My name is Charlie, but if your looking for my work, I go by C. E. Dorsett. I write scifi, fantasy, and a touch of horror. I like to play with gothic, steampunk, decopunk, epic fantasy, and wuxia. I love to tell stories and talk about books, movies, series, and music.
WFT: Gene Simmons to Adam Lambert "shut up about sexual preferences"?
WTF Gene, I mean WTF! In another spot:
Adam should have won. On the other hand he should have kept his mouth shut about his sexual preferences. I don't really care what he wants to do and neither does America. But this kid's got talent, Adam Lambert can go on. As long as he's quiet about whatever else he prefers to do indoors. I personally don't care, I mean if you love farm animals, that's fine, but I don't wanna read a magazine about that (AfterElton).
I am a huge Kiss fan. My sister became a fan when Rock and Roll over came out, and I grew up with their music. It has been the sound track of my life. I own all their albums, most of their DVDs and have seen them in concert a couple times. When I was 16, my sister took me to see Kiss as my first concert.
Now, I have to admit that I have never been the biggest fan of Gene Simmons. He has suffered from foot in mouth disease for decades, and he has one of those personalities that has always made me roll my eyes.
This is blatant hypocrisy! Gene's entire career is based around him talking about his sexuality, sexual preferences, and sexual activity. Gene is the man who said, "If it's not about sex, its not rock and roll." How dare he of all people say that anyone should shut up about their sexuality!
Adam has talent.
Gene's view of Show Business
I don't think this quote is necessarily homophobic. Gene is first and foremost a business man. I assume that he looks at Adam's decision to come out as one that will hurt his ability to sell records.
As someone who has made a career off singing about his love of women, I can understand that. Personally, I would love a gay rock star who isn't afraid of wither his sexuality or an electric guitar.
Boo Gene. At least Paul Stanley is the one who is doing the majority of the work on the new Kiss album.
What makes a fan a fan?
In August last year had a bit of back and forth over the definition of a Fan with Eoghann Irving from Solar Flare:
Eoghann Irving has posted an interesting rebuttal to my post, Fandom v The Scifi Channel, where he tackles the question What makes a fan? The critique of my position is an interesting one, and I have to say, I agree with his assertion that it sounds like I am trying to say that fans define themselves by their interest in SF.
While there are some who have adopted the fan culture for themselves, cultural adoption is not a requirement to be a fan.
What is a Fan?
We are fans.
We love music, stories, characters, settings, and images. We know about what we love. We participate in what we love. We support what we love. What we love supports us.
Fans are special. We are more than just enthusiasts who enjoy a piece of work, fans connect with the work. We feel it.
Fans share a bond with the works they love and with one another. Fans' passion is infectious, spreading the the works they love to others.
The love of a fan is a blessing to a responsible creator, but it is a curse to the reckless.
- Farscape fans kept the series alive despite the many attempts by the network to cancel it.
- Star Trek fans helped kept the series alive until the death of Gene Roddenberry when studio pushed the franchise away from its heart.
- Heroes and X-files fans fell in love with disparate aspects of their respective franchises, but when the series lost their way through a lack of focus on the part of the studios.
If a fan's love is scorned or goes unappreciated, the fan reacts in the same way a jilted lover would. If a fan's heart turns cold, it is almost impossible to rekindle it.
Fans know things about the things they love and enthusiasts don’t.
Anyone can quote Star Trek or Star Wars because many of the aphorisms have gone mainstream, but a Star Wars Fan knows who Ulic Qel-Droma and Exar Kun are. They have become such an important part of the Saga. They know the Chewbacca died on Sernpidal during the Yuuzhan Vong war trying to save Han Solo's youngest son.
Fandom is not defined by obscure knowledge. On the contrary, a fans love for a franchise causes them to seek out everything they can from that franchise. We read the books and watch the OVAs. A fan remembers the details and more often than not knows the minutia.
Fans create and enjoy filk, fanfiction, fan films, fan art, costumes and conventions. We often play role playing games, video games and MMOs in the settings we love.
Fan participation is the most commonly mocked aspects of SF fandom. No one mocks a music fan's attendance of a concert or a sport fan attending a game. They don't even mock the wearing of band shirts or sports jerseys, or fantasy football or rock and roll camp. These are not different from conventions, or filk, or role playing, or cosplay.
Fans support what we love. We buy the books, DVDs, and games.
This is where modern fandom is in the most trouble. The studios and publishers have not offered fans the options they want for media they consume. DRM (digital rights management) and region codes restrict how and where media can me viewed.
International fans often have few options for obtaining media other than piracy.
Media companies have to listen to the fans and make media available in as many ways as possible to they do not drive money away. They also must learn that they are not owners of their franchises, they are caretakers and conservators. The tighter they hold on to outdated and outmoded concepts of ownership, the smaller market they will have and the most desperate they will become.
What we love supports us.
Fans often gather insight and inspiration from the franchises they love. In moments of fear, I have found myself reciting the Bene Geseret prayer from Dune. It is also not uncommon for fans to quote dialogue to make a point.
