My first TV fandom was The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
. I was twelve years old (barely), on the way to visit my grandfather in Clifton, Arizona. I'd never been anywhere but Ottawa and Toronto before. My parents and I spent a night in a hotel in Lordsburg, New Mexico
, where I got to watch an American TV station for the first time in my life. The show was The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
. The episode was "The Dove Affair". A strong, happy memory.
When I got home, I discovered that this wonderful was on Canadian TV, too, and it was soon all the rage at my school. My friends and I wrote U.N.C.L.E. stories and played U.N.C.L.E. games and collected the toys - I still have my U.N.C.L.E. cigarette lighter that becomes a gun, though alas, I no longer have the LP of the U.N.C.L.E. music - I think I played it into oblivion.
I felt a little out of step with the other U.N.C.L.E. fans I knew, because everyone except me seemed to prefer Illya to Napoleon. That was okay. I liked Illya, too. Here's what Wikipedia has to say about him: Illya Kuryakin
and Napoleon Solo
So the decades have gone by (how'd that happen?) and though I've been aware of U.N.C.L.E. as a large and thriving slash fandom, I mostly kept away. I was afraid to watch the old episodes again, for fear they'd seem old-fashioned and sexist. But I've been curious, too, so when I visited my friends in Paris recently and they showed me a couple of episodes I hadn't watched for all those years, well... The magic was still there.
So today I watched a few U.N.C.L.E. music vids:
I found myself looking at Illya more than I used to - and then making icons showing Napoleon. And the two of them together. Read what wikiepdia has to say about Illya
. Now I want to write a fic. Hmm. Should I do that, without even knowing what other people are writing? Without having seen more than two episodes in almost forty years? Well, why not?
Now I need to go looking for fanfic. Anyone have any suggestions?