Fandoms are an extremely important part of who I am today. Without fandoms I don’t know where I’d be. To some people, they’re silly and inconsequential, but the things that I love legitimately saved my life. When I was a teenager I went through some tough stuff, as most teenagers do, and I wasn’t at all sure that I could get through it. And then I discovered that movies and TV shows and books and musical theatre and other assorted forms of media held the exact same emotion that I was feeling, and I found that it was easier and a thousand times more enjoyable to feel someone else’s pain instead of my own. At first I worried that other people wouldn’t understand my deep connection with these things I loved. I thought that they’d all be like my family; thinking that they’re just silly fiction, and they don’t mean anything real. And then I discovered that there were scores of people who felt just like I did. Fandoms made me feel included, and they gave me an outlet for all of my ships and headcanons. It’s great to have things you love, but it’s even better when there’s somebody to talk to about them. I think each fandom is like a family. We love each other, and get along for the most part, even though we fight sometimes. And even though different fandoms fight tooth and nail, they still stick up for each other when the outside world threatens us. And I’ve seen so many wonderful things sprout from a fandom idea. Several fanfictions have become novels of themselves, with fandoms of their own, and I just really think that’s wonderful. We’re creative, silly, and so supportive of each other (most of the time). In closing, I think I’d be lost without fandoms, and I’m super grateful for them.
I’m in the Phantom of the Opera fandom. It’s called the Phandom but everyone applies that name to Dan and Phill It’s very special to me because the main character pretty much all his life, no matter what version he has been mistreated because of his face being deformed (or disfigured in some version) and I can kind of relate to that because I have a type of skin picking disorder, and every time I get acne I pick off the skin on and around it, so most of the time I have to cover my face with concealer because if I don’t people will point out the scars on my head and say I have three eyes or something like that. Everyone hates me for sympathizing him because he’s a murderous stalker madman but the thing is I don’t justify that, I just understand how he was able to become that. So yeah. I’m a phangirl.
My first fandom - or bandom - was about 7 years ago, up until the end of 2011 or so. Tumblr really solidified it, because I had never been in a place where there was access to so many people who all love the same things you do. It’s like this amazing safety net where you can explore different aspects of whatever you love with people who love it just as much as you do. There’s no stigma like there can be in your everyday life, where you’re criticized for talking about something too much, or looking into something too much. I have a main fandom, in which I’m the most active with other people, but overall I’m definitely multi fandom. I ship in some fandoms and not others, I read fanfic in some fandoms and not others, I know more people in some fandoms than others. It’s all objective to what the love is. Fandom does mean everything to me, though. I’ve made the most amazing friends, had the most amazing opportunities, and gotten to experience the most amazing things through fandom.
I cannot remember I time that I wasn’t in a fandom; even if I was not an active member of the community, I always enjoyed reading other peoples’ analyses, looking at fanart, and just seeing that there are people that are into the same things as I am. Growing up, I really only felt as though I had one friend who I felt a real connection with, especially with similar interests and fandoms. Eventually we grew apart, but that’s another story, we’re best friends again, needless to say. When we grew apart I had no one to share my excitement with, I felt incredibly lonely, so I decided to turn to the internet. At this point in my life, I was going through a really rough time with my self esteem, but I found in the internet community a sense of purpose.
I have never really been super involved in a fandom or even remotely popular, but it didn’t bother me, I still felt welcomed. I’ve been in and out of a few fandoms, some really stressful and drama filled, others really fun. For me, it didn’t really matter, as long as there were people around me enjoying the same things, I was happy. I didn’t need to be included, I didn’t need to have countless numbers of fandom friends, I just needed the sense of community.
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What makes fandom special to you?
Are you in a specific fandom that has special meaning? Do you write or make fanart? Do you ship? Are you and equal opportunity fan? What importance does fandom have in your life?
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We are very excited to announce something that has been a long time coming. This is the official Tumblr for our brand new podcast, “A Little Nerd Music.”
xoxokellylee and I (callmechristinae) have been unwittingly preparing for this for years. Fangirling sessions in the dorm have changed to late night phone calls over the years as we’ve gotten older, but fandom has always been a key part of our friendship. Now we’re going to funnel out enthusiasm into a podcast.
We’ll be discussing all our favorite fandoms, including, but not limited to:
•Once Upon A Time/OUAT Wonderland
•The Hunger Games
•The Vampire Diaries
You can follow us here on Tumblr, like us on Facebook, and/or follow is on Twitter at @alnmpodcast. We’re hoping to upload our first episode in early March, and we hope you will join us on this journey.