I say perks and trials, because, frankly I can’t choose. T’is both.
You see, the average fangirl could compete easily with a war veteran. She has faced things she would not like to face again, and she is left scarred for life rooting for couples that don’t exist and ramming into train stations with empty trolleys. She’s had mental breakdowns. She’s exploded from feels multiple times. She’s had to weep in corner with empty Nutella jars to keep her company.
She’s faced events she never wants to face again.
And now, since I have faced such hardships and toiled through many a book, I shall put together a guide for what happens when you Join A Fandom. So here is an ingenious (I’m modest like that) compilation for all that it takes to join a fandom.
Before you enter: I urge urge you to think this through.
There is no e s c a p e.
Do not attempt to replicate any of the events carried out in books/TV Shows, I REPEAT, DO NOT.
(Wherein I’m quoting a fantastical youtuber whom I’ve been compulsively stalking for the past hour does just exactly that. *whispers* Goodbye, John.)
- You cry over fictional characters more than real people
- You have no money
- NO SERIOUSLY: NO MONEY.
- Books are expensive *sniffles*
- I would say merch, but I live halfway across the middle of nowhere *cue more sniffles*
- You learn the prestigious art of being an insomniac
- “Just one more chapter” said just about everyone ever.
- JUST, ONE. *bursts out laughing*
- Tumblr becomes a sliiiiiiiight obsession. (or is that just me? I’m paranoid now.)
- You include references in everyday speech and then wait in vain for someone to get them.
- Real life seems surprisingly dull.
- You’re wondering why your eleventh birthday passed and you didn’t get your letter.
- You’re wondering why you’re sixteenth birthday passed and a creepy vampire/gorgeous human/elf/Morpheus hasn’t fallen in love with you.
- you’re slightly insane. (Only slightly.)
- most of all, you are beautiful human being, who is capable of feeling emotion, of writing, of drawing fanart or anything else, and even by simply supporting the people who make these series, write these books.
I’d like to end with John Green.**