FANDOM BEFORE THE INTERNET
The 90s were a very difficult time for the obsessed fan. Do you all know how lucky you are with your wifi and your new fangled tumblr blogs?
Title: Unpack My Heart
Authors: dontfretbaby & somethingdarrenish
Word Count: 7327
Summary: What happens after two strangers meet by chance and spend six unforgettable days together in Italy?
Warnings: Contains Chris/OMC, Darren/OFC, but nothing explicit
Notes: This is a two-part interlude between Unpack My Heart and what will be the sequel. Thanks to our betas on these one shots Alyssa & Mags. Finally, a very special thank you to everyone who has given us such tremendously amazing feedback on the first installment of this series. The sequel is not too far away!
B: A pairing you initially didn’t consider but someone changed your mind. I want to answer this with a specific name but I realized it’s spoilers for anyone who reads pornstar au. Oh, here’s one, to step outside thee Glee/Glee RPF realm: John Crichton/Martha Jones. I was dubious at first but Mav convinced me and then we spent the next two years writing it.
H: Do you prefer real-life TV shows or animated TV shows? Both? Both.
I: Has tumblr caused you to stop liking any fandoms, if so, which and why? Um… that’s tricky. It’s tricky when you only know something through fandom. I’ll say tumblr has stopped me from watching some things I otherwise might have. But it’s never not made me like a show I already liked.
Z: What’s a ship that you want to ship publicly, but everyone on tumblr hates it so you keep your mouth shut about it? I’m really not that private about a lot of stuff that I ship. I keep Darren/Julia most on the dl but I get super paranoid about ships where one of the people is actually on tumblr. Fourth wall, fourth wall, fourth wall.
Things I didn’t know I needed until now
*gently nudges you toward a blank document*
O: Choose a song at random, what ship does it remind you of? Aren’t You Kind of Glad We Did? sung by Judy Garland and Dick Haymes as crisscolfer. (Chris taking Judy’s part, Darren taking Dick’s.)
(heh. darren taking dicks. heh. I mean, sorry. next question.)
Q: A ship you’ve abandoned and why. I don’t abandon ships so much as I just run through the natural course of them. It happens with writing and with reading. Sometimes you only have so many stories to tell, or something else comes along that distracts you. I also dislike the whole jump ship phrasing. This whole idea that you have to like just the one thing or that people who choose to only like one thing are better for it bugs the shit out of me. (If you legitimately just only like the one thing, that’s cool. Just stop acting like it’s a point of pride.)
I can’t ever think of a ship I’ve actively stopped with for any negative reason. The closest I guess would be Jack/Ianto in Torchwood, but I didn’t stop loving them. I didn’t even stop writing them right away. Things just got so depressing that eventually I stopped wanting to.
R: A pairing you ship that you don’t think anyone else ships.
I tend to think most people that ship Chris/Joey are just humoring me.
S: What’s a headcanon you have? That Chris sings around the house just as much as Darren does. It might not be the career he has in mind for himself, but he still loves music and how it brought them together.
AMERICAN IDOL YOU WERE IN AMERICAN IDOL FANDOM OMGGGGG I BET WE CROSSED PATHS SOMEWHERE BACK THEN
Only that one pairing! That’s actually the only season I even watched. Though I did go to the tour date closest to me for that season.
P: Invent a random AU for any fandom (we always need more ideas). (Just answered this, but it’s fun so I’ll do it again.) Chris writes the signs outside of the coffee shop he works in. Darren sees them every day and laughs but he never stops in because he doesn’t drink coffee. Chris sees Darren every day, and he sees Darren laugh and he always hopes Darren will come in… but he doesn’t. So Chris starts to make the messages on the signs more and more pointed.