The AfterEllen.com Huddle: Guilty pleasures

 
 

Heather Hogan: When I was a kid — back before I knew Little Women belongs in the freezer with The Shining — I had a full-blown emotional metldown when Beth March died and Jo didn’t end up with Laurie. I was almost (but not quite) as inconsolable as the time when Charlotte died, leaving the little pig Wilbur to fend for himself in the great big world. After many, many days of moping and wailing and shaking my fist at the injustice of it all, I decided there was only one way to fix my broken imagination: I pulled out my Lisa Frank unicorn Trapper Keeper and rewrote Louisa May Alcott‘s ending.

I spent years rewriting TV and movies and books the way I wanted them, and then one day — somewhere between Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix I discovered that other people did the same thing! And it had a name! And its name was fan fiction! And lo, many fandoms worth of fanfic have been my guilty pleasure ever since that fateful moment when Ron and Hermione kissed in the Shrieking Shack, years before they actually kissed in Deathly Hallows.

Grace Chu: Two words: Jersey. Shore.

With lines like this, who can look away? “Jenni’s tits definitely defy gravity. Albert Einstein should come back and rewrite his law of physics and work it around Jenni’s tits.” — Vinnie (Season 2, Episode 3, "Creepin")

Plus, if I were disrespected in a club and some skanks were up in my grill threatening me with bodily harm, I would prefer to be hanging out with J-Woww and Snooki rather than the nebbish yuppies and media industry geeks I usually hang out with. With the latter, I would be fending for myself; with J-Woww and Snooki, I know my bitches got my back.

Trish Bendix: Hi, I’m Trish and I’m a Lifetime movies addict. They made the entire Lifetime Movie Network just for people like me: people who can appreciate melodramatic women-led stories that are often based on real people and events. (Sometimes not, though, and those star Susan Lucci.)

The thing is, I’ve seen several of them more than once — probably even more than twice. I can watch the same Lifetime movies over and over, even though I know exactly what is going to happen to Candace Cameron when she breaks up with the violent Fred Savage; or Lisa Rinna finds out she’s dating her best friend’s husband.

OK, your turn. What’s your vice?

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