In your own space, create your own challenge. Whatever your challenge is, and have fun with it!
The preface text for this challenge: "What’s something you want to see more people doing in fandom? Do you love fiber arts and want to see more fannish crafting? Do you want to make at least one fanwork per month? Do you want your friends to leave comments on each fanwork they consume? Or is there something you’ve tried that you think other people would enjoy as well?"
I really didn't know what to do with this. First, am I posting a challenge for other people to take up, or is this a challenge I'm creating for myself to do? Should I answer said challenge, or is it supposed to be something ongoing? I think it's meant to be all of that and more. But I still wasn't sure what to do.
Then I decided to concentrate on the very first question in the preface: What is something I want to see more people doing in fandom? I have a definitive answer for that. I want to see more people trying to understand and appreciate other people's opinions and viewpoints. We all have things we don't like in our fandoms - themes we don't agree with, characters we don't like, events that we think shouldn't have happened - that other people love, and battle lines get drawn right across them. In DW, it's RTD love/hate, Moffat love/hate, wars over ships, favorite Doctors, and most recently, the gender of the Doctor. So much anger, so much hate.
So, my challenge to you: Revisit something in your fandom that you don't like or don't agree with and re-evaluate it, noting at least three things that you like about it. You don't have to post it, and you certainly don't need to end up liking it overall, but learn something about what other people enjoy about it.
And here's my response:
If you've read anything in my journal, you probably know that I really dislike Steven Moffat's showrunning and writing. I loved the episodes he wrote during RTD's run, but as we progressed through his show, I disliked him more and more. Series 5 and 6 weren't so bad, but Series 7 had little recommend it, and then Series 8, 9, and 10 have been four years of torture for me, with a very few bright spots (thank you, Jamie Mathieson). Here are three things that I've enjoyed from Moffat's run on Doctor Who (episodes are ones he wrote himself).
- Rory: Rory is the one recurring character with a stable, well-planned design from the beginning, and who grew from his experiences with the Doctor and developed into a person who could hold his own, even against the Doctor himself.
- "Heaven Sent": This is a Moffat time-twisting plot at its best - clever and brain-bending without trying to be superclever.
- Series Five: The overall story arc for Series Five was tight and compelling, while still playing games with time.