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As I often do, I was listening to podfic as I worked today. Specifically I was listening to the Curve series written by [personal profile] rageprufrock and read by 2naonh3_cl2 and something kind of freaky happened. As I listened, I started hearing echos in my head of another podfic. A podfic read by [personal profile] revolutionaryjo. Specifically Drastically Redefining Protocol by [personal profile] rageprufrock.

It was really weird because the two readers don't particularly sound alike, there were times while listening to 2naonh3_cl2 read that I could have sworn it was [personal profile] revolutionaryjo reading. I'm sure it's because all of these fics are written by [personal profile] rageprufrock but, it's like, they were both interpreting her writing the same way or something. It was kind of a surreal experience.

I think this is kind of what I expected to feel for [community profile] podremix but actually didn't, although I still haven't listened to all that many from the exchange yet, so maybe I just need to give it more time. I'm not sure if I will feel this with [community profile] podremix podfics though because the readers are likely more aware of the chance for similarities and are likely trying to make their recording feel different from the other podfic.

I'm kind of surprised that I felt the similarities between the different stories. I'm someone that really sucks at those author guessing games fic exchanges sometimes have. I'm never able to guess an author over at kink memes, even when I'm really familiar with the author's other work. I think there's just something about podfic though, that brings this sort of thing to my attention. Because people read aloud more slowly than I can read in my head, I'm given a chance to get a "feel" for the story more so than I do when reading it.

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2naonh3_cl2
Sep. 10th, 2010 12:19 am (UTC)
That's weird. :/ I mean there's a few authors that I've done multiple fics for, and since it's me, there are moments where there's a line that I remember reading in a similar way...but from two different podficcers? In two different fandoms? That's a little strange. Damnit. DRP is freakin' huge...I wasn't planning on listening to it. Grrrr. Now I have to listen. o.O Weird. Weird. Weird.
paraka
Sep. 13th, 2010 03:19 pm (UTC)
but from two different podficcers? In two different fandoms?
I know! That's why it struck me as so odd!

Damnit. DRP is freakin' huge...I wasn't planning on listening to it. Grrrr. Now I have to listen. o.O
Heh, it's not that huge. Or, at least, I've listened to longer podfics (the person who got revolutionaryjo for miltipodicity tried to repod that fic, but had to change at the last minute as there was no way she could finish it by Wednesday. It would have been really interesting to see if I still felt that with yet another reader).

It's an awesome fic and podfic though, you should definitely listen to it. Although I'm not sure if you'd actually notice the similarities, since you're probably a bit too close to your version. Who knows though.
2naonh3_cl2
Sep. 13th, 2010 06:09 pm (UTC)
I listened...couldn't really hear it. There were a couple of lines that were similar to others in Pru's fics, and I could hear the similarities, there. In that case, it was more the pitch and tone that I could hear. It was a little odd. I'm really surprised that I could hear it at all. I'm not very good at picking up subtleties.

It's actually not as long as I thought it was. I remember reading it...and taking forever, so I guess I assumed that the podfic was going to be ginormous. :) Sad sad memory. Maybe I should be investing in some ginko...
brimtoast
Sep. 13th, 2010 02:23 am (UTC)
As I listened, I started hearing echos in my head of another podfic.

This is what is happening to me when I listen to lunchy_munchy's version of Far Along This Road. Not because hers is necessarily similar, but because I know mine (or at least what I intended mine to be; I can't listen back to my actual one because the tech issues are too painful to hear) so well that for every line she says, my brain hears that in the context of how I interpreted the line. It's almost like hearing the two versions at once, on top of each other.

This might not be what you were actually getting at, but it's a pretty cool way to listen to a reading.
paraka
Sep. 13th, 2010 11:21 am (UTC)
Yeah, that wasn't quite what I was getting at but I know exactly what you mean anyways. I felt that with the repods revolutionaryjo did of fics I had podficed. I do actually listen to my podfics of those stories regularly (AI fandom made me get over my thing about not wanting to listen to my own podfics, our of sheer desperation :P) so I kept expecting her voice to go up where mine did, or to speed up where mine did. I actually found it kind of jarring on the first listen but it's still really cool. Especially when I listened to them with the intention of feedbacking because then I was looking for the differences instead of just feeling them.
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