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Fan Behavior – 6WS

Is fan behavior a bad idea?

Finding myself highly intrigued by ALIAS;
I have watched all episodes once;
Bought a collectors DVD box set;
I’ve rewatched some episodes several times;
Show motivates me to be stronger;
Though fiction, somehow, I can relate…

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ALIAS is my favorite TV show.  The graphic above gives you a short summary of the show’s first episode.  Since it’s about spies, it’s considered what’s called spy-fi, or spy fiction.  It was on the air, on ABC, from 2001 to 2006.  I never saw it then, but I discovered it on Netflix a few months ago and got hooked. I have watched all 5 seasons of the series which includes more than a hundred episodes. I like it so much, I now rewatch episodes.  The best seasons are the 1st and 2nd Season. But the overall story is intriguing from start to finish. The show was created by J.J. Abrams, who is also one of the creators of Lost and Fringe. It’s fun and surprisingly thoughtful and philosophical with action, science fiction, and drama thrown in. To me, the show is about true power coming from love, family, and honor.  Those three values are mentioned by one of the characters towards the end of the series and seem to sum up the moral of the entire unusual story.  The story also questions the concept of free will versus fate through the interaction of the different characters searching for artifacts connected to a 15th century Leonardo de Vinci/Nostradamus type figure.  In addition, the main character’s determination, persistence, and other strengths are both refreshing and personally motivating after a sometimes difficult day at work, school, or life in general.

After being stressed by my day, and everyone has gone to sleep, I watch an episode of Alias for 45 minutes and forget my worries.   Then I pray and go to bed relaxed.  The next day, I’m ready and focused to go and juggle my life, not of a secret CIA double agent and grad student pretending to be a banker, but of an ordinary mom, wife, caseworker, and grad student.  Nearing the end of graduate school, I think I needed a distraction to help me unwind and relax at the end of the day, and I have found it with this series.  Maybe next I can check out Lost or Fringe.  For now, I’ll stick with ALIAS.  It seems to be doing me some good.  By the way, I’ve also bought an ALIAS t-shirt, music I’ve heard on the show, and I considered buying a red wig for Halloween.  Sometimes, I think I like the show a little too much, and I’m being silly to even consider a TV show as being a motiviational tool or some philosophical work.  Or is that my anxiety talking and telling me I can’t have something I enjoy because I must always be serious and be in control of everything.  What do you think?  One thing is for sure, I do feel better after writing this post.  I needed to let out both my excitement and my worry about my excitement.

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Inspired by

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Related Reading –

Field Guide to the Die-Hard Fan – via Psychology Today

Fan (person) – via Wikipedia

Alias Wiki – The comprehensive guide to everything about Alias.

Alias: A Free Agent – Bringing you spy news since 2003

The Psychology of Fan Outrage – via Brain Knows Better blog

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A Rebellious Song

I’ve decided to do a music challenge I discovered at MindLovesMisery blog. It’s a 30 day music challenge. I’m not planning to do it in 30 days or in order. I find it’s easier and more fun to just post as I hear a song that fits any of the prompts and create a list under each post showing the prompts I’ve completed.

So, here’s another song for the challenge. There’s really no lyrics for the song, it’s mostly instrumental dance music with a few words here and there.  You may be a bit surprised by my choice of this one song.   You also may want to put your volume down a bit.  The song brings out my rebellious side, my appreciation of trance music, and admiration of the Alias television series.

You see, I first heard this song on the show Alias.   I’ve been following the series on Netflix for several weeks now.  There’s a total of a little more than a hundred episodes in all and five seasons.  I’m on season 2, and I’m intrigued.  I watch the show once or twice a week after my son and husband go to bed because neither one likes the show.  It’s my little escape after a long day.  It’s especially fun because the main character, Sydney Bristow (played by Jennifer Garner), is a lady that is strong emotionally, mentally, and physically.  She is also very caring and sympathetic of others and shows both strength and vulnerability.  However, she will hurt you if you’re up to no good.  She’s a double agent working for the CIA and a criminal organization called SD-6.  She’s not a criminal, but she works undercover as a bad guy to help the CIA bring down SD-6.  You really have to watch all the episodes not to get lost in the intriguing twist and turns of the story.  The show brings back memories of me as a little girl wanting to be a superhero.  Syndey is sort of a superhero (as the video below will show).

I welcome your comments on what you think of this song and/or the video.  I found the video on YouTube, and it’s a compilation of scenes from several episodes of the television series .  The music is by Paul Oakenfold, who I’ve never heard of before this song, but I would like to listen to more of his music.  I enjoy listening to trance music in small bites.  It tends to get me worked up and feeling a little anxious.  I find it to be a little intense for me, but sometimes I’ll listen when I’m feeling frustrated with something and want to get motivated to move ahead and rebel against my frustrations.

Day 13: A Song You Listen to When Feeling Rebellious –
Ready, Steady, Go
by Paul Oakenfold

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What I have so far:

Day 6: A song that Inspires: Marching On by One Republic – http://wp.me/p1RGKQ-1Vc

Day 10: A Song with Exceptional Lyrics: Better by Toby Lightman – http://wp.me/p1RGKQ-21A

Day 13: A Song You Listen to When Feeling Rebellious –

Day 14: A song that cheers you up: Ms. Blue Sky by Electric Light Orchestra – http://wp.me/p1RGKQ-1ZE

Day 25: A song from a movie soundtrack: Don’t You (Forget About Me) by Simple Minds – http://wp.me/p1RGKQ-1WN

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