Sunday, August 10, 2008

There's the Bride, But Where's the Groom?

Nine years ago, Brielle Potter wrote a brief essay addressing the Jane-as-yenta meme in Daria fandom. This goes along with Martin Pollard's essay mentioned two days ago. More food for thought on where the fandom was so long ago, regarding romance stuff.

Speaking of romance stuff, guess what? Today is the fifth anniversary of the first wedding ever conducted in which one party was on Earth and the other was in space. The lucky man was Yuri Ivanovich Malenchenko (the Russians always have to be first in everything), who married his fiancée Ekaterina Dmitrieva while he was 240 miles above New Zealand. (She was in Texas.) Brittany gives us Ms. Dmitrieva's role in the ceremony in the pic at right.

As long as we're talking romance, we'll talk chocolate, which is important to nearly all Daria fans named Kristen (and to Jane Lane, who enjoys illegal chocolate as per "Boxing Daria"). One of the inventors of milk chocolate was born 194 years ago today, and you might have heard of the company named for him: Nestlé.

Finally, it is impossible to say who declared that this was National S'Mores Day, but it is, so you might as well celebrate it. Eat, drink and eat s' more. Why isn't this day ever discussed in Daria fanfic? They didn't even eat s'mores in "The Teachings of Don Jake." Dang.

SPECIAL NOTE: Alert reader Vadim Gershteyn drew my attention to a page on where you can sign up to be notified if Daria ever does come out on DVD. This does not mean the DVD is coming, but if it does, you'll know about it by e-mail. Can't hurt, I guess. Thanks, Vadim!


E. A. Smith said...

I agree with Potter. Jane isn't nearly the pushy yenta a lot of fanfiction makes her out to be. It seems to me that almost all of her efforts to "pair up" Daria and Jane were made in jest, a bit of gentle teasing from one friend to another. I think Jane found Daria's attraction to be more amusing than anything else, and since she knew her brother she knew that nothing could ever come of it, and so enjoyed herself indulging in a little ribbing of her best friend.

E. A. Smith said...

Oops. I meant to say her efforts to "pair up" Daria and Trent, not Daria and Jane. Though certainly a lot of people have seen potential for the latter as well (not I, but that's another subject altogether).