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posted by [personal profile] mandy_croyance at 07:07pm on 25/03/2009
I am ridiculous.

Who spends over eight hours watching an entire season of a TV show when they have a hundred and four essays due? And then proceeds to read hundreds of thousands of words of (really awesome) fanfiction for this TV show instead of preparing for the really important interview she has coming up this week?

Yes. The answer is obviously me. /o\

But guys, Merlin. I'm sorry, why has no one told me about it's awesomeness before? Okay, to be fair I'm pretty sure I've seen at least a few of you mention in it passing but still. Someone should've pinned me down and insisted I watch at least the pilot under pain of death.

I don't know if there is a canon anywhere around that so obviously panders to the slashers. Attractive heroes. A love/hate relationship. A castle. Sword-fighting. Secrets. Magic.

Basically someone picked up the Harry Potter fandom, shoved it into a suit of medieval chain mail and handed it a pretty kick ass sword.

Or something.

For those of you who haven't guessed, the show is loosely - and I do mean loosely - based around Arthurian legend. Arthur Pendragon, son of Uther Pendragon, is the crown prince of Camelot. Merlin is a sorcerer. And that's about where the similarities end, lol.

As with most depictions of the Arthurian legend, the story occurs in a medieval-type setting (the actual legend was set in the dark ages). Merlin, however, is portrayed as a bumbling young man instead of the wise old wizard who helped to engineer the birth of Arthur himself. In this Merlin ends up as Prince Arthur's manservent instead and the two forge a strong bond over constant scraps with deranged magical beasts, repelling malevolent witches, and constantly saving each other from general near-certain doom.

And despite the utterly predictable plot devices, god-awful CGI, and woeful lack of progression in the overall plot arc, it's still one of the most enjoyable series currently on TV.

But my whole-hearted embrace of the fandom has me a little worried. Am I finally starting to move away from bandom? I was talking to [ profile] itsallhushhush about this the other day. I'm virtually mono-fannish. I can really only managed to engage myself completely in one fandom at a type. I may dabble in others, but certainly not write fic or start obsessing over the canon. And I tend to have a pretty definite cycle as well:

1) I start off in a new fandom, devouring as much as I can
2) I develop an OTP and voraciously read/write only that
3) I start expanding my purview as I start of tire of the fandom, reading increasingly random things
4) I finally move on to something else.

This process generally takes about two or three years.

You see, I started become involved in bandom in my first year of university around the age of 18 which makes it about two and a half years that I've been here so far. And I love it. I love this fandom so much it hurts. I don't want to abandon it yet and I don't quite think I'm ready either. I haven't actually reached stage three. I'm still very much only interested in reading Ryan/Brendon. But then I think, perhaps there isn't always going to be a stage three? I mean, this is only my third fandom and that's not a terrible large data set from which to derive a pattern or model, you know? And maybe I be poly-fannish? I haven't put serious effort into it before. Maybe it's not as hard as I make it seem.

But still, the truth is I can sense myself reaching out for some new thing to grab on to. Like I'm sampling all sorts of fare, waiting for something to grab me by the gut and refuse to let go. Merlin might be that thing. Or maybe it will be Kings. Or perhaps Adam Lambert will railroad me into the American Idol fandom. I'm not sure.

What I do know is that even if I do end up moving away from bandom, I certainly don't want to lose the friends I've made here. I love you guys more than anything else. Don't ever stop being so fucking awesome <3


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