Today, our fan spotlight is Dan Farrell! Dan is a self-published author who is a huge Scooby fan! He’s very active with the Twitter Scooby-Doo community, and also writes paranormal romance novels.
Let’s get to know Dan a little more through his fan profile:
1. What is your name?
My name is Dan Farrell, though online (Twitter, Instagram, etc.) I’m known as danfaz94.
2. How did you get into Scooby-Doo?
I was a fan of the show as a young child through the reruns shown on UK television during the 90s, but it was buying the Zombie Island VHS that started my obsession.
3. What is your favorite Scooby-Doo episode and film? Why?
My overall favourite episode is probably “A Gaggle of Galloping Ghosts” – I just love the idea of multiple monsters and the eeriness of the castle setting. It’s the episode that comes to mind when thinking about classic Scooby. My favourite film is “Zombie Island” without question – it’s not even just my favourite Scooby, but one of my favourite films in general. It has a very mature plot and would translate flawlessly into live action.
4. What ways are you involved in the Scooby fandom online?
I’m active amongst the Scooby community on Twitter and often upload posts about it to Instagram. I’m not an active member of any Scooby-themed forums, but I lurk on several.
5. In your opinion, what is the best series or era of Scooby?
As much as I love modern Scooby, the classic “Where Are You” will always be my favourite. It has a unique feel and certain spookiness that I don’t think has ever been truly recaptured.
6. If they could make a sequel to one Scooby-Doo series or film, what would it be?
I’d say I’d want a follow-up to the Zombie Island / Witch’s Ghost / Alien Invaders / Cyber Chase era where the gang are adults. And I don’t mean like “Return to Zombie Island” – I’d want a true follow-up that didn’t retcon everything.
7. What direction would you like to see the franchise go in the future?
I would like the franchise to embrace its dark side. I think it always works well when there’s a touch of scariness to it all. Where Are You, Zombie Island and Mystery Incorporated all prove that Scooby is at its best when it embraces the fact that it’s about monsters and ghouls.
8. Who is your favorite member of the gang and why?
My favourite member of the gang is Daphne. I like how open to interpretation she is depending on the incarnation and I appreciate how she’s gone from damsel in distress to a fully-fledged character in her own right. My favourite is Reporter Daphne from “Zombie Island”, but I do have an affinity for her “Be Cool” incarnation.
9. What is your favorite villain? Why?
The Ghost of Dr. Coffin – that whole episode was creepy and I think having him as the villain really helped to sell that.
10. In your opinion, who is the best recurring (non-gang) character in the franchise?
I like Marcie (Hot Dog Water) from Mystery Incorporated. I wish they had done more with her.
11. Do you have a Scooby-Doo collection? If so, what’s in it?
I have the gang as action figures along with the Mystery Machine, as well as a Lego Mystery Machine with Scooby, Shaggy and Fred Lego figures – plus, a Fred Funko Pop Vinyl. I have multiple Scooby-themed t-shirts, too, if that counts.
11. What do you think has made the franchise so popular that it’s still going strong after 50 years?
I think it has a basic, but interesting, premise. Kids like to be spooked and I think people in general have a liking for mysteries. It works so well because it can be constantly altered to keep it interesting, whilst also being true to what makes the franchise great.
12. What is one fun fact about you in real life?
I’m a self-published author and, whilst I’m currently focused on paranormal romances, I do want to branch out and write crime/mystery novels which will very much be inspired by Scooby-Doo’s adventures. I’ll hopefully get around to them some day.
13. Please feel free to share anything else you’d like to here!
It was recently revealed that Velma was intended to be a member of the LGBT community in both the originals script for the 2002 live action film and in Mystery Incorporated – as an openly gay person myself, I’d love to see this kind of representation shown properly in the franchise eventually.
I’d like to thank Dan so much for his detailed responses and for participating in these fan spotlights! Be sure to check back tomorrow, same time, same place to meet another awesome Scooby fan!