Emilee Speaks: 5 Fandom Friday: Gateway Fandoms That Made Me Who I Am Today

Friday, October 3, 2014

5 Fandom Friday: Gateway Fandoms That Made Me Who I Am Today

Good Friday morning! [or afternoon, or evening, or Saturday...] Hello to you whenever you're reading this!  Megan at The Nerdy Girlie && Kristin at Super Space Chick are hosting a community series called 5 Fandom Friday.  It's going to be every Friday [obvi], be centered around Fandoms [obvi], and be a list post of 5 [obvi].  5 Fandom Friday.  So with that overly long explanation about something that's fairly self-explanatory... let's get to it! <333


||1} Rocky Horror Picture Show


I have loved this movie since before I was able to understand what was going on... aha!  I had an aunt that babysat me a lot && she was a major nerd.  It was the 80s & 90s long before being nerdy was considered "cool".  She loved Twilight Zone, Doctor Who, Star Trek, horror fiction books, all things sci-fi, and Rocky Horror.  She introduced me to Rocky Horror at an age that made my parents quite pissed when they found out [everyone has to have that one awesome aunt that lets you get away with stuff your parents won't]!  I was singing "toucha toucha touch me, I wanna be dirrrty" without even understanding the context.  Not only did this awesome aunt of mine let me watch Rocky Horror, she had the soundtrack on cassette tape.  We'd listen to it while playing Super Mario 3 on Nintendo.  I could sing every word & act out every dance to Rocky Horror by the time I was 9 years old.  I owe all of my nerdiness && fandom love to my aunt Ginger [love you aunt Ginger!].

||2} Buffy the Vampire Slayer


Ahhh Buffy.  I put the picture of the series, but myyy love affair with Buff started with the movie.  I was absolutely obsessed with the movie.  Let's see, I was about 10 years old when the movie came out [showing my age again].  I was instantly hooked.  I even made my mother find me hideous iridescent tights like she wore.  I'd traipse around the yard "working out" [training, aha] pretending to get all buffed up to fight vampires.  Yes I was incredibly lame...  Then the series aired when I was in high school and the love affair started all over again.  I still go back every few years and re-watch the entire series.  I've passed this love on to my son [who is in love with Willow].  I can sing you every single song from the musical episode, "Once More With Feeling".  I could listen to Giles [Anthony Head] and Spike [James Marsters] sing for hours...  I'm kind of obsessed with musicals if you haven't noticed.

||3} Vampire Chronicles [and all Anne Rice]


I feel incredibly lucky to have started my vampire fandom with Anne Rice instead of Stephanie Meyer.  My vampires didn't sparkle.  My vampires couldn't go outside during the day.  My vampires weren't emo teenagers.  My vampires WERE vampires!  It's been such a long time since I read these... I think I'll reread them now!  Shout out to all Anne Rice though.  I love her writing.  Even her erotica [which I read in high school, lol].

||4} The Nightmare Before Christmas


You can read all about my love for this movie in my Fall Favorites post.  I have been watching this movie yearly since it came out in 1993.  My parents loved it [lucky for me!] so we watched it over && over from October to January every year.  We considered it to be a Halloween AND Christmas movie, ahah!  I have always been obsessed with this movie && can often be found singing "Kidnap the Sandy Claws, lock him up real tight..." at random any time of the year.

||5} Empire Records


This movie is EVERYTHING.  Holy moly do I love this movie.  I was 13 when this movie came out && full of teenage angst lol.  This movie has everything.  The different personalities of each character is so amazing that you can't pick a favorite.  Man I miss the 90s... ahah!  Seriously though, even the soundtrack to this movie is dope.  My parents were musicians and had recording equipment hooked up to our TV sound system.  I recorded the entire movie onto cassette tapes and would listen to it in my room.  Just literally listen to the movie.  Needless to say, I know every single word.  I've worn out several dvd copies of this movie.  I accidentally picked up a "Fan Remix" edition of the movie, which included alternate scenes.  For example: In the original release of the movie there's a part where Rex Manning unzips his pants & says "Rock & Roll" when Corey propositions him for sex.  In the "Fan Remix" he says "hope you like blue cheese".... Ew.  As someone that can recite the entire movie word for word, I was caught off guard.  What the what?!  I have since learned to love the "Fan Remix" version as well.  If you haven't seen this movie, you must.  Like seriously go and do it right this second.  Damn the Man, Save the Empire!



