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I was planning on posting some fic on my day, but while editing it I was hit with a writer's suck, and decided I didn't want to post it yet after all. So instead, you'll get some memories of my sordid past as a 15-year-old phile back in 1995...

I finally discovered at least some of my missing X-Files memorabilia (alas, the transcript of LGM remains lost), and took some pictures of my fairly impressive collection of magazine clippings:

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I'm not exaggerating when I say that my collection had hundreds of clippings. I am pretty certain that I have a clipping of every single mention of XF that ever was in the two biggest TV-guides during the show's run, plus dozens from other magazines and newspapers.

(I now realise that I forgot to take a picture of my "favourite" clipping of all, an interview of David Duchovny that I remember I even brought to school with me, and talked about it with some other girls before French class.)

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For example, I have (probably) every single "this week on The X-Files" box from the TV-guide of 7 Päivää magazine.

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These are the ones for the Pilot and second part of "The Truth". The first one explains how this new show called 'Secret Folders/Archives' (as it was called in Finland) is about "Detective Fox Mulder" and "the young and ambitious Dana Scully, who has a medical degree" who together investigate weird crimes that the goverment wan't to hide. The second one mentions that even in its final season, The X-Files has attracted on average about 211 000 viewers.

One of the things that I had forgotten about, and which looking ath the clippings reminded me about, was that XF was actually quite popular in Finland, getting as many as 500 000 viewers already during its first season (this was quite alot even on those days, especially for a late night scifi show).

(I'm not sure how trustworthy the article mentioning this fact was, though, seeing that according to it The X-Files was about two FBI agents called "Fox and Mulder"...)

During the show's heyday, they even published a bunch of the tie-in novels and comics in Finnish. I remember how exited I was when I bought the first tie-in novel from a kiosk after school - and then when Squeeze/Tooms were released on VHS, it was the best day ever because I had only started watching the show after "Squeeze" and could now I rent it on video and use a second VCR to make a copy of it for myself.

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These are the result for the most popular foreign actor/actress in the Telvis Awards (sort of Finnish equivalent of People's Choice awards) in 1995, less than a year since the show began here. You'll notice that both David and Gillian made the list (the numbers after the names are the number of votes).

I hope that was at least somewhat entertaining to you (it was certainly a nostalgia trip for me) :)

Date: 2014-10-17 08:10 pm (UTC)
wendelah1: (Default)
From: [personal profile] wendelah1
I'm not sure how trustworthy the article mentioning this fact was, though, seeing that according to it The X-Files was about two FBI agents called "Fox and Mulder"...)

Loved it.

I wasn't watching during its heyday so no clippings but I have managed to acquire an impression number of XF-related books from used bookstores. The tie-in novels, The Nit-Pickers Guide for X-Philes. A book called something like The Philosophy of The X-Files, written by actual philosophers. And a few vintage TV Guides. And so on and so forth.

Date: 2014-10-25 09:55 pm (UTC)
wendelah1: (raindrops keep fallin' on their heads)
From: [personal profile] wendelah1
Do you like nit-picking your shows? If you do you will love The Nit-Pickers Guide. Alas, it only covers seasons 1-4. He's done guides for Star Trek, too.

The philosophy book is written by academics as far as I can tell. I think it's pretty dry which explains why I've never gotten very far. The jargon turns me off. Academics are the worst writers.

Date: 2014-10-17 09:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I loved this! I love hearing how shows are popular in other countries!

I still have some things lying around. (Aside from the DVDs.) A few of the Episode Guides, I think some printed fic, my M&S figurines and a few other things. Somehow my Mulder broke his arm and I'm not sure how to fix it. It's right at the joint, so if I glue it I won't be able to move his arm anymore. Poor Mulder! I didn't think a plastic toy could break so easily. It just fell of the table/shelf!

Date: 2014-10-25 11:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Your XF shirt must be hanging around with mine, because I cannot find it either. LOL!

Date: 2014-10-17 10:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Wow, that is awesome! What a great collection!

As a total aside, on that poll above, I see Rob Estes came in 19 place. I LOVED the show Silk Stalkings. It was a ridiculous show, but so much fun to watch.

Date: 2014-10-18 03:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I love that you have all of the TV Guide box clippings. Those are so neat to have. :)

Date: 2014-10-18 06:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh, I still remember when tv guides her ein Italy made special numbers only about thex-files... and I used to have all of them; When I moved I had to give up on something, and back then boxes filled with tv guides only because this or that tv-shows was mentioned or featured seemed pretty pointless....

Date: 2014-10-18 12:36 pm (UTC)
juniperphoenix: Byers, Langly, and Frohike peer into the camera (XF: Lone Gunmen)
From: [personal profile] juniperphoenix
"Secret Folders" is a great title. :)

Date: 2014-10-20 12:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
This is really cool!

Date: 2014-10-23 10:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
This is really cool to see! I was watching the X Files back in its heyday and compulsively collecting magazines and clippings too when I was a teen. When my mom sold her house a few years ago she gave me a giant bin of all of my old X Files memorabilia that she'd found, which is now hidden away somewhere in my attic. I should dig it out and see what kind of stuff I've got in there.

I can still remember getting that thrill of excitement any time I'd see something even vaguely XF related in print.


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