The Value of Fan Fiction, Fan Art, Fan Videos and Costumes

 

 

Hello all. Thought I would go ahead and post something because it is one of those things I am interested in.  It is often said by some that “fan projects” are not worth the time or effort. This is not true at all. “Fan projects” are more pivotal now than they ever have been. Why do I say this? Because engaging in fan activities such as writing fan fiction, doing fan videos and creating fan art are fostering the next generation of artists. Basically what I am saying is that, with these projects comes knowledge, practice in the art that you want to be involved in, and experience.

Lets start with fan fiction. Many authors will say that this is not the kind of thing that “real” writers engage in. That is not true. Even writers and film makers that are well respected have dabbled in borrowing, fan fiction and “ripping off”. Take Suzanne Collins who wrote “The Hunger Games”. It is quite clearly based, in some form off of the film “Battle Royale”, A Japanese film about a group of Japanese students who are forced to fight to the death in a contest where only one is meant to come out alive.

Then again, “Battle Royale” is much more interesting and amusing, because it is not a film made to be considered as “overly serious film”, it is a film that caters to the interest of many audiences, action fans, Japanese film fan, people who like the irony and strong social messages put forward by the film. But basically it is an “it is what it is film, and if you try to make it something more, you’ll merely disappoint yourself”. The Hunger Games” caters to it’s built in audience, and is therefore full of teen angst and characters that one only finds interesting if they are into that sort of movie. There’s nothing wrong with the films. For me, they are just not as entertaining as a film like “Battle Royale”. But still, it cannot be denied that the premise is basically the same and one is simply more entertaining that the other.

Let’s take a moment to look at “Star Wars” and George Lucas. George Lucas’s earliest movie was “THX1138”, a dystopian film about a very controlled society. Here we actually have Lucas who has borrowed from George Orwell, who’s books (that later became films) are basically the same story. People living in a controlled society. Then when it came time for “Star Wars”, George Lucas, who was a great fan of Akira Kurosawa, basically took the plot of Kurosawa’a film “The Hidden Fortress” and set it in space. The George Lucas ripped himself off and Created “Willow” which is the same story with little people and Val Kilmer. Then, as Honest Trailers pointed out, J.J. Abrams basically recycled the plot, except this time around, Luke was a young woman who didn’t whine or complain as much. And in fact, you could say that Collins ripped off both Lucas and Orwell…Haha…

Even a smutty book like “Fifty Shades of Grey” was borrowed from the plot of “Twilight”, which I have always found amusing. Anne Rice took the plot of “Sleeping Beauty” and filled it with smut. Also borrowing from other people is what remakes are, adaptations are, they are also why Marvel keeps regurgitating it’s superhero franchises.

So here’s the thing. If these people are allowed to borrow, adapt, rip off and do all these other sorts of things, why can’t we fans do so? Some writers will say that, “ah, fan fiction. That is no good because you’re just taking someone else’s story and doing things with it.” Well yeah! That’s what art is all about. Copying and borrowing from the masters in order to gain competence. Even Da Vinci and Michelangelo started, probably from copying some of their art, or borrowing it from the person that they learned from. Everyone learns something. The difference is how quickly you can pick it up.

Also they say, “oh you don’t get good feedback on fan fiction”. Not true at all. If you are a good writer, people will know it and know how to respond to your writing, regardless of what it is based off of. There is a difference in writing styles and motives in fan fiction. One is for the writer who someday wants to write. The other is for people who use it for some kind of odd wish fulfillment, which shouldn’t be in the same caliber. However, I have gotten a lot of good feedback from writing fan fics. People seem to like what I write and know what kind of writer I am, and therefore, they ask questions, point out plot holes, make comments on my having too much exposition, all kinds of useful comments. So one cannot claim that they do not get good feed back. If you are a good writer who is working to morph a good narrative, readers will know it.

