I suppose I've only just now reached the point where I can look back on everything that's caught my interest over the years. Five years ago I was still actively involved with a couple forums dedicated to certain books I loved, but I can't say the same now. Those forums have closed or migrated elsewhere under new names. I'm not an 'oldie' anymore, if I managed to find them again I'd be the forgotten nobody; I doubt a single member of those forums would remember. Even now I can't help wondering where those people have gotten to, what life has brought them. I wonder if they still think about the books (or even still like the books) because... I do. I still love the world of Krynn, depicted in the Dragonlance series. I've begun to miss characters from Forgotten Realms and might even go for a re-read of those once I'm bouncing around between college courses. I'll need a book or two in my shoulder bag for inevitable waiting times, or lines at the noon meal rush.
All of these books I've loved over the years... my memory's faded on a few, I suppose, and but I don't believe my interest has. I feel as though I could pick them up again and it would feel like going home. Am I alone in this, or is it very similar for you? These places kept a lonely girl company during elementary school, junior high, and most definitely high school. I can't wait to pick them up again once classes start, I have a feeling it'll be like returning home after being away for 5+ years, and in some cases... closer to 15 years!
Oh and, while I'm thinking of it (since it's making me smile), have you ever returned to something you once loved to find it horribly written and yet, despite this, you still can't help loving it to pieces?
I might be the oddball in that one, now that I think of it. *hides* :)
I guess I should post one of these intros, since I'm actually a maintainer here. :D
Name or names you like to go by: Sessa. "Now Januce" is our collective name, and yes, we are a multiple group, and yes, this is technically a group journal, but I kind of doubt anyone but me is likely to post here, so Sessa will work just fine unless otherwise noted.
What are some of your strongest fictional connections? They tend to be singular, rather than genre, and it's basically always through characters, not place or other elements. Let's see - books: Morgon of Hed, from the Riddlemaster Trilogy by Patricia McKillip; Deborah Blau from I Never Promised You a Rose Garden by Joanne Greenberg (that's an exception, where we identified very strongly with both settings as well as the character(s)); Will from The Dark Is Rising sequence by Louise Cooper; Katie Welker from The Girl With the Silver Eyes; we cried and mourned at the end of The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever, though that was in high school and I kind of doubt we'd have the same reaction now. TV: Charlie Crews from the short-lived series Life; David Tennant's Dr. Who (not because he's pretty, though he is - really for exactly the same reasons as Charlie Crews); Grace from Saving Grace; and... while there are a lot of shows I like, those are the only ones currently occurring to me, so - more as I think of them, I guess. Films: when we were young, The Neverending Story with Bastian and Atreyu (only the first film); um... Jeliza-Rose from Tideland (this may be disturbing to anyone who's actually seen the film); Empire Records and Donnie Darko and Ink, just in general; and some aspects of Night Breed.
I'm sure I'm leaving a hell of a lot out, but I figure I'll have the chance to make it up.
How did you come across your ties to fictional characters or worlds they inhabit (or both)? Um... I read and watch things? :)
What are some of your favorite hobbies? Reading, writing, singing, art (a while back), watching stuff.
Are there any fandoms you're particularly active in/does participating in a fandom make your connections with certain characters and places stronger? No. Honestly, I assiduously avoid fandom(s) in general.
What characters do you feel particularly close to (if you feel comfortable writing a list, that is)? Eh, I answered ahead of myself. See the fictional connections above.
Do you connect strongly with certain mediums, such as novels, television, movies, or games? (Describe, if you wish!) I can, with everything but games, which just leave me cold.
What are you hoping to find in this community? You know, I'm actually not sure yet. I'm kind of hoping for some conversations to start up (hint, hint, people who aren't maintainers and therefore have absolutely no obligation to speak up, la la) so I'll have some idea of how things will shape up.
There's also a LiveJournal version of this community. But I'll probably be more active here. :)
Name or names you like to go by: Kalli (though others may use this journal to comment too)
What are some of your strongest fictional connections?: Star Wars, Tolkien, Babylon 5, CardCaptor Sakura, Fruits Basket, Highlander, DragonLance, and Star Trek.
How did you come across your ties to fictional characters or worlds they inhabit (or both)?: Movies, books and television
What are some of your favorite hobbies?: Making icons, keeping a journal, photography
Are there any fandoms you're particularly active in/does participating in a fandom make your connections with certain characters and places stronger?: No. Other than reading or watching the listed fandoms.
What characters do you feel particularly close to (if you feel comfortable writing a list, that is)?: It's quite a large list. But several people from the above list.
Do you connect strongly with certain mediums, such as novels, television, movies, or games? (Describe, if you wish!): It seems to be visual media more than books. But books are also included.
What are you hoping to find in this community?: People to talk about favorites with.