Yesterday’s winner: Picture J
If you have been paying attention to my posts the last few weekends, you know that I have been focusing on conventions, including why fans attend, why should celebrities attend, what kind of activities are found there and more. Based on those discussions and based on my research, I am starting to wonder what Duranies really want in a convention. I have described what normally takes place in a convention, including activities like vendor fairs, screenings, panels, games, and more. The post which describes all of this can be found here. I also know what took place during Durandemonium 2013. For those who were not in attendance, the activities we had during the convention included get-to-know-you as Duranies games, an author’s panel, a screening of A Diamond in the Mind, games, banquet with dinner and dancing, and late night clubbing at Late Bar’s New Wave night. Were those the right kind of activities to have? Should other activities be part of a Duran convention?
When we designed Durandemonium 2013, we had ideas of what had liked in the past at other meet ups and at the first convention we attended in 2004 in New Orleans. We liked having the chance to party with fellow Duranies whether at a bar or a club. For us, that party culture is a big culture of Duran Duran culture. After all, Simon does say that Duran Duran is the band designed to make you party. Yet, I’m well aware that there are Duranies who don’t party as much as say…we might when we are together. (This is probably a good reason why Rhonda and I should live far away from each other!) Thus, for those fans, maybe partying at a club or bar wouldn’t be that important to them. A lot of Duranies are collectors and spend a lot of time and money shopping on ebay or trading with other fans. We didn’t do much with that due to space restrictions. Perhaps, that is something a lot of people really would like. We did have a raffle with lots of great items to give away. Is that enough or would people prefer a place to just buy without having to worry about winning? Maybe an auction would have been a better route to go with those cool items. It seemed to me that most of the attendees at Durandemonium liked the screening of ADITM. I know that we loved it. Is that something that should always be included? If so, do people have preferences about what should be shown?
While we did have an author’s panel, we didn’t do much with attempting to get celebrities there for obvious reasons. This doesn’t mean, though, that it isn’t important to some fans. We are aware that it does matter to people. The question is how much does it matter? Would you only attend a convention if one or more band members was there? Would you want a convention with, at least, celebrities connected to Duran in some way? Would you want a focus that is broader than Duran Duran? Maybe, you would be able to justify spending the money to go if it was focused on a few of your favorite bands. Then, of course, more to the point, how much would you be willing to spend to attend a convention with a celebrity or two? We know how much concert tickets are. Would you be willing to pay the same as a VIP ticket? More? How much more? Then again, maybe, there are some fans who welcome the idea of getting together with other fans without the band being around.
I’m aware that I am asking for people’s ideal convention. Obviously, as someone who has organized a convention and planning another one in the future, I am MORE than well-aware that everything that people want cannot happen. Convention planners, like us, have an extremely limited budget (as in nothing, zero, zip, nada) and that other elements can limit what is possible. For example, at the last convention, we didn’t have a lot of space to do things like a vendor fair. That said, I’m truly curious what Duranies really would want in a convention. What would make you spend the money and take the time to go to a convention? How much would you be willing to spend and would you be willing to travel for it?
We are early. Initially, we planned on switching the blog from Blogger to WordPress tomorrow, on Sunday morning. Well, needless to say, the process went a lot faster than we thought it would so here we are. Welcome to our new home. If you have been a regular to Daily Duranie, you know that we blog each and every single day. You came to our site to read one or more posts. Now, though, this site, this new home offers a bit more. First, at the very top, you can see that there are different pages to look at. These pages include information about us, but they also include things that we have done and things that we are working on. The things that we have done include all the various meet ups we have done, usually surrounding shows in different cities. Durandemonium 2013 is included as well. Those pages not only remind everyone of those events but are filled with images from them as well!!! One of the pages focuses on the book that we have been working on. If you can’t remember what it is about or didn’t know, now, you have a place to read all about it. It will also be the site for upcoming information about it as we move forward with it.
