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Veronica Mars: One of TV’s Realest Depictions of Wealth Inequality

Imagine a city that’s home to gaggles of tech millionaires, massive Internet-company IPOs, a housing crisis, and palpable tension between the wealthy inhabitants jacking up prices and everybody else just trying to keep their place.

Judging by recent headlines, that sounds a bit like San Francisco and Silicon Valley. But it’s actually Neptune, the fictional SoCal beach town that served as the setting for teen-detective noir Veronica Mars. The beloved series ran for three seasons before low ratings led to its 2007 cancellation, but this Friday, almost one year after a historic, multimillion-dollar Kickstarter campaign gave it new life, Veronica Mars returns to the big screen. (Or small screen, if you prefer—the film will be available in on-demand formats for cautious newcomers or fans who prefer their Friday nights at home.)

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                                                                           veronica mars - 1.01 Pilot

This is my school. If you go here, your parents are either millionaires or your parents work for millionaires. Neptune, California, a town without a middle class. If you’re in the second group, you get a job; fast food, movie theatres, mini-marts. Or you could be me. My after-school job means tailing philandering spouses or investigating false injury claims.

Bad Mom Poll Results

You had your say and you’ve decided that hands-down THE worst mother in Neptune, California (with 61.3% of the vote) is…

ROSE MANNING… uh, congratulations on your win?

Our runner-up was, Betina Casablancas with 22.6% of the vote aaand a few dishonorable mentions for Lianne Mars, Juanita Gant, and Mrs. Goodman - you’re bad ladies, just not bad enough.

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A cult classic beloved by its legions of devoted fans (“Marshmallows”), Veronica Mars put a truly fresh spin on the TV mystery genre. The show was set in sunny, wealthy Neptune, California, where things weren’t so bright for teenage sleuth and social outcast Veronica (Kristen Bell) and her father, Keith Mars, a disgraced police chief now running a private detective agency with his talented daughter. Former young adult novel author Rob Thomas (Party Down, iZombie) created the show, a modern-day combination of equal parts noir and Nancy Drew, and it ran for three seasons on the UPN and then the CW. Here’s why Mars disappeared in 2007 (only to be resurrected in 2014 as a crowdfunded movie).

IT HAD LOW RATINGS

Originally posted by hanitjemars

TV networks are a business, and low-rated TV shows tend to be a poor investment. In its first season (2004-05), Veronica Mars ranked a dismal #148 out of 156 total shows. It ticked up a bit to #145 in its second season, and #138 in its third and final run. All the while, total viewership held steady at about 2.5 million viewers. (The only shows with fewer viewers that year were other CW shows—and they were all soon canceled, too.) Said CW entertainment president Dawn Ostroff at a TV industry event shortly after the cancellation: “We really tried every single year to bring in more viewers and we just weren’t able to crack it.” Maybe, but the network didn’t do Veronica Mars any favors by scheduling it against Fox’s American Idol at the peak of that show’s popularity.

IT WAS A UPN HOLDOVER

Originally posted by karamelka

In 2006, there were six broadcast networks: ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, and the smaller, forever financially struggling “netlets” UPN and the WB. The two debuted in 1995 and both catered to younger, hipper audiences, which led to a cannibalization of viewers that left both networks losing money. The solution: They merged into a new network called the CW. Those initials stand for “CBS” and “Warner Bros.,” the same Warner Bros. that ran the WB. This really meant that the WB absorbed UPN, as more WB than UPN shows survived the marriage. Over time, more and more of the old UPN shows disappeared, particularly the expensive-to-produce scripted series. Among the first to go was Veronica Mars.

IT DIDN’T FIT WITH THE CW

Originally posted by agentsmars

Even though CW corporate sibling Warner Bros. Studios produced Veronica Mars, it was canceled because it couldn’t draw in new viewers. That’s because the CW was going after a couple of very specific audience niches, and Veronica Mars—a difficult-to-categorize show that was a little funny and a little dramatic—didn’t fit in. It wasn’t an African-American sitcom (like Girlfriends, The Game, and Everybody Hates Chris) and it wasn’t a teen soap (Smallville, One Tree Hill, Gilmore Girls).

IT WAS AHEAD OF ITS TIME

Originally posted by -veronicamars

Veronica Mars ran on broadcast TV just before the so-called “Second Golden Age of Television,” and before streaming services enabled the phenomenon of “binge watching.” Before shows like Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones were appreciated for intricate plotting that required a viewer to pay close attention and watch every episode in order for maximum understanding and enjoyment, TV shows that dared to be innovative, cinematic, and complicated were often critically acclaimed but commercially ignored. (Veronica Mars aired around the same time as Arrested Development, another show that pulled in a small but devoted audience of fans who appreciated precision.)

