McShep Match Team War 2009 Interview with kassrachel

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Title: McShep Match Team War 2009 Interview with kassrachel
Interviewee: kassrachel
Date(s): August 1, 2009
Medium: online
Fandom(s): Stargate Atlantis
External Links: online here; WebCite
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kassrachel was interviewed in 2009 for McShep Match.

It is part of this series: McShep Match Interview Series.


How long have you been writing fan fiction and/or making fan art and/or whatever else (vids, knitted goods, pornographic gingerbread cookies)?

I've been writing fanfiction since 1999 -- this fall will mark my ten-year anniversary in media fandom. I've been viding since 2008...

At the moment SGA is my primary fandom, though I'm also pretty obsessed with Lost (those are the two fandoms I've vidded so far) and I'm also deeply in love with Friday Night Lights.

My first fandom was Sentinel, and I was a Sentinel mono-fan for a few years; then due South; and then I slowly started to dip my toes into the waters of polyfannishness, falling in love with Harry Potter and House and Firefly and Veronica Mars in rapid succession.

But in 2007 I fell headlong into SGA, and it's been my major fandom ever since.

Why do you ship McKay/Sheppard? What draws you to the pairing, what do you like and dislike? Favourite scenes or episodes? Quotes? Screencaps? What other SGA pairings do you ship?

My heart belongs to John and Rodney; I think they were made for each other. Rodney is a great big dork who's braver than he lets on; John's a great big hero who's dorkier than he lets on. (See? They're perfect together!) I love John's wry humor and Rodney's bluster (and, even more, his genuine smiles) and I love how much they obviously mean to each other.

That said, I also really love Ronon and Teyla, and I desperately want all four of them to be happy. So if someone who I trust to treat the characters with love is writing a different Atlantis pairing, I'm likely to read it. I like OT4. I like the four of them in pretty much any combination. But mostly I'm in love with McShep.

Favorite scenes or episodes... man, I can't possibly choose. I have a particular love for "Letters from Pegasus," "Sateda," "McKay and Mrs. Miller," "The Tao of Rodney," and "The Shrine." But really, any time the two of them are onscreen together, I'm a happy fangirl. Especially if they're snarking at each other.

What do you enjoy most about SGA and/or SGA fandom?

I love the sheer creativity of this fandom. I love that we've taken a decent SF show and turned it into so many amazing things. I love the wild range of AUs, the crack!fic, the anthropomorphic, the epic novels and drabbles and poems -- I just love the many different wonderful things we've found in Atlantis.

Lately I've been enjoying watching a few of my friends falling in love with SGA. They're not all as immediately drawn to McShep as I was and am, but it's still awesome to see new people discovering Atlantis. When I first found the fandom, a couple of years ago, one of my friends said "Welcome home to a galaxy where you've never been," and that still feels true to me. Atlantis is home.