Welcome to the blog!
Leah: If I were to estimate how long Laney and I had been thinking about doing a collaborative project, I would probably be totally wrong. I think the idea has always been in the back of our minds, to some extent, stemming from the very first days we spent writing together and editing one another’s childhood stories. In the past few years, we’ve bounced around from the concept of a traditional blog to a website to a vlog, but all with one final goal in mind: to attract minions to overthrow the… umm, wait. Wrong project. Oops. Moving right along…
Laney: (Our first collaboration was me telling Leah fairy tales in her crib. But we digress.)
Leah: On a Tangent is a response to a culture that is increasingly supportive of and interested in subjects that would have been hidden under pillows and cloaked in basements twenty years ago. With the increasing popularity of phenomena like Game of Thrones and multi-movie franchises a la the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the mainstream has created a growing space for so-called “geek” culture. For those of us who grew up on a healthy dose of Star Wars, who devoured the Chronicles of Narnia, and knew Captain Picard’s “final frontier” speech as well as we knew our own names, this changing culture is both a blessing and a challenge that makes us reflect on how we consume media. In the here and now, the ideas that fueled every childhood daydream of battling monsters and traversing space are becoming an increasingly relevant part of how we live our day-to-day lives and understand the struggles of people around us.
Laney: True fact: my bachelor and master’s degrees are in International Affairs. It was only as an adult that I came to the equally terrifying and amazing realization that everything I learned about political diplomacy, I learned from Captain Jean Luc Picard at the age of 4. The stories we absorb have meaning in our lives, and it is a lovely thing to live in a world where that can be openly celebrated. (Yet, I still love Reading Rainbow Levar Burton more than Geordi LaForge Levar Burton.)
Leah: (I still think “Earl grey, hot.” everytime I make tea. Whether or not it’s actually Earl Grey. I’m more of a Lady Grey girl myself. JLP was an influential man.) On a Tangent seeks to take the idea of analyzing fandom and run with it — above all, we want to be a safe space for people to discuss the things they love, critique the things they find questionable, and help answer the burning inquiry of why we connect so strongly to the vibrant characters and settings of a thousand fictional realms. Here, we show the world that the consumption of the films, books, and art we love is not just a hobby, but part of a larger intellectual discourse that shapes the people we are and the people we will become.
Laney: Leah and I have often discussed how people are so afraid to show when they deeply love something. It exposes a vulnerability that people like to ignore having. But the modern concept of media allows us to connect with others who share those same loves, which is an amazing zone of safety. Our blog is titled “On A Tangent” because it allows our fellow fans to take a journey outside the realm of reality to a place where they feel safe and full of hope.
So join us on our journey through the often-choppy waters of the fandom life, and dive headfirst into the world of mystery that waits below. It’s a journey you won’t want to miss.