and others, the year-end fandom meme:Your main fandom of the year?General Hospital
. At the beginning of the year it was unwatchable and probably a breath away from cancellation, but Ron Carlivati and Frank Valentini have made it must-see TV (for the first time in well over a decade). I cannot describe how very fannish I feel about the presence of Anna Devane, Cesar Faison, Robert Scorpio, and Lucy Coe on my TV once more.Your favorite film you watched this year?
Of the films I saw in a theater (not too many), probably The Avengers
. Runner-up: Dark Shadows
(though more for the experience of watching it in a theater full of hardcore fans than for the actual movie). Recently I rewatched Rosemary's Baby
and The Exorcist
on cable a couple of times each and fell in love with them all over again (especially Rosemary's Baby
).Your favorite book read this year?
Contemporary novel: Delia Sherman's The Freedom Maze
. Runners-up: Available Dark
and Radiant Days
by Elizabeth Hand, and Blackout
by Mira Grant.
Classic novel: The Bostonians
by Henry James (which I spent many enjoyable months reading on dailylit.com).Your favorite album or song to listen to this year?
Music that came out this year: Theatre Is Evil
by Amanda Palmer (especially "Do It With a Rock Star," "Massachusetts Avenue" and "Melody Dean").
I listened to a TON of 1970s music this year while revising the Jo book. According to last.fm, my top 2 most-played songs of the year were "Cracked Actor" by David Bowie and "Where To Now St. Peter?" by Elton John, and I'm not in the least surprised.Your favorite TV show of the year?General Hospital
, hands down. Runner-up: Homeland
, which delivered probably the best hour of TV I saw all year (though a few episodes later it nearly jumped the shark). (Also it must be said that I spent many hours this year rewatching Dark Shadows
, and now that I own the complete boxed set, this will surely continue.)Your best new fandom discovery of the year?
It took several episodes for me to warm to it, but I am getting quite fond of Nashville
. Your biggest fandom disappointment of the year?One Life To Live
going off the air in January. (It may be back via Prospect Park next year, though I'll believe it when I see it.) Also Days of Our Lives
starting out the year revitalized (especially with the hot, subtextual EJ/Will relationship) and then turning dull dull dull when the head writers got replaced. This season's Dexter
was pretty disappointing, as well.Your fandom boyfriend of the year?
Ron Carlivati, maybe? He is certainly my fandom hero.Your fandom girlfriend of the year?
Anna Devane all the way!!Your biggest squee moment of the year?
"Duke Lavery" turning out to be Faison in a Duke mask. Anna and Faison coming face to face for the first time since the early 90s. Robert melting off Faison's Duke face with fondue.The most missed of your old fandoms?
I do miss the Buffy days (though back then the Buffyverse took over my brain to the extent that I could barely write anything but fanfic).The fandom you haven't tried yet, but want to?
Well, enough people seem to love Once Upon a Time
(I only saw the first couple of episodes) that I want to give it another go.Your biggest fan anticipations for the coming year?
Not to sound like a broken record, but...General Hospital
's fiftieth anniversary, and all the cast returns that will likely ensue as part of the celebration.