LA BELLE ET LA BÊTE
How am I supposed to get back home, now? Ah, fans!
'Pilgrimage' to the tunnel entrance during the 2007 Los Angeles Convention
With Lisa Gould dressed as Vincent.
What does it exactly mean to be a fan (short for 'fanatic!)? Is it being obsessed, as some say? Well, yes, a little (some even say obsessive-pathetic), but I prefer the word 'passionate'.
It could be defined as feeling for someone or something (actor, celebrity, singer, author, sport, TV show, movie, book...) an intensity of emotion that may seem out of proportion and earns you curious looks from all those around you who don't share it.
The Beauty and the Beast fandom is as old as the show itself, and has its own history.
Is it due to the singularity of the storyline, to the strength and depth of the characters, or to the Third Season shock? When you fall in love with B&B, it's for ever!
Years after the show's cancellation, the US B&B fandom is still very alive and kicking. The recent release of the DVDs has brought many newbies (and brought back many old fans) to the cybertunnels.
Tunnels extend their branches throughout the whole world, Australia,
Japan, South America and even China... In all Europe as well, with
comparatively more people in the English-speaking UK tunnels. The
French fandom? I looked for it without success, when I got hooked to the show. There once was a snail-mail fan-club,now long dead. Finally, I created this website and a French-language list to give isolated fans a point of contact. But essentially, the B&B fandom speaks English.
KEEP THE DREAM ALIVE!
Conventions still take place, mostly in USA and UK, allowing the fans to get together and share their passion for B&B. And for those who can't, there's even a yearly online Convention.
B&B fans have always shown a lot of artistic creativity, equal to that found in the show itself. In 20 years, thousands of various works have ben produced, only a part of which can now be found online. Whether in writing (fanfiction and fanzines), art (fanart), or multimedia creation (websites and videos), the fans used their multiple talents to celebrate their favorite show, and there's a lot of wonderful stuff to be discovered on the Web.
Conventions Fanfiction Fanart Websites Videos
That creativity can be found in many different domains: poetry, skits, "filk" songs, as well as various crafts and needleworks (patchwork, crosstitch, dolls). Role-play and costuming, too, with numerous "tunnel togs" and even a couple of Vincent-impersonators. Like Lisa Gould, who allies costume, make up and acting to create a voiceless, but stunningly resemblant character, despite the difference in height.
"Vincent" in front of "Catherine's apartment building"
Pic by J'ecris Los Angeles 2007
Lisa making herself up as Vincent
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