IN all this work I’m doing for Issue 300, I may well have missed a few LoCs. This seems to happen tome once in a while, and it’s not like I get a lot of LoCs normally, so I wanna make sure I run them all! If your’s is missing, lemme know!Of the ones I’ve got, let’s start with Eric Mayer!
Chris,I don’t know, Chris. Touting Warren Buff for TAFF and then letting him trash The Rocky Horror PictureShow in the same issue. Is that a good campaigne strategy or a bad one?
Well, the fact that someone is able and willing to take counter arguments to popular positions and beable to explain them is a good one in my eyes! And Warren’s articles are pretty awesome!
I very much enjoyed reading those two conﬂicting articles, however, and especially your analysis. Deﬁnite-ly some stuff I hadn’t thought about. But look, here’s the thing, Rocky Horror is one of the monumental artisticachievements of human civilization. I mean, it’s obvious. The movie speaks for itself.
I don’t know if I’d go that far, but I will say that as a social construct, it is everythign that movies can be: participatory spectacle with strongly attached feelings from the viewers mingling with the ﬁlm itself.
Well, okay to some people. I think it is one of those things some people just “get” and some don’t. Andno reﬂection on those who don’t get it. Not saying they are wrong. It is just a movie that instantly grabs somepeople, for who knows what reason.
Perhaps it has something to do with the viewer’s expectation of what a ‘Film’ or a ‘Movie’ is and whatfunction it plays. Those who watch movies for the sheer enjoyment of the story being told may not beable to connect with Rocky.
I seem to have spent most of my life involved with stuff that a few people “get.” Like, for example, ori-enteering, or mini-comics, or Interactive Fiction or, yes, sf fanzines. Stuff that you either immediately say, “Wow!Cool! The greatest!” or “meh, that’s stupid.” And in all those cases I couldn’t say exactly why they grabbed me.Kind of inexplicable, like love at ﬁrst sight. And I think you know immediately. No matter how many times Warrensaw Rocky Horror or how many exlanations of it he read, it wouldn’t connect with him. Maybe heis more sanethan some of us.
As a guy who has also spent a lot of his life involved in things that people don’t get, or at least don’t getin the way that I get it, it’s an obvious thing to consider Rocky. IT combines so many things (science ﬁc-tion, horror, musicals, throwing things, general silliness) that people tend not to cotton, so there’s that!
I will say that Rocky Horror is an odd case where there are a lot more people than usual with these sortsof things who get it. There must be more Rocky Horror fans than sf fanzine fans or even orienteers.
That is almost certainly true, and the over-lap is also probably pretty serious. I’m betting that peoplemade their way into SF Fandom through Rocky, though I’m not sure if it worked that way for Orien-teers...
I saw one midnight showing of Rocky Horror in Manhattan, (went with Tim Marion) and it was terriﬁc.Mary and I also saw the stage version when we were living in Rochester, NY and I have to say the pacing is prob-
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