A PROPOSED REBOOT DIDN’T COME TO PASS

Originally posted by loislance

While Veronica Mars was still on the air, some CW executives asked Thomas to write a show about rookie cops. He countered with the idea of making the fourth season of Veronica Mars jump forward in time to show Veronica in her first year as an FBI agent, and they produced a pilot presentation (a mini-episode about 12 minutes long). While well-received by CW brass, the reboot/spinoff wasn’t meant to be—Thomas is pretty sure CBS president Les Moonves, who had a strong hand in programming decisions after CBS took co-ownership of the CW, personally nixed the idea of renewing the low-rated show with a new premise.

MOVING ON

Originally posted by veronicaneptunes

Probably seeing the writing on the wall, Veronica Mars creator and showrunner Rob Thomas had already secured his next gig by the time the series was wrapping up its third season. He was hired on as a writer and producer for ABC’s Miss Guided, a sitcom starring Judy Greer as a high school guidance counselor. Thomas was quickly promoted to showrunner and executive producer, but left the show after only a few weeks due to creative differences. Miss Guided was ultimately a midseason replacement that aired only seven episodes in the spring of 2008.

THE DEAD SHOW THAT LIVED AGAIN

Originally posted by sylviasatterthwaites

Veronica Mars’s hardcore fans couldn’t let go, and neither could the show’s talent. For years after the cancellation, Rob Thomas and Kristen Bell mentioned the possibility of a movie in interviews. It seemed like a longshot for a studio to finance a big-screen version of a show very few people watched, but then along came Kickstarter. In March 2013, Thomas launched a drive on the crowdfunding site to finance the movie directly from fans; within 30 days, the project had collected an astonishing $5.7 million. Thomas took a screenplay and his Kickstarter money to Warner Bros., and the studio kicked in a few more million to get the movie made. It was released to theaters and to video-on-demand platforms in March 2014.

* Rob Thomas meant reason number 6

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Fangirl challenge [1/5] pilots → Veronica Mars (2004–2007)

This is my school. If you go here, your parents are either millionaires, or your parents work for millionaires. Neptune, California, a town without a middle class. If you’re in the second group, you get a job. Fast food, movie theaters, mini marts. Or you could be me. My after school job means tailing philandering spouses or investigating false injury claims.

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  If you haven’t seen this, please watch it! Veronica Mars the Movie Kickstarter project. 

 http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/559914737/the-veronica-mars-movie-project

Veronica Mars
Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham
Veronica Mars

Read by Kristen Bell
On Sale: March 25, 2014

Ten years after graduating from high school in Neptune, California, Veronica Mars is back in the land of sun, sand, crime, and corruption. She’s traded in her law degree for her old private investigating license, struggling to keep Mars Investigations afloat on the scant cash earned by catching cheating spouses until she can score her first big case.
 
Now it’s spring break, and college students descend on Neptune, transforming the beaches and boardwalks into a frenzied, week-long rave. When a girl disappears from a party, Veronica is called in to investigate. But this is no simple missing person’s case; the house the girl vanished from belongs to a man with serious criminal ties, and soon Veronica is plunged into a dangerous underworld of drugs and organized crime. And when a major break in the investigation has a shocking connection to Veronica’s past, the case hits closer to home than she ever imagined.

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My Tv Shows  → [14/∞] Veronica Mars

This is my school. If you go here, your parents are either millionaires or your parents work for millionaires. Neptune, California, a town without a middle class. If you’re in the second group, you get a job; fast food, movie theatres, mini-marts. Or you could be me. My after-school job means tailing philandering spouses or investigating false injury claims.

The Thousand Dollar Tan Line Synopsis

Ten years after graduating from high school in Neptune, California, Veronica Mars is back in the land of sun, sand, crime, and corruption. She’s traded in her law degree for her old private investigating license, struggling to keep Mars Investigations afloat on the scant cash earned by catching cheating spouses until she can score her first big case.
 
Now it’s spring break, and college students descend on Neptune, transforming the beaches and boardwalks into a frenzied, week-long rave. When a girl disappears from a party, Veronica is called in to investigate. But this is no simple missing person’s case; the house the girl vanished from belongs to a man with serious criminal ties, and soon Veronica is plunged into a dangerous underworld of drugs and organized crime. And when a major break in the investigation has a shocking connection to Veronica’s past, the case hits closer to home than she ever imagined.

anonymous asked:

best LoVe smut yallve read?