I am pretty excited about our new home. Moving the blog here as been something that Rhonda and I had been talking about off and now for a long time. We had heard the benefits and also experienced frustration with Blogger, at times. Yet, I was pretty comfortable where we were. I liked what our little old blog looked like and was very used to it. By now, you can tell that I’m truly a creature of habit and do not always welcome change, even though, in most cases, the change is good for me. Rhonda, though, thankfully, pushed for it and was willing to take it on. (By the way, that has always been one of the benefits of this little partnership we have. We share the responsibility and take on the areas where we have strengths.) As the process began, I started to see the importance of this change. Beyond making it easier, we hope, for people to comment and for more accurate page view counts, there is a lot that this shows about US. While the blog is a significant part of what we do, it isn’t everything. There is more to Daily Duranie than writing each day. We have taken on the overwhelming task of writing a book. We have organized meet ups for fellow Duranies before shows. Durandemonium was a big deal and one that we are still proud of to this day. The day in Duran history that we always post is included. Maybe, we should figure out a way to showcase the daily this or that question/game we do. That’s the beauty of this new home. We have more options. We can grow and change. Simply put, we can do more with it. This is particularly important as we have more that we are planning for the future. I look at this little operation of ours in phases. Phase one went from 2009 to 2011. This is when we started the book and started the blog. We didn’t have very many readers and the blog wasn’t the coolest looking but we continued to write and love what we were doing. It is also when we held our first meet ups. Then, phase two saw us step up our game. More meet ups were planned. Durandemonium 2013, a whole convention, happened. The blog looked more professional and got more readers. Now, we are onto phase 3. It begins now. What will phase 3 entail besides this new online home. We plan on getting that secretly named book published. After all, we have other book ideas to work on. Durandemonium 2014 is starting to be brainstormed, including when, where, format, etc. Yes, you read that correctly. We are planning another fan convention for this year. No specifics have been decided, however. Of course, this will be the place to find any and all news about it as we get more done! Truly, I’m excited about the future!!! (At the same time, I’m already wishing that I had more time in my day!)
Now, Rhonda wanted me to make sure to remind everyone of some specifics about our new home.
*You can still sign up to follow the blog via email and RSS feeds. If you were signed up before, you need to do it again for this new site.
*There may be more changes/additions in the next few weeks as we get used to it and see what else needs to be done to make it the best it can possibly be!
*Any other information that I forgot can probably be found on the original post alerting all of you about this move, which you can find here.
So, what do you all think???
The last few weeks haven’t been the best for me. I have had some issues with my teeth (that’s an understatement), which has resulted in a serious financial bloodletting. If that wasn’t enough, I have renewed frustration with my job and general feeling of being lost as I attempt to regroup and get back on track. As part of all of that, I have been so focused on my day-to-day existence, my “job” here and the overall game plan that I lovingly refer to my future and career that I started missing something. (By the way, if you notice, readers who pay attention and I know you are out there, I included another vague statement about the future. I assure you that there will be more information forthcoming soon.) So, what did I start to miss? Simple. I began to miss the reason for being here or, at least, the reason that brought me here. I started to miss the music. The truth is that I listen to music daily. That music is not always Duran Duran. I go for days without mentioning Duran other than on here or through the daily “tasks”. In some ways, I do feel like I live and breathe Duran, but, in others, I don’t feel that at all. I’m sure that there are plenty of fans who spend a lot more time each day on Duran than I do by listening to their music or looking at their pictures or watching footage. In that sense, I don’t feel like my life is very focused on Duran. Then, when I stop and look around at my life, I realize that a huge chunk of my existence is all about Duran. My goodness, I worry about this blog each and every day. Even on days that Rhonda blogs, I check in. I post the daily questions and the day in Duran history. Add on the time, energy and effort on a book in which Duran is the case study and multiple discussions surrounding fan conventions. When I think about all that, I realize how much my life is surrounded by and with Duran Duran and the fan community. I am so surrounded and engaged in my work that I forget, sometimes, what I’m a fan of.
The other day, I was driving and paying little attention to what music was on. It was snowing so the music was the last thing on my mind. Then, I noticed that All You Need Is Now, the album, began playing. It has held a position in my car stereo since it was released. Yet, if I have new music, that is usually played instead or my mp3 player just shuffles songs. I had almost forgotten that it was in there. As the first few notes played, I wondered how long it had been since I had listened to this album. Soon enough, memories began to flash in my mind from this most recent Duran era. This era has been such an important one to me and to Rhonda. We started this blog right before that album was released and documented so much of what happened, in our own way. Lucky us, we were able to attend many shows, including ones in very different places, from Biloxi, Mississippi, to Glasgow, Scotland. We were there when Simon lost his voice and witnessed the return. For us, here, we came out of our little hole in the fan community to allow ourselves to be heard by anyone and everyone. Meet ups were organized and a convention was organized and held. When I look back, I’m so amazed at everything we have done and everything that the band has done. Yet, why is it that I wanted to pay this close attention to everything the band did? Why did I want to stick my neck out in all the ways that we did? Why am I continuing down this road and even working to expand it? Simple. The music. I’m a Duran Duran fan. I’m a fan who absolutely loved All You Need Is Now. After this fresh listen of the album this week, I know that I still love it. I love all of the experiences I have had but I really love the music. I really do.
