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WATCH ALL THE VIDS! (Watch all the vids?)

(Subject line adapted from Hyperbole and a Half, which is an idiosyncratic and very funny webcomic/blog hybrid that apparently everyone has been reading but me.)

vividcon was Made Entirely Of Awesome, or close enough as makes no appreciable difference. My vid being in Nearly New instead of Premieres meant that it ran early Friday afternoon instead of Saturday evening, which is amazingly useful for minimizing stress. (Well, along with, y'know, people having seen and commented on it elsewhere for months.) I'm very surprised to have had the only Being Human vid at the con; I even recall seeing only one clip from it in a multi-fandom vid, though there may well have been others I didn't see. I know it's a small fandom (Stateside, at least), but not completely unheard-of! Which means that I got a couple nice comments in person from people who did know it, and came home last night to two greatly appreciated ones on LJ.

I honestly had no idea when I made the vid that there were people who didn't find Lauren at least somewhat sympathetic, so I didn't set out with the intention of changing their minds about that. However, two people -- one of them a stranger -- have now told me I accomplished just that, which makes me all kinds of chuffed. I'm also particularly fond of the one who told me she was happy to see attention paid to Lauren, since she felt the character was underused and "somebody needs to yell at Mitchell." (My response to this, of course, being "As many people as possible need to yell at Mitchell.")

Even better than vidness, I had a diannelamerc and a lizbetann all the way from L.A., along with a celli and a taraljc, whom I don't see enough even though they're theoretically local. Plus there was much meeting of and chatting with new-to-me cool people, although I sort of felt like my brain never fully engaged pretty much all weekend, so names and faces and topics of conversation made less of an impression than I feel like they should have. (I'm still in that mode today, of "I've had enough sleep, why does it feel like I haven't?" Which makes me concerned that either I'm coming down with something or there's a migraine in the offing. The fact that it's been pretty much building since Friday would suggest the former. There's no time that it's actually convenient for me to get sick, but this week is about as good as it gets, so if it's going to happen, I wish it just would.)

I have asterisks next to a few vids in the program, and will be posting recs and babbling about them later (for values of "later" that may or may not be today). I really haven't been in any of the big fandoms of the last several years, so probably the vast majority of the vids I saw were for sources of which I had only cursory knowledge, but I enjoyed most of them anyway.

Lizbet and Dee and I were discussing that this year, there really wasn't a Fandom That Ate VividCon. No single fandom even had more than two vids in, like, any vid show that we noticed. Sometime the middle of Sunday (I think?) it occurred to us that, instead of a particular big fandom, the trend was for lots and lots of niche fandoms, many that I not only hadn't seen but hadn't even heard of. Which is a really interesting development, and I'll be curious to see whether people feel empowered by it to vid and submit to the con for their niche fandoms, or whether they'll pull back from it because there were so many this time out.

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darkmagess
Aug. 9th, 2010 05:25 pm (UTC)
I might have never said it, but I didn't particularly like Lauren or find her sympathetic, since it seemed to me that she went out of her way to be awful. And your vid certainly does take a totally different perspective on her. Yay for literary criticism!
wiliqueen
Aug. 9th, 2010 05:43 pm (UTC)
Multiple perspectives FTW! \o/
brightknightie
Aug. 9th, 2010 06:29 pm (UTC)
Echoing darkmagess, I didn't particularly like Lauren or find her sympathetic, either. I was surprised to learn that anyone did. ~shrug~ I prefer characters from whom I can learn something...
wiliqueen
Aug. 9th, 2010 06:35 pm (UTC)
Certainly nothing wrong with that.

I've become more aware in the last couple years that I have a huge soft spot for characters (especially supporting ones, I think) who make the wrong choices due to blind spots they've acquired in a variety of ways, and that this is more unusual than I thought.

So I shouldn't still be surprised when people don't make those same connections, but for some reason I always still am. :-)
brightknightie
Aug. 9th, 2010 07:55 pm (UTC)
Luckily you are here to show us those connections when they slip by us. :-)
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wiliqueen
Aug. 9th, 2010 05:44 pm (UTC)
That would be fantastic! *fingers crossed* It was great to meet you in person last year, however briefly.

Did I remember to tell you that the shower scene thing ROCKS? And I only made it halfway through Club Vivid, so I didn't see "Dancing With Myself" until I got home last night, and I adore it. (Also, I feel like a terrible Gene Kelly fan, because I haven't seen way too many of those movies.)

Edited at 2010-08-09 05:47 pm (UTC)
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wiliqueen
Aug. 9th, 2010 10:46 pm (UTC)
I was skimming the timeline for dance sequences.

Well, I haven't even done that, so you're still ahead of me. :-)
sabaceanbabe
Aug. 9th, 2010 05:50 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you had an awesome time. Maybe next year, I'll get to experience it. *crosses fingers*

I got my con DVDs and program in the mail today so \o/ (4 DVDs! HOURS of vids! EEEEEEEEEEEE!!!)
wiliqueen
Aug. 9th, 2010 05:58 pm (UTC)
That would be so great!

I haven't watched your Chuck one yet. Must do so.

(4 DVDs! HOURS of vids! EEEEEEEEEEEE!!!)

WATCH ALL THE VIDS! 8-D
grammarwoman
Aug. 9th, 2010 06:45 pm (UTC)
One of these years, I'm going to make it to VVC. I mean, it couldn't get much more convenient, location-wise, and there are SO many people I'd love to meet. Like you, for instance. *Grin*

wiliqueen
Aug. 9th, 2010 07:01 pm (UTC)
That would be great! I'm trying to resolve to go more than once every 3-5 years, so hopefully we'll even manage to overlap.

Edited at 2010-08-09 07:01 pm (UTC)
ceridwyn2
Aug. 10th, 2010 10:56 am (UTC)
Ack. Wish I could have gone. But already two big trips this year (one of which I leave for today).

I did, however, order the con dvd with supporting membership again this year. :)

Looking forward to what's out there.

Sorry to hear you've not been feeling well. All the best!

Edited at 2010-08-10 10:56 am (UTC)
wiliqueen
Aug. 10th, 2010 12:59 pm (UTC)
I wish you could have been there too, but am all too aware of the "only so many trips possible" dilemma! {{{ hugs }}}
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wiliqueen
Aug. 10th, 2010 08:37 pm (UTC)
*pouncehug* My buds were here! I love my buds!

MAKE ALL THE VIDS!

Oh, hey, I think I finally figured out what vidding icon I need to make...

Edited at 2010-08-10 08:45 pm (UTC)
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