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I finally converted someone.

POSTED BY: CHRISTHECYNIC
UPDATED: Thursday, June 2, 2005 12:12
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Saturday, May 28, 2005 12:34 PM

CHRISTHECYNIC


Pitiful really, took me three years to convert someone other than my mother (I don't get out much), but I still wanted to share the fact that I finally actually managed to do it. Someone I know over the internet, I finally hear that she’s about to watch and wait a bit, and then I get the first response:

he's playing with dinosaurs
MINE IS AN EVIL LAUGH


That was all I needed to know I succeeded, of course knowing what I do about her personality I was pretty sure to begin with. Other nice stuff came filtering back as well. For example “Kayleigh” is cute, and reminds her of herself.

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To finish off on a profound bit:

Her: guh, humanity sucks my ass
I: what brought that about?
Her: just the fact that every actually intelligent show or musician is not properly understood or appreciated because the general population is comprised of morons who cannot understand the brilliance they are seeing/hearing


On the one hand this is true, but on the other hand we wouldn’t have Serenity coming or the song Starry, Starry Night if everyone lived on the same level as Survivor.



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Saturday, May 28, 2005 1:37 PM

KNIBBLET


Good work. You're reward will be found in the next life.

"I'm gonna rip you a new puppet hole, bitch!"

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Sunday, May 29, 2005 3:05 AM

PLYTLE


Quote:

Originally posted by christhecynic:
Pitiful really, took me three years to convert someone other than my mother . . .



I couldn't even convert my mom. She thought the show was boring. This from the person who thinks that Survivor and The Amazing Race are classics.

I'm still working on it, though. Next month in my e-zine I'm posting a kinda "memories of the series"-type article. My readers are not the typer to have seen the show, so maybe it will spark some interest. I'll keep y'all updated.

-PML

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Sunday, May 29, 2005 8:46 AM

NWUKSTEVE


I've been lending the DVD boxset to anyone who'll agree to watch them for quite a while, and of course everyone loves it and assures me they'll be going to see the movie. But it's only recently that I got what I've been telling myself would constitute a full conversion - one of people who borrowed the set has bought his own. WTG me!

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"In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move." - Douglas Adams, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

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Sunday, May 29, 2005 8:47 AM

CHRISTHECYNIC


Quote:

Originally posted by plytle:
I couldn't even convert my mom. She thought the show was boring. This from the person who thinks that Survivor and The Amazing Race are classics.


I know you don’t want to hear this, no one ever does when it’s family, but she’s too far gone.

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Sunday, May 29, 2005 9:16 AM

PLYTLE


Quote:

Originally posted by christhecynic:
Quote:

Originally posted by plytle:
I couldn't even convert my mom. She thought the show was boring. This from the person who thinks that Survivor and The Amazing Race are classics.


I know you don’t want to hear this, no one ever does when it’s family, but she’s too far gone.


I know, but it still sorta hurt . . .

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Sunday, May 29, 2005 9:30 AM

SUBGUY


I guess I've been fairly lucky so far. Everyone I've leant my DVDs to has become a fan of the show. I hope I can keep up the track record, since I just leant them out again last night and have at least one more person I promised to loan them to when I get them back again.

Captain Pete

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Sunday, May 29, 2005 9:48 AM

CHRISTHECYNIC


Quote:

Originally posted by nwuksteve:
But it's only recently that I got what I've been telling myself would constitute a full conversion - one of people who borrowed the set has bought his own. WTG me!


The person I just got will buy her own, I know that much, so I guess I've got a future convert by that defintion.

Quote:

"In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move." - Douglas Adams, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

"Isn't there anything about this place you're glad of?" - Kaylee

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Sunday, May 29, 2005 9:50 AM

CHRISTHECYNIC


Quote:

Originally posted by SubGuy:
I guess I've been fairly lucky so far. Everyone I've leant my DVDs to has become a fan of the show. I hope I can keep up the track record, since I just leant them out again last night and have at least one more person I promised to loan them to when I get them back again.

