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My Thoughts about “Outlander” Fandom.

Today, I read about several bogs on Tumblr about some opinions about “Outlander” fandom, Starz PR, Entertainment Weekly’s promotion, etc. and I’d like to write about how I felt. My intension is not to challenge anybody. I just need to express myself in my own blog.

I am practically a newcomer of “Outlander” fandom. I discovered the TV show in February 2016 through my sister who insisted me to watch the show. I rented DVDs from Netflix. I remembered when I called my sister during S1E5 and told her that I was not sure if I could finish watching the entire 16 episodes. She said, “Just keep watching. It’s getting better. I promise.” and she was right. Soon or later, I found myself standing up on Sixth Ave. in NYC in a cold and rainy day in April just to see Sam Heughan as a Grand Marshal in Tartan Parade, read 8 books twice in a few months and some other related books by Diana Gabaldon.

I used to be a journalist with a different language other than English (please forgive my English mistakes) and I am still a geek. So I researched a lot of things related “Outlander” after I was hooked in this universe. Soon, I found a wired behavior by so-called Extreme Shippers as well as a lot of complains about almost everything.

Here is my question. Why can’t we just sit back and enjoy the show? Is it such a difficult thing to do? I understand the passion and the emotional investment by the fans because I am one of them. “Outlander” universe is totally addictive. However, the bottom line is this is just a TV show, a high quality TV show you can enjoy. Nothing else. “Outlander” series are not easy stories to bring it to the screen. The entire production team did an extraordinary job so far. (I have a small complain about too much Frank in the storyline, but that’s a minor point.) I truly appreciate all the hard work by cast & crew.

About the PR job by Starz, they do the best they can do so far, IMO. This season is easier to sell compare to S2. There will be a big moment and I am sure that Starz’s strategy is to gain more new viewers besides book readers and existing fans. In that case, to feature two main characters is a straightforward way to sell. My friend who became a fan after watching DVD and non-book reader doesn’t know anything about the new characters. But she is looking forward to watching the reunion of Jamie & Claire and going to get Starz only for S3. I could say the same for EW photos. It maybe corny but I can’t deny that it is attractive and eye catching. I really hope that more people will discover this underrated TV show as well as Sam’s talent as an actor.

I used be a part of “Sherlock” fandom. (BTW, I was very excited when I discovered that Mark Gatiss and Sam were old pals!) There were shipping and complains. There was a conspiracy theory about Benedict Cumberbatch and then his GF (now his wife). It has all the similar things with “Outlander” fandom except the real actors shipping. If people ship real actors like ES, they crossed the line between fiction and reality, and everything will be delusional.

Of course people are entitled to express their opinions about everything. But for me, I am here to enjoy my favorite TV show, the actors and the books, not to nitpick something imperfect. In fact, nothing is perfect.

I rebloged this screen cap by @breezylouisey before, but I’ll do it again. Sam Sykes is an author and Diana Gabaldon’s son. Apparently he knows about control issues in some fandoms. 

It’s a time to relax and wait for Sept. 10!

Mark Sheppard - Minneapolis, MN 2017

I got pretty emotional at this Con knowing Mark wasn’t coming back, since he’s one of my favorite character actors on television. When I went to his last autograph session for the Con (which was also his final event), he was very soft and polite to everyone in a way that he usually isn’t during his panels, which threw me off even more. He was signing in a small, narrow room, and when those of us in front came in, he said “Welcome to my corridor!” A fan ahead of me told him she’d miss him, and he said, “Miss me? You have me!”

When I got to him, I wanted to thank him for all that he’d given us these years plus say how much of a fan I am, but all I could manage to get out was “Thank you so much.” He looked at me with a little smile and said in the softest tone I’d ever heard him use: “Oh, darling, it’s been an absolute pleasure.”

We are never to allow ourselves into thinking “I’m too far gone from salvation for I have sinned a lot” for that is the devil trying to convince you not to seek God’s forgiveness.

Matthew 18:21-22
Then Peter came to Him and said, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?”
Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.

Peter, in light of what Jesus said about agreement and unity, hoped to sound extremely loving by suggesting forgiving a repentant brother up to seven times when three times was the accepted limit taught by many Jewish rabbis of that time, therefore Peter’s answer of “seven times” was thought to be generous, but Jesus’ reply does away with all limits and calculations.

Jesus answered unexpectedly, saying we are to forgive the repentant an unlimited number of times. Unlimited is surely the idea behind up to seventy times seven; it would be strange if Jesus expected us to count offenses against us up to 490, and at the 491st offense, to deny forgiveness.