Some fan videos are wonderful, and I enjoy watching them. They can be funny, touching, interesting visually, and just plain emotional. So here the thing. What you are looking at are the writers, comedians, film editors, and producers/directors of the future. If you can make a good fan video that people like, then chances are you want to work in film. The fact that you are working with someone elses content, just as long as you make it clear that you are playing with someone elses baby, and you’re not slapping your name on it saying, “this is mine”, I don’t see a problem with it. When I edit photos, people know they are not mine. Nor do I claim them as mine. They belong to someone else, and I try to make that as clear as possible when I give credits to people. So we should not demonize people for stealing when all they are doing is borrowing. If they have the footage, chances are they own the original, and most people still like to buy the DVD. Personally I don’t like downloads of anything, whether it’s film or music or game content. I want something I can hold, that is mine. So I still buy DVDs and things. I love things like commentary and interviews and extras, so I buy the damn movie! It isn’t mine. I claim nothing because I cannot. All I do is what most other artists do is borrow and take what I can from a given plot and work with it. Here are a couple of videos from Sweetladybat that I just love.

Fan art is also a very useful teaching tool. Again, learning from the masters. Also fan costumes. If you go to conventions, you will see thousands of costumes that people have worked numerous hours on, sometimes just to wear to one event. What you have here is artists in the making and future costume designers. You may have the next Edith Head amongst their numbers. Or even a Donatella Versace is you think about it. why would the film industry and fashion industry not take advantage of these people and their art?

There are so many fandoms out there, and there are so many people who want to be a part of them. And if you do not foster the talent of the next Shakespeare, or the next Da Vinci, or the next Edith Head, the industry will be missing out on some great and awesome talent.

Thank you for reading, I greatly appreciate it!! Shara

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Amusing Things You’ll see In Supernatural

Hello ladies and gents. In the last few years (haha) I have grown very fond of the show Supernatural. In all truth, I love it. It’s quirky, funny, and the characters are interesting!! So I thought I would put this together, as I have with my other “Amusing Things…” posts, so you can have a laugh if you like.

The show features Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki, Misha Collins, Jim Beaver, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Mark Sheppard, Ruth Connell, Mark Pellegrino, Genevieve Padalecki, Osric Chau, Ty Ollsen, Felicia Day, D.J. Qualls, Emily Swallow, Faran Tahir, and Serinda Swan. It was produced by Eric Kripke, Robert Singer, and Mc G and is brought to you by Kripke Enterprises, Warner Bros. Television, Wonderland Sound and Vision, and Supernatural Films. Okay, show on the road!!

You might have the best dad ever!!!

Best Dad

Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, and Jeffery Dean Morgan.

When someone calls you a moose and you totally get back at them.

Not a moose

Jared and Mark Sheppard.

Seriously, Fergus?

Fergus should cry

Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles and Mark Sheppard.

Then again, his mother never loved him.

Good insurance

Mark Sheppard and Ruth Connell.

They once knew a hunter who turned into a werewolf, who knew how to party.

Party on

D.J. Qualls

They also knew the only vampire who wasn’t an emo glampire.

Least metrosexual

Ty Ollsen.

Every so often you have to give your body to an angel or a demon, in which case you become an angel condom or a meat suit.

Meat suit

Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki.

And guess who the real boss is!

I'm Lucifer

Faran Tahir, Emily Swallow, Mark Sheppard, and Mark Pellengrio.

In your quest for…Whatever your questing for, there may be causalities along the way.

Got me killed

Felicia Day, Osric Chau, Jim Beaver and Ty Ollsen.

But don’t worry guys. Every body loves you. Like your old mortal enemy!!

married Ruby

Jared Padalecki, Genevieve Padalecki and Jensen Ackles.

Your car!!

Leave me

Jensen Ackles and ’67 Chevy Impala

Your pet angel.

Other celestials

Misha Collins and Jensen Ackles.

Your brother.

Most magestic moose

Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki.

And your other mortal enemy, who you were stuck in a cage with, but now it’s totally fine, because you have good friends like death!!

Assbut

Mark Pellengrio, Jared Padalecki, and Misha Collins.

You need death, because let’s face it, Castiel is kind of a frell-up…

Something stupid

Misha Collins.

And to tell you how freakin’ pretty Purgatory is.

Silver Pergatory

Ty Ollsen, Misha Collins and Jensen Ackles.

Don’t worry, Dean. You have a new enemy to love you. And she’s offering you a man cave.

Love dungeon

Serinda Swan and Jensen Ackles.

