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03 July 2009 @ 12:55 pm
Announcing a New Otalia Community to be Launched this Weekend  
Hello from DiNovia and Fewthistle!

Many of you know either or both of us, through reputation or actual contact, and so we do hope that you will forgive the intrusion and grace us with a moment of your time to consider a proposition (for those of you familiar with DiNovia, not that kind of proposition ;) Given the spoilers and discussion that began several weeks ago about the path that the writers of Guiding Light would take to write in Jessica Leccia’s maternity leave, DiNovia and I began to be concerned that there was the potential for the entire fandom to implode around the whole supposition about the pregnancy storyline and all the repercussions. Those fears seem to have been more than realized in the past week, with the writers choosing the most trite, cliché and hackneyed of plots in order to explain Natalia’s absence. It is, as DiNovia commented, as if they simply got out the “Guide to Crappy Writing and Cheap Plotlines” hat and starting pulling out random slips of paper: thus the uninspired, overused, insulting drivel with which we are now faced in canon.

Given the amazing time and energy, and let’s face it, love, that has been poured into the creation of this love story over the past 18 months, and the immense devotion and affection with which it has been received, it is almost inconceivable that the writers of the show would choose to go down the path upon which they have begun, but there seems little doubt that they have. Because, in the end, it is truly not about whether or not Natalia is pregnant, (although I know all of us would prefer she is NOT), but about the disregard for the character(s) that is being displayed, the suspension of disbelief that seems to be required to watch a woman 9 ½ months pregnant in real life being told she’s a few weeks/month s along, not to mention the time we all seem to have unknowingly lost, and the utter disdain that is being shown to a community that has offered up its heart and soul to this couple and this show. To have reduced this amazing tale of love and redemption to “Two Lesbians and a Penis” by the unnecessary and constant inclusion of Frank in their lives, by relying on a pedestrian, hack plot device in order to explain JL’s absence, is nothing short of criminal.

So, in order to set right that which we perceive to have been made horribly wrong, DiNovia and I are starting a new community, an Otalia 2.0 so to speak, called Burning City (name to be explained, I promise). It will be a site devoted to Otalia in all its glory, with one major exception. All storylines must either predate the debacle (i.e. pre-WoD fics) that then carry on in their own timeline, or they must stop with canon at June 22, 2009, the gazebo scene where Natalia and Olivia decide they are through waiting. No canon after that point (with the exception of other character storylines, i.e. Phillip’s illness or even Olivia’s telling of Phillip) may be used. To be perfectly blunt, no mention of a stupid pregnancy storyline to explain the absence, no Frankenbaby, no trite, worn-out clichés of a plot. Life begins, and ends, on June 22, if that makes sense.

We would like to invite you to join us in this undertaking. We know the love and affection in which Otalia are held and we are determined that this pairing and this storyline continue on long after September has come and gone. We need writers, readers, and artists of all varieties to make this a success. Both of us are extremely excited about starting this community (which will include an archived website with all stories that the authors wish to have included, separate from Live Journal. Should you not wish to participate in LJ but still want your stories included in the archive, that would be wonderful as well.) We will send out an email listing the LJ address and the address of the archive, once both are up and running and we will be making a public announcement on Passion Perfect (thanks Rachel!) about the comm.

We do so hope that you will join us, that you will post the amazing, wonderful fic for which many of you are known and loved, and that this project will help to insure that Olivia and Natalia live on in fanfiction, and in our hearts, for at least as long as Xena and Gabrielle. Thank you so much for your time and for slogging your way through this really long email! ;) What can we say, we’re both a little verbose.


DiNovia and Fewthistle
lazydevil69lazydevil40 on July 3rd, 2009 05:20 pm (UTC)

::looks around for registration papers or sign up sheet::

I'll be there if you want me... I never write him in my fics anyway, so it will be a pleasure to actually be able to ignore that plot line...
daxilladaxilla on July 3rd, 2009 05:25 pm (UTC)
Count me in...twice!
jcrimjusticejcrimjustice on July 3rd, 2009 10:10 pm (UTC)
coolness, just what we need right now! i'll be there!
djskyplayerdjskyplayer on July 3rd, 2009 10:31 pm (UTC)
THANK YOU!!! Sweet je-bus, I thought the fandom might fall flat after the sh** plot twist they writers stuck us with. I'm so glad Otalia will live on!
ThaGreatGonzothagreatgonzo on July 17th, 2009 02:10 am (UTC)
Reminds me of what some fictions seemingly did unconsciously (picked a point or two in the storyline and pretending the rest didn't happen). Great idea.