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Meet the Fan: Sleepy Hollow Fan Donna

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We are six episodes into Sleepy Hollow and Pop Culture Nexus wants to know how this new show is doing so we asked the experts. YOU! The fans.

Read what Sleepy Hollow super fan, Donna, had to say about the show’s season so far. Follow her on Twitter @oconnellaboo

(If you want to be interviewed about your favorite show, email popculturenexus@gmail.com with “Fan Interview” in the subject line.)

Sleepy Hollow is in its first season. How do you think it is doing? Is it living up to your expectations or is it a disappointment?

It’s doing extremely well. It was on my list of shows to watch in the new season, but I wasn’t sure if it was going to live up to the hype. I’m a big fan of the original Washington Irving story, and honestly, I was skeptical they would be able to pull it off. It has exceeded my expectations by leaps and bounds – the writing is intelligent, the mythology moves at a nice pace, and the leads are cast perfectly.  It has become, to my happy surprise, an appointment viewing.

What has been your favorite moment this season?

I enjoyed the Sandman episode (“For the Triumph of Evil”) quite a lot – that was one of the scarier villains I’ve seen on TV in a while! And the episode on November 4 has really turned up the heat on the mythology, plus added one of my favorite actors, John Noble, in an intriguing new role.  But I think my absolute favorite moment has to be Ichabod’s conversation with Yolanda, the “NorthStar” lady.  It was hilarious, enriching and it built on the character of Ichabod; he’s a fish out of water, but he also has to be unbelievably lonely.  That scene showed us that side without beating us over the head about it.  Very clever, and beautifully played by the find of the new TV season, Tom Mison.

If you could tell the producers and writers to include or change one thing, what would it be?

It’s probably a little early to be truly dissatisfied with any aspect of the show, but I do think they need to dig a little deeper into the character of Katrina.  The episode on November 4 was a step in the right direction, but she still seems a bit of a cypher – and right now, the actress isn’t quite strong enough to hold my interest as a “mystery.”  Her chemistry with Mison isn’t on the same level as his with Nicole Beharie, so it kind of messes with what they seem to be trying to accomplish. I don’t feel Ichabod’s yearning for Katrina as strongly as I should. As I said, it’s still in its early days, so I’m willing to follow along with the mythology, trusting that the writers know what they’re doing, and where they’re going with Katrina.

What do think is most appealing about Sleepy Hollow?

There’s a sense of lightness to the show, despite the creepy, dark tone it also takes.  If it was nothing but constant menace, and scariness, and apocalyptic mumbo-jumbo, the show would sink under its own weight.  But it has fun with the history – their take on Revolutionary history is flat-out bonkers and they know it – and they have two of the most attractive, and talented, new stars to spin their tales with.  Nicole Beharie and Tom Mison are absolutely terrific in their roles.  Mison is creating such a sympathetic, human character out of what could have been a total cliché.  The fact that he’s easy on the eyes doesn’t hurt, but it’s the slightly goofy heart he brings to Ichabod that I find really attractive.
The diversity of the cast is also a wonderful thing. The Sleepy Hollow police department on TV is actually MORE diverse than the real one!

Does the show have a strong following online? If so, where do fans typically gather to talk about it?

It has an incredibly strong presence online – I was a participant in the Fringe live tweets, and I’m detecting a similar vibe – and a similar devotion – from the “SleepyHeads,” as they’ve been dubbed.  Orlando Jones, who plays Capt. Irving, is a regular live-tweeting presence on broadcast nights, and Nicole Beharie has joined in as well.  Both the East and West Coast tweets are rollicking occasions, with lots of puns flying, and of course, the requisite swooning over Tom Mison – who can blame them?
Facebook is also a very active place for Sleepy Hollow fans.  I’m kind of amazed at how quickly such a large and devoted fan base has coalesced. The show just seems to have touched a place in people’s hearts right away. This is no slow-build fandom.  With a few exceptions, SleepyHeads have fallen, and fallen hard.  It’s going to be a lot fun following the fandom online.

Meet the Fan: Castle Fan Elena

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We are more than one third of the way into TV season, and Pop Culture Nexus wants to know how shows are doing so we asked the experts. YOU! The fans.

Read what Castle super fan, Cammien Ray, had to say about the show’s season so far. Follow her on Twitter @CammienRay or check out  her blog http://cammienray.tumblr.com/

(If you want to be interviewed about your favorite show, email popculturenexus@gmail.com with “Fan Interview” in the subject line.)

Castle is in its sixth season. How do you think it is doing? Is it living up to your expectations or is it a disappointment?

