Much love to the staff of Ars Marginal for finding and sharing these vids.
I really appreciated the second vid because it touched on something: this is how we do. This is what we do. Authors, networks, and filmmakers often build the playground, but fanfiction writers and fan art creators are the people who make the playground actually fun.
Did you know...I don't watch Star Trek: The Original Series any more. I can't; there's not much in it for me. Uhura doesn't have a whole lot of great lines, she and Spock aren't getting it on, most of the cast is white, and Sulu is often ignored.
But when fanfiction writers get a hold of TOS, it's suddenly awesome as hell. All of a sudden, I can't get enough of that 'verse. Same thing with Harry Potter; after years of reading fics - especially from British writers - I'm always surprised by how lame the movies seem in comparison.
Fanfic writers don't get nearly enough credit for they - we - do. Make no mistake: we are the reason mainstream media makes its millions, and why cult/indie media gains longevity. We may be geeks and weirdoes, but that doesn't change the fact we are awesome.
So now that I've given myself a much needed pep talk, I intend to return to Dark & Twisty with a vengeance. I intend to experiment a hell of a lot more in the months to come (especially after I get a new apartment and set it all up to my liking). And I intend to take this precious little tidbit into account:
Saladin Ahmed, who was born in Detroit and raised in a working-class, Arab American enclave in Michigan, was one of the non-white males at WorldCon: his novel Throne of the Crescent Moon was shortlisted for best novel at the Hugo awards, given out at the convention. He called for diversity in science fiction to be extended even further – to class. He tweeted: "Class diversity also needs to be part of #DiversityinSFF. I want fewer kings and starship captains, more coach drivers and space waitresses."*nods* Duly noted, Mr. Ahmed.