Well, well, anon. You want to read smut, you say?

We got you covered. Here is the best L/V smut that we can recommend without implicating ourselves as the dirty people we are.

As a side note. Just a reminder we do have a tags page, and one of the ways to sort the fics is by rating, so that is also another resource! Some of the ones listed below have already been officially recommended, and others we’re offering to you as:

PWPs/One-shots that feature L/V doin’ it:

The Burdened Vessel,” lit_chick04, NC-17, Pre-series AU.

Veronica needs a favour only Logan can help her with.

Fear and Loathing in Neptune, California,” wily_one24, NC-17, S1 AU.

Veronica Mars was going to get herself laid.

(And its smutty four-part sequel, “Any Love Is Good Love, Baby.”)

The Game of Trust,” kantayra, NC-17, S2 or S3 (not specified).

This time Veronica really did trust him, and she knew how to prove it.

Got Game?scandalpantsstuff, M, S2 summer.

Veronica is late for a date, leaving Logan waiting at the bar. Several drinks in, he’s challenged to prove his game.

In the Dark,” secrets_and_lie, NC-17, S3 AU.

Veronica can’t get Logan out of her head. Being Veronica, she decides to do something about it.

Not Any Heavy Thing,” wowsugarpuss, M, S1 summer AU.

Veronica breaks down in the desert.

On Again, Off Again,” jennygrrl, M, S3 AU.

How many times does it take to get it right? At least the memories never fade.

Veronica’s Twelve Days,” absolutelyiris, E, S3, AU after 3.08.

“You’re getting presents, all for being you. Because we decided to give this damn roller coaster ride another go. Because I love you.”

Woof,” alliegirl, M, S3.

Fill in the blank for Woof scene in first episode of third season.

Chaptered fics that feature plot and the sex:

A Strange New Story Every Time,” gzyzm, M, Future. * technically a one-shot, but close to 20,000 words so putting it here

Ten years clean of Neptune living, Logan’s past finds him at an all night grocery store.

I Knew You Were Trouble When You Walked In,” youcallitwinter, E, post S3. * technically a one-shot, but over 17,000 words so putting it here

And, it’s just— Logan had always been her intense high-school romance, sure. But she had, somewhere along the way, in some secret corner of her mind, convinced herself that was all he was; a high-school romance. Explosive, powerful, passionate, and bound to burn itself out eventually.”

Neptune,” mysilverylining, T, Future. * smut in chapters five and seven

Series reboot fic. 22 ‘episodes’, 1 over-arching mystery, 3 mini-arcs, Dozens of cameos, plus the usual focus on love, friendship, and family. Eventual LoVe and even some MaDi. Veronica has had it with life as a homicide detective and returns home for the first time since leaving for her FBI internship. She doesn’t know something followed her home, and it’s not a puppy.

Full Circle,” gertinator, PG through R (depending on chapter), Future AU after 2.22. *smut starts in chapter seven, and then it just keep on coming (totally unintentional sex pun — keeping it).

"Spanning years and continents. Lives ruined, bloodshed, epic.” Um, but with beer bottles and ipods and apples and New York City.

Sins of the Father,” emiko74, M, S3, AU after 3.08. *smut in chapter twelve but this whole fic is perfect.

As their freshman year at Hearst draws to a close, Logan and Veronica’s relationship begins to unravel. But a new mystery could bring them together again.

get to know me →  veronica mars [2/5 shows] 

This is my school. If you go here, your parents are either millionaires or your parents work for millionaires. Neptune, California, a town without a middle class. If you’re in the second group, you get a job; fast food, movie theatres, mini-marts. Or you could be me. My after-school job means tailing philandering spouses or investigating false injury claims.

anonymous asked:

Headccanon AU- LoVe with no Madisongate.

They break up. Over nothing. Over everything.

They break up right before sophomore year. Logan can’t remember the fight. Not the exact fight. Just that there had been more of them, more often. About him. About her. About the risks she takes and the lack of fucks he gives about the future.

How she’s embarrassed of him but won’t admit it. How he can’t stand her job and won’t shut up about it.

And then they fall back together again. She misses him. He misses her. They hang out. In groups and alone. All the time and then for a week here and there not at all.

They don’t call it dating. They don’t call it anything.

