I’m a slow burner. I don’t get angry very often. I do not take offense easily and more often than not, I’m willing to give people the benefit of the doubt. Some folks have anger buttons that are easily pushed. Some people have buttons the size of basketballs! You know who they are. They go “off” so often that after a while they just become background noise, “Oh, so and so? What are they angry about this time? ” If I am angry, you can be assured it has taken a lot to get me here. My buttons may be small, but when they are pushed? Well, it isn’t pretty.
After the last day of reading fan reactions, media reports and speculations, I’m about to go off. So, instead, I’m going try to write it down before I get to the point of no return.
Anger Trigger #1
Middle-age housewives, soccer moms, creepy cougars, etc.
My God Staphhhh! Enough with the age thing. I’m soooo tired of hearing how Outlander must not be very good because the fans are middle-age housewives and soccer moms. Aside from the FACT that these books have been read by people of different age, race, culture, genders, and walks of life, why choose middle-age women as your barometer for unworthy reading or watching material?
A lot of Outlander fans have been reading these books for over 20 years. So, when they started reading that would have made them in their 20’s? If you aren’t male this is evidently the only age group that can accurately determine literary and film worthiness.
I say bullshite.
I think Starz thinks so too because they are laughing all the way to the bank.
And the cougar thing? I might be old, but I ain’t dead! I’m not under the delusion that Sam Heughan has been looking for me all his life and someday the stars will align. The man is beautiful. Is it okay if I look? I wasn’t planning “to suddenly force myself” on him. (and before you start, I’m not trying to look up his kilt. I know he is more than pretty. The man is a good actor and he seems like a nice person, but he also works very hard at looking good).
The thing that I find ironic? Middle-age comes for everyone. We’ll see how you feel then! Muhahaha! Justice!
Snarky 20 something’s who sit at the cool kids’ table
I have just about had it up to the eyeballs with snark. IMO what this whole attitude equates to is a chance for once popular high school girls to retain their self-perceived coolness. They are grieved by the loss of their cafeteria table, the podium from which they can maliciously talk about others and make themselves feel good as a result. Or, maybe they are the nerdy kid who never fit in, their brilliant minds hidden under a less than perfect body or hairstyle. They have finally gotten the chance to show how witty and clever they are!
Imagine how the “meaness” has gotten compounded by the anonymity of social media. Even if you know the person’s name, they are still able to say things they would never say to your face (I can just hear the “oh yes I woulds”…Yeah…right). It is the high-tech equivalent of whispering behind your hand. The injustice I’m finding in this segment of the Outlander fan-dom is that some of these snark monsters seem to have been sanctioned by Starz. They are getting all the benefits of VIP status while they continue to spew. And, no one confronts them because just like in high school they hunt in packs.
I’ve watched them stir shit for quite a while now. They latch on to certain people and egg them on. They have even gone so far as to feed them rumors just to watch the flurry of insane activity. I imagine they are getting quite a chuckle out of being mean to people they KNOW aren’t rational. And then…oh joy of joys…they get to name-call…they label the whole fan-dom as crazy. They are the “professionals” and the only ones who know how being a fan is done. You can never be as cool as they are.
Anger Trigger #3
Elitist book fans
I am baffled by the divisive attitudes in the ranks of the Outlander fan-dom. There appears to be a need by some to separate themselves out as “true fans”. They not only see a difference between the “book” fans and the “series” fans, but they see themselves as some how superior! The “upper-crust” want to be believe that they were here first and have read the books and so, that makes them better fans.
I’m all for reading! Reading is good and from what I’ve seen a lot of series fans are being drawn to the books because they’ve seen the show. I can remember when I first found the books and the excitement and wonder of getting lost in the world Diana had created! I want that experience for everybody! I certainly don’t want to discourage people by constantly qualifying my statements with “I have been a fan for over 20 years” every time there is any kind of discussion about the books or show. Your time with the books makes you more familiar with the material, but does not necessarily make you more insightful.
Sometimes, I’m envious of the newbies. They get to watch the series with fresh eyes. They get to enjoy the show without preconceived ideas of what should happen. They just watch and enjoy and maybe get inspired to read. Yeah, I am envious. It usual takes me three viewings to let go of the book long enough to just enjoy the show for what it is.
Please stop. We knew the show was going to bring an influx of new people and not all would think like we think or fan like we “older” fans. It’s okay. There’s plenty of room and we all have something common. We love Outlander.
I’ve tried to live by a few rules when dealing with other fans and they have worked pretty well so far.
- Agree to disagree
- Be kind when you can
- Don’t get in a piss fight with a skunk
I can feel my blood pressure dropping. Whew!