE ONLY HAS HIMSELF TO BLAME
IF YOU’D HAVE BEEN THERE
IF YOU HAD SEEN IT
I BET THAT YOU WOULD HAVE DONE THE SAME
i cannot stress enough how much i love this post
#oh hey look it’s more fanart to make me hurt #but i can’t get enough of the image of reese being comforted or soothed or calmed by finch #of only accepting touch from a few people but finding it so comforting from those few he does accept it from
You can now sign up by going to the Festivids site, logging in, clicking “Festivids,” and then “Sign Up,” - which ultimately should take you to this form. As you see, there’s a tab where you make your requests, and a separate tab where you make your offers.
Sign ups are open until 29 October, 12noon EST. You must offer at least four fandoms (but feel free to offer more!!), and you must request between 6 and 8 fandoms. At least one request must be for a fandom marked as a “safety.” (Safety fandoms appear in green on the drop-down list of fandoms to request.) You may edit your offers and requests any time before the sign up period ends.
To see a complete list of the fandoms included this year, if you’re logged in, you can go to the sign up form and click the tab where you make offers. If you’re not logged in, just go to the the regular sign-up page to see all of the fandoms.
New this year: by request, for those of you who would like to offer to vid any movie, there’s now an option added to the form where you can choose to ‘check all movies’. This will select all fandoms where the type is [Movie] only and will add them to your offers. You can then go through and manually uncheck any fandoms you don’t want to offer, or choose to add more. This option won’t select any fandom with more than one classification (e.g. both [Movie] and [TV], or where the nominator has selected [DVD] as well as [Movie] for a film out on DVD), which is to make sure someone using this checkbox doesn’t accidentally end up matched on an RPF category or something like Muppets canon where there’s actually 500-odd hours of footage to deal with. This does mean however that checking this box won’t catch any movie that might have been wrongly classified in the past or things like TV movies - so if you use this option, it’s a really good idea to take another look through the fandom list before submitting your sign up to make sure you offered everything you wanted to.
As in previous years, we’re again flagging fandoms where requests outnumber offers. For any fandom where requests outnumber offers, the fandom will appear in red on the offer form. If two people request a fandom, but only one person offers it, there will be a notice. When requests equal offers, or offers outnumber requests, the notice will disappear. This does not mean you should avoid offering fandoms without a notice. Just because there are enough offers to theoretically fill existing requests doesn’t mean anyone will actually match on that fandom, so if you want to vid it, you should throw your hat in the ring - especially since someone could sign up after you and add to the requests. And, of course, it goes without saying that you should feel free to request fandoms even if there are fewer offers than requests - you may get lucky and match on it, or your giftvidder could decide to make a vid in that fandom even if it wasn’t the matching fandom, or someone could make it for you as a treat, or a pinch hitter might ultimately step in for that fandom - you never know! Ultimately, the notice system is meant to expand options, not restrict them.
The notice will ignore the user’s own requests and offers. So if the Middleman is in red because one person requested it, and you come along and offer it, you’ll still see it in red, even though other users will not. If you request the Middleman and no one else has offered or requested (yet), it still will not be red for you.
Also a reminder of the rules on outside source: your vidder is allowed to use limited amounts of outside source so long as the vid is still recognisably in the requested fandom. This means that when making your requests, you are welcome to ask for any kind of outside source to be included in the vid - be it related sources, spin-offs or even multifandom vids or crossovers - and although your vidder isn’t required to do so, they are absolutely welcome to honour that request if they want to.
Finally, when you sign up (or edit existing sign ups), you should get a message across the top of the screen telling you that your sign up has been registered, and you should receive a confirmation email. However, some email accounts don’t play well with our website (AOL, hotmail, for example), so if you don’t get a confirmation, don’t be too worried - but if you want to email us at festivids at gmail to double check that you’re squared away, that’s fine.
Anonymous hosting option
Thanks to the programming GENIUS of lithiumdoll, and the generosity of jetpack-monkey in offering space, we have a new solution for hosting anonymous versions of vids this year - you will be able to upload your vid straight to the Festivids website and it will be streamed straight from there. (For those interested in the details, technically the vids will be hosted on cloud-based storage.) We’ll provide full instructions on this later, but to let you know that if you choose to take up this option, the process will be really simple - you upload your video file with your normal submission and it will be automatically encoded and dealt with from there.
Obviously, the big advantage to this solution is we keep more control over the vids, and no more automatic audio-matching systems/take-downs. (Yay! Not to mention less admin for the mods. \o/ ) The one big disadvantage however is that the system can’t be tested in the specific circumstances of everyone trying to watch All The Vids at go live, so in some ways this will be a bit of an experiment.
In the past, many Festivids participants have chosen to set up an anonymous account at their own preferred hosting service for the anon period, and you are still very welcome to do that - in fact, we’d really appreciate it if those of you who normally choose your own option continue to do so, as using the website in this way is new and we can’t really predict what the strain will be. But the option of uploading your vid straight to the Festivids site will be there for anyone who needs it, and the choice will be entirely up to you as always.
Please also note that if you choose this option, you will also have to provide a link for the signed version of your vid when submitting, as we won’t be able to host the anonymous vids beyond the anon period.
A HUGE thanks again to lithiumdoll and jetpack-monkey! Without them we might not have been able to provide an alternative hosting system for anonymous vids at all.
And, that’s everything for now! Have fun picking your offers/requests, and feel free to email us at festivids at gmail with any questions.
there is nothing more weird than reading a fanfiction someone wrote in 2006. where are these people now? are they doing okay? have they found love? do they have kids? so much can happen in 8 years
If that “oh, honey” has anything to do with those of us who were writing fanfic in *19*96, I’ll have to fist-bump you.