Then, yesterday, Rhonda reviewed Shadows On Your Side. This led us to talk briefly about the lyrics to this song and to a couple of others. I love those discussions. After 30 years, this band and their music is still providing me and my friends with things to talk about, things to discuss. This discussion began as Rhonda emailed me to tell me that she got something new from these lyrics by really looking at them for the review. She gained something despite having this song as part of her collection for decades. Truly, this is why we decided to reach out and join the community. We wanted to talk about the music. This, in turn, led us to think about the fan community and what we can do. The music started everything that we have done and will done. We fell in love with their music and still love it today. I’m so glad that I was reminded of this. I needed it. It is important and will continue to be important to remember as Rhonda and I continue with whatever this is and with whatever it will be.
We continue reviewing the Seven and The Ragged Tiger album today with Shadows on Your Side. This week is Rhonda’s week to review, followed by Amanda’s review of the same song next week.
Musicality/Instrumentation: I like the quick drum intro to this song because it’s just different….it’s just a two beat pick-up, but it works. What immediately strikes me about the instrumentation as recorded is that it’s very top-heavy with very little noticeable bass to support. Yet, if you really listen – the bass is there in the mix, down very deep, and it’s a groovy bass line besides. Not at all boring, the bass work sounds intricate, with John’s hallmark playing. Once the song gets to the chorus, there are very noticeable guitar riffs that keep the structural integrity of the song, but adds just a touch of grit to what could end up being a very glossy song otherwise – the guitar gives just the right amount of texture to keep it interesting. It’s the ying/yang effect between Simon’s voice and Andy’s guitar…which works really well. The song is upbeat, and keeps that driving beat throughout. If you know what you’re looking for, you can hear a rhythm guitar during the chorus as well, which just goes to show that in this band, a versatile guitarist is not only needed – it’s an integral part of the recipe. I especially like the bridge where you can very much hear Andy and Nick playing off of one another – giving the song their best. No friction there, simply playing melody and background together, and it’s beautiful.
Vocals: I find myself wondering what I can really say about Simon’s vocals here. They’re good and strong. He has emotion without overdoing it, and I do love the way he quietly sings “Shadows on your side” in a deeper part of his range here. I really can’t find anything wrong – it’s Simon singing the way that Simon does best.
Lyrics: I don’t think I ever stopped to consider what these lyrics meant until today. That really is no testament to the quality of the lyrics themselves as much as it is a statement of my own lack of attention to detail on this one. No matter, as I listen today, I find a similar element in this song as I do to other songs on this album. Simon sings “Shackled and raised for a shining crowd, they want you to speak but the music is louder than all of their roar, with the heat of the planet’s core…” Those words seem to indicate that things looked a whole lot better from the crowd than they might have felt from the stage back then. I almost imagine Simon as a puppet during the shows – doing his job, singing the lyrics, entertaining the crowd but almost wishing he were anywhere else at the time. The relief comes at night, when he is whisked away from the crowd to someone waiting – someone or something in the shadows, hiding from prying eyes. Maybe it’s not even that there’s someone there for him, it’s that he can retreat back into where he’s most comfortable, away from the public. It almost seems as though references are made to the discomforts of fame throughout the entire album in various lines of lyric – something I’d never really picked up on before. The next verse continues with “Promises made with a distant friend, truth should be known it can only bend to a tune of its own, hey you’ll never hear that voice again.” I find these lines to be really interesting. Is this a comment to the “friends” Simon has made along the way? The girls he’s met after shows? Someone else entirely? Hard to say, but very intriguing. Everyone has a safe-place. Somewhere they go when they need to get away or hide. “With everybody to say that you’re having the time of your life, when your life is on the slide.” Well then. Doesn’t everything always look better from the outside than from within?
