May 25th, 2003

Asta 2

I'm in a ranty mood

First off, $10 for a magazine! It's not even imported one either. It's the final issue of the Farscape official magazine. And, sucker that I am, I bought it. Last issue. And it did have an episode guide which is always handy to have plus some very nice photos.

Also picked up the current Buffy mag with SMG and JM on the cover. It was recommended to me and, again, nice pics and some decent articles it looks like. That was another $7. It's a sad day when you have to put magazines on your charge card. Plus, there is the whole fire hazzard aspect of my ever increasing, riculously large magazine collection.

Yesterday, I was listening to the latest Succubus Club broadcast and I don’t think I could have agreed more with the two women who host the show (sorry, I’ve only listened twice and can’t recall their names). There was one point in particular they made that I appreciated. One of the gals admited having some trepidation in watching the final episode. She assumed it would be good since it was penned by Joss (and both agreed it was a very satisfying ending) but she was worried it wouldn’t turn out as she wanted it to. Her point being that was her problem because, well, it was Joss’ show and he could do whatever he damn well pleased. There was further discussion - and thinly veiled criticism - of the Buffy fandom. Essentially, it’s the last episode of Buffy we will ever get, people should just sit back and enjoy instead of making themselves miserable over it.

Now, I point all this out because A) I totally agree with them and B) the show’s over and people still don’t get they have no control over what Joss will or will not do. After listening to the broadcast I was perusing a certain board and a certain thread in which people essentially had a laundry list of what they did and did not want to see on Angel next season. The hilarious part of all this - the stuff they absolutely did not want to see or hear of ever, ever again - Joss just this past week discussed in an interview with TV Guide. Let’s just say these folks should prepare to be bitterly disappointed. Of course, they could quit watching the show if they don’t like what they are seeing. Then again, that probably isn’t a logical solution for fans who think they can dictate to Joss what to do.

Speaking of delusional fans :p, writteninstars (HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you Crystal!) and I were perusing and discussing various reports from the Chicago Con on Friday. I have to say, the vast majority of people were much like ourselves - fans but not fanatical. It was nice to meet James, he really does seem like a nice guy. But, having met him, I can honestly say it hasn’t altered my life in any significant way. This was not the defining moment of my existence; I do not play it over and over in my head.

It just seems that some individuals there felt better about themselves from the mere fact of being in his presence. This troubles me a bit. First, for the woman whose sense of self worth and well being is wrapped up in how a man or, in this case, celebrity appears to see them. And, secondly, for James when fans begin to take his generosity of spirit the wrong way. James does have the ability to make you feel special. He looks you in the eye, engages you on conversation, and speaks to you as if there aren’t a couple of hundred people behind you waiting their brief turn with him. But, what some people fail to get is he treats everybody this way. It’s simply his nature. I have a gut feeling that with the rather ‘devoted’ fan base James is accumulating, someday these Cons won't even be possible for him.

Ok, there are my rants for the evening. I have a couple more brief thoughts on the Buffy finale, but I’ll save those for later. I’d like my overseas friends to at least be able to read one of my entries. :p
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