… Eh, I’ll do it either way. *fist-bumps*
*fistbumps back* 1996 for sure! (And I was well into reading fic by 1986, too, but it was not online then. :D You needed STAMPS.)
i think i can date my forays to about 1990 - through listservs and Usenet
Soulmate AU where Steve has the first words Bucky ever said to him circling around his chest, but then he crashes into the ice and when he wakes up his soulmark, where those precious words from Bucky used to be, are now the words “who the hell is Bucky?”
AUs aren’t usually my thing, but I find this particular headcanon very interesting for discussing Bucky’s (self-) identity pre- and post-HYDRA. It has always been understood in both psychology and literature that people can be changed at a fundamental level by traumatic experiences—people say of their loved ones that they aren’t the same after surviving life-threatening accidents, military tours abroad, etc.. This raises some pretty important questions about who Bucky is on a metaphysical/spiritual level post-CA:TWS.
We might ask how important memories are to personhood? If Bucky can’t remember being Bucky, is he still Bucky? If he doesn’t think, act, or talk like Bucky used to, is he still Bucky? How much can someone deviate from their previous behavioural and thought-patterns before they must be considered a different person?
Tumblr artist faun-songs made this gorgeous comic in which Steve is Bucky’s friend post-CA:TWS but also grieves for Bucky-that-was, and Bucky seems to accept this, even encourage it. It’s not that they aren’t friends or that Steve rejects Bucky-that-is but an acknowledgement of the fact that Steve did lose something—like grieving for a romantic relationship that has settled amicably into a friendship, loss can be many things and is not always easily defined. Similarly, fan author emilyenrose wrote a beautiful and heartbreaking story along the same lines—as Bucky recovers some but not all memories of his early life, where does 1940!Bucky end and 2014!Bucky begin?
What this AU illustrates so beautifully is the concept of an individual who both is and isn’t who they used to be. Here, Bucky’s words are visibly erased from Steve’s body—something so fundamental to his identity has been altered that he’s not the same person any more; his soul, the very essence of his personality, has been changed by the trauma he has suffered, and the soulbond “magic” recognises this—but at the same time, he’s still Steve’s soulmate. The words are still in the same location. So is he or isn’t he the same person?
I’ll have to do some more thinking on this; it’s definitely a fascinating topic. Thanks for sharing your headcanon, OP! :>
Just adding that this is one of the things that really fascinates me about the pairing - the issue of reconciling pre-WS Bucky and post WS Bucky, and if he really has changed dramatically, what does it mean for Steve to say he loves either version? I.e., is love meaningful if it doesn’t matter how much the person has changed - what are you loving, then?
Emilyenrose’s story is lovely but - and I don’t know if she intended it this way - for me it was tragic, because I couldn’t help but read it as a story about no matter who Bucky was, Steve wanted someone else.
At a lecture I was giving in a large West Coast university in the Spring of 2008, the female students talked extensively about how much they preferred to have a completely waxed pubic area as it made them feel “clean,” “hot” and “well groomed.” As they excitedly insisted that they themselves chose to have a Brazilian wax, one student let slip that her boyfriend had complained when she decided to give up on waxing. Then there was silence. I asked the student to say more about her boyfriend’s preferences and how she felt about his criticism. As she started to speak other students joined in, only now the conversation took a very different turn. The excitement in the room gave way to a subdued discussion on how some boyfriends had even refused to have sex with non-waxed girlfriends as they “looked gross.” One student told the group how her boyfriend bought her a waxing kit for Valentine’s Day, while yet another sent out an email to his friends joking about his girlfriend’s “hairy beaver.” No, she did not break up with him, she got waxed instead.
Two weeks after the waxing discussion, I was at an East Coast Ivy League school where some female students became increasingly angry. They accused me of denying them free choice in their embracing of our hypersexualized porn culture, and being the next generation’s elite women, this idea was especially repugnant because they saw no limits or constraints on them as women. Literally two minutes later, one of the students made a joke about the “trick” that many of them employ as a way to avoid hookup sex. What is this trick? These women purposely don’t shave or wax as they are getting ready to go out that night so they will feel too embarrassed to participate in hookup sex. As she spoke, I watched as others nodded their heads in agreement. When I asked why they couldn’t just say no to sex, they informed me that once you have a few drinks in you, and are at a party or a bar, it is too hard to say no. I was speechless, not least because they had just been arguing that I had denied them agency in my discussion of porn culture, and yet they saw no contradiction in telling me that they didn’t have the agency to say no to sex. The next day I flew to Utah to give a lecture in a small college, which although not a religious college, had a good percentage of Mormons and Catholics. I told them about the lecture the previous night and asked them if they knew what the trick was. It turns out that trick is everywhere, including Utah.
I tell this story because, on many levels, it neatly captures how the porn culture is affecting young women’s lives. The reality is that women don’t need to look at porn to be profoundly affected by it because images, representations, and messages of porn are now delivered to women via pop culture. Women today are still not major consumers of hard-core porn; they are, however, whether they know it or not, internalizing porn ideology, an ideology that often masquerades as advice on how to be hot, rebellious, and cool in order to attract (and hopefully keep) a man. An excellent example is genital waxing, which first became popular in porn (not least because it makes the women look pre-pubescent) and then filtered down into women’s media such as Cosmopolitan, a magazine that regularly features stories and tips on what “grooming” methods women should adopt to attract a man. Sex and the City, that hugely successful show with an almost cult following, also used waxing as a storyline. For instance, in the movie, Miranda is chastised by Samantha for “letting herself go” by having pubic hair.