Lest we forget, the word “fan” is a derivative of the slightly longer “fanatic.” And while most of today’s fans, of anything (except maybe where sports are concerned, as sports fans have proven on numerous occasions they can become violent and destructive when their favorite teams lose, or their favorite teams win), are largely a harmless, benign lot, there are exceptions There are some who embody more the root word than the modern appellation “fanboy.” David Letterman had a stalker who was convinced that she was his wife. John Hinkley thought he could win Jodie Foster’s love by shooting a President. And we’ve all seen MISERY, right?
Here’s a handy bit of advice for all you fans of THE WALKING DEAD out there: If you attend a convention celebrating the show, something like the “Walker-Stalker Con” held recently in New Jersey, and you are fortunate enough, or determined enough to stand in line long enough, to meet one of your favorite stars, when you attain that few seconds of time to interact with him—don’t bite him. Chances are good he won’t view it as a “love bite.” And chances are good you will get kicked out of the convention. You might even get arrested for assault. Unless you are a real zombie, forgo the biting. This has been a public service message.