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Either when Mark was reading Goblet of Fire or Order of the Phoenix. A friend told me about him. As Mark started posting several reviews a day, we would text each other when a new one went up. I'm the only one who really kept going in the community after HP.
How many of his reviews do you read?
I read a lot of them months later, but I'm up to date on Tortall, Veronica Mars and The West Wing. Turns out I don't really enjoy reading along (only managed it with The Book Thief) and prefer to read his thoughts on books I already love - the pace doesn't work for me. I either speed right through or I lose interest, though I will often go back and read books he's already done at some point. I do enjoy watching along though. I watched along with BSG, Buffy, Angel and Dollhouse, all for the first time, which made it easier to stay on pace. I keep falling behind on shows I've already seen and am constantly needing to marathon to catch up.
How many videos?
I only listen to his Tortall books. It's like an audiobook with commentary so I can be doing other stuff and have it on in the background. Plus, this makes it easier for me to keep pace. I just watch all of the week's Tortall videos on Sunday and keep going with my life.
Have you met Mark?
Not exactly. I went to his first New York event but I had to run out as soon as it was done because I had other plans, so I didn't get to meet him or anybody else who was there. Wish I had.
Do your friends/roommates/family/coworkers know who Mark is now?
My mom does and I've mentioned him to some friends/coworkers who enjoy reading fantasy, but I don't think they get it.
How often do you comment?
Almost never anymore, I just don't have the time and I work weird hours. But I commented a bunch during Hunger Games, His Dark Materials, BSG, and all of Whedon's work - mostly because I had a lot to say about Angel's wardrobe.
I still don't like football but I adored the way it was used in the show. There were actually times I thought it could have used more football. And it helped me understand the rules of the game, which is helpful since I still watch from time to time.
Now whenever I think of Elsren, I get two images: him being super proud to carry in a small basket of his toys in Tenair when his sister was having a tantrum and him being terrified in the sea.
Excuse me, brb sobbing.
Soooooooo many emotions. And squealing, lots of that too.