Bulgarian version of Forbidden Love

You know how much I love the fansubbed version of Verbotene Liebe, the German-language soap opera. While rewatching the episodes on YouTube, I came across a Bulgarian soap with the same title: Forbidden Love. Zabranena Lyubov is based on the same originary source as VL: Australian soap Sons and Daughters.

You should give this soap some love if you like gay-themed plots; the fraught relationship between Christian Sartori (played by Lubomir Kovachev; not the same as VL’s Christian) and Valery Kadiev (played by Ivan Yurukov) is great, and what about Martin Konstantinov (played by the awesome Niki Iliev)? Well you might ask that! See for yourself. The fansubber also has untranslated clips, if you’d like to brush up on your Bulgarian.

The subs are pretty tight—no extraneous plots. And the soap has only been airing since 2008, with a recent break. However, the fansubber hasn’t ordered her subs logically and she skips eps, so I had to do some detective work. I’m also not sure all the information is correct because the upload order and the ep numbers provided don’t always match up. I don’t have air dates. I’m unclear on whether the soap has been canceled or will continue, but in any case the Chis/Valery plot is done and complete. Comment with corrections; meanwhile, check them out.

Fansubbed season 1 (2008–2009)

1 : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zD9XQ9xLNY :: 17–18 :: First meeting
2 : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iFbxBnpVh_A
?? : Unnumbered : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nT5WJ-WdYto :: 35 :: Chris and Valery have an intense talk
3 : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0bG9rwNTSg :: 44–45
4 : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zHs2QeDIfE :: 48
?? : Unnumbered : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRST5ayNrEc :: 52
5 : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ous49Ih56I :: 64

6 : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9boBb5NN8s :: 76
7 : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_3B8yW58uU :: 84 :: Not sure about the order here
8 : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yfaVYgk21mQ :: 83
9 : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGWzrDZbXL0 :: 85 :: Kiss!!
10 : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NPukPLSLAJA :: 86

11 : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjG73lnfjB0 :: 93
12 : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nzOrWqmRbKg :: 99
13 : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OM3kkSe6_FM :: 102
14 : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cKvKUDrylnc :: 104
15 : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FMIal6v-0_Y

16 : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=olExkeonmB4 :: Huge cliffhanger resolves with next season

Fansubbed season 2 (begun autumn 2009)

1 : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhZJVx52-L0
2 : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6hhYyqiK_Gw
3 : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zjhkHX0k4Q0
4 : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FOq9s6YIsDY
5 : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lgiDw24fM14

6 : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOeDoxqjpbk
7 : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Oze3VcMm8c :: INSANELY DRAMATIC OMG
8 : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MmTN9SOFW0E

Unnumbered : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-v_wlh4DG9o :: Chris and Martin talk
Unnumbered : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tC4dOAf9uVs :: Chris reveals what really happened

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Philip K. Dick award

I’m pleased to say I was asked to sit on the committee/jury for the 2009 Philip K. Dick award, which is given for the best novel originally published in paperback. It’s given annually at Norwescon. If you’re interested in past winners, Wikipedia has a list here.

Legal chill

1. Introduction

[1.1] I write for a hobby, I can honestly say it never occurred to me when I took an excerpt of audio, broadcast on the airwaves into kitchens and cars, and made a brief blog post about it, that this could be considered “theft.”

—Ben Goldacre

[1.2] A few days ago, Stephen Fry twittered about a vaccination-scare blog post about MMR (that is, the measels, mumps, and rubella vaccine), written by Ben Goldacre, that hit the British blogosphere hard. Thanks to my day job (copyediting medical documents), I am a big fan of vaccination campaigns, and I’ve edited entire special issues of journals dedicated to why you should immunize children, why you shouldn’t rely on herd immunity, and why all the media scares about vaccinations causing autism are just that: media scares, with no basis in fact. I therefore clicked the link with interest.

