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The Fandom Snowflake Challenge Day Six
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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.

I know what you mean. There's something almost magical about BTVS.


Gabrielle

A once-in-a-lifetime thing -- it really does have magic.

It's hard to explain how impactful the show and the fandom has been in our lives, but you've done a great job. I'm very glad you found BtVS.

Thank you -- luckily, I'm preaching to the choir, because I feel a bit inadequate to the task of expressing the depth of my feelings about it. This was just the tip of the iceberg.

Well said. Buffy resonated with me in a way that no other programme I've watched ever did. I can fangirl like mad about Sherlock, or think Merlin and Arthur are cute together or a pile of other fandom related things and they make me happy - but my first glimpse of Buffy was her singing in a graveyard about how life as the Slayer sucked and I was hooked. The rest as they say is history.

As I have said in other posts, I'm so happy that Buffy had that appeal for you because it brought you, your thoughtfulness and your talent into this little corner of the sandbox. For that me and others are also grateful.

I can also be fannish about other shows and other pairings, but no other show is like BtVS, and Spander will forever be my OTP.

And thank you for being so nice -- you've always made me feel so welcome here, from the very first time I posted on lj. And discovering your work has been a fandom highlight for me.

I'm way behind in my comment replies, so I just saw this reply in my email and just wanted to say that you make it very easy to be nice - as a person, as a writer and as a reader - you are very much valued both by me and by many others in our sandbox who appreciate your talent!

Right, getting off my soapbox now... :)

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