I know I mentioned LonelyGirl15’s vblog yesterday, but unless you’ve been watching it yourself, you probably have no idea what I’m talking about.
“LonelyGirl15”, or Bree, is 16 years old and homeschooled. Intelligent, self aware, and slightly precocious, she maintains a wonderfully charming sense of humor when dealing with issues like schoolwork, religion, parents, and boys. She is closely sheltered by her parents, who it seems rarely permit her to leave the house. She is very guarded when speaking about her spirituality, not really telling the viewers anything other than it is not traditional, and is very strict. Viewers are also introduced to her friend, Daniel aka “Danielbeast,” throughout her vblog as well.
Recent speculation debates whether or not Bree is “real” or just the face of a well thought out viral marketing ploy. A letter written by “The Creators” has led a lot of people to believe that it is, in fact, fake and is the work of a team of filmmakers represented by CAA (Creative Artists Agency) out of Los Angeles. There are still others who believe “The Creators” to be fiction, choosing instead to either believe in Bree, or invest their belief in another theory altogether.
Frankly, I don’t really care either way, though I will admit it is fun to speculate. I’ve enjoyed watching Bree’s video clips, and will continue to watch, as well as keep an eye on the forums. I am of the mind that it’s probably not real, but it is very well done, and it is totally keeping my interest as far as “finding clues” in her videos that lead you to guess what’s really going on behind the scenes, so to speak.
One of the main bones of contention that avid viewers find themselves picking over is the mystery surrounding Bree’s religion. She’s very vague about what exactly it may be, offering only scattered observations here and there. It has been mentioned that it is considered alternative, and is quite strict about religious observances. She has also talked about being a counselor at a religious summer day camp, as well as how she has been chosen to participate in a ceremony that is only held infrequently, once every several years or so, and in which she will need to diet and memorize lines as well as learn a presently defunct language in order to participate. Astute observers who are well read point out things such as the picture of Aleister Crowley which hangs above her bookcase, as well as the strange layout of the top of her bookcase, reminding some of an altar, her upset at Daniel for very nearly lighting the candles on said bookcase, the date of Crowley’s birthday being shown as the “ratings” is a cookie taste test, referring to herself as a “stargirl,” and in the corresponding tag as a cephalopod, her interest in Pluto, Antarctica, cannibalism, science and the stars, even her stuffed purple monkey that she uses as a “familiar” of sorts—these are all things that seem to insistently point to Aleister Crowley and beg speculation that her religion is indeed Thelemic, or of that nature.
Regardless, it will be interesting to see where it all goes. While there are some angry viewers out there who feel “duped,” I feel that probably most people will continue to watch, the controversy surrounding the speculation drawing even more viewers in.