There are so many fandoms out there that it can be hard to decide which ones to join. Being passionate about a book or television series takes a lot of energy, time, and sometimes money. It is also a lot like picking your favorite sports team, albeit slightly easier in the fact that very few of us were alive when the teams out there now first got started. Still, our reasons for joining the fan base can be similar. Are we fans because everyone else is or are we part of an elite that sees the genius behind the story before everyone else does and it explodes upon the stratosphere that legends are made of. Fans of Firefly know what I’m talking about, right?
I’m not going to lie, when it comes to joining the bandwagon on certain fandoms, I take my time. The main reason is because I have always been rebellious to what is popular or trendy. If everybody has one, wants one, thinks its “cool,” I automatically don’t want one (seriously I finally bought my first smart phone last January—and yes it is an Apple, but other than an iPod Nano, its the only Apple product I own.) So, when everyone starts raving about a book series or television show, I usually like to sit on the sidelines and watch the chaos unfold. (Unless, of course, I catch the debut along with everyone else, which is slightly easier with television shows—but that is also another story.)
My logic behind this is because, once the hubbub about the product dies down—it will someday—then I like to finally check it out and see if it was really worth all of the excitement. Sometimes things stay legendary and last while others go down in infamy for being preposterous. Harry Potter, is a great example something that will never fade. I think that fandom will endure for generations, which is why, this past year I proudly jumped on that train. Twilight and Fifty Shades of Gray, for example—erm, not so much. I waited as long as possible on Twilight, but my mom bought the series, devoured it, and shipped them to me with a “You must read now!” command. I did, and I’m not going to lie, I enjoyed them. I wasn’t paying attention to the editing issues that everyone bemoans or the few inconsistent word choices. I paid attention to the fact that I was able to relate to the main character in regards to her childhood—a lot, actually—and I could feel the emotional connection of first love again. (All the people who complain about how the book is just on how you get/keep a boyfriend, really weren’t paying attention to the story, but that’s another debate for another time.) Say what you want about the writing, but if the story was that horrible it wouldn’t have made the money it did. I guess that is why Fifty Shades did so well. However, I refuse to read that one, because I am deep enough in the writing world now, to know better—-let’s just leave it at that!
Television shows are the same way, I am just now getting introduced to Firefly and Dr. Who, because they have become iconic. I watched one episode of Game of Thrones (and I’ve been encouraged to power through more—its worth it, promise—they say). I’ve also watched a few episodes of True Blood. The problem, or maybe the blessing, is that there are so many fandoms to choose from that there is never enough time to dive into all, and if I’m not hooked by the first book or first few episodes, I can try the next one out.
So, am I the only crazy one who waits to see if a fandom is going to be iconic or a laughing stock before I join?
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