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Photo Creds:
http://rebloggy.com/post/the-rocky-horror-picture-show-tim-curry-magenta-columbia-crying-rockyhorror/42185268578
http://www.nostalgit.com/tv-shows/buffy-the-vampire-slayer-top-ten-villains/
http://schmoesknow.com/universal-acquires-anne-rices-the-vampire-chronicles-series/27733/
https://www.tumblr.com/search/sandy+claws+the+nightmare+before+christmas
http://www.claudiahauter.com/empire-records/

20 comments:

  1. Empire Records!! I LOVE this film. I actually had my watch alarm set to 1:37pm every day because of this movie. I have the Fan Remix version and didn't realize it... so when it was on TV for some reason, I was so confused by the differences too! I think I'm going to have to watch this again tonight. AND find the soundtrack. I know I have it somewhere, and hopefully I've uploaded the cd to my computer so it isn't lost forever.

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    1. I was almost hesitant to put Empire Records down on my list... I wasn't sure it was considered a "fandom". Glad I did! Aha!

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  2. LUV vampires as well and lucky I didn't start with Twilight either, but did enjoy the books...not the movies.

    I have Empire Records on vinyl from the Record Store Day release! I think I need to watch that movie now! xx

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    1. OMG so jealous that is awesome! Empire Records is such a major part of my life lol. Love it.

      I read Twilight too, the first few books were good. Hated the final book. I had to force myself to finish it.

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  3. I also read all of the Anne Rice books before vampires were cool - lol! Did you hear that there is a new Lestat book coming out at the end of this month? https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21412673-prince-lestat

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    1. I feel like I did know this at one point, but forgot lol. I think I'm definitely going to re-read this series. It seems like the perfect books to read this fall <3

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  4. Great list! Love your story about Rocky Horror, what a special memory! My aunt, who babysat me in the 80s, also introduced me to that movie.

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    1. Ahah thanks! It's funny when you watch things as an adult that you loved as a child. It often takes on a whole new meaning. That happened to me with Dirty Dancing as well. I was like, "ohhhh she had a botched abortion!". Totally didn't catch any of that as a child/pre-teen lol.

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  5. I'm a HUGE Buffy fan! I also love Empire Records! We used to quote it all the time in college and make cardboard signs to hang in our car window when road tripping that said Damn the man, save the empire! I miss the 90's too

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    1. Such an awesome movie. Talking about it so much today makes me want to put it in and watch!

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  6. Love love love Empire Records! I have to see the Fan Remix now!

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    1. Yes you do! It'll confuse you in several parts if you're like me. Also... they changed Rex's line "Why don't you all just fade away..." I was like WHAT? Ahaha!

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  7. Ooohh, the 90s! It was a magical time of neutral lip colors, blonde highlights, and wonderful fandoms!

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    1. Yes!!! <333 I loved every single minute of it!

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  8. So much love for Buffy <3 She definitely an integral part of my teenage years!!!

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    1. Me too! My parents went through a religious phase in my teen years && banned me from Buffy. I had to sneak to watch it... aha!

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  9. Empire Records is such an amazing film!! Also so much yes to Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles. The Vampire Lestat is one of my favorite books!

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    1. I remember Lestat not being my favorite character... I'm re-reading them now though, so my mind may change since high school.

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  10. I have an admission - Have never seen the Rocky Horror Picture Show - evah! But Empire Records - love it. Great list!

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    1. Ohh wow! You MUST check out Rocky Horror! It's awesome!

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