Lisa Caputo is spot on with this!


For some time now, we have been mourning the "early days" of our fandom. Where almost all of us were respectful to the cast, the crew, the writers and creators of the show. Unfortunately, the main disadvantage of bigger fandoms is that some people who don´t always understand how many professionals, how much love and how many opinions have to be involved in the making of a single episode of a tv show. 

You don´t have to like it, you don´t have to watch it, you can like only part of it. Each of us is entitled to voice what we do like and what we don´t, but "with great power comes great responsibility" and the empowerment that social media invests us with, makes us responsible of our words. We don´t have to tweet, fb, post, blog, reblog (or whatever we are into) nice things all the time. Just bear in mind, the people responsible for the show in every aspect of it, from props to directing and editing, deserve respect. 
So, be responsible of your words and be  respectful of others. 

All this ranting came because of this Lisa Caputo´s post in http://the12th.proboards.com/thread/7091/calling-all-castle-fans#ixzz2sPZg6qet     
The full article is posted right here at the end of this note....

Our beloved site, TwelfthPrecinct.net (yes, this same blogspot site) has been quite quiet for a bit precisely because of this.
A post not written by us, but re-posted by us as many other posts out there, didn´t go well in the minds of many people and our twitter account was badgered, harasssed and insulted over and over. My partner in crime @TwelfthPrecinct was really disappointed and sad because of it and this site was on a brink of disappearing, but Lisa made me think it´s US, the bigger part of the fandom. The ones who get how lucky we are because we can interact with the crew, cast and writers of the show. The ones who voice our opinions with respect, even when we are saying we didn´t like this or that. YES!, its up to us to reclaim the public sites and the respect of our beloved cast and crew.
So, what are we waiting for?....let´s send them love in any or every way we know best!!

WE CAN DO THIS!!!

HERE´S THE ARTICLE!

I've been off the grid for the past week or so and somewhat off the grid for weeks prior as I just moved into a new place this weekend and it's been a grueling but fulfilling experience.  Now that I'm settled in and am back online for good, I wanted to share something...

So a little while ago, I posted that I was having difficulty coming to terms with some of the actions of the Castle "fandom" this season.  And a week or two ago, I was even more ashamed than ever after the actions and words of some of the very vocal fans who felt it necessary to personally attack anyone and everyone who has anything to do with the show or who shares a positive perspective on the storytelling, the characters, and the season as well as those involved in bringing this story to us each week, including the crew, the cast, members of the media, and even fellow fans.

Here's the thing that I came to realize...  we aren't all going to agree at all times and that's perfectly fine.  But there is a pretty bold line (not a fine line) between constructive criticism or voicing one's concerns or disappointments and being blatantly insulting and intentionally cruel to the point where one is attacking the cast, crew, media personnel, and fans who don't think the show is a meaningless and worthless pile of nothingness.  That kind of attitude, looking for every opportunity to take others down as a means of some rather disturbing sense of personal enjoyment, is simply uncalled for.

But here's the other thing; there's nothing we can do to prevent it.  Those people will always exist in this world and until the sites that allow such verbal assaults and bullying in the name of free speech come to the realization that free speech ends when abuse behaviour begins, these people will always have an outlet for their need to beat down others to make themselves feel better.  I spoke up for a long time against such things and that's the reason why I've never been able to escape the backlash.  I still get hate mail, I still have to read incredibly libelous words written about me in an attempt to diminish my personal and professional reputation, and it's apparent that this backlash will never end.  It is what it is and the bottom line is that it won't silence me, it won't change who I am, and it won't ever stop me from standing up and saying what I believe in whether it makes me a target or not.

Yet while we can't put a stop to these things and we can't take a stand against it because it really won't change anything, what we can do is very simple...  there are so many more fans out there who love this show, who believe in this story, who see the artistry and craft of storytelling at work every week, and who can look deeper and find appreciation for the character development and the greater purpose to each and every episode, even when there may be aspects of an episode that don't suit our own personal wishes or when there are elements that don't speak to us as much as others.  I know this to be true because more fans are watching this season than ever before and because I hear from so many of you each week in regards to how much you enjoyed each episode.  I've seen the message boards, I'm well acquainted with Twitter, and I frequently read the media articles and reviews on each episode, and what I've seen is that even though there are so many more of us out there who feel good about this show, who believe in the story and the characters, and who appreciate the cast and crew for what they do each week to deliver this show to us, it's those who don't that are much more vocal.

So here's what I'm asking...  show me what this fandom is really made of.  Let's collectively rise together to take back the message boards, social media sites, and media outlets that we grew to love as a means of expressing our thoughts about this show and everything that inspires us about it.  Let's be the vocal ones and let's let our voices be heard.  Let's flood these sites with our passion, our appreciation, and our intelligent and insightful perspectives, things that drew us together as a fandom in the first place.  

Don't let others ruin your experience of this show in its fullest because one day the opportunity to do so will be over and you will regret not making the most of it.

Tonight ABC will air "Dressed To Kill", an episode that is truly an episode that fans who appreciate intelligent, heartfelt, and meaningful storytelling and character development will enjoy to no end.  If you come away from this episode feeling good and feeling inspired and moved and affected as only a top-notch show can do, let your voice be heard!  Scream it from the rooftops!  Flood the message boards with your love, your positive thoughts, and your intelligent and insightful perspectives on the deeper meaning of the story, the emotions that you felt, and where this episode will bring these characters.  Tweet the cast and crew with your messages of appreciation.  Combat the personal filth that is constantly thrown their way just because they put themselves out there in order to do their jobs and honour their chosen craft with your messages of positivity and love and appreciation for the work they do and for pouring their hearts and souls into telling this story for all of us to enjoy and believe in.  And when the media sites post their reviews tomorrow, take the time to share your thoughts and show the world that the Castle fandom is intelligent, mature, and full of deep appreciation for good television.  Go ahead and contact ABC via their website to share your thoughts and appreciation for this show too!  Let your voice be heard wherever and whenever possible!

We may not be able to fight the hate or the bullying or the disparaging remarks but we can combat it with an outpouring of support, love, appreciation, and most of all insight, intelligence, and maturity.  This is what our fandom has always stood for and somehow along the way we've let our voices become a little too silent.  Now is the time to stand up and let those voices be heard, loud and clear.  So join me tonight in this mission to show the cast, crew, other fans, and the world what the Castle fandom is really all about and who we really are, and let's continue this each and every week so we can take every opportunity to enjoy this experience to the fullest and know that we've given back, that we've made a difference, and that we were part of something special.  This is our spot, folks, this is where we stand...



@dtrekker
Agent Angie Founder, Administrator, Editor and Writer

The moment that I met you, my life became extraordinary. You taught me to be my best self, to look forward to tomorrow's adventures. And when I was vulnerable, you were strong. I love you, Richard Castle. And I want to live my life in the warmth of your smile and the strength of your embrace. I promise you I will love you. I will be your friend and your partner in crime and in life, always. - Kate Beckett The moment we met, my life became extraordinary. You taught me more about myself than I knew there was to learn. You are the joy in my heart. You're the last person I want to see every night when I close my eyes. I love you, Katherine Beckett. And the mystery of you is the one I want to spend the rest of my life exploring. I promise to love you, to be your friend, and your partner in crime and life, 'till death do us part, and for the time of our lives. - Richard Castle

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