Aren’t we all happy that we love these guys!!

Shut cakehole

Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles.

The end. I hope you got a laugh out of this. Anyway, it’ll all be better when I make a video and put it to music. I know just the song too. Thanks for reading. If you like it, let me know. Cheers!!

 

Amusing Things You’ll see in “The Lord Of the Rings” Films!

Hello again! I am back with one of my “Amusing Things” entries! This one is on “The Lord of the Rings Trilogy” because I simply could not resist. Tolkien’s books have been a constant companion to me since the fifth grade, and I still enjoy reading them, and my journeys to Middle Earth when I play “The Lord of the Rings Online”. Anyway, I am a long time fan of the films as well. They are very good adaptations, and I enjoy them when I watch them.

Featuring Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen, Orlando Bloom, John Rhys-Davies, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, Sean Bean, Cate Blanchett, Miranda Otto, David Wenham, Karl Urban, John Noble, Christopher Lee, Brad Dourif, Andy Serkis, Liv Tyler, Karl Urban and so many more. Directed by Peter Jackson and written by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens and Stephen Sinclair, produced through New Line Cinema, Wingnut Films, and The Saul Zaentz Company. Lastly, but not leastly, for my beloved J.R.R. Tolkien. I loved your books, these are good films.

Of course this is a joke blog, so most of what you will see here are jokes, but there are a few serious ones as well. So please have a look and enjoy!! Thank you for reading, and cheers!!

Lets kick this off with New Zealand: Fantasy land Edition!!

Gandalf’s coming…Must be bad news.

Elijah Wood as Frodo and Ian McKellen as Gandalf.

Elijah Wood as Frodo and Ian McKellen as Gandalf.

Blessed they are.

Sean Astin as Sam.

Sean Astin as Sam.

Bilbo wants to finish his book!

Ian Holm as Bilbo.

Ian Holm as Bilbo.

But he has a few things to say to his relations before he goes.

Ian Holm as Bilbo.

Ian Holm as Bilbo.

And there are these miscreants hanging around.

Billy Boyd as Pippin and Dominic Monaghan as Merry.

Billy Boyd as Pippin and Dominic Monaghan as Merry.

Don’t worry though Frodo. It’s the Lone Ranger to the rescue!

Viggo Mortensen as Aragorn.

Viggo Mortensen as Aragorn.

Ponies! The Volkswagen bugs of Middle Earth!

Bill the Pony...Yay...

Bill the Pony…Yay…

Remember the killer meme? Even Boromir is sick of this shit!

Sean Bean as Boromir.

Sean Bean as Boromir.

Totally giving up your motivation!

Viggo Mortensen as Aragorn and Liv Tyler as Arwen.

Viggo Mortensen as Aragorn and Liv Tyler as Arwen.

Not knowing anything about anything and trying to get out of everything.

Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom, Sean Bean, John Rhys-Davies, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, Elijah Wood and Sean Astin.

Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom, Sean Bean, John Rhys-Davies, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, Elijah Wood and Sean Astin.

Slightly senile Gandalf.

Ian McKellen as Gandalf.

Ian McKellen as Gandalf.

Galadriel, who doesn’t even know what’s in her own magic mirror.

Cate Blanchett as Galadriel and Elijah Wood as Frodo.

Cate Blanchett as Galadriel and Elijah Wood as Frodo.

Saruman, who screwed everyone over!

Christopher Lee as Saruman and Ian McKellen as Gandalf.

Christopher Lee as Saruman and Ian McKellen as Gandalf.

Sean Bean can’t catch a break…

Sean Bean as Boromir.

Sean Bean as Boromir.

Three Hunters head into Rohan.

Orlando Bloom, Viggo Mortensen, John Rhys-Davies.

Orlando Bloom, Viggo Mortensen, John Rhys-Davies.

Unfortunately they run into a rogue doctor.

Karl Urban as Eomer.

Karl Urban as Eomer.

His uncle is being controlled by Rasputin.

Christopher Lee as Saruman, Brad Dourif as Grima and Miranda Otto as Eowyn.

Christopher Lee as Saruman, Brad Dourif as Grima and Miranda Otto as Eowyn.

