I described MJ to someone the other day the way I usually describe it, which is "a Due South diaspora con," and it got me thinking. Obviously not everyone at muskratjamboree
was in Due South fandom at one time, but most of them were, and nearly all of them have close friends who were. It's partly a side effect of it being brooklinegirl
's brainchild, but it also says something kind of cool about the way fandom works, I think. All of these people, some of whom have been out of dS for five years or more, still have strong enough social ties to come together and have more than enough to talk about. Those interpersonal connections aren't totally destroyed by fandom drift - and yet fandom drift occurs.
This is, to me, what most people misunderstand when they first get the slash-fandom thing explained to them. They think it's something that you do because you're a fan of a particular thing, and that comes out of that - I was a Buffy fan and I liked Spike and Xander, so I looked for fic about them. And that's true, at first. But then slash fandom, if you get bitten by the bug, becomes something that draws you into
interest in TV shows and so on instead of coming out of
that interest. I'm a slash fandom member before I'm a bandom member or a Merlin fandom member and so on and so on. We always say that the friends are more important than the canon, but it's even more than that; it's a self-constituting activity we participate in, posting fic and making LJ entries which build a community from their own material. And the canon is like this trivial little hat we sit on top of the whole thing. At least, that's how it feels for me.
In other news, I'm trying to figure out how to reach through the internet with my bare hands and grab people's camera cords. >:(