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I recently discovered the LJ feature which allows you to look at posts from friends of friends.   Instead of "friends" at the end of an URL, you put "friendsfriends" and you get to view lots of posts.  For instance:       <somename>.livejournal.com/friendsfriends

I read about 3 messages into the list and discovered that, no matter how many fandoms I follow (even if they squick other people), there are even MORE fandoms out that that squick me bigtime.  I found myself reading a post about a current TV show pairing and all I could think was "That is just WRONG!".  It wasn't a moral judgment, just a gut level disbelief in the pairing.  Even as I'm typing this, I'm making a sour face just thinking about that fandom.

Then only 2 messages later I stumbled upon a RL pairing that just ... I can't even describe how negative my reaction was.  I know that part of the problem with this pair was that I find both individuals completely unappealing, so reading about their pairing has a very high gross-out factor for me.

I was hoping to find some interesting connections in the friends of friends and with time I likely will.  But my first reaction was "who are these people and what the heck is wrong with them????"  Obviously not a good way to start a meaningful connection!

Of course I know I'm being hypocritical about this - I certainly have had people give me the evil eye when I mention a couple of my all-time favorite pairings.  But really - EWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!

So, I'll chalk this up to being old and inflexible and  grumpy - and hope that I haven't hurt anyone's feelings with fandom intolerance.  Meanwhile, maybe I can figure out a fast way to skip past the squicky messages to get to the good stuff that friends of friends certainly will offer!


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Aug. 2nd, 2008 12:40 pm (UTC)

Ooh, that's clever. I didn't know you could do that. I must give it a try... I'll wear my heavy duty squick mask and galoshes, just in case. *g*

Aug. 2nd, 2008 05:22 pm (UTC)
I tried again this morning - and spent most of the browsing time thinking "These people need a life!" Sheesh, pretty hypocritical of me, especially given the number of hours I've spent reading, thinking, talking fandoms!

Just remember to write down or bookmark some of the actual interesting things you come across - it's a bugger to try to locate them later!
Aug. 7th, 2008 07:24 pm (UTC)
Just wandering back to say - it's all your fault, and I think I'm addicted! No, not that bad - but OMG I see what you mean *g* Some of it is wonderful, some of it... HELP! I love it all.

Aug. 5th, 2008 05:14 am (UTC)
Nifty! I'll try that one with caution ;)

I get all kinds of weird pairings popping up on my flist, so if it was mine that squicked you you're not alone - some of the pairings that are on some of the communities on my flist squick me as well - I just skip those ones and I stay in the comms because of the occasional good thing that isn't anywhere else. In one of my fandoms a certain incestuous pairing is inexplicably popular (EWWWWWWWW!!!) which I find absolutely revolting. I skip those, and rant at the idjits who misidentify fics and fail to mention when something is all about that pairing.

Other things I do like on my flist and fandoms - well, I shudder to think what other people would think!
Aug. 6th, 2008 07:32 am (UTC)
I have to admit that I don't keep up on the new crop of pretty boy-celebs that come along (or the characters they play), so some of the pairs mix in folk I've never even heard of.

*hangs head* Makes me feel a bit old, but proud to be biased choosy!
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