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Old Oct 08, 2001, 02:20 PM   #1
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Default In My Life: Encounters with the Beatles

Just finished rereading this collection of essays, fiction, and poetry about the Beatles and was struck by something I overlooked the first time. Has anyone else noticed how in this book, the fans (both real and fictional) are often portrayed as middle/high school misfits or adult losers? This isn't the case for all the pieces in here, but it's in enough of them to make me wonder. Maybe this reflects how the authors felt about themselves as teenagers, but I'd like to think we Beatlefans DO have lives, despite the jokes going around here that say otherwise.

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Old Oct 08, 2001, 02:32 PM   #2
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Haven't read this collection, SF, but that doesn't mean I don't have an opinion! I have met a lot of wonderful people through being a Beatles fan - most of them live really full and interesting lives with friends, families, other hobbies, etc. But quite honestly, most people like that don't have a lot of time to go chasing down their favorite celebrities. So if they have an in-person encounter, it's likely to be just good luck, great timing, or a well-placed connection. (or all 3, in my case!) So their stories will be fewer and farther between. Makes sense to me - what about you?

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Old Oct 08, 2001, 03:23 PM   #3
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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Tahoma, Arial, Sans-Serif">Quote:</font><HR>Originally Posted By SF4-EVER:
Just finished rereading this collection of essays, fiction, and poetry about the Beatles and was struck by something I overlooked the first time. Has anyone else noticed how in this book, the fans (both real and fictional) are often portrayed as middle/high school misfits or adult losers? This isn't the case for all the pieces in here, but it's in enough of them to make me wonder. Maybe this reflects how the authors felt about themselves as teenagers, but I'd like to think we Beatlefans DO have lives, despite the jokes going around here that say otherwise.

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That's an arbitrary opinion/portrayal and shouldn't be taken seriously.


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Old Oct 08, 2001, 04:09 PM   #4
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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Tahoma, Arial, Sans-Serif">Quote:</font><HR>Originally Posted By Rellevart:
Haven't read this collection, SF, but that doesn't mean I don't have an opinion! I have met a lot of wonderful people through being a Beatles fan - most of them live really full and interesting lives with friends, families, other hobbies, etc. But quite honestly, most people like that don't have a lot of time to go chasing down their favorite celebrities. So if they have an in-person encounter, it's likely to be just good luck, great timing, or a well-placed connection. (or all 3, in my case!) So their stories will be fewer and farther between. Makes sense to me - what about you?
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Actually, Revellart, some of the stories in this book aren't actually about someone meeting the Beatles, but someone daydreaming about them with friends or someone who is seen by others as spending too much time listening to them. These stories aren't about the Beatles so much as they are about how the Beatles influenced a generation. But there are stories in this book about people who meet the Beatles by chance, such as a waiter who serves them one night. My favorite story of this type is about a Filipino boy who, with his sister and her boyfriend, sneaks into the hotel where the Beatles are staying and later sees them being mauled at the airport in Manila. The boy ultimately winds up with John's jacket.

And as far as your other point goes--I agree with you that I've met many wonderful Beatlefans who lead full lives. Sometimes it's more fun to spend time with them than with my non-Beatlefan friends who aren't in my tree. That must explain why I'm spending so much time on Beatlelinks these days.

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Old Nov 06, 2001, 02:59 AM   #5
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Well,my wife thinks I'm "Beatle" nutty in the head.She can't understand why I would be interested in a group that happened so long ago. My Music/computer room is packed full of 60's stuff dominated by Fab Four items. It boils down to the Music that they made "Together" and how it still makes me feel today. Like everything in Life,its good to keep things in balance. Too much is not good,but the right amount is PERFECT.



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