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January 10th, 2007


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04:54 pm - CSI, and different levels of fandom
I never used to seek out spoilers...heck, way back when, I didn't know it was possible to find out anything about an upcoming episode of my favorite show, other than what I saw in the televised preview.

Gradually, though, I've gotten used to a higher level of pre-airing information. I loaded up on spoilers last spring, for May sweeps, and will probably not do that again--it takes some of the fun out! But there are a couple of shows which I keep moderate tabs on, one of them being CSI.

I visit only one site: CSI Files. And I do not hang out in the spoiler threads, or (normally) on the forums. I go there to keep track of news about the shows. They're good at collecting links to interviews with actors, with producers; good at archiving reviews of episodes; good at bringing up real news and trying to squelch the rowdier rumors about things like Grissom's eventual departure (when they have evidence to do so).

They *do* post some plot spoilers for future episodes, and I often read them (I just spoiled myself for most speculation about what was in the box that arrived in Grissom's office, for instance). Combined with the news reporting on what the actors are doing outside of the show, I apparently have a much better grasp of what's going on than a lot of the fandom.

Today, I wandered over to a site called Who is Keppler?, which includes video clips from the next new CSI episode, "Sweet Jane," and introduces a new character who will be around while Grissom is on his four-episode sabbatical. Now, aside from the fact that one of the clips has me mildly freaking out over this episode, I was reading user comments. A majority of the fans commenting either didn't realize that Grissom is only going to be gone briefly, or they weren't sure what was happening anyway.

I realized that I knew more than most of them, and it was a strange feeling. I'm not *that* obsessed...I just like to keep up. Huh.
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From:feliciakw
Date:January 11th, 2007 01:35 pm (UTC)
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I realized that I knew more than most of them, and it was a strange feeling. I'm not *that* obsessed...I just like to keep up. Huh.

Isn't it weird? I get that a lot. I think maybe it comes from our exposure to "extreme" fandom, and in comparison, we're not that extreme. But to those with little or no exposure to fandom, we are. For example, I have all the Gaelic Storm albums. I must be a FAN, right? I mean, I know where and how the group got its start, and that players in the band have changed. However, I could not list off all the band members for you, nor could I tell you about their upcoming tour, their upcoming projects, or about the blogs they keep on their site (I know they're there; I've never read them). So in my own estimation, I'm more of a casual (maybe borderline enthusiastic) fan with knowledge, not a rabid fan with an obsession.

You're an enthusiastic fan with knowledge. And information regarding WP leaving temporarily to do a play elsewhere was in TV Guide, like, umpteen-bajillion (real number--ask Charlie) years ago, which to me makes it general knowledge, so in my estimation, you don't' have to be a fan to know that. Sounds to me like a lot of people just aren't paying attention. :-)
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From:izhilzha
Date:January 11th, 2007 08:31 pm (UTC)
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I think maybe it comes from our exposure to "extreme" fandom, and in comparison, we're not that extreme. But to those with little or no exposure to fandom, we are.

That...actually makes a lot of sense. :-) Weirdos, we are, sitting right in the middle of fandom.
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Date:February 3rd, 2007 01:04 am (UTC)

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the whole CSI just keeps getting more intense...I went to the who is keppler site and did some reading and found a keppler hotline number. If you call it you get tips on if he is good/bad. hahah it was pretty cool...(609) 910-3200 <--- if you have some spare time and are a fan.

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