Welcome back, campers! It’s been awhile since I geeked out. Four months, I think. I mean…my 5FF button is still tagged with my old blogspot address. But since a massive computer issue caused my collection of the images compiled to die….I’d have to recreate this button from scratch. Balls.
Now that I have a spare second to blog ahead, I’ve decided to (sparingly, time permitting and interest piquing) come back to Five Fandom Friday. This week’s theme: Fandoms you love, but didn’t think you would.
#1. Doctor Who.
Say what?! It’s true. My oldest brother, bless him, tried several times to talk me into watching (new) Doctor Who. It wasn’t until he was house-sitting for a friend (with an amazing 60″ flatscreen LCD TV) and basically forced me to watch The Shakespeare Code and The Girl in the Fireplace, that I caved.
Clever, clever bro. He knew my love of Shakespeare, wit, Brits, costumes, and history would force me to pay attention (despite the alcohol fed to me to ensure my staying over). And, of course, he was right and I was hooked from that point forward.
<I looked for 3 hours for a good clip of Zhaan. Nada. Sorry, all! Check the show out on Hulu, paying close attention to season 1, episode 4, where she becomes my favorite female character of all time.>
My first-ever fandom! Before this, my only binge-show was Road to Avonlea, and I was definitely more of an historical romance fan than a scifi fan. Space? Aliens? Pah. Cue my senior year of high school, encountering the badass pacifist that is Pa’u Zotoh Zhaan, and the beginning of fandom in my life.
#3. The Hunger Games.
I was totally ignorant of the hype of the books. I picked up the first one because I was just starting a (very long) dystopian phase, and was about to spend a week without electricity or cell phone signal, in a cabin in the Sierra Nevadas. I ATE that book. I read it in a day. The next morning, I woke up, got dressed, drove the hour into town, went to the only (and expensive) book store, and shelled out for the second and third book, which had just been released. I was expecting a meh, and my hair was blown back in a most pleasant way.
Can this be called a fandom? My eldest bro (yep, same one) taught me Shakespeare. We read Taming of the Shrew together, when I was 10. He explained all the references and dirty jokes. And it went from dusty boring stage stuff to enduring love. I read adaptations, I watch the plays whenever I can, I rent the film versions, AND I name my cars after his heroines. You might even say the path of my acting career would never have begun, if it weren’t for Shakespeare.
Which is funny, because I believe his plays were written by Edward de Vere. But still.
#5. The Dork Forest.
Not sure this counts, either? I’m not normally a podcast person. I’m an audiobook person, and podcasts makes me feel like I’m eavesdropping. But Jackie Kashian’s dork-on-dork dialogue is always entertaining *and* educational. I’ve learned so much stuff about so many random things, and I know it’s gonna get me free things at pub trivia. Listening to people be passionate about their dorkdom, whatever it is, is so much fun!