Fangirls: Encouragement or lack of encouragement from family
The other day I was down the aisle with all the Star Wars toys at a local big box store, when I noticed a young girl, about 6, come to the end of the aisle. She was looking at the rack of Star Wars The Force Awakens trading cards wth Rey on the packs displayed there. She was looking intently at the display until her mother walked up and steered her away from the aisle saying that the toys she wants is in the next aisle, the one with the dolls. A few minutes later, I saw that young girl again looking down the Star Wars aisle, while her Mom was occupied with something across the aisle. I saw longing in her eyes and wanted to say to her that she was not alone, but again she was steered away before I could say anything to her.
I am saddened that, like the example mentioned above, that budding fangirls can be discouraged by the immediate family members who are stuck on the perceived gender divides encouraged by the marketing. If I was that little girl’s mother, I would not discourage her in the least from loving whatever fandom she likes and would encourage her to embrace whatever fandom she would be interested in, no matter if it was for girls or for boys.
This brief encounter made me realize how lucky I was that, even though I was raised in the 1970’s and 1980’s, that I was not discouraged from looking and even having Star Wars or other ‘boy’ branded merchandise. That I was not told that Star Wars, Star Trek, Transformers, Robotech, He-Man and even James Bond were just for boys. We might not have been able to buy much of the merchandise available at that time because finances were tight, but I was never discouraged from looking.
This may because my Mom and Dad were really big on sharing. Whatever we watched or played with in the house was watched or played with by everyone. Especially whatever toys we had including the few Star Wars toys we had. Trust me in a house of 7 children, there was not much that was not shared by both genders in the household.
It also helped that both my parents were fans themselves. My Dad was a big Science Fiction fan and my Mom was a fan of fantasy and musicals. Both of my parents did not discourage me in any way, by pointing out that something was just for girls or just for boys.
Thank you Mom and Dad for giving me encouragement and helping me become the everyday Fangirl I am today.
I am continuing with my series of interviews with Fangirls that I have met through social media!
Today, it is my pleasure to interview fellow fangirl, Laurel A. Rockefeller!
I first became aware of Laurel through another Fangirl, Sarah Cole.
Welcome Laurel to The Adventures of The Everyday Fangirl and thank you for taking the time to answer these questions about being a Fangirl.
When did you begin to realize you were a Fangirl?
I think the original Star Wars was the first film I really consciously realized I was a fan of. I turned six in 1977 and I remember being so proud that I could read the title “Star Wars.” But I actually was a Star Trek fan even before then, making a point to watch reruns of Star Trek whenever they came on. So I suppose you can call me a lifelong Trekkie.
How has social media helped or hindered you?
I refuse to pay for cable given I watch so little television in general, so I would say that social media is really how I find entertainment news. I do confess to being influenced by fan blogs that I read. It’s actually one of the reasons I refuse to watch Star Wars The Force Awakens; I read a blog post about the Star Trek reboot and key areas where JJ Abrams changed Star Trek from the Star Trek I grew up loving. And quite honestly, that article was spot-on and really made me think. As I said before, something I really love about Star Trek is the way it explores social issues and makes you think. And I love Gene Roddenberry’s vision of the future. That’s all absent in the Star Trek reboot which makes me feel I would also not like the new Star Wars films. I am a huge fan of the original Battlestar Galactica and absolutely refuse to watch the reboot, as popular as it is, out of loyalty to what made me a Galactica fangirl as a child.
When did you first see Star Wars and did you love it right away or did this grow on you over time?
October 26, 1977! Yes, I remember the date because I was in kindergarten at the time and it was only the second film I’d ever seen in my life (the first was the original Benji which I saw with about a dozen members of my extended family in a little theatre in rural Nebraska). This was STAR WARS — not “A New Hope” and I did love it right away — though probably not as much as Battlestar Galactica when that came out about a year later. My favourite shirt in first grade was my Battlestar Galactica shirt.
This love of Galactica was probably also influenced by the fact that my parents forbade my brother and I from seeing “The Empire Strikes Back” when it came out; instead we had to read the novelization (not easy for a second grader). The novel of course puts a greater focus on the Anakin Skywalker part of Darth Vader than the film does so I never really saw Darth Vader as a truly bad guy; that was the Emperor. That also may be why I prefer “Attack of the Clones” and “Revenge of the Sith” over “The Empire Strikes Back.” For me, Star Wars is all about Anakin Skywalker and his relationships with those he loves.
What have you learned from the Star Wars fan community or other fan communities that has had a positive impact on your life?
I’m not actually involved in the Star Wars fan community — not for many years. Back in the 1980s I was but that stopped once Star Trek the Next Generation aired. And yes, I like Wesley Crusher!
Now that I am a fan of Sherlock and Benedict Cumberbatch, I do find those fan communities are great distributing news of interest to me so I can find more great films and programmes of interest to me.
What else do you Fangirl about?
Benedict Cumberbatch and Sherlock lately. I saw “The Imitation Game” six times last winter and really became a fan of him. So it’s my passion for history and work as a historian that brought me to love Cumberbatch’s work and subsequently discover Sherlock. Smart writing that is witty and fantastic performances by both Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. Give me something smart, thought provoking, and really well performed and I will watch it, even when it comes from a genre I might not normally like (just keep the sex and violence to a minimum please).
Another fangirl: Pride and Prejudice, especially the 1995 BBC production starring Collin Firth. It’s easy to tell I love P&P because there are copious dance scenes across the Peers of Beinan series. I am a former medieval re-enactor and I absolutely love English country dancing.
Anything else you want to say to others about being a Fangirl?
