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msilverstar

my rant on fandom awards

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Feb. 4th, 2005 | 07:55 pm
mood: tired
music: Steeleye Span - The Lark in the Morning

I've always had a hard time with arts awards -- how can one compare very different pieces and say which is better? What does better even mean in this context? People have very different standards of quality, different tastes and different expectations. Fandom is even worse, because these are dear friends, and they put so much of themselves into the stories. The structure of awards causes problems too: stories are placed into relatively arbitrary categories, and often there are either several fabulous stories to choose among, or several mediocre ones. Either case is depressing.

And then feelings always get hurt, by the nature of the beast. For someone to win, the rest have to lose, and it bothers me to watch. So I never enter, vote, or make a fuss about awards.

I think recs are a much better way to go. Recs take the competition out of the equation and let people share the best of the stories they've read. When someone takes the time to link to a story they like, and explain why, it's an award in itself!

This rant brought to you by the fact one of my stories was nominated for an award and I withdrew it for the reasons stated above.

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Feb. 5th, 2005 04:47 am (UTC)
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thanks!

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Jassy

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from: jasmineskie
date: Feb. 5th, 2005 04:40 am (UTC)
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Awards for any kind of artistic expression -- or anything that's viewed subjectively -- are always arbitrary. Art's in the eye of the beholder. What one person loves, another person will loathe, that's just the nature of putting creative efforts out in the public eye.

I don't actively campaign for awards, either for nominations or for votes, but I didn't refuse the nominations I got either. (I think I know which awards you're referring to.) I didn't nominate my stories, someone else did, and I'm flattered that someone liked my writing enough to take the effort to do that. I'll thank people if I win but I won't be crushed if I don't.

I know not everyone takes these things that easily. I come from a background of having my writing critiqued, and sometimes harshly, while I sit there and listen, unable to respond, so I know that my writing's not perfect. I don't consider myself a loser if I don't win. I've been rejected enough IRL to know that it's not me being rejected -- what I wrote just didn't work for that particular person at that particular point in time.

I may sound like I disagree with you, but I don't. For a lot of fanfic writers these awards have way too much importance, and they're devastated if they don't win. Those writers should refuse the nominations. A writer should never do anything that makes her feel bad about her writing. It took me a while to develop my own thick skin, and I know I have a different perspective on things than most fanfic writers do.

I understand why you withdrew your nominations. Guess I just wanted to explain why I didn't. *hugs*

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Feb. 5th, 2005 04:52 am (UTC)
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Not meant to be aimed at anyone else -- that rant's been stored up for ages and finally came out because I was nominated, which brought things to the fore. Also, I wanted to be very clear that it's not sour grapes, it's a personal ethical statement.

Your writing is so good, I do want everyone to recognize it!

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Jassy

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from: jasmineskie
date: Feb. 5th, 2005 05:12 am (UTC)
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Not meant to be aimed at anyone else

I didn't think that it was. *hugs* I was just rambling in your journal, Friday night avoidance syndrome. *g*

I admire you for standing up for your ethics and refusing the nomination. Ethics are easy when you don't have to give up something for them, but you did. I've read your stories. They're wonderful, and you don't need an award to prove it.

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whitewizzy

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from: whitewizzy
date: Feb. 5th, 2005 09:26 am (UTC)
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I so agree.
I always keep out of them too, even if there are fics I like better then others.

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Feb. 5th, 2005 10:42 pm (UTC)
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Of course there are fics each person prefers, as it should be. So please, rec the ones that you like, and share happy.

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the night is a very dark time for me

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from: olivia_ramirez
date: Feb. 5th, 2005 01:29 pm (UTC)
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I've never given the phenomenon much thought but lately I have seen too many bruised ego's and hurt feelings because of awards so I plan not to be involved with them anymore.

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Feb. 5th, 2005 10:44 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, it's hard to separate oneself from one's stories, and even then, hard to see other stories getting more praise.

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loreley_se

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from: loreley_se
date: Feb. 5th, 2005 01:58 pm (UTC)
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Amen. This is exactly why I ignore all these awards thingies completely.

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Feb. 5th, 2005 10:44 pm (UTC)
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I try to ignore them but they impinge sometimes.

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fairywriter

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from: slashfairy
date: Aug. 7th, 2007 04:52 pm (UTC)
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Word.

and well said.

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