Anonymous said: (everything you write goes beyond perfect can't pick a fandom ahh) would you yell a little about hockey? about the true actual fact that after getting separate rooms kaner and tazer still actually chose to have the door between their rooms open?
YOU ARE TOO KIND, ANON <3
ok. yelling about hockey. this is not going to be what you wanted, I think, but here goes.
my problem is I never, ever expected to be into the sports-narrative aspect of hockey fandom. I grew up as someone who was only mildly into professional sports, more aware of it, in the way that you can’t really escape in australia. you KNOW SOME SHIT about cricket and tennis and probably (ugh) rugby. you have an AFL team, if you were born in melbourne to parents who both came of age in the state of victoria (mine? the sydney swans). maybe you have never watched a full game of televised sports in your life, but the sound of the cricket commentary murmuring from the room next door is a normal, soothing summer soundtrack.
(ice hockey itself, to me, was the thing that happened at the ice rink when we figure skaters weren’t there. it was the reason why there were colourful dots and lines on the ice, which were helpful for keeping your figures neat and for choreographing a routine. hockey itself? what a WASTE OF ICE TIME.)
I got into hockey fandom because someone on my dreamwidth reading list recced a fic, and I started reading the more popular pairings, and at first I veered towards AUs and PWPs that pressed the right buttons for me, because who cares about actual HOCKEY, am I right?
but I’ve come to realise that there’s something totally fascinating to me about the culture of hockey specifically (as evidenced by these are the fables), and also more generally the psychology of and the narratives around sports players. the hypermasculinity that’s touted, the behaviours that are condemned and those that are forgiven, the PRESSURE PRESSURE PRESSURE, the journalism and the backstories and the intense relationships that go into making a team, where a team is both a group of people playing a game and a professional money-making, publicity-attracting unit.
and I’m starting to GET, now, why this fandom is…a fandom. why it matters so much to a group of people online whose lifeblood is narrative, and who find a lot of joy in embellishing the existing narrative to create something personal and attractive to them, that kaner and tazer are codependent to the point of leaving that damn hotel room door open.
besides, you know. the potential for writing porn :)