But that’s okay, because Aragorn comes to his sister’s aid. He just doesn’t want her.

Viggo Mortensen as Aragorn and Miranda Otto as Eowyn.

Viggo Mortensen as Aragorn and Miranda Otto as Eowyn.

Gandalf rents a Ford Mustang!

Shadowfax.

Shadowfax.

But out in the fields, they run into the junkers of Middle Earth!

Orc on a warg.

Orc on a warg.

Merry and Pippin were almost eaten by wicked orcs!! Thankfully this happened.

Uruk-Hai played by Sala Baker.

Uruk-Hai played by Sala Baker.

And in the forest, this is happening!

John Rhys-Davies as Treebeard, Billy Boyd and Dominic Monaghan.

John Rhys-Davies as Treebeard, Billy Boyd and Dominic Monaghan.

Frodo and Sam are making their way toward Mordor. And Intestinal distress.

Sean Astin as Sam and Elijah Wood as Frodo.

Sean Astin as Sam and Elijah Wood as Frodo.

They encounter a strange creature played by Andy Serkis!!

Andy Serkis as Gollum.

Andy Serkis as Gollum.

The dipshit has no idea what taters are.

Sean Astin as Sam and Andy Serkis as Gollum.

Sean Astin as Sam and Andy Serkis as Gollum.

Theoden comes out of his stupor.

Ian McKellen as Gandalf and Bernard Hill as Theoden.

Ian McKellen as Gandalf and Bernard Hill as Theoden.

Only to have to face this!!

Bernard Hill as Theoden and Bruce Hopkins as Gamling. and a snarky orc.

Bernard Hill as Theoden and Bruce Hopkins as Gamling. and a snarky orc.

Tolkiens Thermopylae.

Viggo Mortensen as Aragorn.

Viggo Mortensen as Aragorn.

Where we get to meet Elvish Shawn White.

Orlando Bloom as Legolas.

Orlando Bloom as Legolas.

Frodo says hello to an old friend!!

Elijah Wood and Lawrence Makoare as Witch King.

Elijah Wood and Lawrence Makoare as Witch King.

Frodo and Sam face Aragog!

Shelob.

Shelob.

Sorry crazy freakshow arachnid.

Denethor tells Faramir he loves him!

John Noble as Denethor and David Wenham as Faramir.

John Noble as Denethor and David Wenham as Faramir.

Pippin is pissed because he has to deal with an idiot.

Billy Boyd as Pippin, John Noble as Denethor.

Billy Boyd as Pippin, John Noble as Denethor.

It’s okay though. There’s an awesome woman there to save the day!

Miranda Otto as Eowyn and Lawrence Makoare as the Witch king.

Miranda Otto as Eowyn and Lawrence Makoare as the Witch king.

And evening up the odds.

Viggo Mortensen as Aragorn.

Viggo Mortensen as Aragorn.

But there are totally giant elephant things out there, dude!!!

Mumakil.

Mumakil.

Gollum suffers from the effects of his addiction!

Andy Serkis as Gollum.

Andy Serkis as Gollum.

Oh my…

Sam and Frodo say farewell.

Sean Astin and Elijah Wood.

Sean Astin and Elijah Wood.

But Aragorn makes everybody happy again!

Viggo Mortensen as Aragorn.

Viggo Mortensen as Aragorn.

Sauron suffers badly for his crimes.

The Eye of Sauron.

The Eye of Sauron.

And finally, the damn Eagles arrive.

Ian McKellen as Gandalf and Elijah Wood as Frodo, as well as Sean Astin as Sam.

Ian McKellen as Gandalf and Elijah Wood as Frodo, as well as Sean Astin as Sam.

Faramir decides he loves somebody…Aw…

David Wenham as Faramir and Miranda Otto as Eowyn.

David Wenham as Faramir and Miranda Otto as Eowyn.

Blessed they are.

Viggo Mortensen as Aragorn.

Viggo Mortensen as Aragorn.

Song for Aragorn.

It only takes a lifetime.

Viggo Mortensen and Liv Tyler as Arwen.

Viggo Mortensen and Liv Tyler as Arwen.

The hobbits return to the Shire and Sam gets his happily ever after.

