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Buffy - in desert
Hey, remember the old days, when we all were friends and we could take a brief phrase and turn it into a gigantic meme?

I was reminded of those long ago, more innocent times today while doing my research on fan studies. I was reading Hellekson and Busse's excellent Fan Fiction and Fan Communities in the Age of the Internet this morning, and in the Introduction I came across a startling theoretical conversation on what one would assume is a forum, or maybe Livejournal. It is very, very familiar in more ways than one:

"It starts like this. Somewhere in cyberspace, someone complains: "I had a lousy day! Need some cheering up." Soon after, a friend posts a story dedicating the piece: "This is for you, hon--your favorite pairing and lots of schmoopy sex. Hope it'll cheer you up!" A third person chimes in: "I can't believe it! What a great fic! I mean, who would have thought of gay penguin sex? It totally works!" "Gay penguin sex?" someone else adds, finding it hilarious, and in response, she posts a poem she knocked off in five minutes flat, all about gay penguins having sex. "I'm taking two lines of that to add to my signature," someone informs her in a comment and goes on to write a three-paragraph snippet of fiction based on the poem, which in turn results in--well, you get the idea."


OMG.

OUR PENGUIN FETISH ISN'T THE ORIGINAL PENGUIN FETISH.

NOT ONLY THAT, THE FIRST PENGUIN FETISH WAS A PARAGRAPH IN AN ACTUAL BOOK BY ACTUAL SCHOLARS.

I almost peed my pants when I first read that paragraph, I was laughing so hard.

Now, we're pretty much outside the window of the third anniversary of the original all-Penguin AU post, but I figured it was time to dust the old fics off, and look! They're all collected by deird1, who I recall naming Official Penguin Spuffy Archivist or something like that! Why not start another round of penguin fic! Seaon 9 is ripe for all-penguin AUs. What about Penguin!Buffy turning out to be a robopenguin? What about Penguin!Spike having a ship filled with giant Antarctic bugs? I know fandom is a lot smaller these days, but I think we can still pull off something fun. So how about it?

HOW ABOUT A MEMORIAL PENGUIN SPUFFY FICATHON?


It may just be that my brain is fried because I have to fill out a monstrous Institutional Review Board form to get my research off the ground, but I think we all could use a little something fun, with how depressing the comics are right now.

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elisi
Apr. 5th, 2013 05:38 pm (UTC)
Hey, they shouldn't make fun of gay penguins! They actually exist!
kikimay
Apr. 5th, 2013 06:04 pm (UTC)
OMG gay penguins! So cute!
rahirah
Apr. 5th, 2013 05:55 pm (UTC)
Oh, Stargate and Supernatural fandom beat BtVS all hollow when it comes to bizarre AUs. (And I can't say I'm too sorry about that, really...)
eilowyn
Apr. 5th, 2013 07:56 pm (UTC)
We can't win the crazy train Olympics, but our little penguins sure love those opening ceremonies!
tennyo_elf
Apr. 5th, 2013 06:19 pm (UTC)
I wish to pretend the comics don't exist for a little while.
eilowyn
Apr. 5th, 2013 07:55 pm (UTC)
Write about penguins! They give each other pebbles! They dive for fish! They meet evil Antarctic explorers named Glory but sometimes named Ben!
tennyo_elf
Apr. 6th, 2013 04:57 am (UTC)
Giving each other peddles is so cute. And thinking about penguin Spike taking care of their egg is just... n.n

But comics sapped up a lot of my love currently. It'll grow back. I yo-yo. I'm an emotional roller coaster of emotion.
shapinglight
Apr. 5th, 2013 06:38 pm (UTC)
I think the only way I could bear to fic the comics would be to turn everyone into penguins (though I'm not sure the penguins deserve to have that done to them).

I'm up for it as long as I can just write something short.

I've got it! Penguin!Angel keeps trying to blame his vile actions on an evil cosmic leopard seal.
eilowyn
Apr. 5th, 2013 07:53 pm (UTC)
You are a treasure.
shapinglight
Apr. 5th, 2013 08:14 pm (UTC)
And that white stuff all over him isn't whitewash, it's guano, okay?
beer_good_foamy
Apr. 7th, 2013 09:01 pm (UTC)
I had to do something with that. :)
shapinglight
Apr. 7th, 2013 10:06 pm (UTC)
Hee! That was great. Also, isn't it strange how many of us have penguin icons?
diebirchen
Apr. 6th, 2013 03:02 am (UTC)
Or a large, dyspeptic walrus -- anything or anyone but himself!
kikimay
Apr. 5th, 2013 08:09 pm (UTC)
They also still win poll! :D
shapinglight
Apr. 5th, 2013 08:18 pm (UTC)
I just saw that. I'm really surprised - and very pleased- that Spuffy managed to beat a couple from a current show. Good for them.

Now, if they'd been penguins...
makd
Apr. 5th, 2013 10:40 pm (UTC)
Hellekson and Busse's text is terrific! I used it as assigned reading a few years ago, when I was teaching a course in Audiences and Fandoms. It's also a fun read.

eilowyn
Apr. 8th, 2013 12:15 am (UTC)
I'm really enjoying Hellekson and Busse. They're style is very clear and there's no trivializing fandom.
diebirchen
Apr. 6th, 2013 03:01 am (UTC)
Oooooooo, the penguins! YES!
eilowyn
Apr. 8th, 2013 12:16 am (UTC)
gillo
Apr. 7th, 2013 09:57 pm (UTC)
I did manage to produce this...
eilowyn
Apr. 8th, 2013 12:16 am (UTC)
You are an angel. The good kind.
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