As the 100DaysofBones was occuring and as this site has grown, I’ve been completely blown away by how genuine each person’s response is to episodes or certain topics. It made me want to find out more about BONES fans. Some people I’ve known for a few years now, others only a few months. But I can say this; if it were not for BONES, I would be missing out on knowing some incredibly amazing people. And likewise, there is something very special about finding someone (or many someones) who feels the same way you do on a certain subject. Our certain subject just happens to be a TV show called BONES. So with that in mind, I’m beginning a new weekly post: BONES Fan Spotlight. Each Thursday, we’ll post a little interview with one BONES fan from around the world.
Our first spotlight is Kelly. When I was putting together the 5th Anniversary post, she emailed me with HER story of BONES, and I knew that I needed a way to share it with you all. I asked if she’d be willing to be the first BONES Fan Spotlight, and she agreed. So without further ado…
The name BONES fans might know you as?
Middle o’ nowhere, Northeast Indiana
What is the first episode of Bones you ever saw, and why? What made you decide to watch more?
I have been hooked from the start, when the pilot originally aired. It is the chemistry between Booth and Brennan.
Have you ever thought about not watching BONES anymore? If so, why did you stick around?
I REALLY had a hard time watching the last part of season 5, after Proof in the Pudding. I just felt we were missing something, but I love B&B enough… I am ALL IN. I really enjoyed the premiere this year and hope that Hannah will wind up being the catalyst for B&B’s chemical reaction.
What’s your ideal way to watch a new episode of BONES?
Ideally- well, doing the podcast and reviews- I watch each new episode between 3-5 times before I start writing. I watch the 1st time for enjoyment. I watch time #2 and tweet about it with all my Tweeps- I want to get their reactions, see if there are things I missed, and I usually Skype with Christine (my writing partner)…. then for another few viewings, I take notes, pick up dialogue and all the little details. Before the podcast (usually recorded on the weekend) I do research on the science or anything interesting in the episode.
What does BONES mean to you?
When Bones premiered, I was a college drop out/stay at home mom of a 4 year old. I was in a loveless marriage that was, at its best was tolerable, at its worst, mentally abusive. When we would meet new people, my husband would tell people that I was socially inept and mentally ill. I still remember the premiere, watching the bickering pair. While it was quite obvious they hated one another, Booth and Brennan still treated each other with respect. Watching that relationship started me thinking. Soon I found myself watching the show and thinking, ‘They can’t stand each other, yet Booth still treats Brennan with more respect than my husband treats me’
I watched Brennan, the woman everyone thought was socially inept and thought to myself, ‘Even if she IS socially inept, she does well for herself. She works, has friends, and leads a life that makes her happy. If she can do it, then I can do it!’ I decided to get a part time job so I would have some money of my own and decided to go back to school. I became a full time mom, part time fitness instructor and full time night student. I did very well, even making the Dean’s list. After a few months I earned enough credits to get my Associates Degree and continued to work on my Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration. I kept watching and started to believe in myself.
During season 2, things started to get really bad. I’m almost embarrassed to admit to you all how bad, but if it might help one person, a moment of embarrassment is more than worth it. My husband was instant messaging women from our bed, OUR BED. He tried to claim it was innocent, but wouldn’t let me see what he was typing or who he was typing to. It didn’t matter. I told him it was wrong, it didn’t matter that we talked about it in counseling and he knew how much I believed it was wrong; he had no desire to stop. I started to feel sorry for myself for a few days… and then it was Bones night. I can’t even remember the episode that aired, but I remember myself thinking, ‘If Brennan can be successful, so can I. She wouldn’t tolerate this behavior and neither should I.’ Things between us got worse, but I decided I wasn’t going to give him control and I called an attorney.
Separated, I watched season 3 and 4. I strove to heal, Booth helped me with struggling to forgive and trusting my gut, Brennan gave me the confidence to push on. Soon Angela inspired me to let out my creative side. I started playing my cello again and started writing, only for myself. Slowly I started to dream again.
Season 5 came and the divorce was finalized. The same week the divorce was final, my ex got his marriage license. Let’s just say that was a pretty low blow. I started to feel sorry for myself again. One morning I turned on my iPod on the way to work. I listened to the current episode of the Squint Squad. Just 5 minutes from work Logan and Crystal dropped the bomb that they needed a new co-host. I felt a surge of adrenaline…. I knew I HAD to email and let them know that I would love to do it- and I dared to hope.
Within a week I got a call from Crystal asking me to be the new co-host of the Squint Squad. To be honest- I ran around my little house screaming my head off after we got off the phone. I was SO excited. I was literally crying I was so excited. You know that saying when it rains it pours? I had been tweeting back and forth about the Colts (I live in Indiana, remember?) with Pej Vahdat (Arastoo Vasiri)… within a week of becoming the co-host of the show, Pej tweeted me and agreed to do an exclusive interview with the Squint Squad! Let’s just say I was COMPLETELY over the moon!
By the end of season 5 I was approached by a friend @Rayne73 about writing for www.series.nu, and the rest is history! I now review White Collar, Christine and I review Bones and we do interviews as well. This year I also plan to attend ComicCon in San Diego!
As you can see, Bones has literally changed my life. If you’d have told me in 2005 that just 5 years later I would be an entertainment reporter and podcaster who also Tweets, I’d have told you that you were crazy- and now… now I can tell you that while life isn’t perfect it sure has its AMAZING moments! I met my best friend through Bones as well!
Which character on BONES do you identify most with and why?
Brennan for who my ex husband said I was, Booth for who I have discovered I truly am, Angela for the artist emerging from inside me and Aristoo for the spiritual nerd inside me.
Describe one “BONES in real life” moment you have had.
I explained a rather complicated problem to my boss at work (he’s not a fan) and he turned to me and said, “I don’t know what that means.” I burst out laughing and he had no idea why.
Which guest-star would you like to see back on BONES and why?
I want to see Cyndi Lauper back- because I am hoping Avalon will give Bren another amazing dose of truth.
How do you express your love for BONES?
I drive my friends crazy playing my Bones playlist on my iPhone- it is almost 200 songs, making fan vids when I have the chance, reviewing Bones for www.series.nu, interviews and the Squint Squad podcast. I am about to buy a new car and plan on putting a Bones decal on it as well as my Twitter name AND I have reserved the license plate SQUINT.
Okay, last question…just for fun… If you were to hit ‘random’ on your iPod or iPhone or other MP3 player (or CD, or record player or whatever), what would be the most embarrassing song that might pop up on shuffle?
That’s tough. I would have to say Karaoke versions of Hannah Montana- I promise, they are my daughter’s NOT mine!!!
Ladies, Gentlemen & Squints…Say hello to Kelly!
Peace, Love & Bones,
PS: Is there someone that YOU want to recommend that I interview for the BONES fan spotlight? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org