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Longtime friends Maggie and V met twelve years ago through a mutual fandom -- and they haven't agreed on much since, except for their love of loving things, writing fanfiction, and each other. Join them as they chat about their passions (and gentle ribbing of the other's passions) and discuss the ins and outs of fandom's past, present, and future, from LiveJournal to Tumblr, AO3, and beyond.
 
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Polish your lance! (Heh.) In ye olde penultimate episode of IMYOLJ, Maggie and V discuss all things knight-in-shining-armor, especially Heath Ledger in A Knight's Tale, Dev Patel and his fancy chest in The Green Knight, and the travesty that is the DCOM Avalon High. Plus, why knights are totally relevant to fandom and fanfiction, and Maggie sings a…
 
Words have meanings! This week, Maggie and V have a chat with the delightful four-time Hugo Award nominee Foz Meadows. They discuss Dune, BTS, Call Me By Your Name, and the ravages of purity culture on fannish spaces. Foz brings their well-known thoughtful consideration and love of words to a heavy discussion with, of course, some spots of ridiculo…
 
Waaaaalt! In this episode, Maggie and V take a trip further back down memory lane than they've ever gone before and talk about fandoms they participated in before they really got into internet fandom (or before there was an internet at all). V waxes poetic about American Girl, and Maggie tells stories about Lost viewing parties. Plus, spoiler-free …
 
Someone sat on us again! This week, after our unplanned mini-break, Maggie and V are back with four tales of New York City girls who are some stripe of American royalty and experience miracles to great soundtracks. V is bringing you The Princess Diaries book series and 1999's Annie, while Maggie reps A Little Princess and the 1982 Annie. Plus, Paul…
 
Pause before posting that meta! This week, Maggie and V are joined by Violeta @morethanonepage​, winner of 2021′s Fandom March Madness, to talk about coding. Why do so many Black characters in scifi have purple or blue skin? What’s the difference between queerbaiting and queer-coding? Is Kylo Ren really a femme? Does Loki represent white supremacy …
 
Hello, Donnie! Join your sestras Maggie and V for a deep-dive into Orphan Black (2013-2017), because they finally finished the entire show. Maggie weighs in on Sarah Manning’s parenting skills, V has feelings about the Castor clones, and unfortunately both of them are probably the most like Alison. Plus, the fandoms of the week are on theme as both…
 
Think before you tweet! This week, Maggie and V are joined by Stitch of Teen Vogue and Stitch's Media Mix to discuss the current state of fandom, cyberbullying and harassment in fandom spaces, Loki, A/B/O, BTS, and so much more. It's an episode that's been requested by more than just our Patrons, and we're so excited to be able to share it with you…
 
Watch your eBay bids! This week, Maggie and V answer a fan-picked question: what is the deal with curatorial fandom, and how is it different from transformative fandom? Since Maggie and V are both fanfic writers, they turned to the biggest collector and non-fanfic-person they know to speak to curatorial fandom: V's dad. Plus, two adults in their 30…
 
Tag your posts! This week, Maggie and V are joined by the illustrious Meme Librarian Amanda Brennan to discuss all things Tumblr, tagging, metadata, and fandoms-by-proxy. But before they get to the interview, Maggie and V discuss what fandoms they've had by-proxy and V gets Supernatural and The Punisher very, very wrong. Or right. You be the judge.…
 
Celebrate good times, come on! I Met You On LJ is a year old, so join Maggie and V on a journey back in time to the forgotten mega-fandom: Twilight. After discussing the vampire saga's racist, misogynistic origins, they get into the weeds over the franchise's 150,000+ fanfictions, why people like Edward Cullen, and the strange appeal of Bella Swan.…
 
Fire up the grill! This week, Maggie and V explore the wondrous topic of great father figures and surrogate-dad characters in the media they love: Jim Hopper, Frank Castle, Dr. Alan Grant, Sirius Black, and Din Djarin/Mandalorian (with some honorary special mentions like Tony Stark, Mr. Feeny, and Geralt of Rivia). They tell bad jokes! They make ch…
 
Keep your friends close and your mutuals closer! This week, Maggie and V delve deep into the world of parasocial relationships and their impact on fandom. From the Aubrey Plaza/Elizabeth Olsen stalker film Ingrid Goes West to the differing cultures of LiveJournal, Tumblr, Instagram, and Twitter, parasocial relationships are all around us and we all…
 
