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So I managed to convert my friend into a slasher without even trying.

She's just started watching Merlin, (which I don't watch, but have picked up enough via fannish osmosis to chat to her about it) and whilst talking to her the other night I made a facetious comment about whether Arthur and Merlin were shagging yet, and the following conversation ensued -


TheDivineGoat: And what are you're opinions on Arthur and Merlin shagging?)
TheLovelyStick: Um not sure about is05 and can't see Arthur shagging merlin - who ever told yo that is lying! 
TheDivineGoat: Re Arthur and Merlin shagging - over a thousand ship fics told me - http://archiveofourown.org/works?utf8=✓&selected_tags%5Btags%5D%5B%5D=232768&selected_tags%5Btags%5D%5B%5D=20940&language_id=&boolean_type=and&tag_id=Merlin+%28TV%29&commit=Filter+Works I don't think they're all lying. ;-)
(Not that I've read them all, or any really.  The only Arthur/Merlin fic I've read is them as modern normal people who are fans and write fanfiction.
TheDivineGoat: [Link Redacted]
TheLovelyStick: You need to go back to the gp and get the other stuff oramorph clearly isn't for you and you have tested it often enough at the same time get him to send a follow up letter re your op........ps there will be no bum fun with Arthur or merlin!
TheDivineGoat: But bum fun is fun! Sherlock and John? Kirk and Spock?
TheLovelyStick: Will will not hear of it the sausage will be hidden in gwynervere or however you spell it!!!!!!
TheLovelyStick: However they may wish to do this together and thats as near as I will permit it to get
TheDivineGoat: So you're firmly a het shipper, or is it just an Arthur/Gwen shipper?
TheLovelyStick: A het shipper?
TheDivineGoat: Someone who likes the above picture would be a slasher or a slash shipper ie male/male pairings.  A het shipper would like female/male pairings. Someone who is into gen likes no pairings in the fic/art. Then there's someone like me who likes everything m/m, m/f, f/f, with a preference for threesomes.
TheDivineGoat: I forgot the femslashers who obviously like female/female.
TheLovelyStick: I'm sure you do not expect me to remember that........
TheDivineGoat: :D
TheLovelyStick: I think the picture is a bit confused
TheDivineGoat: Fan art is always of varying quality.  Be glad I didn't expose you to any of the really bad porny photo manips.
TheDivineGoat: I just properly scalded my lip testing whether the soup noddles were cooked. I appear to have a blister forming. OW!
TheDivineGoat: Currently kissing a cartoon of ben and jerrys
Ouch
TheLovelyStick: I'm now intrigued by dodgy porn

A few days later...

TheLovelyStick: By the way you wrecked my pleasure in merlin...........believe it or not this week Arthur's trousers fell down and there was some uncomfortable fumbling with Arthur and merlin trying to get the back up............can you recommend som decent viewing on a sat night for me I simply can't look at them in the same way again!!!!!!!
TheDivineGoat: : I'm sorry. :-) I can send you a lot of Gwen/Arthur het fic and fan art?
TheLovelyStick: You are not gonna believe this but.............................
TheLovelyStick: I'm kinda with the merlin arthur thingy - send me all the art
TheLovelyStick: Yes I know.......such as life, actually some of that art you were talking about might help lift my mood
TheDivineGoat: I'm looking, but I'm better at finding the written word than fan art .  But I will find you some.
TheLovelyStick: I just went looking and.......lost, it's a scary world out there!
TheDivineGoat: [Link Redacted] There's lots, lots more to come.
TheLovelyStick: Wow..........
TheLovelyStick: Got any more?

...

TheLovelyStick: The first one is my favourite........but then they r all good - keep em coming :)

TheLovelyStick: Yes I must go to work in the morning...........please continue tomorrow a new door has been opened!


She had now joined Dreamwidth and Livejournal with the intention of following some comms and fan artists, (and I'm determined to get her into fic eventually!) but I have no idea about either a) Merlin fandom, b) Fan Art and Fan Artists, and c) Merlin Fan Art in particular (of the slashy variety)

So can anyone give me recs for fan art, fan artists to follow and comms to join, either on Livejournal or Dreamwidth? Also any fan vids as I'm determined to get her into vids too. Any help for a complete fandom newbie would be very much appreciated

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Date: 2011-10-25 08:57 pm (UTC)
giandujakiss: (Default)
From: [personal profile] giandujakiss
So you're fine on fics? Because for canon fics I'd just direct her to the works of seperis and astolat, both on A03.

Vids, I'd got with obsessive24's Red, one of the best fanvids ever.

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Date: 2011-10-25 09:41 pm (UTC)
damanique: (Default)
From: [personal profile] damanique
Hahaha! I remember the first time I encountered slash. It was Final Fantasy VIII Squall/Seifer, and my first reaction was THAT IS SO WRONG GROSS I AM SUPER FREAKED OUT

Of course a week later I was reading fic about it...

I can even help you with recs because an LJ friend of mine is a Merlin/Arthur shipper, and I found these comms on their profile (so NO idea if they're any good, mind you):

http://ontd-merlin.livejournal.com
http://merlin-love.livejournal.com
http://reel-merlin.livejournal.com

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Date: 2011-10-25 10:53 pm (UTC)
st_aurafina: Rainbow DNA (Default)
From: [personal profile] st_aurafina
Well done with the recruiting! *cheers*

Not my fandom, but I know there's a newsletter: [livejournal.com profile] bbc_merlin_news.

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Date: 2011-10-25 11:40 pm (UTC)
goss: (Merlin - M/A bffs (by petits_bouts))
From: [personal profile] goss
Oooooh! I really like the comm [livejournal.com profile] drawmelot - lots of gorgeous Arthur/Merlin drawings and paintings (as well as other characters) posted there. :)

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Date: 2011-10-26 01:57 am (UTC)
shadowspar: Picture of ouendan (\o/)
From: [personal profile] shadowspar

Heh, nicely done.

Sometimes I think all fandom-related websites and materials should be required to carry a cautionary message: WARNING! Fandom will EAT YOUR BRAIN.

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Date: 2011-10-26 04:25 am (UTC)
azurelunatic: Azz and best friend grabbing each other's noses.  (Default)
From: [personal profile] azurelunatic
Hooray for fannish funtimes!

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Date: 2011-10-26 09:26 am (UTC)
jumpuphigh: Black and white photo of two men about to kiss (Boys)
From: [personal profile] jumpuphigh
Caveat: I'm not active in Merlin fandom; I just watch the show.

That said, Merlin is fun because the actors have a tendency to slash the characters in their DVD commentaries. Also, Bradley and Colin are a combination of adorable and hilarious when they do interviews together.

I have enjoyed this story Tintagel by [archiveofourown.org profile] seperis.

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Date: 2011-10-26 08:15 pm (UTC)
ilthit: (Default)
From: [personal profile] ilthit
Contact Vanillatwist on Tumblr! She is a slashy fan and an expert and just bursting at the seams with recs. I already asked her, but I think she's shy about contacting you directly, but she'd be happy to help.

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