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May 8th, 2006
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Something I love
I encourage all on my friends list with an interest in fandom and a sense of humor to read the wonderful Mina de Malfois stories, now available on livejournal at http://mina-de-malfois.livejournal.com/. The stories are a hilarious, insightful and ultimately loving parody of Online Fandom As We Know It, written with homage to Wodehouse's Jeeves and Wooster stories. Part roman a clef, part pastiche, the Mina stories never fall over the edge into meanness. They remain loving portrayals of fandom's ideosyncracies and fans' peculiarities.

Mina is a BNF who will remind you of several people you know. She's self-centered and self-absorbed, yet somehow in spite of all that self-focus completely lacking in self-awareness. Like Bertie Wooster, she manages to be loveable nonetheless. Archivist12, known as Arc, is in the Jeeves role, and she is the behind-the-scenes brains who manages to keep Mina out of trouble most of the time and make trouble go away when Mina doesn't have the sense to listen to her. The stories are truly LOL funny but also with lines with a quiet cleverness that you go back to read again and again, marveling at the layers of parodic meaning and leaving the reader madly in love with Arc and only wishing she were real.

I thank mina_de_malfois for the best stories I've read on line in a long, long time. I hope Mina's anonymous author will grace us with many more in this series.

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From:marag
Date:May 8th, 2006 01:57 pm (UTC)
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Hee. I've only had the time to start the first, but they are fabulously witty. Thanks very much for the link!
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From:mofic
Date:May 8th, 2006 11:06 pm (UTC)
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I kne you'd like them.

What's vicodin btw?
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From:marag
Date:May 9th, 2006 02:06 am (UTC)
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Heh. Vicodin is the good drugs :) It's Tylenol mixed with a relative of codeine. It's what House takes on the show.
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From:mofic
Date:May 9th, 2006 10:54 am (UTC)
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When I lived in Canada, you could buy a combo acetomeniphen/codeine drug OTC. It was called "222"s. They were great for menstrual cramps. My spouse at the time once got a prescription, when she broke a finger, for 292s, which were the same thing with more codeine. I don't know why they gave her a bottle of 50 pills when she only needed one or two, but we used them when cramps were bad for a couple years. They were great.

Ah! Canadian drug memories.
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From:marag
Date:May 9th, 2006 01:19 pm (UTC)
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Damn, I wish I lived in a country where you could get that OTC. ::sighs:: Nothing beats Tylenol #3 for serious pain.
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From:jane_sehrn_ta
Date:May 8th, 2006 03:21 pm (UTC)
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Brilliant! Thanks for the rec :D.
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From:mofic
Date:May 8th, 2006 11:07 pm (UTC)
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Glad you enjoyed it. I hope she posts more of them soon.
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From:faramir_boromir
Date:May 8th, 2006 06:09 pm (UTC)
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Funny funny funny. Thanks for the link.
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From:mofic
Date:May 8th, 2006 11:07 pm (UTC)
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I live to serve.
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From:hitchhiker
Date:May 18th, 2006 06:23 pm (UTC)
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wow - that's awesome :) [checking out the lj link from your .sig - glad i did!]
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From:mofic
Date:May 18th, 2006 07:11 pm (UTC)
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Glad you liked it. I think they are so much fun. I've asked the author to skewer my fandom (X-Men) when she gets a chance.


checking out the lj link from your .sig - glad i did!]

Hmmm. That would suggest I sent you an email. Do I know you?
From:(Anonymous)
Date:May 19th, 2006 04:59 am (UTC)
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oops - forgot to say. martin from minstrels here.
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From:hitchhiker
Date:May 19th, 2006 05:06 am (UTC)
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and forgot to log in (:
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From:rachel_martin64
Date:July 1st, 2006 09:53 pm (UTC)
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I liked the first few stories in the series, but lately the context has changed. The "saga" used to be about the follies of a BNF named Mina. Now it's about the follies of fandom as observed by a wise old crone named Mina. Not the same. Not sure what I think about the change.

I was desperately disappointed that PrinceC didn't turn out to be a middle-aged woman.

Now I'm wondering when and how PrinceC's mommy is going to deal with Mina.

A problem is that Mina insists people friend her to read her stories. Plenty of people don't want to give an anonymous stranger access to their friends-locked posts. I'll bet there are people making up sock puppets for the purpose of friending her journal.

What X-Men Fandom Episodes would you suggest she spoof? Offhand I can only think of the stupid fight between the W/R factions, but despite what the W/R fans think, the entire Xverse did not care about their squabble.



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