FRIDAY OPEN THREAD: What Are Your Late-Night “Bad” Habits and/or Fan Fic Preferences?

Hi, and welcome to the first FOT I’ve hosted in…over two years! Wow, is that true? I just checked, and yes, it’s true. But I’m back! And I’m…going through something! It’s Cancer season, so maybe we’re all going through something. Given the general state of The World, we’re definitely all going through something.

It’s fine! I’m fine! Maybe one day I’ll be able to write about it. For now, I just made a goat cheese and fig tart about it. Salted with my tears. Just kidding ha ha!

This unraveled quickly.

I really came here not to talk about the emotional hurricane that is my life right now but instead to share with you all that I have not been able to stop reading Incredibles 2 fanfiction!!!!!!!! Which is, of course, probably a symptom of the emotional hurricane or, at least, a way to pretend it isn’t happening. But it turns out that fanfiction can be a very satisfying distraction during tumultuous times.

Have you SEEN Incredibles 2 yet?! It might surpass Thor: Ragnarok as the superhero movie with the most gay subtext released in recent years?! I am certain that Elastigirl is queer, and I would die for her…a fictional, animated character. And one of the new characters introduced in the sequel, Evelyn, is in love with her, too. GO SEE THIS MOVIE RIGHT NOW! And then look up Elastigirl/Evelyn fanfiction and dive into this rabbit hole with me. This one is extremely slow-burn and actually quite sad but the queer angst had me HOOKED. This one is sexy but also angsty. This fandom is…incredibly angsty.

Look, I know that fanfiction is one of those things where like you’re super into it or you’re super not. I hope I haven’t lost anyone who doesn’t really buy into the obsessive fandom life in the way I have since…age 5 when I first saw Grease? If you do use fanfiction as a way to escape or just as a genuine source of entertainment, I want to hear about some of your favorite things you’ve read! Or the weirdest things you’ve read! Show me your fav problematic ships, and I’ll show you mine 😉

But if this isn’t your thang, I wanna hear about your late-night “bad” habits that aren’t actually that bad. Maybe they’re a little unhealthy—but not toxic. See, sometimes I drink a cappuccino at 10 p.m. and then go on a Riverdale fanfic bender. Probably not the best choice, but it’s also not necessarily self-destructive! Do you secretly read a bunch of celebrity gossip? Do you look at apartments you know you can’t afford? Do you not have late-night habits because you have a perfect sleep schedule that you never deviate from and treat your body like a temple? If you answered yes to the last one, I DON’T WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!!!! Just kidding, teach me your ways?

I’ll leave you with a photo of my baby cat Paulson (yes, named after Sarah Paulson). Her late-night habits include chasing ghosts around the apartment, head-butting me until I let her under the covers, and knocking things over when the head-butting doesn’t work.

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Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya is a Brooklyn-based writer, television critic, and comedian who spends most of her time over-analyzing queer subtext on television, singing "Take Me Or Leave Me" in public places, and assembling cheese platters. She has a cat named after Piper Halliwell from Charmed, and her go-to karaoke song is "Everywhere" by Michelle Branch. Her writing can also be found at The A.V. Club and The Hollywood Reporter, and she wrote the webseries Sidetrack. You can catch her screaming in all-caps about Kalinda Sharma, Jennifer Lopez, and oysters on Twitter and Instagram.

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