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The smell of crazy in the morning
It's early; why don't we go ahead and get what happened at the SDCC Twilight panel out of the way, so we can deal with the rest of the Comic-Con awesomeness later? Short version: People are INSANE. And apparently raised by wolves. It's like the sound you hear at the gates of hellCollapse )

While we're here, great moments in inappropriate fan behaviorCollapse )

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....Wow. I really wanted to go to the Borders midnight thing for the book, because I mean I lived through books four and five of Harry Potter and they weren't so bad, right, but now.... I'm not so sure. The other ones were basically a bunch of people ages eight to forty-six milling around drinking coffee and talking about the books, but I'm pretty sure this one is going to involve more shrieking than I can handle. Maybe I'll go with one of my friends and make her buy me two while I wait outside.

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If that happens I think I will choke them.

(Though if they could just work the "... besides, it HURTS"/"arse of the divine Dalí" actual Dalí quote into the film somewhere, I will probably fangirl them because that was pretty much one of the best hysterical/egotistical things of all time anyone has ever said about themselves.)

What I don't get is where people get off thinking that some of this is socially acceptible behavior. It's the 10% who act like raving maniacs that give the rest of the fans a bad name. They wonder why actors don't like doing cons and the like, well, it's because of THIS. And they ruin it for everyone else too. I can tell you that I'm very shy. For me to go talk to an actor, especially one I like, would be something that would take me working up a momentus amount of nerve. Imagine the celebrity in question is brusque or rushed or whatever because they've had to deal with some deep insanity all day. I'd be crushed.

And is it more acceptible for women to act like this or what? Maybe it just seems like they get away with it more. I'm sure there are plenty psycho male fans of stuff, but it always seems like the fangirls are the ones who are sort of creepy en mass. A male fan does some of the stuff they do to a female celebrity and they'd be escorted out by the police. Is this just a perception I have on my part?

Nope, I get that impression too. I cannot imagine someone asking, say, Kristen or Stephenie the underwear question and not being asked to leave. It's the double standard that women are supposed to be creeped out by sexual attention and men are supposed to love it, no matter what.

Oh god. As exceedingly hilarious as that is (the Gates of Hell, indeed) I now feel really bad for those Twilight actors. They just wanna act, have a paycheck, and have some fans supporting their career. No one really wants that level of terrifying crazy.

I must say, though, Pattinson's always been good with using that wit to get through his discomfort. Good on him.

I live in Portland, though I go to school out-of-state; I filled out that extras thing for March or whenever because it would've been LOLARIOUS to been in some random scene of the movie when I don't even care about the books. I got a call for one of the-- biology class scenes, I think it was? They wanted people to be extras for what amounted to my spring break, so I was like "EXCELLENT" but then it turned out they wanted you through the end of April, and I had to go back to school.

Truly, truly a lost opportunity.

Regarding crazy-ass fans: I think whoever made those PhotoShop manips of Merry and Pippin in compromising positions, and then gave them to Billy Boyd and Dominic Monaghan at a premiere, deserves a mention.
And I remember hearing about crazy LOTR woman exploiting her daughter!

Oh God, I remember that. I seem to remember Dominic Monaghan actually talking about similar Merry/Frodo manips with reporters (talk show hosts? It was someone).

(I'm so sad you didn't get into the biology class scene(s). You could have been one of the people Edward thought about killing!)

Back in 1989 I was working Baycon and was asked to escort a really nice older guy around on the grounds that I had no real idea who he was and he could therefore spend the time with someone who wouldn't SQUEE at him constantly. In my 14 year old fog I enjoyed his company and never did get around to asking about his books.

Mr. Bova seemed to find the whole "I don't know who you are but you're nice" thing amusing. I didn't get until years later why that was.

OMG you worked Baycon '89?! Do you remember any of the guests? Besides Mr. Bova, of course.


I'm REALLY disturbed that the police are taking a "we don't care" attitude toward MEN IN CAMO trespassing in a private garden. I don't care how famous you are, you have a right to not have strangers playing ninja in the backyard.

That LotR fan is a menace, without a doubt.

One of my other LotR favorites though, were the two crazy German girls who interrupted a press conference to give Elijah Wood a gift bag that included a very disturbing manip of him and Dom Monaghan. And then insisted that he open it right there. There is actual video of it out there somewhere. I'll have to see if I can find it. As I recall, the girls were pretty much shunned until they disappeared, at least off of LJ.

Back in the 80s, Harlan Ellison sent a form letter to a lot of people in the SF community — writers, artists, actors — asking for their craziest fan stories. The answers ranged from simple thoughtlessness and weirdness (who mails a valuable gemstone to someone without telling them, “By the way, that’s not just a pretty piece of glass”?), to theft, to outright assault (someone threw a cup of vomit onto Alan Dean Foster). He used the replies as the basis of guest of honor speech he gave at a con, and then published it as an essay titled “Xenogenesis.” It’s terrifying, and the worst part, as he points out, is that the people most in need of the message are the least likely to get it.

Oh, man, is it online anywhere? I would really like to read that.

Whoa. The more this goes on, the more my hatred for that book and the craziness it inspires over nothing grows, apparently. Just more proof that the more inane something is, the more people love it. (How else do you explain "Hey Ya" or "The Macarena" or George W. Bush?) It's funny to watch, but those poor kids. I don't think they really had any idea what they were getting into. This is getting into dangerous territory. Even HP fans aren't this bad.

I can't believe someone gave Michael Rosenbaum a sex toy box. How utterly presumptuous. Fandom really needs to learn its place. It's out of control.

Edit: I'd like to add msallegro to the long list of creepy fan behavior. She had an entire group of people believing that Dom Monaghan and Elijah Wood were in a long-term romantic relationship, when nothing could have been further from the truth. Faked proof, lies galore, the whole nine yards. Super creepy.

Edited at 2008-07-25 05:27 pm (UTC)

Heeeeeey, "Hey Ya" is a fantastic pop song! No need to insult it by comparing it to GWB, now. ;-)

OMG, these people scare me. That poor cast.

LMAO at the Ninja-Fighting Kitty.

Edited at 2008-07-25 05:30 pm (UTC)

The Twilight crazy makes me scared. And also feel kinda bad for RPattz. (Who, confession time, I've actually never found attractive. I'm sure he's a nice enough guy, though, and doesn't deserve to be terrorized.)

In other things, finally, some Deadpool pics. Although sadly not very in focus, and, well, confusing to me (as you'll see). But still. FINALLY.

I just really, really hope we get Real!Insane!Deadpool, too.

Oh, Lord.

As soon as one person started to recognize me, literally now I’m just freaking out the whole time.

Way to ruin it for the normal people you twits.

I am going to have to re-read this entry on Halloween, because these are the SCARIEST STORIES EVER.

(My favorite part of this is when Pattinson very seriously says, "It's a different kind of scream," and then follows it up with a laugh. Like he almost forgot it was funny. askldfjasf.)

Oh, man. Twilighters freak the hell out of me. I feel sorry for the cast. But, um. Wow. Hard not to giggle.

I probably shouldn't say this, but my schadenfreude bone is starting to twitch.