McShep Match Team War 2009 Interview with kyuuketsukirui

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Title: McShep Match Team War 2009 Interview with kyuuketsukirui
Interviewee: kyuuketsukirui (Travis)
Date(s): August 7, 2009
Medium: online
Fandom(s): Stargate Atlantis
External Links: Team interviews: kyuuketsukirui: mcshep_war, Archived version
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kyuuketsukirui 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 have been drawing fanart all my life (though I first started sharing it online in the late '90s). I started writing fanfic in '02.

My first fandom was Digimon, then Vampire Chronicles (this was my first fic fandom; I never had any interest in reading or writing fanfic before VC), then I went multifandom. I've written in almost thirty fandoms and have read in many more. My main fandoms are Harry Potter, SGA, and Supernatural.

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

The thing I like best about SGA is that it's over! XD I'm just not cut out for open-canon fandoms. I like to know what I'm working with. I also am not a big TV-watcher. When I started watching SGA, it was the first time I'd watched TV in almost ten years. (That got me watching quite a few other shows as well, but I still don't really enjoy it that much, especially being in fandom and feeling like I have to keep up to be able to converse with others and write/read fic.) So I'm happy to have a still-very-active closed-canon fandom.

The thing I like best about the fandom...the AUs, I think. I love a good AU and there are tons in SGA.

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?

I'm not really a shipper, period, of John/Rodney or anyone else. I also don't have slash goggles, so I don't see it in canon... ^_^;; Basically I like the pairing because of fandom. There's a lot of good stuff out there and they're an interesting pair to write about. I like all other pairings, too, so long as the story is interesting and well-written.

You keep a multifandom list of links to transgender stories, and this is a theme you've been engaging with more in recent years. Slash fen are familiar with reading characters as gay, but not as familiar with reading characters as trans. Can you talk a little about how you interpret SGA characters as gay, bi, or trans?

It's all the same to me. The thing is, there's no way you can know. Because society is heterosexist and cissexist, the assumptions are that everyone straight and everyone is cis, and because society is homophobic and transphobic, many people who are gay (or bi) or trans are going to keep quiet about it or may even be in denial. Even if someone appears to be heterosexual, it's easy to read them as not, because of the way society works. Even if someone appears to be cis, it's easy to read them as not. People talk about gaydar, but the fact is, there's no magic way to know that someone is queer.

When you're talking about trans characters, there are some limitations. For example, I would find Liam Neeson as female-to-male hard to buy because of his size. But there is no reason I couldn't write him as pre-transition male-to-female.

When I write a character as queer, I don't do so because of "signs" I see in canon. I do so because anyone could be queer. There is no way to tell. Especially when you're talking fictional characters.