Shadows of the City
|Title:||Shadows of the City|
|Fandom:||Beauty and the Beast (TV)|
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The editor refers to the publication as a letterzine at times, and as a newsletter other times.
From the March 1990 issue: ""Shadows of the City" is a B&B newsletter that was started primarily for the fans in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. It now has riders nationwide. This newsletter is published monthly (for now). I will tell you how to get the next issue a little later. I print whatever is of interest to the fans, at my discretion and as space permits. To submit materials for 'Shadows of the City', send it to the address at the bottom of this letterzine."
This issue was 4 pages long. It contains a crossword puzzle, some con updates, about twenty very short letters from fans commenting on the show itself (oddly, the letters are all stripped of names, addresses, or identifying clues and read more like excerpts), and some comments on Second Stories and One Night, Forever.
- the editor has some letter campaign tips: I have gotten more letters about writing letters than about just about anything else, so I feel it only appropriate to give my opinion on the subject. [A lot] of fans, particularly the ones who did not like the third season, feel like they are being censured by the rest of fandom. I can only speak for myself, but it was never my intention to imply that fans should not express their honest opinions m their letters to the producers, prospective networks, and so forth. 1did, however, and still do,, encourage everyone to choose their words carefully. Consider that your intent is to persuade. "High pressure sales" techniques are probably going to be ineffective in this situation. A polite request and/or statement of your opinion is perfectly acceptable, but demands and threats are counterproductive. It helps to read your letter as though you were the recipient. How does it make you feel? Many of you are upset because you perceive that others are trying to dictate to you what to do or write. Do you think that the producers and network executives feel any differently when they get letters aimed at manipulating them?" I write for the public, sort of, and I know how I would feel. If I got a letter stating: "I was offended by (whatever) and I wish that you would change it." I would consider that person's request and at least offer an explanation if I could not comply. On the other hand, if I got a letter that stated: "I was offended by (whatever) and if you don't change it, I'm never going to read your rag again; furthermore I'm going to get all my buddies not to read your rag, and I'm going to write letters to all of your riders and encourage them not to read your rag." My response to that is: "Go for it, (expletive omitted)!! Take your best shot." No one likes to be goaded. So in writing letters, if what you want is to bring someone around to your point of view, courteous letters are the way to go. Certainly, express your opinions, but do not vent your frustration. You can say that you are frustrated or angry, but it should not reflect in the tone of your correspondence. I know that it is hard. You feel that something you care deeply about is being taken from you and you are powerless to prevent it. You want to do something to "lash out at injustice" and make yourself heard, but a negative impression 1s more detrimental than not being noticed. If you need to blow off steam, please do it in some other way.
- this issue has an update: B&B Quilt Project Update: To date there have been about 200 contributions; 400 are needed. Contributions have come from all over the country and from many foreign countries. Cut off date for fabric contributions is the first part of March. After, please send monetary contributions only. About 80S8 of the piecing and embroidering is done. For the actual quilting, Woodlawn Plantation, which has a tradition of sponsoring quilting activities and which is an historic property of the National Trust for Historic Preservation has graciously offered a portion of the reception room to work on the quilt on the weekends of 7 and 21 April. Woodlawn Plantation is located at 9000 Richmond Highway, Alexandria, Virginia. If you wish to participate, please call Sally Newman...