A ria is like most other fanlisting collectives in what it does and in orginization. But in order to know and understand the ways of the fanlisting collective, one must first know the fanlisting. Powers of <blockquote>! To me!
A fanlisting is simply an online list of fans of a subject, such as a TV show, actor, or musician, that is created by an individual and open for fans from around the world to join.
A fanlisting collective is a more-or-less complete list of fanlistings one person happens to maintain. It is the pleasure garden of those who spend too much time on the internet oogling fictional men.
Because the thing that separates fanlisting collectives from each other is the person who runs them, and also because I love talking about myself, here is some random information about me!
My name is Alex, as you may have picked up by now. I am a huuuuge geek/nerd/dork/whatever, as you have definitely picked up by now. My interests seem to lie in three categories: videogames from Japan, dead white men, and literature before 1900. All three of these things are not stuff you talk to strangers about at dinner parties. Heck, someone was hitting on me once and I actually went on about Northanger Abbey for five minutes. Too much information for the fanlisting collective about page? Yeah, probably. But, hey, if I can't talk about these things here, where can I?
And that's the real point of this place. Recently, I've been thinking a lot about fanlistings and sorting out my admittedly conflicted feelings about them. See, valiantknife.org in general aims to bring you quality content-filled sites on game-related topics of my choosing. Whether or not I actually deliver on that is kinda up for debate, but Aria and its many literature-based or just plain random fanlists are outside of that. But they're all dedicated to things I honestly love, things I'm really happy to be able to show my love for. I have nothing but respect for The Fanlistings Network and their universalist mission statement, but my motivations are selfish. Fanlistings allow me to have a Jane Eyre site without pressure to creat the Jane Eyre site.