What does HOUSE mean to me ????
Everything is the answer to that. I have been watching HOUSE forever, I can’t say that I have watched it unconditionally since the beginning because the airing in the UK was very sporadic in the first few seasons, but I do know from the moment I watched the Pilot or Everybody Lies I was totally amazed and completely hooked. I fell in LOVE with House at the end of season 4 and became obsessed (so my friends and family tell me) during Season 5. I was bought a box set for Christmas and have been watching HOUSE Md seasons 1-7 every night ever since. The show makes me laugh, makes me think outside the box, makes me want to know more and is pure entertainment, which I look forward to every week.
On a more personal note, it isn’t only about the show for me its about ‘HOUSELAND’ as my family have nicknamed it. About 18 months ago I found myself on a real rocky road to having a meltdown, on one particular morning of having great trouble getting up and going to work somehow my phone started to play a song ‘As Tears Go By’ from the season 5 finale, I was amazed – not only because I’m not sure how I managed to get my phone to play music (as I am a bit of techno phobe) but I had forgotten that I had asked my daughter to put some songs on it for me. I looked through my phone and found the other songs I asked her to do for me, ‘No Surprises’, ‘Gravity’ and ‘Desire’, I played them one after the other and it made me smile for the first time in a while, for the next 3 months I played the same 4 tunes over and over again – they got me to work, through my day and home again until I gave it up. Then in March last year I was at home – I had given up my job – so again not really knowing what I was doing or where I was or what did I have to get up for? So I watched one of the new season of house (7) whilst having my breakfast – that became my reason to get up. I watched House in the morning and at night – 2 daily doses of House was my anti-depressant. Then somehow I found FAN-VIDS on youtube, in particular the awesome Alethehousewife, in fact the first one I watched ‘1000 miles away’ made me cry, then also through Alethehousewife I found Fanfiction – how come I had never found these before ??? So for a couple of months I immersed myself in HOUSELAND – DVD’s, Tivo, Fanvids and Fanfiction they took me off to somewhere else. Then in May when the Season 7 Finale was aired I watched it and loved it, when HOUSE drove through Cuddys house I said ‘finally he let all go – I wish I could do that’. From that moment on I realised that I had to do something with myself too and so my meltdown began to pass. But I still have my House songs on my ‘Feel Good Playlist’ on my Ipod, and they always make me smile, I read fanfiction weekly at least and do look at some fanfids, when I’m having a particularly ‘down’ day my kids say ‘hey mum why don’t you go to HOUSELAND for a while’ and I normally do.
One of the things I loved about House in the earlier series was him playing music, so much so that when Hugh Laurie decided to play live last year and release his album, I booked a ticket and went to Union Chapel on my own, I hadn’t heard any of his music so I went blind so to speak, but I fell in love all over again, he was absolutely fantastic, I came home
promptly downloaded his album and have been listening ever since and have booked to see him again in July in London. He re-introduced me to music I had forgotten I liked.
I could go on forever but I wont, the last thing I think I will say before I go is that HOUSE is HUGH LAURIE- I think they were made for each other.
I just want to end with a BIG THANK YOU, to Hugh and his family for lending him to us for so long, to David Shore and Co for bringing House to us in the first place, it has been an absolute privilege and pleasure to have spent so much time in the company of such awesome characters and to have been part of their journey. And I know they will forever hold a place in my heart, they maybe gone from our screens but they will never be forgotten……………………………………………………………………………………………………….
Wendy from the UK