Old School X Interview: Mara

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Title: Old School X Interview: Mara
Interviewer: Lilydale
Interviewee: Mara (MaraKara)
Date(s): November 17, 2020
Medium: online, Tumblr
Fandom(s): The X-Files
External Links: at lilydalexf; archive link
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Old School X Interview: Mara was conducted by Lilydale as part of the series Old School X Interview Series.

Some Topics Discussed

From the Interview

Social media didn’t really exist during the show’s original run. How were you most involved with the X-Files online (atxc, message board, email mailing list, etc.)?

All of the above. Message boards got spammy, so did atxc but the mailing lists were the best. Great conversations there about everything from episodes and stories to real life milestones – all good.


What did you take away from your experience with X-Files fic or with the fandom in general?

There were a lot of smart, talented people who enjoyed the show to the point of talking about it, writing about it and when the show sort of fell apart, the smart, talented people kept being smart and talented. They wrote their own episodes, they recommended other good television programs, movies, books. The community grew past the show. That’s what I took away – what started as an interest in sci-fi series on the (then) upstart FOX network, became a fandom of great people.


Do you ever still watch The X-Files or think about Mulder and Scully?

In my office, (back when I use to go to my office), I have a piece of paper behind my desk with a photo of Gillian Anderson shooting a basketball in the “Pusher” episode (it was a behind the scenes photo). Under the photo there is a quote about “a very short heroine” and all she accomplished in a world of superheroes and bulked-up movie stars. Scully is with me every day.