giefu: (serious business)

1. People have a right to be offended

This is the most important point so I'm putting it first. Just because you, personally, don't find something offensive doesn't mean that somebody else won't, especially in cases of racism, sexism, transphobia, etc. And that other person will be perfectly justified in taking offence. It's not being 'oversensitive' or 'harshing your squee' (though if it does make you feel guilty you might want to take another look at the source material). In pretty much every case, it's a legitimate response to something hurtful, and should at least be treated with respect.

(as a sidenote: not being offended doesn't make you a bigot. Belittling people who are offended kind of makes you a dick, though)

2. Our fandom is important to us

We all love fandom. It's an escape from the 'real world', a chance to be creative and meet people from all over the world (at least that's what Hetalia has been to me). So how hurtful must it be when your release valve turns around and bites you in the arse, figuratively speaking? When characters you love and have invested time in become mouthpieces for cheap, offensive gags that you've heard too many times already? It really, really sucks. Yeah, it's not the end of the world, but it's your stuff, dammit, and it hurt you.

Everyone has their own way of dealing with this bit. Some people defend their fandom to the very death. Some people just ignore the problematic aspects. Some people don't. That's where we come back to point 1, and being offended.

3. Resources, resources!

For those of us who weren't aware of our privilege before we got on the internet, the web has a brilliant range of stuff for us to read. Maybe this way, we can be better informed next time something like this rolls around. These links on scans_daily's profile are a great place to start.

giefu: (I came I saw I Roried?)
[FANFIC] The Slow Path
Title: The Slow Path
Author: [info]thewaterbandit 
Character(s) or Pairing(s): Ancient Rome, North Italy, England
Rating: G
Warnings: None
Summary: "There is a vessel in your world where the days of my life are pressed together like the chapters of a book so that he may step from one to the other without increase of age, while I, weary traveller, must always take the slower path."-  Rory Williams waits two thousand years and meets some strange people along the way. Crossover with Doctor Who.

This fic brought to you in partnership with TV Tropes
giefu: (Great Teacher Roma-ji)
Title: First Impressions
Author/Artist: [ profile] thewaterbandit 
Character(s) or Pairing(s): Rome, Germania, baby!France, baby!Belgium
Rating: PG
Warnings: My grasp of Roman history is more Asterix than Livy, so please forgive any mistakes or inaccuracies! I just really wanted to write teenage!Rome and teenage!Germania. They are terribly fun.
Summary: After the First Sack of Rome, Rome and Germania meet for the first time. Things go about as well as could be expected.

Teenage Rome was a blast to write, I tell you what.
giefu: (Great Teacher Roma-ji)
Would it be acceptable to write fic about the first sack of Rome with Germania accompanying the Gauls? As amusing as it would be for baby!Belgium and baby!France to siege teenage!Rome (and his sacred geese) I'd love for that to be the first time Rome and Germania met. Plus Germania seems to be a stand-in for the barbarian tribes anyway.

(also Rome had to pay him to go away. Tell me that wouldn't be funnier with Germania)
giefu: (The British are coming!)
I'm back in Cardiff! And all it took was a fiendishly hot and slow 4 hour coach journey. I swear, if I never see the interior of a National Express coach it will be too soon. Anyway, thought it'd update you all because when I got back I saw THESE

So rest assured, [ profile] futuresoon , the t-shirt arrived safely and uncontaminated by fondant! I haven't done the taste comparison yet partly because my brain has melted and partly because I have bigger plans for it than just scoffing the thing and telling you all what it tasted like.

And now, a meme from [ profile] oz_the_bobble :

Comment to this post and I'll give you three of your fandoms. Then copy and paste the questions into your journal and fill it out.

She gave me Hetalia, Doctor Who and Merlin )
giefu: (BROW BEAM)
I need to write The Beast Below Hetalia crossover fic like burning. 

EDIT: In fact, screw that, here it is. Spoilers, obviously.

Honestly there'll probably be more after next week too :p
giefu: (serious business)
I've been doing some thinking in the wake of certain things: the ignorance of some Hetalia fans that we all saw over the weekend and and finishing Supernatural season 2 (and the subsequent viewing of this), mainly, and how both of these things made me think about how I was actually ashamed to think of myself as a fan of things that sometimes raise some very tricky and difficult questions. What right have I got to be a part of this? What right have I got to enjoy something that marginalises and trivialises real, hurtful issues?

So these twisty feelings have continued for a while, and then I read [ profile] pyrrhiccomedy 's post about being proud of your fandom, and then I watched Glorious, which is about owning problematic stories and rewriting them to give those female characters the stories that the canon didn't give them, and well I came to the very unoriginal conclusion that I should stop feeling ashamed. Fandom has actually given me a hell of a lot. The fact that I'm here, right now, writing this post on a journal filled with my own fic and art, to amazing people that I would never otherwise have met speaks volumes about just how much of an impact fandom (and Hetalia fandom in particular) has had on me. I've written more, learned more, and grown more as a person because of it.

Well, very nice bandit, but where is this all leading?

I posted this because I wanted to give you all an apology. To me, this blog is my conduit to fandom, and I've realised that 'fandom' means all of you. And what lunatic wouldn't want to identify themselves with you lot? You're all awesome. I'm sorry I've been reluctant to do that. I will never be ashamed again.
giefu: (Kung Fu Action Jesus- In Space!)
Well, I must be more burned out by the end of term than I thought because I haven't been able to write anything. All I've wanted to do is play ME2, watch Supernatural and read manga. Oh yes, and watch the Glee finale and get sniffly because I am a big sap. In which capacity I have been performing admirably, but really this needs to stop. So I've tried to kick start my writing with this meme.

