April 16th, 2008

Tree Dreaming

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I finally added whedonesque to my friends list, and I can't believe it took me this long. I've known about Whedonesque forever and just never added it. I am the worst fan ever. But there is news, news of a NEW WHEDON MUSICAL featuring Mr. NATHAN FILLION and not to mention FRIGGIN' DOLLHOUSE featuring Ms. ELIZA DUSKHU and I do not want to be on the back end of learning about this stuff. I want to be there, standing in front of the line drooling with my fan girl posters all ready to go.

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Yesterday, Mia had her first hiccup! After three years of running fantastically, she wouldn't start. It's been years since I've had a car that wouldn't run properly, so I forgot about the jumper cables I had in the trunk until I called syntheticjesso to see if she would drive me to work and she used her internet super powers to remember for me. I felt all knowledgeable and smart getting the cables all situated on the car batteries and whatnot. It's strange, having to jumpstart my car made me feel more comfortable with her. Although I'd really appreciate it if she doesn't get in the habit of it.

Anyway, while I was first figuring out she wouldn't start, I somehow banged my ankle and I can't remember how, but it hurts like a bitch. A slightly bruised and tender bitch.

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I think Rogue is making me sick. I am still obsessed with it, to the point that I've stayed up until 1:30 AM knitting every night since I began working on it. I haven't been this obsessed with a project for a looooooooong time. However, it's not helping the gross that's infected my sinuses, since I'm not sleeping well. I even took the day off yesterday, and instead of napping and recuperating like a sane person, I knitted. Like an insane person. Again with the bed at 1:30 AM. I'm thinking it will be done by the end of the week, and then I can sleep. Sheesh.
Tree Dreaming

Bad Fandom, a Bitchy Response

I read this article regarding the pushiness of Buffy and Firefly fans, the gist of which is, "We don't like your show, so lay off, watching one more episode isn't going to magically make us like it." This is a fair argument that I would accept, but there is a big IF behind it, and that IF is this: I'd accept your argument IF you've given the shows a fair chance. If you haven't seen enough Buffy to know who Xander is (that would take, um, one episode) then you haven't given our show a fair chance.

I have talked to so many people who have given up on Buffy because they saw "one episode" and didn't like it. The thing about this show is that it's hard to "get" if you don't watch it. It's not your typical show.

I have shit tons of other fandoms. If you don't like Kevin Smith movies, I'll understand. I can see how it might not be everyone's cup of tea. If you don't like Harry Potter, I won't take you seriously unless you've read at least one book all the way through, but Rowling's writing isn't for everyone, I'll get it. If you don't like Pirates of the Caribbean, I'll understand. If you don't like American Idol, I'll understand, hell, I'll even sympathize (though I won't let you get out of the conversation until you understand that Simon really isn't evil).

But if you say you don't like Buffy, I won't buy it. I won't buy it unless you've given the show a solid, fighting chance, and one episode ain't no fighting chance. This is a show that spanned seven seasons, topping out at 143 episodes (yes, I'm counting season six's two hour pilot as one episode), several of which were, I'll be the first to admit, pretty crappy. But basing your opinion of a seven-year zeitgeist off of .007% of it is, frankly, stupid. What makes the show great is that it isn't definable by a single episode. Joss takes his characters through so many experiences, timelines and situations that weave in and out of each other over the seasons that understanding why fans are so obsessed with this show would honestly take watching the entire series.

But I'll let you off easy. Here's how to get the Whedon-mongers to leave you alone:

Offer to watch five episodes of their choice.

That's right, we're going to make you sit through five whole hour-long episodes. But when you consider the sheer mass of episodes out there? That's not too much to ask. And if your evangelist is a good fan, the episodes they pick are going to be good ones, defining ones, ones that will give you a gist of what the show is and why it's so loved.

And if after you watch those episodes, you're still not interested, you still hate the acting, it's still not your thing, well...I'll be bewildered, but I'll buy it. And I'll leave you alone. Because instead of bitching at us to leave you alone, you gave it a chance.

Audience Participation! I'm stealing the audience participation thing from wickedsin. It's a good idea! If you're a Buffy fan, what would your five episodes be? If you're not a Buffy fan, pick five episodes from your favorite show that you would use to "convert" an outsider. Also, explain to me why you're not a Buffy fan (I promise I won't get all snippy, I've snipped enough, don't you think?).

My five episodes:

1. Hush (S4, E10)
2. The Wish (S3, E9) (Bonus points if you watch this in conjunction with Doppelgangland, but it's not required)
3. Graduation Day, Pt. One (S3, E21)
4. Innocence (S2, E14)
5. Fool for Love (S5, E7)

ETA: Warning, slight Buffy spoilers for season 2 in comments