As someone who reads comics, watches art film and listens to metal, I’m in a unique position to be driven totally insane by neophytes dipping their toes into the things I’m into and having the nerve-the gall!-to call themselves “fans.” I spend a significant amount of time researching the things I’m into and going on excavation digs to find hidden gems in the various forms of art that I love, and so when someone says they’re a huge Batman fan after only having seen the Nolan movies, or when someone says they’re really into “indie” movies when the only non-blockbusters they’ve ever seen are a smattering of Wes Anderson films and Juno, or when somebody tries to claim membership to the Metal Club by holding up a Disturbed album as identification, my gut reaction is to get a little irritated, maybe even to retort with a catty putdown. After all, I’m the one who’s spent hours, years, of my life plunging the depths of the things I’ve loved. I’ve earned the right to call myself a “fan”-how dare you exercise the same privilege after such nominal involvement in that which you purport to love?
And then, once that initial wash of indignation has subsided, I climb down off my high horse. I keep in mind that there are people out there who can name every title that the Buscema brothers have ever worked on, down to the issue numbers; I remember that there are film buffs out there that would laugh in my face if I told them that I had never seen a film by Bela Tarr; I consider all the black metal kids with their fathomless collections of demo tapes culled from all over the world and reflect that I will never in my life match their dedication. Fandom is a curious thing: You can’t seem to claim membership if you don’t try to kick someone else off the docket, and a lot of the time, if you’re to believe your peers, your credentials don’t seem to be as sound as you think they are, especially if you’re a woman or a teenager. Everyone is going to have to take part in a Beta-Male Headbutting Championship over the things they love at some point, but for those two groups it can practically be a given before entering a conversation.
Guys. Guys. Guys. Does Fandom have a fandom? Like are there fans of Fandom as a concept? Like you’re a fan of coming together an enjoying shows? Like you’re in multiple fandoms, and you like being in fandoms? You’re a fan of it? There is a Fandom fandom isn’t there?
I think that SuperWhoLock counts as shipping in the Fandom fandom…
People also forget that without him we’d have no Indiana Jones, THX 1138, American Graffiti, The Land Before Time, Willow, Labyrinth, ILM or Pixar…to name just a few things we have to thank him for.
Name a fandom (that I at least know of and are in), and I will give you these answers:
- How I entered that fandom
- Fave character
- Least fave character
- Pairing that everyone likes but I don’t get
- Fave thing about the fandom
- The most despised thing
- If there is something I would change from said fandom, what would it be.
Fandoms on mah page, and you know where the ask box is. :|
Oh, you all know what stuff I like, surely… This could be fun.