1. I'm going to address this issue once again and hopefully for the final time. I do understand that people disagree and sometimes vehemently but I will freeze a thread the minute I see it veering down an unpleasant road. Fortunately, I've only had to do that twice. Yes, I am quick on the trigger. I want to maintain an open and friendly environment for those who volunteer and put in their time and effort to this project.
The essays represent one person's interpretation. There are some writers who have consulted with other members of their fannish community when putting together their manifestos, but most often it's one person's opinion/interpretation of one of their favorite ships.
They write from their fannish experience and lack of or limited involvement in fandom does not somehow negate their love for the show/book/movie or pairing and their ability to write about them in an effective manner. Help them out; offer fic/art recs and links to sites if you have them handy. A lot of you have taken to doing that in comments.
Basically, what I'm trying to say is if you don't like what someone else has said about your ship or fandom, disagree in a civil manner. Add your own links if you have something to contribute and move on or take it to email. You can also sign up to do your very own essay.
2. There have been a lot of (as I like to call them) no-shows lately. I've also done a quite a bit of re-scheduling over the last couple of days. RL has been limiting the amount of time we all can devote to fannish activities.
I'm taking time out to clean up the ship_manifesto and its spin offs, idol_reflection and reflections_2 master lists today. If you need to drop out or re-schedule for some reason, please comment in this entry.
Links to each master list:
Ship Manifesto ML
Idol Reflections ML
I'd like to thank every single person, readers and contributors alike, for making this community a grand success. It started with a single question, (Why do you ship them then?) after chatting with a friend who had grown frustrated and defensive whenever her ship was brought up. You see, her pairing of choice was frowned upon, even ridiculed in some circles. The idea stayed with me and the rest is history.
I've been moved, intrigued and inspired in some way by almost every essay and I hope this trend continues. Thank you.