As humans we are told to forgive a brother who sins against us up to 490 times. Can you imagine forgiving someone countless times even after they sin against you? If we, mere mortals who are but dust, are commanded to forgive someone that many times, can you imagine how many times a loving and caring Creator will forgive us?

There is only ONE sin which will never be forgiven by God, which is described in Luke 12:

Luke 12:10
“And anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but to him who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven.

One who “speaks a word against the Son of Man" refers to a moment of weakness (especially in public testimony), which could be forgiven. In contrast, he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit is in a settled rejection of God’s truth, which will not be forgiven.

The eternal consequences of this sin force us to regard it seriously. How can one know if they have in fact blasphemed the Holy Spirit? The fact that one desires Jesus at all shows that they are not guilty of this sin. Yet continued rejection of Jesus makes us more hardened against Him and puts us on the path of a full and final rejection of Him.

Some young Atheist people – as a joke or a dare – intentionally say words they suppose commit the sin of blasphemy against the Spirit. They think it a light thing to joke with eternity. Yet true blasphemy against the Spirit is more than a formula of words; it is a settled disposition of life that rejects the testimony of the Holy Spirit regarding Jesus. Even if someone has intentionally said such things, they can still repent and prevent a settled rejection of Jesus.

The blasphemy of the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven - not because it is a sin too big for God to forgive, but because it is an attitude of heart that cares nothing for God’s forgiveness. It never has forgiveness because it never wants forgiveness God’s way. It may want forgiveness on its own terms, but never God’s way.

Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit refers to a total rejection of the testimony that the Spirit gives to Jesus and the plan of God. This is not so much a sin of the moment as of one’s entire life, an obstinate rejection of God’s message and testimony.

The way to not blaspheme the Holy Spirit is to receive Jesus Christ, and to put one’s loving trust upon Him today. To blaspheme it means to stop rejecting the work of the Holy Spirit in bringing us to Jesus.

There is no pardon for a person who dies in unbelief. John 3:16 tells us, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” The only condition in which someone would have no forgiveness is if he/she is not among the “whoever” that believes in Him. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6). To reject the only means of salvation is to condemn oneself to an eternity in Hell because to reject the only pardon is, obviously, unpardonable.

Do your friends and the world know how much you love Jesus as much as you love your family, your favorite TV shows, your favorite actors and movies, your favorite music, your car, your pets and all of these things of the world?

Are you living for Christ publicly or in secret? Are you only following the parts of the Bible which are convenient for you? Do you have evidence that the Holy Spirit is acting within you? As Paul Washer said, be very afraid you don’t.

Many people fear they have committed some sin that God cannot or will not forgive, and they feel there is no hope for them, no matter what they do. Satan would like nothing better than to keep us laboring under this misconception. The truth is that if a person has this fear, he/she needs only to come before God, confess that sin, repent of it, and accept God’s promise of forgiveness. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9). This verse assures us that God is ready to forgive any sin—no matter how heinous—if we come to Him in repentance. If you are suffering under a load of guilt today, God is waiting with His arms open in love and compassion for you to come to Him. He will never disappoint or fail to pardon those who do.

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Yo! I'd love a fic from the The Way That Light Attaches to a Girl universe, using the word "award!" You're so great for doing these and for doing all the awesome fics you do year round.

Takes place during the first fic! Series here.

“This really ins’t something you need to be nervous about,” Clarke says.

Bellamy doesn’t look convinced. If anything, it makes him look more nervous, and Clarke tamps down on the wave of fondness before she can do anything stupid, like kiss the costar she isn’t even supposed to be dating at the Kid’s Choice Awards.

It’s not her fault she likes him better than Finn.

“That’s easy for you to say,” he grumbles. “You do these all the time. We’re presenting. How do we present?”

“We rehearsed it, remember? Just do what we rehearsed and you’ll be fine.”

“What if they slime me? That’s this one, right? The slime one.”

“They don’t actually surprise you with the slime.” She pats his shoulder. “You’re going to be fine.”

He lets out a breath, closing his eyes, and Clarke takes advantage of the moment to check him out. Dressing up for the Kid’s Choice Awards isn’t really a huge thing, especially for guys, who have more trouble finding a happy medium between t-shirt and jeans and black-tie event, and Bellamy struggled with it. But he’s wearing a nice navy button-down and jeans that look more expensive than they are, his hair artfully distressed.

He doesn’t really look better than he usually does; he just looks good all the time.

“You think I’ve actually got a shot at winning?” he asks, finally.

“Definitely. I keep telling you, you’re way more popular than Finn.” She pauses and adds, “I voted for you.”

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