Embrace accessibility! This week, Maggie and V are joined by Queerty writer and former Grey's Anatomy superfan Josh Galassi to discuss disability and fandom, whether it's the positive way that fandom fosters open community or the negative effects of Hollywood's ableism. Plus, frank discussion of how disability intersects with queerness on the datin…
 
Why the hell is there an alligator in here?! Join Maggie & V for a special bonus episode featuring their friend, certified Loki Girl(™) @dracosollicitus, for a trip through the Jeremy Bearimy of the MCU’s newborn multiverse with Loki (Disney+). They wonder where Time Criminal Steve Rogers is now, ponder the moral implications of self-cest versus qu…
 
Boo! Join Maggie and V for a creep through some very different haunted houses as they discuss BBC’s Ghosts, the movie Ghost (1990), and Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House. What makes ghosts horrifying? Why are women never believed? What was up with Demi Moore’s hair? What’s making that bump in the night? Plus, Maggie gets her dream interior decor…
 
And they were actually just roommates! In this fan pick episode, Maggie and V talk about platonic relationships, the ways they are and aren’t represented in fandom, and how they’re represented in the 90s TV sitcom sensation, Friends. And because it’s Maggie and V, there’s also a fair amount of romance. In the intro, Maggie talks at length about Sar…
 
Cheers to enthusiastic consent! This week, Maggie and V interview sex and culture critic Ella Dawson about erotica, bad boys, and STIs. From the effects of loving Draco Malfoy on her college dating life to the lack of positive STI+ representation in media and fanfiction, Ella shares her expertise on writing with personal bravery and the consequence…
 
Grab the goods and run! This week, Maggie and V talk about ladies of crime, from Good Girls who are terrible at money laundering to the fabulous women of Ocean's Eight, who are very good at heists. Plus, Maggie has mixed feelings about Mare of Easttown, and V recommends a classic 1930s detective series—and gives props to the ultimate lady of crime,…
 
Settle in for some rollercoasters! This week, Maggie and V break down three epic tales of power, deceit, and downfall in fandom--Msscribe, Rose Christo, and hivliving. From an army of sockpuppets to cannibal mermaids, if you can imagine it, someone’s tried it in order to keep people clicking on their fanfiction. What happens when power and communit…
 
Fandom is not a community in a lawless space! This week, Maggie and V talk about the platforms used by fandom over the last two and half decades, and how the limits and capabilities of those sites inform how fan communities work. They discuss purity culture, common sense rules, safe spaces, Release 88, and of course, Sexy Times With Wangxian. In th…
 
Not everything has to be a franchise! This week, Maggie and V explore an essential classic, a fun sequel, and an awful remake through the absolute rollercoaster that is Dirty Dancing. They break down the beautiful and ridiculous costumes, the effective and terrible storylines, and of course the bangin’ soundtracks. Plus, Tanya Saracho excels with t…
 
Open a private browser! This week, Maggie and V are talking about a panoply of fave fanfiction tropes and how they work for different types of canons. From A/B/O to xeno fic -- aliens! -- the world of fanfiction really runs the gamut and so does this Patreon fan-picked episode. Plus, Maggie continues her descent into the depths of Bin Bons love and…
 
Quick, find a goat! Join Maggie and V for a special bonus episode that dissects the manipulative villainy of The Darkling (but drools over Ben Barnes/Bin Bons), admires Alina and Inej, and invents the best Titanic-meets-the-Grishaverse-AU that no one’s written yet. No mourners, no funerals: it’s the Shadow & Bone (Netflix) Thoughts’n’Feelings episo…
 
Grab your BFF! This week, Maggie and V interview titans of Twilight fandom, LolaShoes and tby789, professionally known as NYT Bestselling romance author Christina Lauren! Lauren Billings and Christina Hobbs talk co-writing, pulling to publish, Fandom Gives Back, and of course Rob Pattinson’s airbrushed abs. Check out their sage advice about balanci…
 
Move your seat up! Join Maggie and V for a special bonus episode that squees over Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes, questions which of the show's antagonists deserved redemption, and recoils in disgust and horror from the sh*tshow that is John Walker. You knew it was coming... this is the The Falcon and the Winter Soldier thoughts'n'feelings episode.…
 
