Silver, also known as @LlNZZMORGAN on Twitter, knows all about being in a large fandom and the effects of cast members interacting with their fans. I spoke to her about the importance of community for fans of a television show, attending a convention, and what it means to be ‘fandom famous’.
When did you start watching The 100?
Around December 2014.
What do you think drew you to the show initially?
Everybody was talking about the strong women and feminism on the show. Hearing there was a show with more than one heroic female character was intriguing and new, especially for The CW, so I had to check it out myself.
That’s why I started watching too!
So in regards to that and progressivism I guess, the show has both received a lot of praise and a lot of criticism recently in regards to character deaths and representation on the show. Where do you stand on this?
I agree with the criticism, but this is what the show has been built on, sadly. As a minority, I noticed how they mistreated other minorities by killing them off for shock value like Anya/Wells. I am definitely happy and relieved to see the fandom finally speaking up, I think with this sort of voice the writers will be changing the way they treat their minorities, or at least that’s what I am hoping. Of course, I do understand why people may boycott it, but I personally am here for the representation still left such as LGBT, disabilities, and ethnic ones.
Going off that, let’s talk fandom: you are quite involved in The 100 fandom on Twitter, with over 8,600 followers. How important do you think a community like this is for people who are fans of a show like The 100?
The 100 is airing in a time where I feel like young adults/ new adults are more into politics than before, and in a way this fictional world can stir a lot of conversations because of that. Twitter is a place where you can express that. I personally have learned so much from the fandom, especially about tropes and even about feminism and sensitive topics that people avoid to discuss so for a controversial show, I think it’s interesting and that’s why it was a pretty huge fan-base.
In relation to being quite involved in the fandom, you’re also pretty well known. Would you say you’re ‘fandom famous’, so to speak?
I think I might be, I do feel like everybody knows me, but that’s mostly because I think I am always the most vocal on subjects that spark arguments.
And how do you feel about having that label? Is it a good thing or would you rather be more incognito?
I mean, at times it can be rough, but at the end of the day I feel like sometimes with my voice I can do more good [and] spread more awareness. Recently with real-life political issues it was easier to grab attention and shine light on issues that matter because of the label I have.
That’s a great point!!
You recently flew to London for a convention for the show. Why did you decide to go? What were your thoughts beforehand?
I flew all the way from Saudi which was insane. I definitely went to meet the cast I supported for over a year, especially that I am a huge fan of Lindsey Morgan and Ricky Whittle. Honestly, I didn’t realize it was happening till I was actually there because I just didn’t think it would happen.
Tell me about some of the best moments at the convention
One of my favorite moments was during the Ricky & Lindsey Q&A, I asked Lindsey and Ricky to impersonate each other and Lindsey actually got me on stage to help her out. She didn’t need to do that but she knew how special and important it would be to me. One of my other favorite interactions is when I ran into them in the lobby, Sachin recognized me (another detail I love about them is that they do genuinely listen, they knew who we were and everything) and I approached them. I asked them to take selfies with me and they were kind enough to agree. It warmed my heart how happy it made them to know the distance I flew for them; I didn’t expect that sort of response at all. My last out of the top three favorite interactions was my autograph session, I got to speak to Ricky on a more personal level, he told me he knew me from Twitter and that he had seen my support, he gave me advice on bullying and it felt very real and raw. Lindsey remembered every detail I told her days before which was insane, she reached out and held my hand right before left and I felt like I had made friends at the con, not met my idols.
I actually did notice that some cast members, particularly Lindsey Morgan, recognised you from Twitter. What does this mean to you, as a fan of both the show and Lindsey?
It felt special, I have been in many fandoms before but never have I seen nor heard a cast be so interactive and friendly with their fans. It meant a lot to me. I am dedicated to Lindsey the most, so her recognizing me from online made me completely speechless to be honest.
What is it about Lindsey that you admire so much? Would you say you look up to her?
Of course Lindsey Morgan is beautiful, but what I admire about her is the way she addresses issues. In a lot of her interviews she speaks about what it’s like to be a woman of color in the industry, she shines light on issues women struggle with especially the minorities, she’s researched about disabilities and read dozens of stories about other people’s lives with them to portray her character. She’s very socially aware and smart but most importantly she spreads so much self-love and positivity. I do admire her for sure, she’s an amazing person inside out.
How important do you think it is for cast members to interact with fans on social media platforms?
I respect cast members who don’t, its optional of course, but those who do definitely impact their fans in positive ways. A lot of people look up to these characters and actors, being able to talk to them on social media platforms could make the fan feel important and just as loved and appreciated back.
One last question: do you have any predictions about the rest of this season?
I don’t think there is much to predict, sadly a lot of spoilers have been leaked but I do think it will be the end of ALIE, and hopefully the end of Ontari’s command.