[1.3] To sum up the controversy: a British media personality, Jeni Barnett, hosted a call-in radio show on LBC Radio on January 7, 2009, in which she said some stunningly, amazingly, scarily stupid things about the MMR vaccine. This was of interest to Goldacre, because he tracks stupid science stuff and debunks it in his blog, which is called Bad Science. Barnett, who has no medical background, nattered on about why it might be okay to not vaccinate your kids. And it might have ended there, had not Goldacre blogged all about it, first in Bad Science Bingo, with Jeni Barnett…NOW with added legal chill, then in its sequel, Er, “help”. Legal Chill from LBC 97.3 and “Global Radio” over Jeni Barnett’s MMR scaremongering, and had not Fry, with his massive Twitter following, written a tweet about it. Wikipedia already has a summary of the debacle up on Barnett’s page. Barnett blogged an apology. And the debacle has gotten so darn big that it’s kinda scary. Goldacre provides a bit more info in LBC, MMR, Jeni Barnett, an Early Day Motion, the Times, and, er, a bit of Stephen Fry…, including graphs! showing steep declines in children’s vaccination in the UK.

[1.4] There are a couple of things that interest me about this controversy, aside from the irresponsible dissemination of false information about the safety of vaccinations, which I’m not going to talk about here. First is the insistence from the copyright holder of Barnett’s radio show that Goldacre remove the clip he made of Barnett from his site, which he did, and Goldacre’s feelings and thoughts about this request. Second is the responsive nature of the blogosphere, which leapt in to provide backup. I love examples of Web 2.0 mimicking fannish behavior, and this is a fabulous example of it.

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Photobucket timeout

Photobucket, which I use to host my images, has suspended my account temporarily, but all the pictures will be back up on February 20, when the account resets.

I checked my stats, and none of my blog posts get big hits. I suspect the culprit is the image-heavy Disney blog post I coauthored with Craig Jacobsen, which gets about 50 hits a day. So apologies if you can’t see the images, and come back later. The Disney post is the only blog post where the images actually matter; for all other posts to date, they are mere punctuating eye candy.

Obituary: Joan Winston

Joan Winston, “Trek” Superfan, Dies at 77

This wonderful obituary, which appears in the New York Times, of a die-hard Star Trek fan does a great job of explaining the early days of Trek media fandom. Winston was one of the classic BNFs, and she gave unstintingly of her time to help media fandom come into its own. She helped shape the terrain, and those of us who enjoy media fandom have her in part to thank.

I’m glad to see one of us acknowledged so kindly, and with so much respect for her passion.

TWC No. 1 released

This is cross-posted to my LJ blog here.

TWC No. 1 released

I’m pleased to announce that Transformative Works and Cultures has just released its debut issue. My coeditor, Kristina Busse, and I are incredibly excited about it because we think there is some excellent scholarship in this issue, plus some great personal essays that help the issue range widely. We want academics and fans to meet in this space, and we’re hopeful that this issue will generate a lot of interest and discussion.

We encourage visitors to sign up for a user ID, so we can better track our “circulation.” In addition, it’s possible to comment on the essays, so we hope readers will do that to engage the authors in dialogue.

One thing Kristina and I are particularly excited about is the open access nature of the journal—that means it’s available to all online, for free. I’m all over that for several reasons. Those of you who have heard me speak (passionately) at academic conventions about the publishing industry will know that I think that the print model is on its way out, and the prestige of print is not long for this world. I’m watching it happen in the sciences (I’m employed in the scientific, technical, and medical publishing industry), and it’s going to bleed out into the humanities and social sciences next. It’s a natural fit for TWC: this issue has embedded Imeem vids, screen caps, and stills. In color. Try that in print!

The open access thing was particularly driven home to me while I was fact-checking some bibliographical items in this issue. I knew this already, but I discovered anew (because I do not have an academic appointment and thus don’t have mad library privilegez, which may have let me bypass some of this), that a huge amount of content is locked down, even for stuff that is, frankly, old. So you want to discover the page range of that article? Ha ha ha! We’re not telling! It’s a secret! To learn that info, you can buy the article! For a mere $30! Yeah, right.

TWC is going to be under intense scrutiny for a couple reasons. One is the whole audience = acafan thing. Academics will scrutinize the issue for rigor, and fans will scrutinize it for accessibility. (Can the twain meet? We think so, obviously, but let’s find out.) But it’s also going to be under scrutiny because anybody can read the essays for free—no passwords, no fees, no nothing.