Captain Pete


It's not a question of people watching the show not liking it for me; it's a question of getting them to watch it.

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Sunday, May 29, 2005 10:43 AM

THEGERG


If your friend is a dinosaur fan, please direct her to our informal thread:

http://www.fireflyfans.net/thread.asp?b=2&t=10266

Also, if you start talking about conversion, people really are going to think we are a cult! See:

http://www.fireflyfans.net/thread.asp?b=2&t=10410

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Sunday, May 29, 2005 4:27 PM

ANTIGONE



Haaa.. I had *great* fun this past week. I converted my GRANDMOTHER. How awesome is that? We averaged 3 episodes a night when I came home from school. By "Bushwacked" she was asking incrediously why it was cancelled (and then decided as we continued viewing the episodes because of hte glorifying Inara's role as Companion and the raunchy sex jokes and innuendos {which didn't keep her from giggling, though, heh)).

I've converted one friend and I'm working on a campaign this summer to bring Firefly to my friends home theaters. *nods*

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Monday, May 30, 2005 5:34 AM

EMMA


I bow down before all of your superior converting skills!

extremely dimensionally transcendental

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Monday, May 30, 2005 7:24 AM

SUBGUY


Quote:

Originally posted by Emma:
I bow down before all of your superior converting skills!

extremely dimensionally transcendental



Personally, I don't think it has anything to do with skill. Firefly just has a way of selling itself to anybody willing to take 10 minutes to sit down and watch it.

(Of course, that 10 minutes turns into 20... 50... 2 hours... 6 hours... etc.....)

Captain Pete

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Monday, May 30, 2005 7:59 AM

AURAPTOR

America loves a winner!


Congrats,Chris. Good to hear there's one more fan added to the list. Curiously, I've had a less than stellar time in recruitment myself. 2 Buffy/Angel fans I thought would be a shoe in, but barely got either of them to finish watching the whole DVD set. One just 'couldn't get into it', what ever that's suppose to mean. The other said she 'liked it', but didn't elaborate too much. It wasn't untill the trailer came out online that I was able to get anyone really excited over the BDM.

" They don't like it when you shoot at 'em. I worked that out myself. "

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Monday, May 30, 2005 8:13 AM

CHRISTHECYNIC


Quote:

Originally posted by SubGuy:
Personally, I don't think it has anything to do with skill. Firefly just has a way of selling itself to anybody willing to take 10 minutes to sit down and watch it.


My problem is that though I am a college student my friends are just now graduating high-school and have the attention span you'd expect of that. I don't know why they do, I didn't at their age, but getting ten minutes from them is difficult.

Quote:

Originally posted by TheGerg:
Also, if you start talking about conversion, people really are going to think we are a cult!


I’ve got to say, I don’t mind being a cult. I’ve got a whole stack of bibles and it just keeps getting bigger. I like religion, and all of it’s intricacies.

In three hundred years the phrase, “Lenny Bruce died for our skins,” will have blossomed into full tax exempt status. If we’ve got people worshiping our BDHs go for it, so long as no one kills them all off in a bloody crusade.

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Monday, May 30, 2005 9:19 AM

SPACECOWGIRL


I lent my sister my 1st Firefly disc (couldn't part with all of them at once) & after she finished that, she went ahead & bought her own.
Also I converted a Buffy fan I met online. She asked for Firefly for Xmas at my urging & is now a fan.
There's a Star Wars fan at work (I'm a SW fan also) that I'm working on now. Also, the Sci-Fi Channel will be running Firefly starting July 22. That should pick up a lot of new fans. I hear they're actually gonna run the episodes IN ORDER! Like Joss intended.

