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The Fandom Firsts Meme

Has anyone read a good book lately? I could use some recommendations. I'm in that mood where it's like I'm hungry, but I have no idea what I want to eat, so I'm up for hearing about anything you've enjoyed.

On to the meme!
First TV show I had self-insertion fantasies about: Almost certainly Star Trek: The Next Generation. It came on when I was five, which was the perfect time for imaginary role-playing.

First fandom in which I interacted (online and in person) with other fans: Well, I didn't actually interact with Harry Potter fans so much as lurk on their journals and read their stories. Star Trek AOS was the first fandom I actively participated in.

Pairing in the first (m/m) slash fanfiction I read: Why is m/m slash more important than all the other pairings? *grumbles* I suppose it was Remus/Sirius, but I can't remember being invested in any ships back then.

First RPS/RPF I read: None. I understand why people like it, but it makes me feel awkward. I always think about how weird I'd feel if people wrote fictional stories about my sex life, so I've never really wanted to read it.

First fanfiction I read that made me think, YES, this is exactly the kind of fanfiction I'd like to write: I honestly don't know, and I wish I did. I was traveling in South America when I discovered fanfiction, so I never really saved links or read particular authors. One story I remember envying is Umad Learns Sumerian by annakovsky.

Pairing in the first fanfiction I wrote: The first fanfic I wrote was a genfic, but a Spock/Uhura story followed quickly thereafter.

First OTP: Does me/Wesley Crusher count? If not, it's probably Pike/One.

First fannish friend I met in person: Sadly, Midwestern fangirls don't have many opportunities for meet-ups. izzyfics drove down one day, and I've been lucky to catch up with katmarajade a couple times.

First character I formally roleplayed: N/A
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I really enjoyed Lolly Willowes by Sylvia Townsend Warner. It's a interwar book about the put upon (in the most *English* way) spinster who goes to live in the countryside. The blurbs all spoil what happens next, but it happens after the halfway point, so I won't.

It's gloriously feminist, and there is a final passage - "common as blackberries" - which is lovely.
No book recommendations (would be interested in some myself), though we are starting Their Eyes Were Watching God soon in my sophomore class, so super excited to read that again.

As for meet-ups, I have met more Star Trek people here in the KC area than anywhere else! There are still so many people I want to meet in RL though.
Yay for meet ups! Maybe one day I'll get back to your neck of the woods. Right now I seem to get stuck overnighting in Milwaukee and Nashville a lot ... (never long enough to actually GO anywhere)

I've been rereading Robin McKinley's fairy tales lately. I reread Beauty, which is one of my favorites. It's the version of Beauty and the Beast that they sort of based the Disney version on. And I'm reading Rose Daughter (yet another interpretation of the same story by here) and there is also Spindle's End, which is a version of Sleeping Beauty. But she's always brilliant and her prose is lovely and her characters real and believable.

Also, Plane Insanity by Elliott Hester will make you laugh your head off-- it's a wonderfully written book by a flight attendant filled with amazing, crazy, wacky, hilarious anecdotes. Of the flight attendant memoir books, his is tops. Too many get whiny or whatever. Too many are poorly written. He's a fantastic writer and a great story teller. Totally worth a read, especially next time you take a vacation. :)

Do They Hear You When You Cry by Fauziya Kassindja is heartbreaking and eye-opening. It's the memoirs of an African girl who escapes from home and runs away, coming to the US for asylum to escape female genital mutilation. It was before this was a common occurrence or an idea understood in the States. She was thrown in jail for coming in illegally and it's her story as human rights lawyers fought tooth and nail to get her story out and get her allowed into the country and make people understand what was happening. It's beautiful and I learned a lot. The prose is a little stiff sometimes, but she's not a native speaker and I can totally see past that because her story is so powerful. A very worthwhile read.

And don't forget about the previously recced Kitchen by Banana Yashimoto. :)