Binge rewatching 90210 for some reason. I'm good at finding ways not to write (I wanted to update my fics before Civil War but so far, that's not happening, I'm trying to make some money for my trip to see the movie and there's been a general "get in shape" initiative going on too, by the time I'm ready to write I'm tired).
I was a fan of the 2010s sequel series too (although I was unable to finish the last couple of seasons), which makes viewing the 90s ones...interesting. Like when Kelly turned down going to Paris with Donna so she could stay home all summer with Baby Erin? She should've gone to Paris, because she's going to end up raising that kid herself when her mom experiences a reversal of character development later, Kelly is destined to be trapped in that family caretaker role, but most people only get to go to Paris once. Maybe she's not bothered by that though, she's always been in the Mom role.
Most of the fics on Ao3 are Dylan/Brandon slash. Heavy sigh. Look, I mean, I get it. Two guys who were legendarily hot in their prime, playing best friends who stare soulfully at each other on the beach as a saxophone softly croons in the background and in the early seasons, Dylan was dating Brandon's twin sister. And it's not like they had a lot of other options for queer characters, no one in the main cast and no one who recurred for more than one episode (at that time, acknowledging the possibility at all was shocking for a teen show, this, and the way they were honest about the fact that teenagers have casual sex, drink, and sometimes do drugs and the world doesn't end because of it is what got them labeled shockingly racy despite coming off as almost wholesomely quaint by 21st century viewer standards). And I wish there was a solid femslash pairing but I'm not seeing it except for the occasional taken-out-of-context moment. The other actresses deserve awards for their heroic efforts to convince us they could stand Brenda (someone tried to mean girl Jennie Garth on another project and she said "you can't scare me, I worked with Shannen Doherty").
It's just so predictable. Yet another fandom boils everything down to shipping, which I get this time because shipping *was* such a big part of it, and I realize it wasn't always the deepest show on tv but...really? That's literally the only thing you can think of to write about?