Fandom as Relationships – The idea is, you “speak” to your favorite shows, movies, books or other objects of fandom as if they were persons with whom you have a relationship. I’m going to take that to mean any kind of relationship including just friendship. Hradzka had his readers guess “who” he was “talking” to but I don’t expect I would get much response so I’m going to post these and you can guess if you want to then in a couple of days (Monday, maybe) I will update this with the answers whether anyone has guessed them or not. There are only five. Some are books and some are shows. They are all science fiction or fantasy.
There is no tagging involved with this one but I’m hoping Jaquandor will do this too because I’m interested in what he might come up with.
1. I have known you almost all my life and you’re still here. You’re not the same these days. It’s sad, really. Sometimes I wish you had ended with dignity long ago but I keep coming back, and not just to your older incarnations. After all these years, even with all the changes, I can’t stay away from you.
2. Hey there. It’s been a long time. For years I visited you over and over again. I spent many enjoyable hours with you, with your fascinating places and characters. You made me think of dragons in a whole different way. It’s been years since the last time. Too many other places to visit and so little time. But I think of you once in a while and I remember you fondly. And I keep thinking one day, for old times sake, I will come back to you again.
3. I only met you two or three years ago. I can’t remember exactly when it was. Wow! Are you ever different! You take me to the most bizarre and fascinating places and introduce me to the oddest people. And a world that is ugly and disturbing… somehow you make it strangely beautiful. Or maybe it’s just your words that are beautiful. You have the most wonderful way with words.
4. I met you at around the same time as number 3, I think. You are a strange one. Shocking, often icky but also very funny; wow, what a ride! And there you are, waiting for me over there on the shelf. I’m coming back for another wild ride real soon.
5. You ended way too soon. There is so little of you but I cherish that little bit and keep coming back over and over again. You’re funny and exciting and sometimes maybe even a little bit profound. I almost have you memorized but I never get tired of you.
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I guess this might be little bit confusing or I didn’t explain it very well. None of these is a person or character. Each one is a TV show, book or series of books. Since few people visit this site on weekends I’ll extend the game a little longer and post the answers this afternoon.
UPDATE II: THE ANSWERS: This was fun and I actually came up with these very quickly, which is unusual for me. If I had taken more time to think about it I might have thought of more than five.
1. Star Trek – I was afraid this one might be too obvious but then JulieVW guessed Dr Who and I realized that for some people this might perfectly point to Dr. Who but I’ve only been watching that show since Christopher Eccleston was The Doctor. I’ve been watching ST more or less regularly since the original series premiered, except for some gaps of a few years when no TV station near me was showing ST re-runs. I find the later series – DS9, Voyager & Enterprise – disappointing but of those only Voyager was bad enough that I don’t bother with it. I haven’t seen the new movie yet but I probably will.
2. Anne McCaffrey’s Pern novels – Charles guessed it. I have read the first six books, which make up the Dragonriders of Pern and Harper Hall trilogies, at least 10 times, maybe more. I don’t care much for the later books in the series and in the last decade or so I’ve lost interest in Anne McCaffrey in general but I have a feeling that I would still enjoy these old favorites.
3. China Mieville’s Perdido Street Station, The Scar and Iron Council – three fantasy novels that take place on the same world. Each is a standalone novel. The weirdest books I’ve ever read, but beautifully written, with lots of very cool big words.
4. Neal Asher’s “Polity” series – I’ve read several of these – Gridlinked, The Skinner, and Brass Man – and I’m waiting to read Prador Moon as soon as Number Two Son gets done with it.
5. Firefly, of course. Not much to say about this series other than what I’ve been saying for the past four or five years and will continue to keep saying again and again, probably forever. I’ll give JulieVW credit for guessing this one.