Always be willing to move outside of your comfort zone, especially when it comes to genres. As a rule I do not like the crime and mystery genre which is why despite all the rave reviews of “Sherlock” I never noticed the series until Benedict Cumberbatch’s work on a biographical film about someone I knew about from university (Alan Turing was one of the founders of cognitive psychology, not just computer science) led me to look into what else he has performed in.
Don’t make that mistake. Explore. Try something different. You never know what your next fangirl will be about until you push your comfort zone a little.
Thanks again Laurel for answering these questions and letting us to get to know you and your fandom better.
I am a Sailor Moon fan from way back when this series aired on Cartoon Network. I have collected all of the officially released versions of the series including the DiC dub VHS and DVD version, to the Pioneer DVDs and finally to the ADV subtitled DVD sets.
However, I was not able to view or buy, through any of these offical versions, Sailor Moon Sailor Stars. The only version available in the USA was a bootleg, like this one pictured below, which included poor picture quality and poorly translated subtitles.
Thanks to VIZ Media, Sailor Moon Sailor Stars has FINALLY been officially released here in the United States, legally and available for me to watch anytime and anywhere! This makes me a very, very happy Sailor Moon Fangirl!
These never before officially released episodes started streaming on Hulu and Neon Alley December 14th with what is considered to be the ending of the Dream Arc, which shows how Sailor Moon transformed into her true form, Eternal Sailor Moon.
However, this week starts the arc that many fans thought would never come, the arrival of the Sailor Star Lights and the official start of season 5 of Sailor Moon!
I am so looking forward to watching two episodes of these every week and of course will be waiting for the Dub version and the BluRay/DVD release as well.
Are you a fan of Sailor Moon? Have you been looking forward to the official release of Sailor Moon Sailor Stars as I have?
Today is the last day of 2015 and the WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared an annual report of EverydayFangirl.com.
With 2015 being the year of Star Wars and with the recent release of The Force Awakens, it is no suprise that the top search terms used to find EverydayFangirl posts were related to this topic:
The Everyday Fangirl blog was viewed 5,019 times, which is almost 2 times higher than the 2,800 views in 2014.
The busiest day of the year was March 8 with 96 views, which is only 4 short of the 100 view goal!
In 2015, there were 135 new posts, counting this one, growing the total archive to 393 posts.
Visitors to this blog are from 87 countries, which is higher than last year, so thankful for this truly worldwide audience!
One of the most popular posts this year was from 2013, Wedding Gowns in Fandom, who would have believed that this article would have such staying power!
Thank you to everyone who has visited this blog and see you again in 2016!
December 18, 2015 saw the offical release of Star Wars The Force Awakens. I, like many fans, had questions going into the film based on what had been revealed through the trailers, posters, commercials and other promotional materials. Below are some of these questions and my thoughts on what was revealed when I watched this film
Warning: May contain light spoilers, but trust me, nothing major, yet….
Who are all these new characters and what is their role in the Star Wars saga?
This has been a big question since the names were revealed through the trading cards, especially Rey and Finn, who did not have last names. The Force Awakens reveals a bit about who each of these characters are, but does this, for me, in an unexpected, but satisfying way. This film also leaves room to reveal more about their pasts and of course their role in the entire Star Wars saga. I will need to watch the movie again, a few more times, before I dive deep into each of these characters.
Where is Luke?
Ever since the release of the official posters, there were many, like me, that asked this question. I thought that this was a marketing decision on Lucasfilm’s or Disney’s part to increase the hype. However, this is actually a plot point in the movie that carries all the characters in the story forward.
What is a Snoke?
This is the question asked by my friends at Fangirls Going Rogue. Supreme Commander Snoke, Leader of The First Order, can be seen and heard during the film, but I really do not believe we get enough about who or what this character really is. Hopefully, Star Wars Episode VIII will reveal more.
What happened to Han and Leia after Return of The Jedi?
When I heard confirmation that these characters were to appear in the film, this is one of the biggest questions I had. I like many others believe they lived ‘happily ever after’ after the Battle of Endor. The Force Awakens not only shows us what happened to them, but it is for me, one of the most emotional arcs of the entire film.
What were your questions going into the film?
As you can see, I have my ticket to see Star Wars The Force Awakens this afternoon! #FangirlFlail!!!
This Everyday Fangirl is very excited to see this new movie and will be posting my spoiler free thoughts and feelings right after I see it today.
May The Force Be With You!
BB-8 Facebook sticker created by artist Katie Cook
At The Cantina Cast blog I wrote about the BB-8 Phenomenon that has been happening since it was introduced in the first teaser trailer.
Now with Star Wars The Force Awakens opening world wide, there is no doubt that the BB-8 Phenomenon is continuing with the following…
An appearance of BB-8 on the red carpet
BB-8 with Rey on Jakku digital trading card from the Star Wars Trading Card app
An emoji from Star Wars app for use in messaging systems
A BB-8 backpack luggage available from Amazon.com
BB-8 reward from The Force For Change campaign
BB-8 on a t-shirt that came in the Star Wars Special Edition Loot Crate
BB-8 A-Line Dress from HerUniverse, which I will be wearing tomorrow!
JJ Abrahms first sketch of BB-8
and the final concept art.
You can view this featurette below:
STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Featurette – BB-8 (2015) via YouTube
The most interesting is this quote from Kathleen Kennedy on the red carpet, which I believe is about BB-8, that makes me wonder just what is coming next for this character…
an unbelievable droid that will become a huge star on the Disney Channel
Therefore, I believe we are still in the infancy of the BB-8 Phenomenon. Not only in the Star Wars movies, but beyond as well.