It's been far too long, again, since I last updated this blog. Apparently being a grown up is far more time consuming that I'd ever imagined. Between working, commuting, cleaning, cooking...well guys, it's a bitch. I have had some time to squeeze in some writing, but it's been a slow process. Alas.
Today what I want to talk about is Veronica Mars. If you know much about me, then you may know that I am a die-hard Veronica Mars fan. I discovered it the summer after the first season aired. I was 17 and absolutely floored by Kristen Bell as Veronica. She was smart, witty, tough. Everything I, a quiet wallflower, wished I could be.
I binge-watched the first season over the course of two days on a trip to my Nana's house. Then I rewatched it over the next several weeks. By the time season 2 premiered I was telling anyone and everyone how awesome Veronica was.
When the show got cancelled in 2007 I was devastated. I did everything I could to try and get it back – sent Mars Bars and postcards to the WB, wrote lengthy emails. But it was gone.
I was especially perturbed as Rob Thomas, the series creator, left so much of the show unresolved in that last episode. I couldn't even bring myself to rewatch the third season. I bought it the day it came out on DVD, and then left it shrink-wrapped on my shelf for nearly seven years.
For years the question of a movie rattled around the web. It seemed Kristen Bell and Rob Thomas couldn't get through an interview without it being mentioned. I would chase these crumbs like a hungry mouse. But nothing came of it...until last year when they announced the Kickstarter Campaign.
Let me tell you people, it was a dark week for me. I was in Canada waiting for my Fiancé visa so I could return to the UK, and I was terrified it was going to be rejected. I was in a tailspin of bad what ifs. I also hadn't seen my (now) husband in weeks, which was difficult. But when I found out about that campaign I was walking on air. I pledged immediately, and then pledged more when they opened up reward shipping options to Canada and the UK. I would have given every penny I had, if I had that many pennies, but I didn't. I still wish I could have afforded a ticket to one of the premieres. At least I got a cool T-shirt (which I've never seen as it got shipped to Canada and I'm in the UK now, but I'll get it soon!).
And now, after a year of eagerly waiting, the Veronica Mars movie is out! I drove 65 miles from my work to Bristol last night to catch it on the big screen and it was amazing. The theatre was close to full and it was so great to get to experience it alongside other fans. It was hard at first to get use to how much all the characters had aged/changed, but it was also exciting. Jason Dohring as Logan...wow.
I'm so happy this film got made. And I so hope that they make enough money to spur a sequel, and another sequel, and maybe a series on Netflix. But even if that doesn't happen, I can finally say that Veronica Mars has ended on a high note. I can go back and watch the whole series, and then the movie, and feel satisfied and happy. This is what I've wanted most for the past seven years. But as a bonus, they're releasing a novel in the next few weeks, so the story of Veronica and her pals in Neptune will continue.
As someone who loves good stories, Veronic Mars ticked every box. Imaginative plots, unparalleled wit, and an epic love story make it one of the best TV shows of my lifetime. Now it's one of my favourite movies, and this afternoon, I'm going to watch it again! And maybe again tomorrow. Then I might go back and rewatch the whole series (even though I just finished doing that a couple weeks ago). In between all this I promise to do some writing, after all – what's more inspiring to a writer than a really great story?
If you haven't seen Veronica Mars, I wholly suggest watching it now – whether you start from the beginning of the series (which I recommend) or even just check out the movie (which stands alone from the series enough for newbies).