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Since I'm a new rabid fan of NCIS, I thought it was appropriate to start this act entry with a b&w PFOOF shot that kind of details the situation.

I've never really been wildly interested in a small fandom before...but more to the point, never been interested in an even tinier pairing.

Newsflash: it's depressing.

Mostly it's depressing because, in the world of NCIS and more specifically Gibbs/DiNozzo, the writing that's currently being done is, well, for the most part, awful. REALLY awful. Like...reading-your-13-year-old-niece's-seekrit-longings-down-on-paper awful. (Maybe because they all ARE 13 years old.)

And, to add insult to injury, it's almost all WIPs, posted a brief "chapter" at a time, with God-knows-how-long in between. So you not only gag at the awful sugary sweetness and emotional immaturity of the writing, you can't even get satisfaction of a plot resolution.

I've also never seen such wildly diversified pairings in a fandom...there seems to be no even-slightly OTP. At all. The characters are paired with each other willy nilly, obviously with people having their own favorite(s) but overall, the stories run the gamut from gen, to any het pairing, to any slash pairing, with xovers being very popular, with all kinds of other shows, but mainly other cop-type shows like the various CSIs.

It struck me the other day, though, that this is the first show in a long, long time that I've been rabid for that's not a "genre" show, like SGA or HL or XF. (I suppose I must think of The Sentinel or dueSouth, also more main stream shows...but, still, they weren't that main stream.) So the fandom of a mainstream network show is more diverse, pulls in greater numbers, and therefore, of course, has a huge percentage of boring, vanilla, (young) and/or silly (read: BORING) people.

So, back to the PFOOF ----> me.

Barb, I'm so glad you've crossed to the NCIS side. Please tell me you're going to write fic soon and saaaaaave my sanity. Pleeeeease.

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janedavitt
Jul. 12th, 2008 02:43 pm (UTC)
My few NCIS fics are short, not sweet, and totally complete :;stops rhyming::

:-))

http://www.janedavitt.com/NCIS.html
sundara
Jul. 13th, 2008 01:00 am (UTC)
I love your stories!! Adore! Definitely not sweet. They're more like utterly delicious tapas...bite-sized finger food rather than a full meal :-) (I refer to length only...in story impact, they're definitely fully satisfying.)

There's only one teeny, tiny fault...there's not enough of them! (Okay, true, there's NEVER enough, NEVER...I am a demanding, voracious fic reader, and if NCIS were food, I'd lose this extra weight in a flash. Heh) So if you want to write more, I'd be gobbling up the words like a starving person.
janedavitt
Jul. 13th, 2008 03:07 am (UTC)
Thank you! I just did another short one (more like a handful of peanuts :-)), this time DiNozzo/McGee. Love the way they interact.

It's a wonderful show; can't wait for the new season.
jimpage363
Jul. 13th, 2008 08:45 pm (UTC)
Your fics are terrific. And they do NOT sound like the maunderings of a 13 year old girl, thank god. But you're only one woman, dammit! We need more writers like you, willing to explore the characters and the implications and not always give us improbably happy endings. Who are your favorite writers in the fandom??
janedavitt
Jul. 14th, 2008 03:42 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

To be honest, I haven't read much in this fandom because of time issues. Let me have a look through my bookmarks, because I know there have been some I loved, including one long, case-related one that was brilliant.
sundara
Jul. 14th, 2008 09:19 pm (UTC)
I know the one of which you speak....Rictus by Sequitur. OMG...it's unbelievably fabulous. Gen, but fabulous. And she started the sequel...but then completely disappeared off radar, so God knows when or if that will be finished. Wah! However I did read the three chapters she has up, and...sigh. Good.
sundara
Jul. 14th, 2008 09:20 pm (UTC)
Whoops, meant to put the link here:

http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2404010/1/

Edited at 2008-07-14 09:21 pm (UTC)
janedavitt
Jul. 14th, 2008 09:34 pm (UTC)
That's the one! Soooo good. She started a sequel and left? :;whimpers sadly::
sundara
Jul. 14th, 2008 11:30 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it's on her lj... http://sequitur-fic.livejournal.com

Go there, click on her tag 'the third day' and you'll get all entries (in reverse chrono order) she did. Scroll back thru her lj and read all her fic there, there's stuff there not on fanfiction.net, too, I think.

janedavitt
Jul. 15th, 2008 02:17 am (UTC)
Thank you for the link!
troutkitty
Jul. 12th, 2008 02:44 pm (UTC)
ZOMG, yes!

I haven't sampled any of the fic out there--I don't want to spoil myself and I'm just a bit into season 4, but yes! Fic! Tony! Gibbs! Abby! McGee! They love each other so much!

:)
sundara
Jul. 13th, 2008 01:08 am (UTC)
*Love* Utter *love*. Oooo, you just watched Hiatus! And now you're seeing Gibbs with face hair! Gibbs lets his hair down! Sort of. And Tony coming into his own! Sort of. Poor I'm-so-vulnerable Tony...whipping boy of NCIS. And he takes it and takes it. And comes back for more.

Gee, no wonder I like it....

jimpage363
Jul. 13th, 2008 08:43 pm (UTC)
I know, I know. And you sparked my vague fannish appreciation into something that kept me reading until 5:45 am yesterday, you horrible woman.
Let's write some decent NCIS, ok??
sundara
Jul. 14th, 2008 09:23 pm (UTC)
Gotta tell me what you were reading....heh.
And YES, I've got the short story half done, and the long piece is still in my head in planning stage. I'm working out all the kinks a la Tesla, in my head, so when I start writing, it'll be smooooth.

(ha. it is to laugh. but i can dream)
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