You'd think this would be easy, after a life of media consumption and even production. But I don't think in quite those terms. The stories I love are friends, family, even parts of myself. I'm also not 100% sure what the question is actually asking. The worlds I visit again and again? The worlds where I want to set my own stories? My favorite authors?
So what I'll answer is what are the worlds where I wish there were more stories -- and where I'm happy to read (or write) fanfic.
Discworld. I've loved this place since I first read Pterry. I'm grieved that he's gone.
The Wimsey/Vane stories of Dorothy L. Sayers.
Ursula K. LeGuin's Orsinia.
The Girl in a Swing by Richard Adams. This feels like a strange one -- the book is complete in itself -- but I'd love to write fanfic for it, as well as lit crit about it.
In This House of Brede by Rumer Godden.
When I was halfway through writing this entry, I talked withgramina about it. She suggested that "a fandom is a body of people for whom a given story world elicits strong feelings and opinions and causes them to engage strongly with the text ('text' being understood in a meta sense)." Which makes sense to me.
How do you define fandom?
Also, the meme:
Ask me for my top five of anything, and I will try to answer. Those who know me well will expect that you might get more than five. Or an essay rather than a list, but that's how I sometimes roll.
Go ahead, ask me!
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