I am willing to bet that this is a problem that is only really found during the times that Duran isn’t promoting an album or isn’t touring. I think back to August when Nick was sick and shows had to be canceled. This news was the ONLY thing people were thinking about and talking about in the fandom, from what I could tell. Likewise, when All You Need Is Now came out, people were talking about the album, the songs they liked, the songs they loved, the songs they could have done without. We don’t have albums or tours to center our discussions around right now. Those people who are into TV Mania are probably arguing with me right now. They are probably saying to themselves, “What is Amanda thinking? Don’t we have TV Mania to talk about?” The simple answer is yes. We do. That said, I have seen plenty of people say that they aren’t going to buy it and don’t care. What is their reasoning, from what I could tell? Some have listened to the samples and don’t like it enough to buy it. Others, frankly, are not fond of Warren and don’t want to be reminded of him. It also seems to me that those people who are really into it are Nick fans (meaning that Nick is their favorite member) or fans who loved the era of Duran when Warren was in the band. For those fans, I’m sure that they are reminded of a time when they loved the music and line-up. Maybe, it even reminds them of good times that they personally had. I can’t knock that even if I can’t relate. Heck, part of me wishes that I was that excited by the project.
Simon’s current look is getting attention in some areas even though we have now seen the mustache for awhile. Who might be into that topic? This might be a big deal to Simon fans. Of course, for every fan who is talking about his look, there is another fan who wishes that the fans would just talk about the music or would shut up about the band members’ looks. Again, I really can’t fault either side. If John grew a mustache, I bet be talking about that, too. Yet, I get why people get annoyed with those who only talk about the band looks.
What about John Taylor and twitter? Rhonda mentioned this one yesterday. She talked briefly about how the band’s presence on social networking sites has to do with marketing, but that she misses their presence, nonetheless, and wished that real rapport had been established. As I read that and people’s reactions to that blog post as well to other blogs on here about this issue, I realized how much this issue matters to people. For some, this is a huge deal. It is their fandom’s focus. Like the TV Mania fans or the Simon’s mustache fans or anti-fans, I can understand their focus even if I don’t get it. I don’t really miss the band on Twitter. Why is that? It is much the same reason that I haven’t been jumping up and down with excitement to TV Mania. It doesn’t feel like my thing. I never had any interaction with any of them on Twitter. Ever. Part of this was because my schedule didn’t allow it and part of it is because I wouldn’t tweet much to them for a variety of reasons. Do I feel jealous of people who did have interactions? I’m sure there is a part of me that is, to some extent. I’m only human and I’m a fan just like everyone else. What fan wouldn’t want interaction? More than that, I just felt left out, which, in my opinion, is worse. I didn’t feel like I was a part of the fandom as it seemed that everyone was tweeting them and getting responses from them. While I was always excited for them, it always felt like hearing about the party and not being at the party. So, part of me is relieved that I don’t have to feel that right now. That said, I wish that my friends and other fans who did have those good times with the band could have it again. I saw how happy they all were when they did get a response from them.
Maybe, for some of these fans, they are frustrated by what they perceive as lack of appreciation. This frustration might lead some to seek other bands. Others might also go for other bands to fill in the time. Heck, even Rhonda and I are thinking about going to see Depeche Mode. Yet, Depeche isn’t where I’m focused. I’m focusing on planning the convention. Why? Some of the reasons are obvious, including that I know how amazing conventions can be and that I want a place for all of us to be able to celebrate our fandom. An additional reason, though, absolutely has to do with my desire to belong. I don’t feel like I belong to those TV Mania fans as I wasn’t really into Duran much during the Warren era for a variety of reasons. Simon isn’t my favorite so that mustache-gate doesn’t work for me. The band members’ lack of social networking time isn’t my thing for the reasons mentioned above. While I could turn to another band, logically, emotionally, I can’t. My loyalty is with Duran and with Duranies. The convention is my chance to feel like a part of this fandom. I also feel like the convention could be an event, a time, a setting in which all fans, no matter their personal perspectives can come together to celebrate being a Duran Duran fan. After all, no matter the focus, the perspective, we are all Duranies, right? We all the love them and, in the end, that’s all that really matters.