Sean Astin as Sam and Sarah McLeod as Rosie.

Sean Astin as Sam and Sarah McLeod as Rosie.

Being pruny!!

Ian Holm as Bilbo.

Ian Holm as Bilbo.

Frodo says goodbye to his Sam.

Elijah Wood as Frodo and Sean Astin as Sam.

Elijah Wood as Frodo and Sean Astin as Sam.

Namarie…

Elijah Wood as Frodo.

Elijah Wood as Frodo.

Blessed they are.

Sailing into the West.

Sailing into the West.

Sam returns home.

Sean Astin as Sam and Sarah McLeod as Rosie. Also Ali Astin as Elenor and Maisy McLeod-Riera as Baby Gamgee (presumably Frodo...haha.)

Sean Astin as Sam and Sarah McLeod as Rosie. Also Ali Astin as Elenor and Maisy McLeod-Riera as Baby Gamgee (presumably Frodo…haha.)

Much thanks and love to Peter Jackson, for making these films!!

Peter Jackson.

Peter Jackson.

Well that’s it! I will probably be back sometime to do some citation, but for now, I am going to go ahead and release it into the wild. If you like it, leave me a comment or something!! I greatly appreciate you all reading. Anyway, Star Wars and Supernatural coming up. Have a preference? Tell me about it!! Thank you so much!! I hope you enjoyed this and will be back for the next!!

Amusing things that you’ll see in “The Almighty Johnsons”

"The Almighty Johnsons" Creator James Griffin and Rachel Lang with Timothy Balme, Emmett Skilton, Ben Barrington, Dean O'Gorman, Jared Turner.

“The Almighty Johnsons” Creator James Griffin and Rachel Lang with Timothy Balme, Emmett Skilton, Ben Barrington, Dean O’Gorman, Jared Turner.

Hello all!! A few months ago, I finished watching a lovely show from New Zealand called “The Almighty Johnsons” about four brothers who happen to be human incarnations of a few interesting Norse gods. I enjoyed the show quite a bit, as the story was interesting and fun. it is smart, funny, adventurous and at times dramatic show with great writing and wonderful actors. The show was created by James Griffin and Rachel Lang and features Timothy Balme, Emmett Skilton, Dean O’Gorman, Jared Turner, Ben Barrington, Fern Sutherland, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Hayden Frost, and Michelle Langstone.

Anyway, one of my favorite things to do after I have found something that I really like is to take that something and see if I can get a few laughs out of it. Anyway, this is what I came up with when I was trying to come up with a few one liners for this bad boy. Note that everything that comes from here on is meant in jest and is not meant to be taken seriously. So please, sit back and enjoy these amusing one-liners about “The Almighty Johnsons”!!

Bragi, God of poetry…Who can’t really write poetry. And yet all his pick-up lines are somehow better than, “Aren’t you going to search me? I could have anything down my trousers?” (Yes I am making reference to “The Hobbit”. Why? Because I can!)

Anders Johnson/Bragi played by Dean O'Gorman

Anders Johnson/Bragi played by Dean O’Gorman

A god you don’t want to play call of Duty with because he always kills you and doesn’t even wait ten seconds after you’ve re-spawned. (He’s the god of games, he always wins…So annoying)

Timothy Balme as Mike/Ullr.

Timothy Balme as Mike/Ullr.

The Iceman least likely to come out.

Jared Turner as Ty/Hod.

Jared Turner as Ty/Hod.

The bestest of friends!!

Axl/Odin and Zeb played by Emmett Skilton and Hayden Frost

Axl/Odin and Zeb played by Emmett Skilton and Hayden Frost

A Douglas Fir! (Sorry New Zealand, had to put in a bit of Oregon)

Alison Bruce as Agnetha/Freyja

Alison Bruce as Agnetha/Freyja

But sometimes she’s actually a bit more like this.

Agnetha cactus

The Goddess of death…Or just the crazy lady Ty got married to. Either way, Hel hath no fury.

Brooke Williams as Eve/Hel.

Brooke Williams as Eve/Hel.

Odin on Chick day.