Then he leaves for a surfing trip and when he comes back she’s sullen and silent and it takes Mac slapping him upside the head and asking when he’s going to be Veronica’s boyfriend for him to get why.

He’s gun-shy and nervous, and a sullen and silent Veronica who is around is better than the alternative Veronica who isn’t, so he still doesn’t say anything. He’d rather be with her and not call it anything than ending up her ex boyfriend.

She asks him. He says no.

She stops coming around. Stops answering his calls.

He stops calling.

And then starts again. She picks up.

They agree to be friends. Just friends. He sees some girls. She sees some guys. He pretends to not get jealous. She doesn’t.

They fall back into old patterns. He asks if she wants him to be her boyfriend. She pulls away and tells him, no, she doesn’t want that.

She applies to graduate schools. He watches her narrow down her choices.

“Stanford or Columbia,” she tells him one night.

“Go to Stanford,” he tells her. “Close to your dad. Wallace is teaching at Neptune High. Mac’s getting offers at tech companies here and San Fransisco. It’s perfect.”

“I’m leaning toward Columbia,” she contradicts. “Away from this town. A chance to be someone else. A chance to move on.”

He swallows.

“You want to move on?”

She rolls her eyes. “I want to get out, Logan. I want to figure out what I want. And they say the best way to break a habit is to start a new habit in a different environment so -”

“Is that right?”

“Yeah, that’s why you’re supposed to quit smoking or start going to the gym while on vacation.”

His muscles tighten. “What habit are you looking to break?”

He watches her avoid his eyes. “There are a few.”

He doesn’t ask. He doesn’t do anything. He lays there watching her, and then he leaves. He doesn’t call. He ignores her calls. She stops calling.

She goes to Columbia. He hears about it from Mac.

He starts dating a girl named Wendy. She tells him on the first date it’s because her parents were huge into Peter Pan, and grins widely at him.

He grins back.

He’s happy. For a few months, he’s happy.

He and Wendy drift apart. She tells him to keep in touch. He promises he will. He’s pretty sure he’ll be breaking that promise.

He talks to Mac more. They hang out. Drink bourbon. Talk about life, love, and work. She tells him her ideas. He tells her his.

Veronica calls. He gets on a plane to New York. He finds his way to her apartment. 

He gets there before she does. He waits.

“Hey, Veronica,” he offers sheepishly from her doorway as she stands there, mouth agape.

She sidles around him and unlocks the door. “When I called, I didn’t mean for you to make an impromptu visit,” she says.

He shrugs. “Yeah, well. I like a big gesture.”

She pulls him in to the apartment, and then pulls him into a hug. “There are no clean sheets.”

“Not even on your bed?”

“Especially not on my bed,” she answers. “I’m in grad school. I don’t have the time or the money for laundry. This shirt’s on its third day.”

He blinks at her. “I’m taking everything you own and bringing it to be dry cleaned.”

She laughs, honest and open, and he smiles at her. “No, really, what are you doing here?”

“You called.”

She nods. “Yeah.”

“Why?”

She flushes, and sits on a ratty looking couch. He gingerly perches on the corner. “I missed you.”

“Well, that’s why I’m here.”

“You’re here because I missed you,” she shoots back flatly, and he shakes his head.

“I came here to see you, because I missed you.”

“You miss me?”

He nods. “I miss you. And I wanted to see you. So, since I am the idle rich, I decided to do that.”

“You’re the idle rich?”

He nods.

“That’s odd, because Mac told me that you were starting your own company.”

He shrugs. “I’m the money man. Mac’s the heart and soul and brains behind the operation.” He pauses. “I should really think about paying her more.”

“Funny.”

“I thought so.” He grins. “How about I take you out to dinner?”

She smiles. “How about I order take out, and then you sit there quietly while I finish a paper that’s worth something like a half of my grade this semester?”

“That works too,” he tells her.

He picks up food. Brings it back. Gathers her sheets. Drops them off to be cleaned. Buys her new sheets. And a second pillow. Smuggles out a good deal of her laundry. Throws out some guy’s hoodie.

Stays the week. He tells her about Neptune, about Wendy. She tells him about a TA she’d been seeing.

She kisses him. Or he kisses her.

He leaves. She calls him. He calls her.

He tells her he wants to be her boyfriend.

They make it official.

She works hard. He works hard.

Mac works hard, too, but he ignores that when he laments to Veronica about long days and longer nights.

She graduates, near the top of her class. He and Mr. Mars watch.

She comes back to California. To Neptune. To him.

She comes home.

For this meme.