Hi everyone and happy Friday! Today, our fan spotlight is the lovely Amber, who is one of my Scooby fan friends I've talked to quite a bit over the years. Amber has some really insightful perspectives on the franchise, and got into the franchise probably the most interesting way I've ever heard. I also have to say, I absolutely love the top picture she requested I use for this post, it's super beautiful! I may have to steal it and use it on something else myself sometime haha.
Anyways, I'll turn it over to Amber, since the spotlight is on her after all!
1. What is your name?
2. How did you get into Scooby-Doo?
I think I got introduced to Scooby differently than a lot of fans did! When I was 6 or 7, one of my friends came over and introduced me to the online Bayou Scooby-Doo game on the Cartoon Network website. I thought it was a really cool game! That led my parents to introduce me to Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?, and I fell in love with the series! My parents slowly introduced me to some other series later on, like The Scooby-Doo Show and the more current series (at the time) What’s New, Scooby-Doo?, which only made me love the show more! I’m 21 now, and I still am absolutely in love with the Scooby franchise and have seen every episode and film.
3. What is your favorite Scooby-Doo episode and film? Why?
Ooh, tough one! I have to go with the original series for the episode. My favorite has always been “A Night of Fright is No Delight,” because it was the first to truly use that classic haunted house location that would be utilized so much in later series. The backgrounds in that episode are immaculate and I remember the green ghosts’ laughs creeped me out as a kid!
My favorite film is Witch’s Ghost! I loved the more mature version of the gang that we got in that film (and Zombie Island) and you could really tell the love put into the tone of the film. Also, I really looked up to the Hex Girls as a little girl! They’re such badass, empowered women and I always wanted to be like them!
4. What ways are you involved in the Scooby fandom online?
If I’m honest, I’m not all that involved other than just lurking a bit on sites like this one and a bit on the ScoobyAddicts forum. Maybe that will change though after this, these questions you’re asking are really making me think!
5. In your opinion, what is the best series or era of Scooby?
I’m not sure if it has to be a series or not, but if we’re just talking about eras then I’ll pick the Zombie Island era hands down! Like I mentioned in my answer for question 3, you could really tell the love put into making these films perfect and relatable to both kids and a mature audience. The gang seemed much more mature, and the mysteries and monsters were pretty dark. I know everyone looks for different things in Scooby, but one of the things I really look for is the classic horror tropes.
6. If they could make a sequel to one Scooby-Doo series or film, what would it be?
I’m nervous to answer this question now after we’ve gotten two less-than-great sequels! Can we add in the contingency that they have to live up to the original?
If it would live up to the original film, both in terms of continuity and the overall feel, I would probably pick Witch’s Ghost. There are a lot of films I wanted to pick, Boo Brothers and The Ghoul School coming to mind first, but none of those films really need sequels if that makes sense. Like, what made Boo Brothers great is that it was uncertain if some of the ghosts were real. So if the sequel would just go back and try to tie up all the loose ends, that’s not something I would want. Part of the fun was that it ended on a cliffhanger and was up to viewer interpretation whether it was real or not.
7. What direction would you like to see the franchise go in the future?
This is totally just one girl’s opinion, but the direction they’re going in now isn’t enjoyable or engaging to me as a fan. Don’t get me wrong here, I love nostalgia! But series like Scooby-Doo and Guess Who? feel like the writers are trying too hard to make it feel exactly like the original, and as a result it’s been boring to watch because they aren’t doing anything new. In the future, I’d like to see them continue to explore different aspects of the franchise. Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated explored a serialized, grittier format of the series which was great! Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! was more quirky and comedy driven. Both of these new directions appealed to me, but just continuing to rehash the same thing over and over again in the DTVs and Guess Who gets old fast. The franchise didn’t last 50 years by just doing the same thing repeatedly, so I’d like to see them get out of their comfort zone and try new things, even if it is a miss for some fans like Get A Clue was. A controversial opinion, but I said what I said. Deal with it lol.
8. Who is your favorite member of the gang and why?
If I had to pick a favorite, I’d of course go with the typical standby of Scooby because he’s such a cutie. In terms of relatability, I would pick Daphne. I’m also very fashion-oriented, not particularly spatially aware (i.e. danger prone!) and a bit quirky and uncoordinated at times.
9. What is your favorite villain? Why?
For an all time favorite villain, I’d pick Morgan Moonscar. His design was perfect in every way and he creeped me out sooo much as a kid!
10. In your opinion, who is the best recurring (non-gang) character in the franchise?
The Hex Girls!! I talked about wanting to be like them when I was little in an earlier question, and I’d say they probably influenced how my personality shaped a bit. Anyone who knows me in real life knows that I’m nerdy af, but at the same time I’m very confident in myself and empowered. Which you could draw a parallel to the Hex Girls, they’re also very nonconforming yet confident in who they are and don’t take crap from anyone. I try to live by that motto if I can!
11. Do you have a Scooby-Doo collection? If so, what’s in it?
Nothing Earth shattering. I have all the DVDs plus a few Scooby plushes and a couple of the villain figures, but I’m still building the collection whenever I see cool Scooby merch!
12. What do you think has made the franchise so popular that it’s still going strong after 50 years?
People love a good mystery, and I think the diversity of the characters’ personalities is very relatable to everyone. Each series has something different to offer to varying degrees. A lot of classic horror tropes are used throughout the franchise, mixed in with comedy and whimsy so I think there’s really something to appeal to all ends of the spectrum here.
13. What is one fun fact about you in real life?
I’m big into dyeing my hair, so if you need any tips for hair dyeing I’m the girl to ask! My current color is pink (as of writing this, honestly it could change even by the time this is posted lol).
Also, I can come off as a bit intense at first, but people generally say I’m a big teddy bear once you get to know me! :)
14. Please feel free to share anything else you’d like to here!
Thank you so much for including me in this! This was really fun! I always enjoy talking about my undying love for Scooby with other people, so feel free to leave a comment or just say hi and I’ll be happy to chat!
Spread peace and love, not hate. <3
Thanks so much to Amber for her inspiring answers, and for participating in this project! Check back tomorrow for another fan spotlight...there's only 3 left!