March 3rd, 2020

OF: Starsky & Hutch

30 Days of Fandom Meme Day 01

I can't really believe it's been more than a month since I posted the 'Master Post' for this meme. Twenty-nine days of pretty pictures and a few other things later I am finally making a start on it.

Day 01: How did you first get into writing fanfic, and what was the first fandom you wrote for? What do you think it was about that fandom that pulled you in?

In a way it depends on what is meant by 'writing fanfic'. As far as actually writing and sharing the first story I wrote was in 1999. However, I had been 'writing' mostly in my head, but in couple of cases by hand (yes, actually writing) for a couple of decades before that. Let me elucidate.

Until 1999 I had no idea that 'fandom' and 'slash' existed. Of course I'd heard of Star Trek conventions and fans in that respect, but that was all. Then in 1999 during quiet Easter, I discovered that three videos of one of my favourite shows as a teenager (Starsky & Hutch) were being/had been released.

So I did a little browsing on the web and this searching somehow led me into a story, which I started to read and sat there unable to believe my eyes. Someone was writing about them as lovers! Something that I had been done in my mind (along with Bodie/Doyle, Kirk/Spock, Holmes/Watson and Raffles/Bunny) from when I first saw them on TV/read books about them.

At the time I just thought that I was very weird and alone in this. After all surely nice, normal girls (especially quiet, studious, bookish, naïve girls) didn't have thoughts about two men together, did they? Not that my thoughts then went beyond hand holding or some simple kisses, maybe the odd bit of gentle petting, but they were together as a couple.

Throughout the years between being a pre-teenager and 1999, during which time I did the usual education, degree, marriage, jobs, etc. I still had these thoughts about some male/male pairings from TV, but I still kept telling myself that I was 'odd'. However, this story proved I wasn't. Some more browsing (at which time we weren't on broadband and so were paying by the minute) revealed more stories, and eventually I made contact with someone influential and well-known in Starsky & Hutch fandom who invited me to join a list and that was that.

There I discovered that far from being alone and 'weird' there were many, many, many others who had similar thoughts, and that there was this whole new world called 'fandom'. I soon discovered that people in fandom will bend over backwards to be helpful and encouraging, providing episodes, lending zines, recommending zines and stories, answering all sorts of daft questions, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera. I entered a swift learning curve, but as learning has always been a passion of mine, I was in my element. I made some wonderful friends, many of whom I am still in touch with, and started to have story ideas of my own.

The ideas I had found their way onto paper (well the computer screen) and so my fandom writing life began. The very first story I wrote was a Starsky/Hutch story and an established relationship story at that - pretty much all my pre-actual-writing-stories stories were ER stories - not a lot has changed there.

What pulled me into Starsky & Hutch fandom to begin with was because it was the first fandom I found, it was a show and a pairing I already adored; it showed me I wasn't weird or alone in my thoughts and it offered such a lot of help and encouragement and friendship and discussions and opened up doors for me in ways I really don't think would otherwise have ever been opened. At the time I first got into Starsky & Hutch, I saw them as 'the' pairing; the only pairing I would ever write or read and perhaps more importantly (at the time) would want to write or read - certainly write. As you know - a lot has changed in twenty-one years.

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