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Monday, May 30, 2005 9:19 AM

SPACECOWGIRL


I lent my sister my 1st Firefly disc (couldn't part with all of them at once) & after she finished that, she went ahead & bought her own.
Also I converted a Buffy fan I met online. She asked for Firefly for Xmas at my urging & is now a fan.
There's a Star Wars fan at work (I'm a SW fan also) that I'm working on now. Also, the Sci-Fi Channel will be running Firefly starting July 22. That should pick up a lot of new fans. I hear they're actually gonna run the episodes IN ORDER! Like Joss intended.

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Monday, May 30, 2005 1:05 PM

SHINY


Quote:

Originally posted by SubGuy:
Quote:

Originally posted by Emma:
I bow down before all of your superior converting skills!

extremely dimensionally transcendental



Personally, I don't think it has anything to do with skill. Firefly just has a way of selling itself to anybody willing to take 10 minutes to sit down and watch it.

(Of course, that 10 minutes turns into 20... 50... 2 hours... 6 hours... etc.....)

Captain Pete



Personally I've found that people need to be able to sit thru about 15-20 mins of exposition and backstory in the pilot to get to the point when things start to really get going, culminating in the big payoff at the end. But I've known SAP (Short Attention Span) folks who couldn't sit through even 5 minutes -- to set up a whole universe!

Jayne, your mouth is talkin. Might want to look into that.

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Monday, May 30, 2005 1:44 PM

SUBGUY


Quote:

Also, the Sci-Fi Channel will be running Firefly starting July 22. That should pick up a lot of new fans. I hear they're actually gonna run the episodes IN ORDER! Like Joss intended.


WHAT?!? Somebody in the TV industry is showing a little common sense?? Tell me it isn't so!

Captain Pete

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Monday, May 30, 2005 1:47 PM

CHRISTHECYNIC


Quote:

Originally posted by SubGuy:
WHAT?!? Somebody in the TV industry is showing a little common sense?? Tell me it isn't so!


Sci Fi has always had common sense, it's just it's impossible to predict when they will use it.

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Monday, May 30, 2005 2:02 PM

SUBGUY


Okay, I must admit, there are only two shows on TV I watch with any regularity, LOST and Battlestar Galactica. So I guess deep down inside I do recognize SFC has some common sense.

(BTW, for those who have not seen it, the new BSG is also a great show! And Serenity made a quick cameo appearance in the mini-series/pilot.)

Captain Pete

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Monday, May 30, 2005 2:10 PM

THEGERG


Quote:

Captain Pete - Personally I've found that people need to be able to sit thru about 15-20 mins of exposition and backstory in the pilot to get to the point when things start to really get going, culminating in the big payoff at the end. But I've known SAP (Short Attention Span) folks who couldn't sit through even 5 minutes -- to set up a whole universe!




I was converted by a Buffy fan, we are casually converting more Buffy and Angel fans via e-mail and DVD lending.

I also have friends coming down in October so if they fancy a movie night, being Buffy fans, i'll pass it on by them.

I do this mainly cos I like the cast (they seem like nice people) and nice people should have nice jobs. Working on this seems like fun! Furthermore, Joss may finally get some serious moola and finally be able to do his stuff, his way, rather than the purse-holders version of his stuff!

That would be a worthwhile reason! I wonder what PURE un-adulterated Whedon would be like?

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Monday, May 30, 2005 7:36 PM

3HEADEDMONKEY


it always feels good to convert someone. whenever i converted someone to be a browncoat, they always said 2 things:

1) "this show's awesome!" or something like that
2) "why did they cancel this???"


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Tuesday, May 31, 2005 12:12 PM

CHRISTHECYNIC


Since I got the DVDs, not long after they first came out, I’ve been trying to get my sister to watch even a minute, she wouldn't. I put Serenity on in the background while plying cards, she’s at Shindig now.

I seem to be having a little luck lately.

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Thursday, June 2, 2005 12:12 PM

INNOCENCEMAINTAINED


Hi, I'm the convert.

It's all Chris's fault, really......



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"Sometimes the only sane response to an insane world is insanity." - Fox Mulder

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