Particularly for fans, who are keen sharers of info, it’s hard to believe that this model is actually revolutionary, but in the academic realm, it really, really is. The essays are going to be read and cited widely not only because they are damn good and add important things to scholarship and meta discussion, but because users can actually access them without traveling to the library stacks to find a printed issue that they can photocopy. Sure, we’re going to get puzzled generalist readers along with our target acafan audience, but you know what? I actually think that it’s a good thing to widen the audience. Welcome to fan studies, everybody!

Press release

The first issue of Transformative Works and Cultures (TWC; http://journal.transformativeworks.org/) was released on September 15, 2008. This open-access online multimedia fan studies journal publishes scholarly essays, personal essays, and book reviews. TWC is published under the umbrella of the nonprofit fan advocacy group Organization for Transformative Works (http://transformativeworks.org/), and although its audience will primarily be acafans (academic fans), its scope ranges widely with the aim of providing a forum for fannish voices, academic or not.

“One important aspect of the journal is its open-access nature,” Karen Hellekson, coeditor of TWC, commented. “It will be available for anyone to read, without any subscription restrictions. Plus it’s online, so the articles can use hotlinks and embed videos. It’s really time to move beyond the print model, so it’s exciting that we’re able to do that.” She points to Francesca Coppa’s essay, “Women, Star Trek, and the Early Development of Fannish Vidding,” as an example of an essay that uses embedded media. “It’s got screen caps from fan vids, plus embedded links to video, all to support her argument. It really explores the range of what multimedia has to offer.” The issue also contains an audio feature, presented by Bob Rehak, with two downloadable recordings of a discussion held at the 2008 Console-ing Passions academic conference.

The first issue ranges widely to showcase TWC’s interdisciplinary scope. For example, the political realm is dealt with by Abigail De Kosnik in “Participatory Democracy and Hillary Clinton’s Marginalized Fandom,” which applies fan theoretical models to contemporary Democratic political behavior. “This is a great example of fan studies being used to inform the political,” Kristina Busse, TWC coeditor, pointed out. “The field ranges so widely, and I don’t think people realize how applicable the scholarship is in other arenas.” For example, pedagogy and writing is handled by Bram Stoker award-winning horror writer Michael A. Arnzen, whose essay, “The Unlearning: Horror and Transformative Theory,” uses a classroom writing exercise revolving around horror texts to emphasize the central importance of transformation in writing, and Madeline Ashby’s “Ownership, Authority, and the Body: Does Antifanfic Sentiment Reflect Posthuman Anxiety?” uses specific anime films as metaphor for the role of women’s writing online.

Several interviews also appear in the issue. The TWC editors interviewed Henry Jenkins, whose groundbreaking work in fan studies is required reading by all fan studies scholars, and the three members of the Audre Lorde of the Rings, a conglomerate of academics, artists, and activists. Veruska Sabucco interviews one member of the Italian writing collective known as Wu Ming to talk about Wu Ming’s activist project and fan writing in terms of collective authorship, copyrights concerns, and popular culture. And fan voices are also heard in the Symposium section, including an essay by the founder of the Fanfic Symposium, Rebecca Lucy Busker, whose “On Symposia: LiveJournal and the Shape of Fannish Discourse” focuses on fannish meta discourses and the particular ways LiveJournal’s interface has shaped and affected style and content.

“This is a strong issue that we hope will invite many more diverse contributions,” Busse said. The second issue of TWC, which will focus on games and gaming, is scheduled for March 15, 2009, publication; No. 3 will appear September 15, 2009, and will feature more general submissions.

This press release may also be downloaded as a .pdf here. The call for papers for No. 2 is available as an .rtf file here. Do disseminate widely!

Interesting book review

On Times Online, a review by Michael Saler entitled The rise of fan fiction and comic book culture, book review of David Hajdu, The ten-cent plague: The great comic-book scare and how it changed America; and Michael Chabon, Maps and legends: Reading and writing along the borderlands.

Saler organizes his review around conceptions of high versus low culture. Of Chabon’s book, Saler notes:

Munificent artists can’t be contained within the arbitrary distinctions between literature and genre, the “serious” and the “entertaining”. Chabon doesn’t need to reach for his gun to dispatch such distinctions. He simply redefines them: “All literature, highbrow or low, from the Aeneid onward, is fan fiction”.

Hear hear!