Day Six of the Fandom Snowflake Challenge: In your own space, share a book/song/movie/tv show/fanwork/etc that changed your life. Something that impacted on your consciousness in a way that left its mark on your soul. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.
Well, I basically did this in yesterday's post about the story Subtleties by Anna S. But I will add here that BtVS was a life-changer for me. I watched it for the first time in early 2010, plowed through it like a maniac, immediately started over from the beginning, and have basically been watching it off and on ever since. Now, I tend to be fairly obsessive, so it's certainly not the first show that I've fixated on, but no other show has ever come close to preoccupying me or affecting me to this extent. On first viewing -- aside from being compelled by the premise, the story arcs, the characters, the dialogue, and the humor -- seeing the characters' experiences brought up intense memories, and made me re-examine my past in a way that was very therapeutic. The show has also made me think very actively about The Big Issues -- friendship, love, death, morality, identity. And it also reignited the kind of critical thinking about art/media that I really enjoy engaging in, but somehow hadn't been doing for some time. It also brought me to fandom, and fanfic, and writing fic, which has been extraordinarily rewarding.
I feel pretty grateful.
- The Fandom Snowflake Challenge Day Six