What posses people to become obsessed with a movie, book, or artist? What posses them to live and breathe a movie, let's say Pirates of the Caribbean? What posses people to become so obsessed that they would want to dress like a Pirate to watch this movie? How could a 2 hour and 30 minute production consume enough of one's time to go pick out an outfit to look like Captain Jack?
But people do it for other big movies too... Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter. Is it because these movies are fantasies, and they rescue the fans from their everyday struggles. Is it because for 2 hours or so, these fanatics can go to a galaxy far, far away or attend Hogwarts to learn how to defeat their arch-nemesis. And I guess if they would be traveling to all these incredible places, they might as well dress like the locals.
However, it seems to me that people go way overboard. I'm not saying its wrong to go overboard... I just want to understand why. I thought about all this because I saw Pirates last week and people actually dressed up as though they were about go sail the 7 seas. To say the least, I was a little taken aback.