Axl as Frigg and Olaf/Baldr played by Siobhan Marshall and Ben Barrington

Axl as Frigg and Olaf/Baldr played by Siobhan Marshall and Ben Barrington

People one probably shouldn’t see on Odin’s chick day, but you have to go see anyway.

Ben Barrington, Siobhan Marshall, Dean O'Gorman, Shane Cortese, and Hayden Frost.

Ben Barrington, Siobhan Marshall, Dean O’Gorman, Shane Cortese, and Hayden Frost.

But that doesn’t stop your bestest friend from trying.

Ben Barrington, Siobhan Marshall, and Hayden Frost.

Ben Barrington, Siobhan Marshall, and Hayden Frost.

A place where everybody knows your name. (Even though sometimes they probably wish they didn’t)

Axl/Odin with Olaf/Baldr and Mike/Ullr played by Emmett Skilton, Ben Barrington and Timothy Balme

Axl/Odin with Olaf/Baldr and Mike/Ullr played by Emmett Skilton, Ben Barrington and Timothy Balme

The sexiest man alive!

Geoff Dolan as Derrick Hansen/Thor.

Geoff Dolan as Derrick Hansen/Thor.

A fun gadget Anders found at the Apple Store.

Sara Wiseman as Helen/Idunn.

Sara Wiseman as Helen/Idunn.

Enjoying your Apple product!

Jared Turner, Dean O'Gorman, Sara Wiseman.

Jared Turner, Dean O’Gorman, Sara Wiseman.

A Bible thumper (sorry if that term is offensive) who’s gonna thump somebody.

Natalie Medlock as Natalie the God hunter.

Natalie Medlock as Natalie the God hunter.

Dropping an especially heavy bible on your Apple product.

Sara Wiseman as Helen/Idunn.

Sara Wiseman as Helen/Idunn.

Getting a new Apple product!

Keisha Castle-Hughes as Gaia/Idunn and Rachel Nash as Ingrid/ Snotra.

Keisha Castle-Hughes as Gaia/Idunn and Rachel Nash as Ingrid/ Snotra.

Sending you Apple product back to the manufacturer because it doesn’t work well for you.

Keisha Castle-Hughes as Gaia/Idunn, Emmett Skilton, and Hayden Frost.

Keisha Castle-Hughes as Gaia/Idunn, Emmett Skilton, and Hayden Frost.

The Donald Trump of New Zealand gods. (Yet even he has enough class not to insult the voters…At least not to their faces)

Shane Cortese as Colin/Loki.

Shane Cortese as Colin/Loki.

God least likely to want to hang out under the Mistletoe.

Ben Barrinton as Olaf/Baldr.

Ben Barrinton as Olaf/Baldr.

Backstory that they can’t use because it would totally mess up the story. (And really old-timey references)

Ben Barrington, Jared Turner, Shane Cortese.

Ben Barrington, Jared Turner, Shane Cortese.

Odin when he feels pretty.

Emmett Skilton as Axl/Odin.

Emmett Skilton as Axl/Odin.

Friggity, Frigg, Frigg, Frigg!

Siobhan Marshall as Frigg and Matthew Saville as Heimdall

Siobhan Marshall as Frigg and Matthew Saville as Heimdall

Clueless Mortals…

Dawn and Zeb played by Fern Sutherland and Hayden Frost.

Dawn and Zeb played by Fern Sutherland and Hayden Frost.

Freki the Chihuahua edition! (Sorry dude, had to go there)

Zeb played by Hayden Frost.

Zeb played by Hayden Frost.

Okay, that’s it for now!! Look for the relevant songs below! Special thanks to James Griffin, Rachel Lang, Simon Bennett and all of the other lovely talent. Happy belated birthday to Emmett Skilton, and thank you for letting me play with this!! I quite enjoyed it!

Things to look forward to:

Amusing things to see in “The Dark Crystal”

Amusing things to see in “Poldark”

Amusing things to see in “The Lord of the Rings”

Amusing things to see in “Star Wars”

Amusing things to see in “The Hobbit”

and many others. Possibly not in that order. Anyway, thanks for reading and I hope to hear from you!!

Song for Ty and Dawn

Song for Axl

Song for Mike

Song for Colin

Song for Eva

Song for Anders

Song for Olaf

Song for the show