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FMM [Mar. 7th, 2013|01:27 pm]
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So, Fandom March Madness comments.
First of all, I feel bad for doing a fail and not getting all my votes in on time :( For some reason I though I had 12 more hours that I actually had to vote. Bleh. Sorry to the one person I traded votes with...
Also, from the spread sheet it seems like they though Law and Order was ineligible. not sure why, it's still a running show. W/e it wouldn't have made it in anyway.
At least Suits made it in!

But here's what really...interesting. This...section...of fandom is definitely obsessed with female characters. Now, I'm not saying there's anything wrong with liking female characters lol. In some cases it makes sense (like with Hermione in HP). But for many fandoms it is SO not representative of how things actually are in fandom. (Like, ok, Molly is leading the Sherlock poll right now. Trust me, this is not representative of actual favoritism in fandom.) I just get this feeling the the voting there, for a lot of people, is either very principle based, or it has to do with the section of fandom that has gathered there.

Again, this is not a bad thing, but unless this is just "too early to tell" then my interest is going down a bit. (Or maybe this is because my fave characters iin almost all fandoms are guys lol).

[User Picture]From: slumber
2013-03-07 10:13 pm (UTC)
I spent a little time in FMM comments last time and I know what you mean. You're not imagining it, tbh.
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[User Picture]From: alley_skywalker
2013-03-08 01:54 am (UTC)
Yea. Like I really like some of the girl characters everyone is voting for too but I guess in these things I kinda like it when there's some actually representation of fandom dynamics or something IDK. I just feel weird like the whole thing is some whole big "lets promote girls" thing and I'm left to wonder "should I vote for the characters I actually love most or should I strategies and just pick the girl character I love most?" It's a really weird feeling.
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[User Picture]From: lokifan
2013-03-15 01:05 am (UTC)
I don't know, though - I think it's people honestly voting for who they like best, it's just who showed up. Like, there's this idea that people have to pretend to like girls for 'principles' or whatever but sometimes people just like the girls best. I often do :D
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[User Picture]From: rumpledlinen
2013-03-08 08:18 pm (UTC)
The thing with Sherlock, and a lot of big fandoms, is that the male characters win most of the time. (Sherlock or John won the past two or three years, I know.) So I think this year people are like ANYONE BUT THEM because their faves aren't those people, and so they're campaigning more than other fans might be.

I can't speak for any other fandom (I know that, at least, the BSG poll is telling of what fandom thinks, and that's that Kara and Laura are best characters) but I know that explains the Sherlock thing.

Does this comment make sense? :O Sorry, haha.
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[User Picture]From: alley_skywalker
2013-03-08 10:53 pm (UTC)
Yea, kinda. I mean in some fandoms the women are most popular - Once Upon A Time, for example. Even in HP it makes sense - Hermione is a very popular character. But in some cases? Since when is Sansa so popular in Game of Thrones? Why is Harvey SO behind Donna in Suits? (I expected Donna to give Harvey a run for his money - she's a popular character - but not to this extent. An there's no way Jessica is more popular that Harvey or Rachel is more popular than Mike.)

If Sherlock and John won the last few year, I can see why there may be some uniting to vote against them. And I love Molly, but choosing her is incredibly short-sighted. She's a very relateable character, but I can't imagine building a campaign for her. Her ordinarily and relateability are her strengths but that's not very flashy or impressive in a competitive sense.

(Although, I have to wonder if Elementary fans are sabotaging the Sherlock poll. I wouldn't put it past them, at least what I've glimpsed of the fanbase.)
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[User Picture]From: rumpledlinen
2013-03-08 11:43 pm (UTC)
I actually think Sansa is an incredibly popular character - it might just be who I'm following, but I know of lots of people that she's the favorite of. *shrugs*

I think the people who do FMM are a specific sort of fans - and you might be right, that might be why so many ladies are winning. (Personally, I'm really pleased because pretty much all of my favorites are ladies, so.) But I don't think it's necessarily that far off from what people fandom-wide think, just based on what I've seen - a lot of the people are the favorites in a fandom.

(Personally, I hope Molly's actually winning. She's my favorite character on that show and I love her and I'd definitely campaign for her.)
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[User Picture]From: alley_skywalker
2013-03-08 11:52 pm (UTC)
I'm not hyper involved with GoT fandom so I may have missed the switch "we hate Sansa" to "we love Sansa". Although, I'm only pleased if that's the case.

I can only judge by the fanoms I know, which are only a handful, tbh.

Better Molly than Irene. Technically, I guess Irene would be easier to campaign for (judging by what seems to appeal to ppl there especially) but I really dislike her. She and Moriarty are the only two characters on that show I actively hate/dislike.
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[User Picture]From: rumpledlinen
2013-03-09 12:55 am (UTC)
I know for a while people really hated her but then that kind of switched? I think? Like, people went "Wait... she's really a victim in all of this and she's super strong as a character!". But idk, I'm not /in/ GOT fandom so much as a lot of the people I follow are in it, so.

Yeah, same.

Irene was winning when I voted and I was upset, I don't like her much at all. Scandal's my least favorite episode. :/ I guess she'd be easy to campaign for, but I can see a sort of thing revolving around the fact that Molly's "always counted", despite being quiet and stuff, you know?
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