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by Alafair Burkeon Veronica Mars
I owe the reader of this essay an initial disclosure. I am a compulsive, insatiable, and wholly devoted fan of Veronica Mars. I tiVo. I pause and rewind. I pre-order the DVDs on Amazon. I yearn to be BFFs with Kristen Bell and writing partners with Rob Thomas. yet despite my passion, an occasional guilty pang of disloyalty prevents me from calling myself a proud, unapologetic devotee. Why? Because, whenever I tout my fondness for all things Veronica, I find myself serving up an explanatory defense on the side.
The conversation usually goes something like this:
Friend: I’m addicted to [insert well-known water cooler TV show here: Lost, CSI, 24–whatever].
Me: Yeah, that’s all right, but the best show on television is Veronica Mars.
Friend: Isn’t that about that teenage detective?
Me:[long pause] Um, it’s hard to explain. She’s in high school. And her dad used to be the sheriff, but … read more»
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