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The Shrine
fiwen1010 wrote in tw_tourists
The Shrine has come up in a few comments so far, and seems like a popular place to visit. So the question for this week is: What do you think of the Shrine? Have you been to it/do you want to go to it? Would you leave something or have you left something - and what is it/would it be?

What does Ianto's Shrine mean to you?

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I have visited the shrine every time I've been to Cardiff! (3x)

The first time I took a picture of everything on it and hung out for an hour and sort of watched other people reading it.

I haven't left anything. I'd feel a bit weird, honestly, because I'm not sure what to say. I didn't have an emotional breakdown over Ianto's death (I knew it was coming) and while this is my biggest fandom, I don't need it. Nor do I think Ianto is coming back. Basically...I'm not sure what to say.

The idea of the shrine both excited me and weird me out. Exciting because it's the most tangible, long-term manifestation of fandom I've ever seen in the real world. And that's amazing. I really like that fandom is making a public statement like that. It's also facinating to see people who come from all over to visit and leave something. Because fandom is typically online and instantaneous and divided into pockets and this is the exact opposite - slow growth, time-lag, bringing a lot of fans who would never otherwise communicate together.

It's weird, though. It's almost a fandom rebuke to BBBC and RTD and I can't figure out why it hasn't been taken down yet. And I don't think they get it. And while John Barrowman can sort of shrug and ignore it, poor Gareth has to carry this crazy thing, and he's not exactly big enough to get out of Ianto's shadow. (Although I imagine it has something to do with his music focus recently.) Not to mention that he lives fairly close. And while it's a great manifestation of fandom, I'm not sure that THIS is the side we want to present to the world - the slightly manic, obsessive side that can't let go, and has a disproportionate obsession with gay couples. It's not our prettiest side, is it?

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