April 13th, 2004

Photo - leaves

There is no hope whatsoever. I am hereby officially a lost cause.

But before I explain why... more photos. On Thursday we went to Merry Hill, and came back with stuff.  So, in the vein of queenc2346's recent post, here's what I got...

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Right, now for why I'm a lost cause...

Most Haunted.  For those who don't know: it's a series on Living TV that has acquired something of a cult following.  It basically involves a team going to the various supposed haunted places in Brtain to find out if they actually are, taking along a spiritualist medium, a paranormal investigator, a historian, and various technical guys, with lots of digital cameras and special equipment.  They've got some pretty good footage from some of them (an armchair being moved in a Dudley hotel, for one, as well as the medium getting possessed with more and more alarming regularity) but all of the footage is then studied by a parapsychologist and generally refuted as technical glitches/whatever.  All in all, it's just... pointless.  But fun, and quite interesting whether you're a believer or a sceptic. And very addictive, for several reasons:

1) It's presented by ex-children's television presenter, Yvette Fielding.  She's also the executive producer alongisde her husband, Karl Beattie (who, for the record, proposed to her on air on something else they both worked on, which is rather sweet...)  The fun with Yvette is that she gets very scared very quickly and screams a lot - though she's getting much braver - and it's absolutely hilarious...  I mean, it's cruel to laugh at her, but it's all part of the entertainment...  Lately she's actually getting more level-headed about it and trying to explain things in terms of what they could really be, rather than instantly assuming they're paranormal happenings, but she still clings to whichever male crew member happens to be nearest...
2) The medium, Derek Acorah, is a popular presence on Living TV and seems to have his own little fanbase...  He's from Liverpool and wanted to be a footballer when he was young, until his grandmother or aunt, possibly, honed his psychic abilities.  Whether you believe he's genuine or not, it's fascinating to watch...
3) Everyone has to throw tomatoes at Dr. Matthew Smith, the parapsychologist; we love to hate him because he's blatantly in the minority and he knows it.  I get the impression he's only there so we can boo him...
4) My general interest in all things paranormal is what made me watch it in the first place; the longer I watched it, though, the more I started to care about the people involved, which is probably how it is for everyone else, too.

Anyway, over the Easter weekend, they did a three-day (seven-and-a-half hours) investigation to find the spirit of Matthew Hopkins, witch-finder general from the 1600s.  It was really interesting.  Funniest moment was on Saturday night at their first location, where Yvette, Derek, and Matthew (Smith) were wandering along a beach following Derek's psychic lead, and Yvette got stuck in quicksand; it took four strong blokes, including Derek and Matthew, to pull her out (one at each limb), dragging her out of her wellies in the process.  They showed the clip four more times over the course of the night, including to Yvette herself later on, just to extend the embarrassment.  Aside from that, Matthew and Richard Felix (aforementioned Derby historian) got into a verbal spat, and clearly had to be separated after Friday's argument, since they were never in the same room together afterwards...  It's just so much more than a ghost hunt; it's fantastic entertainment in its own right, but only when you know the cast/crew/presenters well enough to care. :)

Long explanation, I know, but I'm probably the only one here who even knows what the Hell it is, let alone watches it...  But yes.  My lost-cause status...

See, I'm so used to watching epic, fictional, canon-based serieses, that I unconsciously apply the same rules to Most Haunted without actually realising it.  The presenters and crew are the characters; it's 'canon' is just previous investigations/occurrences.  And hence, naturally, the Inner Shipper, which is also a presence in and of itself (or herself, since it's blatantly female) takes over when I'm not paying attention, and before I know what's happening, I find myself shipping for the bloody thing.  To reiterate: it's a non-fictional, reality-based investigative television series with real people in real relationships that I have no right to dabble in, and I am shipping for it.  Specifically, I am shipping for Derek and Yvette, and, at the same time, Yvette/Karl...

The latter is fair enough because they're married and teh most adorablest couple evar.  But the really idiotic thing is Derek is also quite happily married to Gwen, and despite the fact that I know this, that I know they're real frelling people, Nautica persists in trying to make me ship for them.

Y'know what?  I blame the Derby Gaol investigation.  It was in series one; in one of the cells, Yvette was overcome by random inexplicable emotion and couldn't stop crying (she was fine once outside the cell.)  So Karl Collapse )  But before he was alerted by a crew member, Derek was on hand to Collapse )  It can be attributed to the fact that he's generally a nice guy and can't stand to see a damsel in distress, but that was the moment that Nautica prodded me and said "Oo!"...

In any case, in order to get her to shut the Hell up, I'm doing a new original story based on the Most Haunted premise.  Details as I typed them up yesterday are under the cut.  I want to start it now, seeing as my characters have names and I have a plot and I really, really like the idea, but I will wait until I've done my dissertation.  Yes, I will.  Or maybe I'll do bits of my original thing after however many thousand words have been written...

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Honestly, it'll be better than it sounds.  I just have to do it before my brain explodes...

And now I want to make a Most Haunted LJ community to out all the fans.  Hm.  Yes.  I think I shall...  *toddles off to community-create*