Not all fourth wall breaks are bad! This week, Maggie and V discuss two very different shows where the female protagonists keep it real only with the audience: Fleabag and Lizzie McGuire. They break down these shows’ relationships to best friends, crushes, likability, and cruelty. And, of course: fashion montages and iconic hairstyles. Also, Maggie…
 
Let’s talk about racism in fandom! In this fan pick episode, Maggie and V discuss the complicated topic of how fandoms ignore and vilify their characters of color, most notably Finn, Poe Dameron, Sam Wilson, and Scott McCall. They also get into it about the explicit white supremacy around the characters of Kylo Ren, Snape, and Loki. There are no ea…
 
What time travel paradox? For the first time in thirteen years, Maggie and V share a pairing and whaddya know, our Patreon donor of the week shares it, too. This week, we’re discussing the fandom juggernaut of Steve Rogers/Bucky Barnes (Marvel’s Captain America and the Winter Soldier) through the lens of heroic male love--and no great hero ever end…
 
Uncork your vial of oil! This week, Maggie and V break down three slash ships where one side is a foreign invader--Marcus/Esca, Ragnar/Athelstan, and of course Joe/Nicky. Apparently, the only enemies-to-lovers ships that Maggie and V like existed in far-off centuries? Maggie discusses the ethics of shipping when the Two White Guys pairing is canoni…
 
Don't forget your disclaimer! Maggie and V are talking all things swoonworthy celeb as they explore the thorny topic of RPF (real-person fiction) in this Patreon Fan Pick episode. They compare and contrast the writing techniques of RPF with those of media-based fanfiction, talk painful moments when they outed themselves as RPF writers and were judg…
 
He’s the sexy, beefy guy who’s not scary! This week, in their first Patreon Fan Pick, Maggie and V dive into the oiled-up dreamworld of the himbo, from Central Perk to the Bad Place. Get ready for Joey, Jason, George, Ethan, Kevin, Eric, Keanu, and Brad--they’re the chaotic, smiley, guileless, sensitive princes of comedy and we love them for it.…
 
Larries and Charmies and QAnon, oh my! This week, Maggie and V discuss how conspiracy theories have infiltrated real person slash fandoms and the US government with Skye from the aptly-named podcast Shit Larries Say. They cover the erosion of the fourth wall, the rise of social media, fandom’s persistent problem with internalized misogyny, and why …
 
We’ve connected the dots, and we want to believe! Join Maggie and V as they explore the spooky world of opposites-attract pairings with The X Files and Buzzfeed Unsolved. They discuss the ancient etymology of some key fannish phrases, search out the elusive Tol & Smol, and invoke a cursed quiz to find out whether they are A Ryan or A Shane. Plus, V…
 
Y’all ready for this? Maggie and V run through a few of their favorite not-like-other-girls who do extracurriculars and/or should have been lesbians: Bring It On, Bend It Like Beckham, Stick It!, and Pitch Perfect. They break down how each movie deals with race, gender, ambition, and soft boyfriends. Some age well and some do not! And V raps the en…
 
Whoa! Happy Valentine’s Day! For this joyous holiday, Maggie and V celebrate the catalogs of two stars who just may, kind of, perhaps, be married (in Romania, possibly) -- Winona Ryder and Keanu Reeves. This episode could also be called “Maggie and V watched Bram Stoker’s Dracula So You Don’t Have To.” Join in a rundown of two beautiful people’s il…
 
This week, Maggie and V are joined by Drew and Cassie from the Of Slippers and Spindles Podcast to talk about fanfiction, fairytales, and folktales! They discuss centuries of stories, ridonkulous plotlines, anonymous pen pals, and of course, the ways that transformative works of all kinds help humanity hold onto its soul through dark and troubled t…
 
Females are strong as hell! This week, Maggie and V discuss two shows about women who get kidnapped and put in bunkers, The OA and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. They cover ideas about therapy, fear, dancing, mental and literal escapes, and awful men. Plus, Maggie and V are finally watching the same TV show—WandaVision—and we get a short update on Magg…
 
Sharpen your pencils! This week, Maggie and V discuss the evolution of their beta-writer relationship and psychoanalyze their vastly different writing styles. They discuss their oldest writing, their current WIPs, and how they’ve helped each other grow their skill with each work they write. Plus, some thoughts on co-writing, cybersex, and F. Scott …
 
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