A friend of mine wrote in a letter to me that fandom for ‘the Prisoner’ is dying, and is in need of new blood! I’m not at all sure what he bases that on. As far as I am aware fandom for ‘the Prisoner’ is very much alive and well. Admittedly there are far fewer members in Six of One: The Prisoner Appreciation Society these days to what there has been in bygone days. And fewer enthusiasts attend ‘the Prisoner’ Conventions these days. But can ‘Prisoner’ fandom be measured in those terms? All one has to do is to look at all the websites on the World-wide web to see how fandom for ‘the Prisoner’ is still alive and kicking. Perhaps the majority of enthusiasts no longer choose to become physically involved, but do so via the Internet, through forums, and social sites, and yes, in the reading of my blog. And then on the other hand there are the members of the German Prisoner Group. They are extremely active, holding their own meetings, carrying out their own activities relating to ‘the Prisoner, as well as a large contingent of that group attending the annual ‘Prisoner’ Convention in Portmeirion.
But people do change, they do drift away from ‘the Prisoner,’ and
move onto other new interests, I know of a few people who have lost all
interest in the series over the past few years. And that is natural. Back in
the late 1980’s and well into the 1990’s I recall how a strong support there
has been in France. For those years there was a far
stronger fandom for ‘the Prisoner’ than there was here in Britain. Or if not, then the French
enthusiasts had certainly taken ‘Le Prisonnier’ to there hearts more than we
had in Britain. And perhaps that is true today, that
fandom for ‘the Prisoner’ is stronger in countries abroad than it is here in Britain.
I used to be a very active member of Six of One for fifteen years.
But having since left that society, I have been quietly working away with ‘the
Prisoner’ always in mind. And perhaps that is the same today of the majority of
enthusiasts for the series. Maybe they do not wish to be part of a group, club,
or society linked to ‘the Prisoner.’ And because of that there is the belief
that fandom is dying. I do not believe that. Whether one is sitting alone
reading material related to ‘the Prisoner’ on-line, or indeed watching the
series on line. Or being a member of a group, club, or society, fandom for ‘the
Prisoner’ is alive and kicking. Numbers do not matter as much as the
individuals out there doing their bit in the name of ‘the Prisoner,’ in whatever
form that might take.
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