Overall: This is an easy song to overlook on this album – it was on the B side (oh, remember the days of B sides?!?), it wasn’t a single, and as such it probably was never one of the most mentioned. What strikes me most is that individually – the elements of the song are very good, and they work well together. However, due to what I would blame as a poor mix – I feel as though a lot of the impact is lost or at the very least, difficult to hear. This is not only something found in Duran’s music of the time, but is also a defining element of the period, and it is what truly “dates” some of this music because it is not well-balanced.
Cocktail Rating: 3 Cocktails!
Sometimes I just have to wonder.
Like many of you, I saw the tweets for John Taylor’s 2013 year end mixtape: the music that got him through the year, kept him inspired…and whatnot. I sped through it the first time I listened, primarily because I didn’t have time to sit and listen to the entire thing. I will admit, his choices didn’t necessarily bowl me over, but I didn’t really expect otherwise. He and I are very different in our musical tastes (oddly, given he’s in the band I’ve loved since childhood…), but on the same token – it’s how we learn, isn’t it? We try new things. We keep introducing new things to our palette. What you might not like the first time may grow on you. At least, that’s what I tell my kids as I’m serving them another helping of brussels sprouts. So I’m listening…really listening…again today.
I joked with a few friends on Twitter several days ago, when we saw yet another tweet suggesting the mixtape – I couldn’t remember the last time something had been tweeted about so often by the band, and I didn’t understand why this was such a big deal. I’d mused that maybe very few people had listened, but I didn’t check at the time, and quickly forgot about it until this morning.
So when I clicked on the link this morning and found that just over 5,000 people had listened – I was a little surprised. On Facebook alone, Duran has over two million “likes”, and yet only just over 5,000 care enough to click? Why is that? People, including myself, cry out regularly that the band doesn’t seem to be very active on social media these days. We’re dying for some interaction. Yet, we don’t even bother to check out the mixtape when given multiple opportunities?
I can’t speak for everyone else, but I can certainly tell you why I felt like the mixtape wouldn’t hold my attention for long, aside from my kids and a husband distracting me, of course. When I glanced down the list of artists, there were very, very few that I recognized, much less knew I would enjoy. It is in these moments when I start questioning the loss of my youth. Have I really become THAT set in my ways? Am I really THAT unyielding? I love many different types of music, so why not give John’s setlist a chance? I may be going over that hill, but I’m doing it while kicking and screaming.
So I am. And I’ve got to say, I really like Ghost Loft. (which tells you about how far in I am right now – not far, but I’ve got all day.) I probably won’t come out of the mixtape a Kanye fan (Not a single chance in hell), but I might find something new that I hadn’t heard of before, and that isn’t a bad thing at all. Besides, I’m in John Taylor’s musical head. How bad can that really be?
I have very exciting news to share. Amanda and I have spoken at length about moving this blog to a “real website” for months. (Ok, so it’s really been years – but if the band can get away with “Durantime”, why can’t we???) I’ve tried several times to get into the mindset of “Website Developer”, and each time I would eventually give up, promising to come back to it at some point.
Since the very first days of this blog, we’ve gotten complaints from time to time about comments being “eaten”. I know what they mean – I’ve written more than one comment here that has been taken to the “Great Beyond”. Not only that, we wanted to be able to incorporate everything, the blog, our book progress, future news for meet-ups, gatherings and conventions, photos galleries, and whatever else we decide to talk about, in one place. So, there was more than enough reason to persevere and figure it out.
I’m happy to say that after a month of work, the new Daily Duranie site is nearly done!
The website itself is fairly simple, and is a huge improvement from the current format. I don’t want to give away all of the details, but we have a way to show off the posts we think deserve to be highlighted, yet it’s easy to see what we’ve been working on most recently. We also have pages for news on our book, a way to see photos from our past meet-ups and convention, and room for all kinds of things to come: such as future meet-ups and Daily Duranie road trip info (should the band ever tour again!), and whatever else happens to comes up.
As a helpful guide, I’ve come up with an FAQ of what to expect!
So when will this big change take place?: We are glad you asked! After conferring, Amanda and I have agreed to switch the blog on Sunday, January 19th. Now, since a good portion of our readers come from outside the US, we should probably make the caveat that we will be working on West Coast US time – that means GMT-8. For a significant portion of the day for the rest of the world, it is very likely you will still see this website. The plan is to make this a seamless switch, but there is certainly the possibility that at least for a portion of the day, www.dailyduranie.com will not work. Understand that we will be undergoing final “construction” at that time, and I will already be aware of what is or is not working. When the website is ready, it will come up as intended. Daily Duranie has never in it’s history actually “been down for maintenance”…so this is a first! We appreciate your patience, understanding, and support.