These franchises are not just shows or books we like. More than we realize they are the myths that help us:
- talk about the aspects of life that are impossible to discuss straight on.
- see the connections between our lives and the transcendent mysteries.
- develop a pattern of living with honor, integrity, and purpose.
- react the trial, tribulations, and joyful moments of life.
This is why fans embraced the movie Galaxy Quest. It is a love letter to fandom, showing at its most extreme, but also showing it for what it is. A culture that gives hope and inspiration to millions.
Are you a fan?
Here are a few questions to ask yourself. The more times you answer yes, the better the likelihood you are a fan.
- Have you ever connected with a work on a deep level?
- Have you ever enjoyed something so much you rushed to tell someone?
- Have you ever played a game, watched an OVA, or read a book that is part of the extended universe of a franchise you love?
- Have you ever debated or conversed with someone about an aspect of a franchise's setting or the minutia of a setting?
- Have you ever dressed up as one of your favorite characters?
- Have you ever attended an SF convention?
- Have you ever bought a boxset?
- Have you ever quoted SF to make a point?
Kiss Thinks Star Wars is Hotter than Hell
So who's scarier under the mask, Darth Vader or Gene Simmons?
Good question! Gene can be very scary, but I'd have to say he's still one up on Darth Vader.
In that case... lightsaber to your head: Star Wars or Star Trek?
Oh, no! Well, I have been a fan of Star Trek longer so I'm going to have to choose that over Star Wars.
You have chosen... poorly.
Now, I have to ask Bruce a bunch of Star Trek questions.
For the whole interview:
No Record Industry, No New KISS Album... I have an Idea
"There's no new KISS material because there's no record industry.
"Any band who tries to do new material is trying to climb a slippery mountain. Every day record companies are folding. It'd be nice to have new KISS songs, but what's the business model? Do you just put songs on the Internet for free? Then what?''
Then you sell quality merchandise, tour, and do other things that make people want to buy your music.
Personally, I think the best thing artists can do is give away their music videos. This lets people like me listen to the song over and over again, and figure out if I really like it enough to buy it.
Between the streaming music videos and other streaming tracks, I can determine whether I want to spend my money on the track or the album.
The Key is to make good music and to have confidence in your own fans.
The very idea that Gene doubts whether the Kiss Army would buy a new album or steal it is a sad lack of faith in his own music.
Top Ten Artist of the Week (12 Aug 2007 – 19 Aug 2007)
I have been listening to a lot of music lately, the writing is in full swing, so I thought I would share my Top Ten Artists from Project: Shadow’s Music Profile at Last.fm. I must say, I was surprised by the list a little, and as usual there are a lot of ties. My top 10 this week has 13 Artists in it. Not because it is such a luck number but because there are 10 songs tied for the number 4 slot on the chart. 4. Rob Zombie, Nightwish, Ann Wilson, Meat Loaf, Dio, HIM, Leave's Eyes, Type O Negative, Fields of the Nephilim, and Blackmore's Night.
- Rob Zombie
- I saw the trailer for the remake of Halloween, at at first I was angry. This is not the kind of film that needs to be remade. Then I saw that Rob Zombie was doing it. I shrugged and thought to myself that it could not be all that bad, and found myself playing more Zombie. My hopes are up.
- What can I say? I am surprised they didn't make it higher on the charts. Slaying the Dreamer is very close to my heart right now as I am writing the next chapter in Fate's Harrow.
- Ann Wilson
- Her first solo album is not out yet, but the Podfather played a track on the Daily Sourse Code, and I ran to the Podsafe Music Network right away to check it out. They have 2 tracks from the new album, Hope and Glory, Where to now St Peter (which she sings with Elton John) is an amazing tune, and her cover of the Immigrant Song blew me away. I am looking for ways to feature them in the Podcast.
- Meat Loaf
- What? Don't look at me like that! I am writing, I need the drama and Meat Loaf is good to write too. He was in the Tenacious D movie so, he is cool! Back off buddy. j/k
- For some reason, his Magica album has been in my thoughts lately. Probably because I want to make an animated film out of it.
- This is all Pandora's fault. I have been listening to Pandora a lot lately, and I am beginning to realize that I kinda really like HIM.
- Leave's Eyes
- Legend Land is the soundtrack of my fiction right now. I cannot wait for the next album.
- Type O Negative
- Fields of the Nephilim
- The Nephilim are one of the greatest bands ever. What more can I say?
- Blackmore's Night
- Pandora recently introduced me to this band. They are an amazingly fresh and exciting. Most of the write ups on them I found call them Gypsy Rock. Medieval meets classic rock, it is an instant winner.
- One of my all time top artists, for sure, but lately, I have been getting more and more songs stuck in my mind. Man, I wish their tour came closer to me, I would love to see them live again.
- Paul Stanley
- Songs like "Live to Win," "All about you," and "Wake up Screaming," have become instant classics for me, I just can't hear them enough. There may not be any more Kiss albums coming, but I hope Paul keeps them coming.
- Ok, I am sure you saw that coming. This has been a back to basics week for me, and there is no band closer to my heart than Kiss, and here they are yet again at number 1!