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The other day, taraljc on lj warmed the cockles of my heart by posting a well-written open letter to ST fandom concerning the characterization of new Kirk. In short--that there were too many people writing in the fandom after the movie release who seemed unable to write him with any depth or degree of maturity.

THANK YOU.  Not that I think many people will listen (or have the desire to actually understand the argument and change their ways) but...the response showed there were many people out there who agreed with her. Thank god.

Maybe one day I can stop opening--and closing very quickly--story links to new K/S after reading a paragraph or so.

One bright spot--I was kind of sad to see the amount of Kirk/McCoy being churned out in comparison to K/S. But now? Um. If it's mostly all that quality (and I use the term loosely) then I'm glad it's not K/S.


yes, I'm an old curmudgeon, one with a relative set of standards.


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balatstar
Jul. 1st, 2009 12:50 am (UTC)
It's a sign of the 'youngification' of the ST fanbase. A good thing for the ST franchise in general, but bad for the fic fandom, as we have to wade through all the horrid juvie stuff just to find the gems. (I haven't encountered any male-pregnancy fics yet, but I think it's just a matter of time! Heh.)

I generally feel positive about it, though. Some of these writers will churn out better fics as they get older and have a better understanding of Kirk et al. They'll be the ones keeping the ST fic fandom alive 30, 40 years from now, until the next reboot comes along. :)
sundara
Jul. 1st, 2009 01:33 am (UTC)
I know, I know...

*whine mode on* But they're harshing my squee, ya know? I want to read me some good fic! *whine off*

OTOH, I'm getting some good writing done since I'm frustrated. :-\
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sundara
Jul. 4th, 2009 05:15 am (UTC)
Home by Lanaea on fanfiction.net is a good one. Lots of stuff happening in it. I think it starts out a bit shaky, but it recovers nicely. Still, when all is said and done, my favorite story BY FAR is You'll Get There in the End (It Just Takes a While) by seperis. Brilliant, well written, and hits most all of my squee buttons. :-)
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sundara
Jul. 4th, 2009 01:01 pm (UTC)
OMG...that's a must. It's *wonderful*. I was bowled over when I first read it, especially given that she *wrote it so fast after the movie came out*. Amazing.
wickedelf
Jul. 1st, 2009 08:50 pm (UTC)
I haven't read any of the reboot stories, but judging off what I saw in the movie (as a fairly long-time ST fan) - *I* felt he was portrayed as a frat boy type who spent his time either getting lucky (and I don't mean just with the women, but in his strategies as well) or getting beat up. It bothered me when I watched the movie as he IS supposed to be more, but I just didn't see it there. Yeah, we are told (and we know from canon) that he's smart and cunning, but I didn't see a whole lot of that in the characterization. So I could easily see people coming in just off the latest movie and writing him that way.
sundara
Jul. 2nd, 2009 06:25 pm (UTC)
Hmmm. I dunno...there's a lot of *broadly* written comedic behavior in the movie, yeah, where he's cocky and annoying in some fashion. And yet, it's rather obvious to me that the cocky, shallow behavior is not all that he is, not *who* he really is.

I could see who he is clearly, and after reading the novelization and reading some behind-the-scenes interviews with JJ and the writers, found my initial psych profile to be fairly right in sync with the backstory they were working with and implying, right down to the alcoholic stepfather. He is still, at heart, James T. Kirk, but one whose upbringing and environment was significantly different than his Prime counterpart, enough to create the variations from Prime in his life/personality and in the universe around him.

Unfortunately, if one doesn't look more deeply, it's easy to assume nothing more than the surface face to be everything. But then again, that's true with most everybody. And God knows, they only vaguely skimmed thru much of the forces that molded him; the rest did need to be extrapolated by the discerning viewer.
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