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A year in fandom meme thing, nicked from just about everywhere.

Your main fandom of the year?
Doctor Who, always. I'm variably active within the fandom, but I've stuck with the show itself for 35 years, and it's always fun to at least natter about it online or IRL, even if I'm not ficcing or vidding.

Your favourite film watched this year?
Tough one, really. If I'm honest, I liked Inception, but...well, didn't think it was quite a wonderful as other people seem to think (although I want to get the DVD and give it another couple of goes). Scott Pilgrim was, I felt, rather a disappointment - compared to the graphic novels, a lot of the detail and back story that made them such a joy to read was rather glossed over, and compared to Edgar Wright's other work it was rather lack lustre, although again I want to give it another go when the DVD comes out.

I don't really want to count films that didn't come out this year, which rules out the re-release of Back to the Future. I think that's only fair, because otherwise Titanic and Love, Actually would probably win this category every year.

So it's down to either Going the Distance, the Drew Barrymore romcom, and Tron: Legacy. And...I can't choose. They're both vastly different films, and they're both very very good in their own ways, and it would feel wrong to choose between them.

(There were also, as is always the way, a shedload of films that I didn't get round to actually seeing at the cinema - Salt, Knight and Day, Kick-Ass, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I, to name but a few - some of which I might still get to see at the cinema, others of which I'll probably get the DVD; in the case of Kick-Ass I'm holding out until we get a Blu-Ray player 'cos the extras are better...)

Your favourite book read this year?
I've become an awfully slow reader of late, to the extent that Kate Griffin's two Matthew Swift novels took me about six months between them. Or maybe five. But anyway, I thought The Midnight Mayor was absolutely wonderful - it had the edge over its predecesor, A Madness of Angels, by having a far better plot (AMoA seemed to be almost like a video game with Matthew having to defeat End of Level Bosses and finally the Big Bad, whereas The Midnight Mayor was somewhat more satisfying in having a mystery to be solved and a few interesting twists and turns). Both were blessed with Ms. Griffin's knack for captivating description, awesome snark, and her love of London, and I highly recommend them.

our favourite album or song to listen to this year?
I've been mainlining Pet Shop Boys for a large chunk of the year, but don't have a specific favourite (although I still think their version of Always on My Mind is sheer brilliance.

Your favourite TV show of the year?
It varies, depending on what's on. Normally Doctor Who, of course, but right now I'm loving Fringe, which just gets better and better.

Your favourite LJ community of the year?
I'm quite fond of the merlin_london community - even though I rarely actually make it down to the actual meet-ups, when I do it's just a decent excuse for a fandom meet up with some good people, and I love that. Hopefully in the new year, I might actually make it along!

Your best new fandom discovery of the year?
None, really. I've discovered a couple of new shows - well, one new (Sherlock), and one new to me (Fringe), but haven't really yet gotten involved in the fandoms for either of them.

Your biggest fandom disappointment of the year?
Dunno. Neither of my major disappointments are actually with fandoms themselves (although it stands to reason that I'm no fan of wank, but I tend to just avoid that wherever possible, and most of the fandom folks I know on LJ or IRL don't really do wank anyway). But vis-a-vis Merlin, I do wish the creative team would just take the show in the direction it must eventually go - kill off Uther, let Arthur become king, and let Merlin be open as a wizard. Although I also quite like my idea, that Uther should be poisoned and return as a ghost a la Hamlet's dad, just so that Anthony Head can stay around for a while...

The other disappointment is with myself, not being particularly active in most of my fandoms. I had hoped to do more vidding this year, but haven't really managed it. The death of my iMac earlier in the year is, I guess, a bit of a valid excuse...

Your TV boyfriend of the year?
Bradley James is cool, and his tendency to Gratuitous Topless Arthur scenes doesn't hurt. Also, loving Matt Smith, but David Tennant is the ex who won't go away ('cos I seriously loved him in Single Father).

Your TV girlfriend of the year?
Everyone says Morgana.



Your biggest squee moment of the year?
Probably meeting Matt Smith at the HMV signing.

The most missed of your old fandoms?
My old fandoms never really die, they just go on the back burner (heck, I rejoined the Pet Shop Boys fan club this year after 15 years away...). One thing I do miss is the speculative nature of Life on Mars/Ashes to Ashes fandom, now that the series is over and we've got all the answers.

The fandom you haven't tried yet, but want to?
Fringe, Sherlock, and Leverage - I love the shows, but haven't really participated in the fandoms yet.

Your biggest fan anticipations for the New Year?
New Doctor Who. New Fringe. New Chuck. New Leverage. New Being Human. A chance to finally catch up with season 6 of Supernatural... Hopefully a series of Dirk Gently which keeps most of the elements that worked about the pilot, but ignores the actual events of the pilot in favour of adaptations of Holistic Detective Agency and Long Dark Teatime of the Soul.

And I've received for my birthday or am going to receive for Christmas all of Blake's 7, The X Files, and Babylon 5, so some sort of extended view-a-thon is in order for them.

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