I guess I didn’t really think about how transmedia narratives affect my lifestyle until recently when we started talking about it in class. Unfortunately, I don’t play a specific video game routinely, and I haven’t read a comic book since the Archie Comics in 5th grade. So, my next option was TV shows, which is something that I can easy talk about and get involved in. I’m not embarrassed to say that I follow a large number of TV shows, all of which (for the most part) are garbage, but obviously so entertaining.
The first TV show that I got involved with is the infamous Grey’s Anatomy, which is one of the greatest shows ever. Yes, it’s pretty girly, and pretty unrealistic but I can’t get over the drama and romance within the hospital (it’s too good to be true, and it isn’t..). However, more focused on to how I’m involved in the show. Not only to I own all of the seasons on DVD, but I have posters hanging in my room at home of certain characters in photo shoots and happen to have the facebook application “Addicted to Grey’s Anatomy” (guilty). The facebook application is pretty cool, although I haven’t used it recently, it’s a great way to get more deeply involved in the television show. The application has a homepage, which discusses certain episodes, incorporates quotes from the most recent episode and of course contains: photos, quizzes, trivia and general “Grey’s Anatomy News”. All of these additions to the site, are a fun way to get involved with other Grey’s fans. I remember one day I played, with my three friends (who questionably love Grey’s more than I do), the trivia game and tried to see who could win the highest score. I mean, the application isn’t anything serious but it’s a really fun way to get involved in the TV show. Plus, when each season ends it keeps my mind refreshed on what’s happened previously, and what’s about to happen in the future of Grey’s.
The second TV show, which I personally think rules, is Gossip Girl. Granted, the first two seasons were MUCH better than the current season, but it hasn’t stopped me from watching the hilariously dramatic show. Similarly to Grey’s, I have the facebook application. However, Gossip Girl for me is more than the facebook application. [ http://apps.new.facebook.com/gossipgirlfans/?wclc=tqa-1 ] (ßvisit if you dare)
I wish I were kidding when I said that my friends and I through Gossip Girl themed parties, that my best friend and I had code names “B” and “S”(after the two main characters on the show), that we gave every character from gossip girl a real person from our school, that Tuesday mornings a group of my friends sat in our campus center (cafeteria) and talked about the latest episode of “GG” and what we thought would happen next, that we designated days to dress up as our GG characters, and that we stole almost half of the ridiculous phrases that spewed out of the infamous Chuck Bass’s mouth. Now I’m partially embarrassed that I just posted this on my blog, but it’s totally fine because it’s a perfect example of how I am involved in the TV show I watch, which emphasizes the class discussion on transmedia narratives and how they affect our lives. Also, quick sidenote: Gossip Girl itself is a blog. There's a specific episode in the second season that explains it. While there is one "voice" of gossip girl (the controller of the blog) she gets sent information from everyone at Constance (the school they attend) and even outside the school district. The voice of Gossip Girl just takes, obviously, the juiciest gossip and posts it up on the massive blog, which did I say sends to every member of the school via cellphone? Such a hypermediated society
Please see this example:
background information-- there is an episode that Blair is asked to be in one of her mother's photoshoots. She gets nervous in front of the camera, so her best friend "S" steps in to help her feel more comfortable at the shoot. They start goofing off, to make things less awkward, and this is why their faces look so funny in these pictures. Clearly, my friend and I didn't think it was ridiculous (WE LOVED IT). Also, brief explination we are dressed in our "school" outfits, because the theme of that particular party was Constance: Upper East Side.
Example A: The Real Picture from the Photo Shoot
---------> Example B: Me ("S") and Bitty ("B") acting
Also (guilty) we demonstrated "B" and "S" whispering about "Little J" (casted as my other friend) to see if she could join the group. It's a complicated, beautiful Gossip Girl world we've created.