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New fandom: The Office

Sometimes, such as when dealing with the last few weeks of pregnancy or the first few of new-baby-hood, fandom is a real sanity saver. I'm not only revisiting an old one by slowly working my way through Buffy again, but am also enjoying a new one with The Office (US--saw the UK one years ago, and yes, it was great too). We're just about done with season 3, and the silly show has wormed its way slowly into my heart.

I like that it seems on the surface to be almost pure parody--surely no one in real life is as awful or clueless as Michael or Dwight?--but runs deeper into true-to-life human nature before long, even for the worst of the characters. Both Michael and Dwight, for instance, have done sweet turns for someone and gained my temporary approval here and there. (See: Michael at Pam's art show, or Dwight finding her crying and demanding, "Who did this to you? Where is he?")

Relationships! Hurray! Naturally I'm a huge Jim/Pam shipper, and have been from episode 1. I'd crush on Jim too, in her place. But the writers make things bearable and interesting by making Karen likeable as well. And even Roy isn't always a prat. Jan/Michael is wrong and hilarious. Dwight/Angela is so twisted it's occasionally almost hot. Kelly/Ryan--well, he got himself into that mess, so I just laugh.

As a side plus, my husband seldom laughs so much at television as he does at Jim's pranks against Dwight. It's good to see him cheered up from our stressful existence. And good to know I married a man whose sense of humor aligns so closely with Jim's.

That's all I have time for today. Amazing I have any time at all! Thanks again to the husband, for taking the older boy out to play while I sit with napping newborn. Hope I have time to check in again once he returns to work in another week...

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modmerseygirl
Jul. 13th, 2009 12:45 am (UTC)
Hi Molly! I hope that everything is going well there. *hugs* It is always good to hear from you. :-) Please give those beautiful boys of yours a big hug from me!

I haven't seen The Office yet, but it's a show that I have been wanting to check out for awhile. :-) I am so glad that you're enjoying it!
mollyringle
Jul. 14th, 2009 09:49 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Consider yourself hugged back. :)

I do wonder if I'd enjoy The Office as much if I still worked in one. It might be too close to home otherwise. Then again, Steve likes it, and he's still employed, so maybe it's all right. :)
narniadear
Jul. 13th, 2009 05:23 pm (UTC)
I could never deal with the Office because it was so painfully embarrassing to watch. I finally forced myself to watch season 2 and I've been hooked ever since. :) You'll really love the next (2?) seasons. This last one was especially wacky and ended really sweet. I just love Jim and Pam.
mollyringle
Jul. 14th, 2009 09:50 pm (UTC)
Hah, yes, the embarrassment for all involved has to be overcome first. I felt the same initially for other mockumentaries, like the Best in Show/Spinal Tap type of films. But the comedy tends to win me over eventually.

The end of season 2 ("Casino Night") was guaranteed to hook any romantic-minded fangirl. That single teardrop--oh, John Krasinski, masterfully done.
narniadear
Jul. 14th, 2009 09:54 pm (UTC)
*sniffle* Oh I know. I just love that.

I used to think that John Krasinski didn't have it too hard It seems like Jim is just a version of himself that he taps into. But as the seasons keep going I've become more and more impressed with his acting. He's rather extraordinary. And it helps that he's the romantic hero.
mollyringle
Jul. 16th, 2009 10:07 pm (UTC)
True--I would initially say that it must be easier to play a normal character like Jim, Pam, or Ryan than a wacko one like Dwight, Angela, or Andy. But then again, the subtleties of being normal are hard to fake. As are tears!
narniadear
Jul. 16th, 2009 10:11 pm (UTC)
This has nothing to do with the Office, but I figured I'd tell you here...we saw HP6 last night (woohoo!) and all the way through it my sister and I kept quoting from your book parody. When Dumbledore got up to address the students at the beginning of the year my sister leaned over and said "Danger. Danger danger danger!" When Harry and Dumbledore talked about whether he was interested in a girl I said "If I have to give one more magic birth control talk..." And then, of course, there's the LotR references at the end and I said "Harry, if you make one more reference to Lord of the Rings I swear to Godric Gryffindor..."

Anyway, we laughed!!
mollyringle
Jul. 18th, 2009 09:49 pm (UTC)
Hee, awesome! Thank you! Makes my day, especially since (with new baby and all) I won't be going to a cinema anytime soon to catch that one.

I think you guys remember the parody better than I do myself.
killer_cola
Jul. 17th, 2009 12:26 pm (UTC)
Hope this helps - I made the first Half Blood Prince parody script. It's on my journal, take a look. :)
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