That article was amusing and the topic is very interesting. "...ladies of lust and laundry..."
And I agree with the author that we do
love loving things. The psychology behind it is facinating and it's nice to see articles pop up that explore the topic and don't simply dismiss all women with a passion for a particular subject. The author speaks of Americans and our excessive zeal, I'm interested to know how other countries express or feel about it. Is the Twilight phenomenon global?
To me the backlash against Twilight is understandable, but articles like this are refreshing...http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/co ... 9111804551
Oh, and I suppose I should confess that I did in fact attend the midnight showing of Eclipse yesterday.
I did it mostly for my daughter, but I was wearing my 'team Edward' shirt.
I am a fan of the Twilight books and the movies, but it's pretty casual. I've never sought out info online or collected photos. Nothing even close to my devotion to Flight of the Conchords. Perhaps my interest in FotC would have remained casual too if I hadn't stumbled upon the forum. I agree with the ladies that Bret and Jemaine themselves, with the depth of their interests and various talents, drew me in past being a casual fan of the HBO show where I started. I think that is why the FIGWIT thing went as far as it did as well.
Wiki says, "The likelihood for a subject of interest to be elevated to the level of fandom appears to be dictated by its complexity. Complexity allows further involvement of fans for a longer period of time because of the time needed to work the subject of interest 'out.' It also contributes to a greater sense of belonging because of the mental effort invested in the subject."
But we all know that it is far more than just good looks. One of those articles talks about feeling things that she hadn't felt in a long time. I totally relate. Mmmmm hmmmmm I am certainly addicted to whatever endorphines are released into my brain when I look at a photo of a Conchord. I can also relate to escaping the ordinariness (is that a word?) of real life. But more than that, this obsession has changed me (for the good) and has given me so much. The joy of the ukulele, so many dear friends, an arena to be creative and mentally joust with some hilarious and talented people from all over the planet, and certainly from the tour - some of the craziest, most precious memories and experiences EVER! I hope the guys tour again so I can pile up a few more.
Probably the reason why I've spent the past year learning to play ukulele and writing mediocre music rather than stocking up on photos Though I hear one can do both...
Your music is fantastic, and I have you
to thank as much as Bret for the joy of the uke!
Here's where we get into murky psychological territory and I'm sure it's different for everyone, we don't all fit into one fan mold but I think we can agree that there is some emotional need that is being satisfied by whatever the object of our fandom is.
This makes me squirm and yet I want to know more.