I must confess to being guilty of high hopes, so I’m afraid that I have to be honest and admit it to be a bit disappointing this season. A creator of the show once commented that the beauty of the Castle and Beckett pairing is that it could be domesticated without losing the intrigue and chemistry. I completely agree with this, and in this sense, we do still see some of the original “Caskett” chemistry in their little fights. But too often they seem to go the “queen and her man-child” route in the structure of these little bits of banter and I’d really like to see them grow into more than that trope. The fantastic geeky-ness of Castle need not be portrayed as annoying and immature – geeks should be fairly represented. And, of course, it is a disservice to Beckett’s character to always be portrayed as the mature (read: boring) one in the room. We know she can be a developed, layered woman, and I don’t see why we need to keep backtracking in her development.
In terms of angst, clearly we are not in an angst heavy part of their story, but in the few chances we are given to see them in a serious, tense, desperate moment (like when Castle was possibly dying), I’d have liked to see a deeper and more layered response between them. I was left underwhelmed by the way both of their characters were written in that moment.

What has been your favorite moment this season?

I’d say the Ryan and Esposito bro-moments in general are winning this category for me. Throughout the seasons, they have moved past the “funny cop buddies” and have become a great part of the “family” dynamic of the show. I really am enjoying how they have not backtracked in their character development this season, but instead are moving forward with their storylines.

Where do you usually go to talk to other Castle fans?

Always Twitter. 🙂 There is a great group of fans on there, and it really is the best place I’ve found to have a discussion about the episode. Tumblr is good too, but there, you mostly just see fanart and fics in the tags, and I haven’t really seen anyone use it as much for discussion.

If you could write the perfect Castle/Beckett wedding, what would it include?

I’d really like to see the wedding show the love, the chemistry, and the partnership that made everyone fall in love with “Caskett” in the first place. It should be funny, but not in the tired Castle-is-a-man-child-and-Becket-is-his-owner way. I’d like to see Alexis grow past the frankly embarrassing spoiled and self-centered stage she is in and appreciate the marriage. Her reaction to her dad’s relationship is inexcusable (She and her boyfriend have a dinner party in which her dad but not his fiance are invited? Miss Manners and the rest of the kind, civil world does not approve). Of course, I’d like to see the general geeky-ness of both Castle and Beckett shine through in their wedding, and not have that belittlingly portrayed as immature. 🙂
In summary, I hope that the wedding sets the tone for what their marriage will be like, and I hope that tone involves the real characters that have been developed, and not the tired tropes they seem to revert to once in a while.

Meet the Fan: Once Upon a Time Fan Gods Girl

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We are well into the TV season and Pop Culture Nexus wants to know how shows are doing so we asked the experts. YOU! The fans.

Read what Once Upon A Time super fan, Gods Girl, had to say about the show’s season so far. Tweet Gods Girl at @GodsGirl1989

(If you want to be interviewed about your favorite show, email popculturenexus@gmail.com with “Fan Interview” in the subject line.)

Once Upon a Time is in its third season. How do you think it is doing? Is it living up to your expectations or is it a disappointment?

I have been a huge fan of Once Upon A Time since the pilot and I have really been enjoying this third season. It has been fun discovering what their version of Neverland is like. It has had a very LOST feeling to me with them all trying to figure out a way to get off the Island (which I love)! I have not been a huge fan of Peter Pan as he just seems like a total brat. I would rather have seen a more fun loving and helpful Peter Pan but maybe that’s just me. I also think the family dynamic between Snow, Charming and Emma has been really good and interesting this season, as Snow is starting to fully accept that even though she has her daughter back, it doesn’t change the fact that it is still a very complicated and strained relationship as she was robbed of her daughter’s whole childhood. I think as the season goes on we will deal with that a lot more and hopefully Emma can find some kind of peace with her parents despite the situation. I really just want nothing more than for this family to get their happily ever after!

What has been your favorite moment this season?

My favorite moment this season was definitely in the episode “Good Form” when Regina, Snow and Emma got to see Henry and tell him how much they all loved him through the little magic mirror. I actually had to watch it over and over because it was just so sweet! Obviously we know that Snow and Emma have a true and deep love for Henry, but I really feel like Regina also shares an honest love for him. I mean even if she had evil intentions for raising him, I believe that it has developed into something good. I may be in the minority but I believe Regina has a real love for Henry.

If you could tell the producers and writers to include or change one thing this season, what would it be?

If I could change anything about this season it would be for Emma and Hook to NEVER be an item! I hated their kiss and all the flirting Hook has forced on Emma this season…YUCK! My problem with all of this is that Hook had an affair with Neal’s mother which is Henry’s grandmother so the idea that Henry’s mother would be in a relationship with his grandmother’s lover is just wrong!

Where do Once Upon a Time fans typically gather to talk about the show? (e.g. Twitter, Facebook, Forums) 

My favorite place to talk about the show is Twitter and on that note, I have to say that Fringe was the first Fandom that I got involved with through Twitter and it has opened lots of other doors for me in getting involved and engaged with other shows like Once Upon a Time and one of the main leaders of the Fringe community was the Incredible Aimee Long (of ‘Fringenuity’) who tragically passed away this past week. I know this does not have a lot to do with Once Upon a Time but the point is that her passion, fight and dedication for the show she loved so much is an amazing example for other Fandoms and once again I would not even know about the Once Upon a Time community if Aimee had not first welcomed me into the Fringe Twitter community with open arms, so basically it was kind of a domino effect for me and I just had to honor her in some way.