1. Put on your music program on shuffle/random and start playing songs.
2. For each song, write something inspired by it. You only have the song length. No pre-planning and no writing after the song is over. No skipping songs!
3. Do 14 songs and post. Make sure to include the song name/artist.

Reading these back, I seem to have been a bit preoccupied with death and serious business like that. So, um, sorry if these seem a bit samey. I hope the variety of fandoms at least makes them kind of different (and now I need to go and worry about my mental state).

Fandoms: Hetalia, Hanna Is Not A Boy's Name, Doctor Who, Supernatural, The Princess And The Frog, Avartalia )
Title: The Strange Case of Alfred F. Jones
Character(s) or Pairing(s): America
Rating: G
Warnings: Brevity, eldritch abominations
Summary: Innsmouth doesn't get many visitors. Those it does get don't usually leave.

This was so much more fun than discussing Milton's Arminianism in Paradise Lost

giefu: (what remains of us is love)
Title: Earth Remembers
Character(s) or Pairing(s): Earth Kingdom
Rating: G
Warnings: None
Summary: These are the things that the Earth Kingdom remembers.

He can wait forever. )
giefu: (BROW BEAM)
[FANFIC] A Glass and a Half
Title: A Glass and a Half
Character(s) or Pairing(s): England, America
Rating: G
Warnings: None, ridiculousness
Summary: England's number one chocolate manufacturer has been bought out by America and by gum, he will not stand for it.

The best part of this fanfic was the creme egg I bought for 'research purposes'

EDIT: I seem to have written my most politically-charged fic... about chocolate. Internet, I love you.
giefu: (France is here for your vital regions)
As I'm something of a comics nerd, I've been following the DC Blackest Night event which has various characters becoming Green Lanterns for different emotions on different colours of the spectrum: red for anger, indigo for compassion, etc. Just now I was idly matching Lanterns to Hetalia characters and my mental train of thought hit a rather massive bump.

"Francis Bonnefoy of Earth. You are capable of feeling great love. Welcome to the Star Sapphire Corps."

Yes, all of their costumes look like that.

Now I'll never get to sleep.

(I would have drawn it but my scanner is still borked and I fail at tablet!drawing. Anybody else is welcome to take a shot :P)
giefu: (waggle waggle)
7 Days of Happy/Good/Generally Joy-Inducing Things

day 01 | a song

day 02 | a picture
day 03 | a book/ebook/fanfic
day 04 | a site
day 05 | a youtube clip
day 06 | a quote
day 07 | whatever tickles your fancy

I hope dumb fanart counts )
giefu: (The British are coming!)
So! I am back at Cardiff despite the sub-zero temperatures and huge layer of snow that has basically caused the UK to grind to a halt. And guess that was waiting for me? [ profile] futuresoon 's Christmas card! I am so pleased that it arrived and I can enjoy the lovely Yuuko/Doctor drabble instead of a befuddled Royal Mail employee. The Doctor is totally the kind to poach assistants.

And so while I was away apparently the internet decided to spit out two very big bits of news: Hetalia is getting licensed by funimation (I'm sorry but I don't know many voice actors so I can't make any jokes ): ) and there's going to be an Avatar artbook! Both items fill me with glee/lulz. This year's shaping up to be a good 'un already.

More snow on the way, though- I think I'm going to need to invest in some huskies.

New Being Human tomorrow!
giefu: (waggle waggle)

Title: Old Soldiers
Character(s) or Pairing(s): England
Rating: G
Warnings: None
Summary: Short crossover with Doctor Who, specifically The End of Time, although not in the way you'd think. Had to write this to get the idea out of my head!

Two soldiers meet on a rooftop in Israel


Dec. 11th, 2009 08:25 pm
giefu: (The British are coming!)
To celebrate my end of term, a late meme:

1. Write down the names of 10 characters.
2. Write a fic of fifteenish words or less for every prompt, using the characters determined by the numbers. Do NOT read the prompts before you do step 1.

1) Merlin (Merlin)
2) The Doctor (Doctor Who)
3) Ichihara Yuuko (xxxHolic)
4) England (Axis Powers Hetalia)
5) Arthur Pendragon (Merlin)
6) Sokka (Avatar: The Last Airbender)
7) Donna Noble (Doctor Who)
8) America (Axis Powers Hetalia)
9) Watanuki Kimihiro (xxxHolic)
10) Kyon (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya)

and here are the results (the last two in particular made me go OH HELL YES) )
giefu: (The British are coming!)
Title: An Hetalia Christmas Carol
Author/Artist: [ profile] thewaterbandit
Character(s) or Pairing(s): England, America, Finland, France, Canada, Russia, Italy, Sealand, Lithuania, Prussia, and sundry other nations with non-speaking parts.
Rating: PG-13
Warnings: Very mild language
Summary: In which England is visited by four very familiar spirits and really fails to learn anything much at all.

A very merry Christmas, and God bless us, every one!
giefu: (France is here for your vital regions)
Here's an excerpt of something I'm currently working on in between dissertation stuff:

"You will be visited-" began France, but England cut him off.

"Don't tell me you came all the way across the Channel just to play silly buggers-"

"YOU WILL BE VISITED," France repeated, louder and shaking his chains for emphasis, "By three spirits..."

England makes such a great Scrooge it's almost scary.
giefu: (The Beach)
Title: We Know This Much
Avatar: The Last Airbender (crossed over with the nation-personifying of Hetalia)
Character(s) or Pairing(s): Lee (Fire Nation), Tseten (Air Nomad)
Rating: G
Warnings: Mentions of genocide
Summary: The Fire Nation does not dream

(Poem by Sappho found in another, much better fic about Janet Van Dyne of the Avengers by [ profile] schmevil )


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