I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)

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Title: I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)
Creator: Randym
Date: pre-1994
Format: VHS
Music: I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That) by Meatloaf
Genre: meta, humour
Fandom: Blake's 7
Footage: Blake's 7, Tom of Finlandia, Suzan Lovett and Leah Rosenthal fan art and other gay themed art

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I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That) is a fan vid edited by RandyM. The vid offers a commentary on slash fan fiction in Blake's 7 fandom. The POV character is Avon, singing to Blake that he do anything (for Blake) for love. However, on the words "But I won't do that" the vidder cuts to external source of slash fan art and other gay erotica. While some fans felt that the vid was critical of slash fandom, most see the vid as a humorous, tongue and cheek look at slash and what one of TV character might actually say if confronted with a room full of women writing erotica fan fiction about him and his best friend.

The vid was selected to be shown at the Experimental vid show during first Vividcon in 2002.

A second Blake's 7 vid was made to the same song and same slash pairing (Avon/Blake) but it was made by another vidder and was meant to be a serious take on their relationship. The song itself was popular and versatile enough (the singer never defines what "That" is in the song, allowing the vidder to use it to fit the TV show) and was remade in other fandoms. Ex: Tolbran used the song for The Professionals, letting Bodie do the Meatloaf lines, and Doyle the girl's lines.


  • When the vid was shown at Vividcon in 2002, one attendee declared that the vid was funny, in a sad kind of way. Others felt that choice of song was apropos to what the vidder was trying to say and the use of artwork was an interesting way to get the point across. They felt that the shots of Avon's shocked face after the shots of the artwork were hilarious. Finally watchers came away with the impression that the vidder was trying to say that Avon just couldn't bring himself to commit fully to the relationship between him and Blake, lending the vid a bittersweet feeling.[1]
  • Sandy Herrold wrote: "Starts with a Lovett picture for the credit -- fan art is rare enough in title credits that it possibly existed as a subtle warning. Then the mere fact that having Avon say "I would do anything for Love" is as unlikely as a rain of toads is another warning, at least to most B7 fans. Perhaps unfortunately the initial clips are so good that that if you don't know Avon well...you could believe the vidder really believes those opening lines, until the first "But I won't do that." The explicit fanart clip on that line is funny, but best part is Avon's look of horror afterward. Only about 10 fan pictures - strangely I remembered more - and once or twice a clump of them. Liked the vid more than I remembered."[2]


  1. Morgan Dawn's recollected discussions from the Vidder (mailing list) posted after Vividcon, accessed December 9, 2011.
  2. Sandy Herrold's "VividCon: The Experimental vid show"]post to the Vidder (mailing list), dated August 20, 2002, reposted here with permission.