When I was a young teen, my dream was to one day go on the set of my favorite TV show and watch them film. Yes, really. I’m that much of a TV geek. When I graduated high school, I went to acting school in New York because I figured the best way to get on the set of a TV show was to be a part of the cast. That didn’t work out like I thought it would and I ended up becoming a teacher. Several years and one crushing break-up later it hit me – the dream! I had to take another shot at it. So, I did. I gave up my apartment, sold almost everything I own, quit my job and moved from Southern New Jersey to Southern California. I’ll go into more detail on that another time, because I want to get to the point of this post. The point is, I detoured, but I didn’t give up. I was determined to follow through on my fannish desire to watch them film my favorite show and it happened. See the photo? That’s me and Anthony Stewart Head of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. When that photo was
Marilyn Case has been designing jewelry for 15 years. A fan of Supernatural, she was inspired by Mary’s hunter bracelet and that sent her on her own hunt to find charms that symbolized the important icons from the show. She had intended to make one just for herself, but ended up donating two to fan-run charity auctions. So many people saw them and loved them that she decided to start making and selling them on a regular basis. This week, Marilyn takes the crafty seat to talk about her love of Supernatural, her jewelry and her fannish biz. Marilyn Case of Jewelry By Marilyn Website: Jewelry by Marilyn Etsy Store: Jewelry by Marilyn How did you get into fandom in the first place? Marilyn: Been a fan of Supernatural since the pilot. I was a fan of X-Files, Buffy, Firefly, all kinds of genre TV and movies. You’re obviously a Supernatural fan – what’s one of your favorite episodes or moments from the show? Marilyn: Love the serious shows, but some of the comedic ones are among my favorites. “French Mistake”, “Mystery Spot”, and “Changing Channels” to name a few. “Heart”, “All Hell Breaks Loose” and “Swan Song” are the
I’ve been a fangirl for as long as I can remember. I started off with a literary fandom – I just couldn’t get enough of Sally, Dick and Jane. Everyday, I went off to kindergarten eagerly awaiting the moment when Mrs. Butterfoss would crack open that giant book and read another adventure. “Oh Spot! Do you see, what I see?” From there, it was Gene London. He was a children’s TV show host in Philadelphia. He would draw, live on TV as he told wonderful stories. I had the biggest crush on him. Once I was old enough to stay up and watch primetime TV, I was done for. I had a wild imagination as a child (still do) and television was fuel for the fire. I started creating my own stories in my head and eventually, I started writing them down. At that point, fandom was my own, private little world. All of that changed when I got to Junior High because that’s when I discovered the power of fan fiction. I’m going to let you in on a little secret — as a teen I was chubby, geeky and scholarly – meaning I didn’t have very many friends.
FanFiction writers are often maligned for creating derivative works but in reality, fanfic writers are creative, talented people who are simply using the written word to pay tribute to the shows they love. In Texas, the troupe at the Austin Improv have taken that concept to the next level with a show called Fandom: Improvised Fan Fiction in Your Favorite Worlds. Every Saturday night for the past six weeks, the company has donned costumes pieces and invited an audience in to help tell tales from the world’s most popular fandoms. They started with Buffy the Vampire Slayer, went on to Lord of the Rings, Batman and the Hunger Games. And on February 23, they’ll be closing out with a fandom chosen by popular vote. (Click here to make your choice.) I was so tickled by this idea I chased down one of the show’s creators, Kaci Beeler and demanded she tell me everything. She was were kind enough to do so just before embarking on a new journey, to a galaxy far, far away.