HOW TIMES HAVE CHANGED – PART 5

OK, this one is going to be a little different.
Instead of doing TV or movie camparisons I’m going to go back through my own life and look at all the things that have turned me into the ‘Fangirl’ I am today.

It’s going to be snap shots because I could sit here writing for weeks otherwise!!
You will need to follow some of the Youtube links directly to Youtube because they won’t play direct from my Blog.

I call myself a ‘Rabid Fangirl’ but my husband just calls me a ‘Stalker’
He keeps quiet though. He knows what’s best for him!!
He has crossed off a few places from our holiday hit list. Places like New Zealand, Sweden and Vancouver.
He says if we went I’d probably end up getting arrested….. he’s probably right!

OK, where to start?

During the 70’s I was and outdoor kid.
Music was what I could get off the radio.
TV was whatever my parents were watching because we only had one TV and no VCR
Movies were again, whatever my parents were watching or took me to the cinema to see.

During the 80’s after I started to earn a bit of money from a weekend job, trips to the cinema were definitely my thing.
The odd trip into London to Tower Records to pick up a soundtrack album were becoming more and more regular.
By now I had my own TV but again, TV wasn’t a priority to me.

During the 90’s the Geek inside me got out.
TV, Movies, Internet, Conventions… this is where the Fangirl started to evolve.

2000 onwards…….. Fangirl midlife crisis has struck!

Seems I started young.
Way back in the mid 1970’s when I was around 7 years old, I was given my first vinyl album by my Aunty Kim.
Rollin’ by the Bay City Rollers!

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I loved that album!
They may look a bit weird now but back in the 70’s they were the bees knees!!
Their songs were also really catchy.

It wasn’t until the late 70’s and the early 80’s, when I was becoming a teenager, that I really started to have crushes on boy bands.

2 bands in particular, dominated my early teens.
Adam and the Ants and Duran Duran.

Adam Ant was just so flamboyant and his videos where to die for and fun.
I particularly loved his Kings of the Wild Frontier look.
Adam Ant was so pretty!

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Stand and Deliver had probably the best video.

Duran Duran were something else.
They were ‘New Romantics’
They were pretty boys and were all about the clothes, the hair and the makeup!

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In this case however, I was not in love with the lead singer, Simon Le Bon!
My crush was most definitely John Taylor.

Duran Duran John Taylor

My bedroom walls used to be covered with posters of both bands.
I even had an Adam and the Ants lamp shade.
This obsession was all before the internet.
I had to get whatever I could from magazines and video recordings and I used to spend my Sunday evenings with my fingers poised over the record button on my cassette radio to record the songs I wanted to get on tape from the top 40 countdown on the radio!!

Anyway, music was never my ultimate thing.
Beyond Adam and the Ants and Duran Duran I never really got ‘into’ music.
I loved the music of the 80’s and loved albums such as ‘Faith’ by George Michael and ‘Kick’ by Inxs and ‘So’ by Peter Gabriel, but I never really obsessed about anyone.

No, my ultimate interest during the 80’s was films.

Sunday afternoons were the highlight of the week when you could catch old movies like ‘Seven Brides for Seven Brothers’ or a John Wayne classic or even an Epic like ‘Ben Hur’ or ‘The Ten Commandments’.
Getting to the cinema was a real treat and back in the 80’s we had some amazing films.

Goonies
Breakfast Club
Footloose
Princess Bride
The Big Blue
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Back to the Future 1, 2 and 3
Top Gun
Blade Runner
Dirty Dancing
Empire Strikes Back
Return of the Jedi
E.T
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Robocop
Ghostbusters
Rain Man
Gremlins
The Money Pit
Terminator

I could go on forever!!
Actors had taken over from the boy bands.
Harrison Ford was a particular favourite.

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Jean Marc Barr from The Big Blue was just stunning!

Jean Marc Barr

The Brat Packers like Rob Lowe, Judd Nelson, Tom Cruise and Emilio Estevez.

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I had an obsession back in 1987 in the form of Peter Weller! and none other than the ‘original’ Robocop!
This man has ‘amazing eyes’ but it was the lush lips that did it for me in the Robocop suit.

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He made a bizarre film in 1984 called ‘The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension’.
It’s now a cult classic and is still fun to watch although it is one of the strangest films I have ever seen and should only be attempted whilst slightly drunk!

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Movies in the 90’s took a very different turn.
They weren’t so naïve and CGI began to rear it’s head and change the ball game completely.
Whatever you could imagine was now possible without the need for expensive sets and extras.
Green screen was now so much more convincing and seamless.

