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How did you get into Pros fandom?

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19 May 2011 | 14:40
posted by: constant_muse in the_safehouse

We all like to talk about ourselves, right? And I for one never tire of hearing about how other people fell in love with the lads and found themselves sharing the lurve on LJ.



Was chatting with byslantedlight on this very subject when she suggested a post, an idea I have unashamedly hijacked.

So, whether it was just last week or just thirty years ago (*g*), spill the beans and tell us what brought you into Pros fandom.

A friend in another fandom? Seeing the repeats on daytime TV? Reading a favourite author's Pros fic?...


You see, I suspect I'm unusual around here. This time in 2008 I had never heard of fandom or slash or LJ, but I did have this itch to see The Professionals again, after so many years... And then thanks to the interwebz and ITV4 it all came together wonderfully that summer.

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Alexfandra

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from: alexfandra
date: 19 May 2011 16:01 (UTC)
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It was 1992. All we had were non-graphic email listservs. I was into "Blake's 7" at the time and found a listserv for it, and noticed another fan with an email address indicating she was at the same university as me. So out of the blue, I sent her a note asking if she read fanfic (no mention of slash). I am normally not extroverted and don't do things like that, but fans were so few and far apart and hard to find back then, that I took a chance.

She replied, asked if I read slash, and named a few stories. Turned out I'd written one of them. So we got together in person, and she asked the fateful question, "So, are you also a fan of The Professionals?"

I'd not heard of it. She introduced me to her circle of friends, showed me some episodes, and I was so hooked that I never looked back at Blake's 7. That circle of friends, who I joined wholeheartedly, became the vidding collective, The Media Cannibals. And the fan who gave me my best friends and my best fandom ever was Sandy Hereld.

I am so, so grateful that I took that first step into the unknown, and that Sandy was there to guide me.

-Alexandra

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The new Salopian

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from: constant_muse
date: 19 May 2011 18:29 (UTC)
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So cloak-and-dagger, and therefore romantic! *g*

I'm so glad to read your account of how you started to write Pros fic, since after my first experiences of Pros fic were quite heavy stuff that I wasn't entirely enjoying, I found your stories of warm, loving lads much more to my taste and was encouraged to keep exploring.

Thank you!

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kiwisue

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from: kiwisue
date: 20 May 2011 07:20 (UTC)
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I'm taking the opportunity to say that I love 'Tea for Two'. 'Dance while you can' was one of the first circuit stories I ever read and it left me with a certain fondness for 'undercover in a gay bar' scenarios.

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Alexfandra

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from: alexfandra
date: 20 May 2011 16:08 (UTC)
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Thank you kindly - I'm happy to hear that fans are still enjoying my old stories. I had such a great time writing Pros fanfic, and it gave me tons of ideas and inspiration for my pro novels. My only regret is that I wasn't born and raised in Britain so I wouldn't have made those Americanism errors along the way!

But it was the most fun I've had writing by far - thanks for letting me know!

Cheers,
Alexandra

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