Title: Becoming a Nalaholic
When I saw the movie for the first time in late '96, I was so overwhelmed by everything that I didn't think about individual characters. After thorough digesting though, I started to ponder more about the details, such as the characters. Of all the characters, Nala had, from the beginning, occupied a special place in me (although I would only admit this much later). Her looks, perhaps. Maybe her flawless personality. Or again the fact that she was a main character. Some, probably all, of this made my brain flood with thoughts of her. I would catch myself dreaming of her, or writing an idea for a fanfic of her.
Sometime in March of '97, I discovered by chance the TLK community. I was simply amazed by the number of die hard fans and amount of fan material. I deeply regret not being there "from the beginning". But I'm here now, that's the important part. And of course, this only served to feed my reawaken Nalaholic nature. I would often favor, almost instinctively, Nala pictures over others, Nala stories over others, etc. I lurked around until late June, where I worked up the nerve to post my first message to alt.fan.lion-king. I soon joined TLK-L.
On July 26 1997 14:12 EST, I received a private e-mail from Simba Wiltz,
the founder of Nalaholics Anonymous. Enclosed was the following:
As a representative of Nalaholics Anonymous, I would like to commend you on
this notice. As a matter of fact, we would like to put this on the site officially.
Would that be a problem?
Indeed, it would be a problem: it turned me into a full blown Nalaholic!
At first, I didn't take this very seriously. But when I visited the
site, my heart jumped. It was like...the Nala shrine. This was the turning
point, when I would become:
A CERTIFIED NALAHOLIC
Middle Name: Takeshi
Hired date: July 31 1997
Languages: English, Japanese, French
Contributions: Fanfics: Why Nala is flawless, Lady Nala (song)
Other: To be announced...
Comments: Will try to discover elusive "lust" sized plushie, or die trying to.