Meet the Fan: Castle Fan Jennifer

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We are about one-third of the way into TV season, and Pop Culture Nexus wants to know how shows are doing so we asked the experts. YOU! The fans.

Read what Castle super fan, Jennifer, had to say about the show’s season so far. Tweet Jennifer at @jennlynn1025

(If you want to be interviewed about your favorite show, email popculturenexus@gmail.com with “Fan Interview” in the subject line.)

Castle is in its sixth season. How do you think it is doing? Is it living up to your expectations or is it a disappointment?

I am loving everything about this season. I was really worried at first, when Castle and Beckett were separated, but I knew they’d have a hard time incorporating the collaborative nature of the two with them a part. I loved the way they were brought back together, with Beckett standing up and defending her morals! I hate the tension between Castle and Alexis, but I am very curious to see how it all pans out. Young love is a struggle, and I think they’re giving us a situation more and more parents are faced with these days. I love the way the fans can relate!

What has been your favorite moment this season?

Thus far, I have to say I was captivated the moment it was said Castle only had 24 hours to live. That play on our emotions [and] the extreme tension that was instantly introduced was fantastic. It was one of those, “I CANNOT LOOK AWAY FROM THE TV,” moments.

If you could tell the producers and writers to include or change one thing this season, what would it be?

Honestly, when I watch the show, I am blown away by the creativity. I’m jealous of the ability of the writers’ to come up with the murders that they do. I’m a hopeless romantic, so I guess the only thing I could ask for is an awesome wedding! 🙂

Where do Castle fans typically gather to talk about the show? 

I see a lot on Facebook, mainly because it’s my personal preference when it comes to social media sites. That being said, I know how popular Twitter is, and that #Castle becomes a pretty popular tag on Monday nights. I guess the majority are on Twitter, but I also know that a lot of the generations that aren’t so technology obsessed love the show, and talk about it among friends and family! 🙂

 

Jenny Attends the Veronica Mars Panel

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Jenny is a die-hard Veronica Mars and on July 19, she was one of the lucky few who attended the fan panel. Read about her experience:

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To the best of my knowledge I watched it from the pilot or at the very least started watching early in the first season. It was instant love, and instant longing. You see, living in San Diego for my entire adult life I had just left to do travel nursing. AND THEY WERE FREAKING FILMING THERE!!! What timing!!  Had I been home I would have totally gone to Background San Diego to see if I could be an extra!!! Oh the humanity!! Despite all this, my love for Veronica Mars only grew until they were filming at San Diego State. That inspired a Fritos fight with my television screen. But still…it is by far one of my favorite shows of all time. Up there with FringeWest Wing and X-Files. Over the years I’ve had the DVDs but was thrilled when it started playing on the Soap Opera Network. My mother now has become a huge fan and Kickstarter backer! We can’t wait until we have our digital copies!! I’d say we’d want to watch it together but you know that thing will be in the DVD player the second it arrives!  Oh and by the way, I came home to San Diego when it was the Fall. The first Fall without Veronica Mars filming. Very, very, very sad me.

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Veronica Mars Fandom Interviews Part 3

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CONGRATULATIONS MARSHMALLOWS!! The Veronica Mars kickstarter campaign raised more than 5 million dollars and broke numerous records. Fans rock! Here’s the final installment of the Veronica Mars fandom interviews. Enjoy.

Carianne (@IMCarianne723) became a Veronica Mars fan at around 15 or 16 years old when her twin sister started watching it. She became obsessed and though the show was already off the air, she signed petitions for a movie and participated in tweetathons. Carianne kept the hope alive that one day there would be a movie, and now that is a reality. Continuing reading for her reaction to the Kickstarter campaign.

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Veronica Mars Fandom Interviews Part 2

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Meet Lillian, a devoted Veronica Mars fan who has been tweeting her support for a movie since 2009. She is member of Neptune Rising and super excited to spend a day on the set once Rob Thomas begins filming. Find out how she was introduced to the show and her reaction to the Kickstarter campaign.

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Veronica Mars Fandom Interviews Part 1

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Several weeks ago, we contacted Mark Thompson, the administrator of Neptune Rising, to interview Veronica Mars fans for a project we are developing about TV fans. We planned to release the interviews in the coming months, however, something BIG happened on March 13, 2013. Hopefully, you heard but if you haven’t…THERE IS GOING TO BE A VERONICA MARS MOVIE!!!!!!!

On March 13, Rob Thomas (not the musician) created a Kickstarter campaign to raise the $2 million needed to make a Veronica Mars movie. Not only did he reach his goal that day, he broke Kickstarter records by reaching the $1 million mark in under five hours!! We are still crying tears of joy. The show is very special to us. We’ve participated in campaigns, wrote an unofficial movie script, and introduced friends to the show, all the while hoping that one day the cast and creator would be allowed to properly end the story.  Our dream came true on March 13 when all of the Marshmallows rallied together and helped fund film. We are so proud of the fans that we have to share these interviews with the world, and celebrate their determination to never give up.

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