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31 December 2009 @ 08:55 pm
New Year's Eve  
We're just short of four hours away from the new year, and I've been thinking a lot about this past year and the ups and downs we've all had. Overall, RL has been pretty good this year; my husband and I are still reasonably healthy and enjoy each other's company almost all the time. The grandchildren are beautiful, healthy, and happy, with what this admittedly biased grandmother sees as exceptional artistic talent and wacky senses of humor. Of course, most six and four-year-olds live in a world to which we have only limited access. We still haven't figured out what inspired the four-year-old's drawing which he explained as "A fire guy saying 'Oh no! Oh no!'" And his big sister wrote her very own thank-you note for holiday gifts this week.

I wanted to take this opportunity to thank all my LJ friends and others whose creative work I've enjoyed this year: stories, vids, icons, art, whatever form it took. Specifically to my friends: you are all incredibly kind, talented, funny, generous people who share your gifts freely, even with people like me who consume them eagerly and give you nothing but thanks in return. You've made me laugh A LOT, and cry when I got sucked in to another Ianto's-dead-and-Jack-is-devastated fic.

Which brings me to Children of Eartth and The Year the Fandom Imploded. Now that the dust has settled and I can react intellectually instead of so emotionally, I still think CoE was a flawed piece of work, even apart from Ianto's death. I also think I would have ignored most of the flaws if he hadn't died. But I understand that many people found it brilliant, and that is absolutely fine with me; I'm not threatened by disagreement. It seems that a lot of the venom thrown around came from people who somehow were offended that others didn't share their opinion, as if obviously all right-thinking people must see it their way, and anyone who didn't was either stupid or malicious. (Aside: this perspective is a lot broader than TW fandom, of course, our whole political scene in this country seems to have gone the same way, and there is almost no civil discourse on any topic any more. Rant over.) And I still think RTD acted like a jerk.

Since it is almost certain that Ianto is gone permanently, there isn't much that hasn't been said about the character and the actor who brought him to life. The one big question I have is this: why did Ianto Jones resonate so deeply with so many of us? I've become attached to fictional characters before, from Sherlock Holmes through Starsky and Hutch to Vinnie and Frank (and Sonny!) in Wiseguy, and Jim/Blair, but none to the extent that Ianto affected me. What was it about him that made him so appealing? I would really love for someone to ask Gareth his views, while he's still going to cons. He obviously put an incredible amount of work into Ianto, and he might have some insights into how he worked the magic. After all, Ianto wore his body for a while. Plus, it would be a really nice change from The Question about kissing Barrowman.

Wrapping this up, I want to thank all of you again, with maybe just a special thanks to the wonderful Ask!Verse people for all the hours of enjoyment you gave us, and most especially for coming out of retirement to debunk that awful BBC documentary. And I hope 2010 is full of happiness for all of you; 2009 was a pretty bad year for some of you, and I'm very sorry.

Happy New Year!
 
 
 
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