Nerd, dork, geek, cultured person with an awesome taste in entertainment.
Whatever you may call it, we have all felt like we are one at least once in our lives because we all need and should have fandoms.
Fandom (consisting of fan [fanatic] plus the suffix -dom, as in kingdom, freedom, etc.) is a term used to refer to a subculture composed of fans characterized by a feeling of sympathy and camaraderie with others who share a common interest (Wikipedia).
So whether it’s a TV show, movie, book series, or pretty much anything that makes you jump up and down on your bed and scream like a 11-year-old girl who just won tickets to a Backstreet Boys concert, you are one of us.
How you can tell if you are a geek/nerd/wonderfully strange person/fandom-ian:
- You have had an obsession with pretty much anything that has a fan base. This obsession or interest could be as little as being a little excited when the next episode airs or book in the series comes out and venture as far as dressing up in robes and wands to sit in your living room every Saturday to watch the full series of Harry Potter movies. The spectrum is bigger than you could ever imagine.
- You have felt an emotional connection with a fictional character. Perhaps this is simply smiling when something good happens in said character’s life or bursting into tears and wanting to throw the book across the room in a fit of rage for the author letting bad things happen to good characters. This also includes strange, non-human-like noises that involuntarily escape your mouth when a huge plot twist occurs.
- You have had dreams about being part of a story line.
- You have considered buying any sort of paraphernalia. Or have a whole room full of it.
Why it is necessary and amazing to be a part of this behavior/way of life:
- It shows you can be committed to something for an extended period of time. So the next time your girlfriend or boyfriend complains that you have commit issues, you can counter with “I have followed and loved the Doctor for more years than I have even known you.” Granted, you might not have a significant other after this, but that just means more time for the tardis!
- There is a huge sense of community. If you have ever been on Tumblr, you know there are millions of blogs about anything you could possibly imagine. You didn’t think there was a fandom about cats with their faces in a slice of bread? THINK AGAIN.
- It makes you feel something. A book that makes you burst into tears, a movie that breaks your heart, a song that makes you dance, a celebrity that makes you swoon, a picture that makes you laugh. These have almost nothing to do with our individual lives, but we still feel so much.
- You will never get bored. I have been through Doctor Who, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Stargate SG1, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Firefly, The Hunger Games, a random book series about a medieval female squire; the list goes on and on. The point is: the possibilities are endless.
So if you have that thing that makes you happy, that makes you giddy and forget you have a term paper due Friday, that makes you want to tell everyone you know about this fantastic piece of cultural art you have found: OWN IT. Buy shirts, paint your room, dress up for Halloween, collect the whole series, scream your love from the mountain tops.
Be unapologetically a fandom-ian!