Tell me you want to play and I'll pick up to three of your fandoms (a list might be helpful). Then update your journal and answer the following questions:
1. What got you into this fandom in the first place?
2. Do you think you'll stay in this fandom or eventually move on?
3. Favorite episodes/books/movies, etc?
4. Do you participate in this fandom (fanfiction, graphics, discussions)?
5. Do you think more people should get into this fandom?
, who asked of me The Saint, Lord Peter Wimsey, and The Wild Wild West. (Nice choices!)The Saint1. What got you into this fandom in the first place?
I think it was the late 1940s radio show starring Vincent Price that first piqued my interest, back in early high school. My city library had very few of Charteris's many books, but one of the few was The First Saint Omnibus
, an absolutely fantastic introduction. That was all I had, though, until I discovered Paperback Swap
after college and was able to not only read but acquire most of the books.2. Do you think you'll stay in this fandom or eventually move on?
I can't see ever moving on. The Saint stories are above all stories of Adventure, and that is a love I've always had and probably always will.3. Favorite episodes/books/movies, etc?
I'm very partial to the novellas, almost all written pre-WWII. Unlike in the short stories, there's plenty of room for a fairly complex plot and more than one action bit in the novella length. My favorite full-length novels are The Saint Meets His Match (Angels of Doom)
, and The Saint in New York
. I've seen and enjoyed the movies with George Sanders, but not enough to have a favorite yet. The black-and-white episodes of the Roger Moore TV show can be surprisingly good, particularly those adapted from actual Saint stories instead of made up. But the books are way better, particularly because there hasn't been an actor yet cast who both has and shows all of Simon's attributes. I prefer Sanders' manner to Moore's, but Sanders is definitely not as athletic as Simon ought to be. And both men are remarkably big (particularly Sanders in the shoulders), whereas the Saint was tall but more slim than bulky. It's also hard to carry off the Saint's debonair insouciance WITH his latent threat and physical ability. (The Val Kilmer movie is okay considered on its own, but it is NOT the Saint.)4. Do you participate in this fandom (fanfiction, graphics, discussions)?
Not really. I have some great icons from jordannamorgan
, which I rotate out regularly. I'm also a member of the saint_fans
community, which is very inactive at the moment but has had some decent discussion and fun in the past.5. Do you think more people should get into this fandom?
I think that a lot of people would really enjoy it. But both its age, and its various much-later adaptations, work against its being known. It's really a shame, because the books were wildly popular for many decades. I'm sure most existing fans are at least a generation older than myself.Lord Peter Wimsey1. What got you into this fandom in the first place?
One of my high school readers had the non-Wimsey story "The Inspiration of Mr Budd." I thoroughly enjoyed it, so I went to the library and found the collection of short stories Lord Peter Views the Body.
I think I read The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club
first; I remember being mystified by references to an early book, which turned out to be Clouds of Witnesses.
I wasn't used to a mystery-story writer who also developed her characters from book to book! By the time I left for college I had acquired most of the books through my local used bookstore.2. Do you think you'll stay in this fandom or eventually move on?
I don't read them every year, but these will always be favorites.3. Favorite episodes/books/movies, etc?Clouds of Witnesses
is a good one, although I can't help but think that someone used to really following a trail/reading tracks could have seen in the path what should have been obvious. (I have my own [mental] OC's in an alternate version who do just that!) But other than that, Murder Must Advertise
and The Nine Tailors
are my clear favorites. Murder Must Advertise
has so much variety, with some fantastic elements, besides being a fascinating slice of a particular walk of life in 1933 London. The Nine Tailors
has the best atmosphere ever, and is solely responsible for my awareness of and fascination with change-ringing
. I suspect I'm a bit of an exception among Lord Peter fans, in that I'm not a super fan of Harriet stories. Not that I dislike her; that's definitely not the case. I just marginally enjoy non-Harriet stories more.
I know there is a TV series that is highly favored, but I haven't seen it.4. Do you participate in this fandom (fanfiction, graphics, discussions)?
No. I'm not particularly drawn to.5. Do you think more people should get into this fandom?
Most people that are going to probably already are. Sayers is often lumped in with Christie, but her books are VERY different. She doesn't use complex, tightly planned mysteries with clues carefully revealed. Often the mystery is of less significance than the characters themselves. The writing itself, and the dialogue, is of a higher standard as well.The Wild Wild West1. What got you into this fandom in the first place?
Channel 39 was pretty much an all-Western station until it was sold and became a Spanish-language station about ten years ago. Growing up, we could usually be sure of finding a safe, older Western TV series (Gunsmoke, Bonanza, Rawhide, etc), and occasionally we'd tune in to "The Wild Wild West." It was sure fascinating: color (important to kids!), lots of action, weird gadgets and just weird stuff. Sometime after college we discovered a friend was a big fan (Call of Duty name James West). He'd found out the show was out on DVD. Over the next six months, through gifts and personal purchase, I acquired all four seasons, really sailed in, and had a blast.2. Do you think you'll stay in this fandom or eventually move on?
I can't imagine actually moving on. I'm not obsessing over it, but from time to time I'll watch a bunch of episodes (well, more like the whole run) while sewing and have a grand time.3. Favorite episodes/books/movies, etc?
There are quite a few. I'm partial to the extra-weird, such as the "The Night of the Man-Eating House." In a show that does weird stuff that still has a logical explanation, this episode leaves the supernatural door open. "The Night of the Puppeteer" has a very different feel, with very noir lighting - literally dance-like; I find it mesmerizing. Others are "The Night of the Inferno," the original series premiere, "The Night of the Headless Woman," and "The Night of Jack O'Diamonds." Plus episodes where Ross Martin does particularly good disguises. "The Night of the Surreal McCoy" is a Dr. Loveless with one of my favorites of Arte's impersonations. And the all-time best moment with Arte is when, as a Middle-Eastern arms buyer, he serenades himself with guitar and voice (in his "native" tongue) in "The Night of the Doomsday Formula." (Aha, it's here
, starting at 2:35. See Kevin McCarthy try not to break character at 3:05.) The fact that Ross Martin was such
a good musician makes it that much funnier - he really knows how to make it sound, well, as it sounds!4. Do you participate in this fandom (fanfiction, graphics, discussions)?
No. I'm not really aware of one, first, and second, I'm sure it would be nothing but slash. No, thank you. I would
really like some user icons, though.5. Do you think more people should get into this fandom?
Sure, why not? Just watch it with an open mind - 60s TV is what it is. :)