Titanic
Legends of the Fall
Lethal Weapon
Regarding Henry
Shawshank Redemption
Pulp Fiction
Silence of the Lambs
Schindler’s List
Forrest Gump
Independence Day
Matrix Trilogy
Leon
Saving Private Ryan
Se7en
Terminator 2
Braveheart
Jurassic park
We’ll forget the new Star Wars Trilogy!!
Good Will Hunting
Galaxy Quest
What’s Eating Gilbert Grape
Sixth Sense
Mom and Dad Save the World

If I thought Buckaroo Banzai was bizarre, it had nothing on ‘Mom and Dad save the World.

Mom and Dad

The first time I saw this film I nearly peed myself laughing.
For this one I would say you need to be completely drunk!

Actor crushes in the 90’s consisted of people like Brad Pitt, Jean Reno, Mel Gibson, Keannu Reeves and Harrison Ford was hanging in there.

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My bedroom walls were now plastered…. literally…… with magazine scraps.
There wasn’t an inch of wall space available for anything else.
My bedroom walls were, back then, what my computer has become to me now.
I would rip a picture or an article out of a magazine or newspaper and wallpaper paste it onto the walls.
My Dad never forgave me for that one when I left home!!
It took him days to scrape it all off.

At the beginning of the 90’s I was earning pretty good money with my first full time job.
I had just become aware of Star Trek the Next Generation.

STNG

My inner Geek was beginning to bubble.
I had always watched Star Trek when I could and had always loved it but as none of my family and friends were into it, nothing really came of it.
Nothing that is, until I started earning my own money and when Next Gen appeared I joined a club of like minded fans and went to my first convention!

This is where I met my soul mate, Ian, and my life changed forever.
We both loved movies and shared interests when it came to TV.

Together we spent the next 15 years going to conventions and collector fairs.
We didn’t just stick to Star Trek Either.
We both had interests in shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Stargate SG1, Babylon 5, Highlander, Charmed, Roswell……

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The internet now meant I could find out whatever I wanted about actors from my favourite shows.
Movies had taken a bit of a back seat.
I suppose my first real TV crush was Jonathan Frakes as Riker in Star Trek the Next Generation.
6’4″ with beautiful eyes.

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Adrian Paul from Highlander was particularly luscious.

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But my heart was lost to a Vampire.
David Boreanaz was incredibly intoxicating as Angel in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and for some reason was always more attractive as his darker alter ego, Angelus.

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But as the kids came along, getting to the shows became harder and harder until we finally had to give up altogether.
This is when I started to spend more time on the internet.
More time watching my favourite shows.
It went a bit haywire.

Castle
Hawaii Five-0
Warehouse 13
Hart of Dixie
Bones
NCIS
Private Practice
White Collar
Alphas
Criminal Minds
Psych
CSI Vegas
Cougar Town
Chicago Fire
Supernatural
Grey’s Anatomy
Vampire Diaries
The Mentalist
Person of Interest
Elementary
Suits
CSI Miami
Fringe
CSI New York
Army Wives
Trueblood
Walking Dead

It was mind boggling and trying to keep up with it all just sent me into overdrive.
Then something happened.
I don’t know what exactly but keeping up with it all just made no sense anymore.
So I picked just a few favourites like Suits, The Vampire Diaries and Elementary and just gave up!

My interest in movies started to come back.
My kids were old enough to enjoy a lot of them with me.

In 2012 my Fangirling took a bit of an obsessive turn.
I remember the date exactly.
September 7th 2012.

I went to the cinema with my husband to see Dredd!

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OMG.
Karl Urban had arrived in my life and for the next 15 months I couldn’t get enough of him.
Collecting his films, watching his TV show ‘Almost Human’ and collecting photos.

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I mentioned my bedroom walls earlier, well now my Flikr account stores the photos I would have plastered to my walls.
800 photos later and my obsession with Karl Urban has cooled off while I wait for something new from him to arrive.
Karl Urban is from New Zealand and films Almost Human in Vancouver….. holiday destinations hubby is reluctant to take me.

However……

Another man has taken his place.
On February 7th this year I saw a film.
A re-make of one of my teenage favourites.
Robocop.

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The lead actor was very striking and I quickly became overwhelmed with an urge to find out more about him and his work.
Joel Kinnaman.

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I am already up over 300 photos.
I have just about seen everything I can see.
My life over the last few weeks has barely had a day where I didn’t watch something with him in.
I ‘HAVE’ to have a daily fix.

Speaking of which, I need my fix for today so it’s time to round up.

Joel is from Sweden and is currently filming The Killing, series 4 in Vancouver….. Sweden is another holiday destination struck from the list by the hubby!!

There you have it.
My life in a nutshell.

Now I can watch what I like, when I like, on cable TV and Netflix.
Music is at the touch of a button on my PC and phone via Spotify.
The internet is my playground.

When my kids have Flown the coup and we are retired, I can see a return to conventions.
I plan on being a cougar when it comes to my obsessions and I couldn’t care less!!

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