I'm not sure how many of you remember the Official Fan Club for the movie. It existed for the three years the films were shown in theaters. As a geek, I joined the fan club as a charter member. So I received the official movie magazine, discounts, and limited-edition collector's lithograph with a scene from the first movie. But the biggest incentive, for those who joined as a charter member, being listed in the DVD versions of the films' credits. Peter Jackson honored the fans that supported his vision in a lasting way.
I don't remember when I joined or where I have my lithograph now. I didn't purchase anything with my discount. I never wrote to the stars of the films, which I should have done. The only thing I cared about was the way the director gave back to his fans. My name in the credits listed with other fans from around the world in all three films.
I watched the last film until the very end to see my name. While I don't remember details, I do remember watching the films in the theater with my family and friends. I remember the inspiration to write a book just like it. Most importantly, I remember being part of the journey.