Our Email and RSS Feed subscribers: What our readers should be aware of is that as of Sunday, January 19th – if you are currently signed up to receive our blog by email or RSS Feed, you will likely no longer receive it until you’ve signed up on the new website. (If this changes, I will let you know – but for the time being, I believe you’ll need to sign up again) We apologize for that inconvenience, but there’s really no way it can be helped. The RSS Feed for the blog is something that I am still addressing, and once it’s ready, you’ll be able to use that as well if you wish to keep up with the blog that way. Also, for our readers who may not wish to share their email address with Amanda and I – you should know that while we’re able to see how many subscribers we have to the blog, we really do not have access to your email address, nor do we send out “junk mail”. There is a form up on the blog that says “Follow by email”. You simply put your address into that window and you’ll be ready to go.
I’m already on WordPress, can I just use that account to follow?:The good news is that if you’re already signed up on WordPress, it’s very simple to follow the blog – there’s a button up on the blog for that. I’m still working on making sure the RSS Feed functionality is ready, but it should be all set up by Sunday.
What about mobile users, will the blog be able to be seen on mobile devices? I am working on getting the mobile version of the site more readable. Right now it’s able to be seen but the formatting is downright strange. Unfortunately, that appears to be a common problem for users of this template, but I am aware of the issue and am working on it.
Will I still be able to see all of the old blogs and comments?: Yes!!! All of the blogs and comments that are kept here in archive on this blog have been moved. One small issue is that since we’ve already moved all of the archives and comments to the blog – any comments that are made on THIS blog as of last Friday (January 10) will not be immediately moved to the new site. I will be working on manually copying/saving to the new blog as time permits.
Will your email still work?: YES! Our email address will not change throughout the process and will continue to function as normal.
What is the new web address for the site? Will that change?: Right now, the site is “hidden”, and on Sunday, we plan to switch www.dailyduranie.com to see that website instead of this one on Blogger. For our readers, nothing should change other than what you see. Your links to our website should still work. That takes a little configuration on our end. While the plan is to do this switch seamlessly, on that day, there remains the possibility that the www.dailyduranie.com address will still point you here, or in the worst case scenario it may not work at all because it will be down for maintenance while the switch is occurring. When the site is ready, it will come up as normal, and with any luck, the site won’t be down for any length of time at all.
If you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to post them here as a comment, contact us on Facebook or even on Twitter!
I have never participated in a “meet and greet”. Over the weekend, Amanda posed the question of why meet and greets would be beneficial to the band – and she received answers, mostly ranging from how wonderful of an experience it was for the fan participants to suggestions that the band would miss out on hearing how much their music has affected others. I had difficulty answering the question myself, because I really don’t know what a meet and greet is really like as a fan, much less what it might do for the band.
What I can say as an interested bystander is this: the quality of the experience is entirely dependent upon the situation. I’ve heard of the dank, dark, super fast “hi and a quick photo” hallway meets…I’m not even sure we properly add the word “greet” in there. I’ve read of the times where only a couple of the band members could make to the meet and greet in the hallway, and truth be told: I have difficulty seeing how any of that could possibly be beneficial to anyone, least of all the band.
In all fairness to the band, when you are forced to come out of hiding night after night, put on a smile in the most unnatural of situations, say hello and then (on many occasions) be felt-up by overenthusiastic fans that have forgotten their manners while having their 30 seconds in front of the band they’ve loved since their teen years – I can’t say that would be beneficial. In my opinion, it’d have the opposite effect. I’d want barriers put up around fans, and while I’d love for them to buy my album and come to my show – I’d also like them to be kept a good 25 feet from me at all times.
On the other hand, when you finally win that chance at a meet and greet, and you sit at home thinking about all of the things you want to say after all of these years – when the time finally comes for you to be in front of any one of them, much less all five of them, and you’re led down a dimly like back hallway and told, “We don’t have time for anything but a photo and it has to be a group one, please don’t try to talk to the band – they don’t have time”, that’s hardly worth the effort to buy the damn tickets to begin with, and those same fans have absolutely no trouble going online and sharing that delightful episode with everyone who’ll read/listen/reply. I can’t really blame them, either.
I have had real trouble underlining benefits to the band myself – because when I consider what the meet and greets have consisted of in the past, I see almost no benefit. From the lack of response we received (truly – for all of the people who have ever done an M&G, very VERY few were able or willing to say much about it), I suspect similar feelings hold true for others. However, if I were to pose the same question to those who attended the VIP party prior to the MoMA screening – I would bet that more than a few could give solid reasons why those types of events work – and not just work for fans, but for the band as well.
Perhaps that alone is food for thought.
During my winter break, I had some extra time on my hands. One night while flipping through channels I came across a movie, obviously aimed at teens, called Love Wrecked. Now, normally, this wouldn’t have caught my attention except for the fact that the description included how a teen got stranded on an island with her teen idol. Oh boy. Then, I had to watch it. After all, even movies like this can represent fandom. How will it show this teen fan? How will it show the rock star? How would it show the interaction between the teen and the star? Will they be accurate representations or would they be stereotypes?
The movie started as you would expect by showing this teen and how she is a fan. How did they show this? Simple. They showed notebooks with “I love you” written on them along with some kisses. Other pieces of merchandise shown included a fan club card, cd covers, concert tickets, posters, pillow cases, etc. I think anyone who is a fan could relate to this. Soon enough, those concert tickets are put to use and we see the teen at the show. She, of course, is screaming, jumping up and down, screaming about how hot the star is, yelling “I love you” and singing along. While that might not be exactly how I am at a a show, I know that it is how plenty of other people are, especially when they were teens. What is amusing is that she is at the show with her friend, who happens to be a guy. His reaction to the whole thing is to ask if she is okay and begging for her to calm down before she injuries herself. How many people who had parents who asked those same questions as a teen at a show or has a significant other who says similar things now? Another interesting scene at the show is when someone the teen knows approaches her to point out that she has better seats. In fact, she states that her seats are SO good that the star, Jason, could sweat on her. How does the teen, Jenny, respond to this? She crowd surfs to get closer. The other teen, Alexis, also joins her crowd surfing solely so that she can push Jenny back. She doesn’t want to give up her better spot.
Jenny and her guy friend go to the Caribbean to do some summer work program. Alexis is also there because she had heard that Jason, the rock star, loves this resort. In fact, he soon shows up in all his stereotypical glory with his large entourage and staff, demanding the best suite in the place. Jenny tries to approach Jason, the star, but falls in front of him. Jason makes sure that she is okay and even flirts a little, as rock stars do. This causes Jenny to conclude that he could fall for her if they could really meet.
Thus, she works where he is, including on a small boat ride. The ride does not go as planned as there is a storm and the two of them fall overboard with the ship’s raft that takes them to what appears to be an empty island. Jenny isn’t too concerned. Instead, she keeps trying to ask him questions. Meanwhile, the media is freaking out because the star is missing. Soon enough, though, she figures out that the resort is just on the other side of the island. She doesn’t tell Jason, though. She wants them to believe that they are stranded so that he can get to know her and fall in love with her.
Jenny walks back to the resort to get the supplies as Jason had hurt his ankle so he couldn’t walk far and she runs into her guy friend. She tells him her plan and her friend responds by asking why she couldn’t have just broken into his hotel room like a normal person. Unfortunately, during this exchange, Alexis saw and followed her back. She acts as if she, too, is stranded. Now, Jason, the star, has two fans after him. The two fans do what we expect them to do. They compete over his attention and also do things to harm the other. Eventually, the truth that they were on the island with the resort comes out. Jason has to decide who he likes out of the two fans while Jenny gets lost during a hurricane and gets rescued by her guy friend. She then decides this real life guy is better than the star.
Now, ignoring the quality of the film, which was as you would expect, how was it in terms of stereotypes about fans? I, obviously, expected it to show over the top behavior, which it did. I don’t think that most fans would pretend to be stranded on an island for days in order to get the star. I don’t think that most fans would crowd surf just to get better seats or to stop someone from getting better seats. That said, the competition between fans is something that does happen between fans. I have seen people brag about their better seats, consciously or unconsciously. I have also seen and heard of fans who will try anything to get attention of the celebrity of choice. Jenny’s guy friend’s reaction about not understanding her reaction and fandom is also something that happens on a regular basis. Likewise, the lesson appears to be that real life is better than the fantasy of fandom, which always makes me uncomfortable because there is nothing wrong with being a fan. Thus, while the movie was filled with stereotypes and some uncomfortable conclusions, some of these stereotypes and elements are based on true elements of fandom. Ugh.