To explain that super out-of context post name in full, see the last two lines.
I find it a very calming experience to sit down on the internet once in a while (O
nce in a while. In a while. Do you see the flaw in this assumption? *maniacal laughter*) and be sociable with humans of my own kind, i.e. fanpeople.* People who are enthusiastic about certain things,
*I have come to realize that the term fangirl is rather unfair, so hence the more genderfluid term; fanpeople. Yay!
As much as I’ve had fun, and the majority of people are super nice, and we’ve had great conversations and I’ll be a creepy bloggling by binge-reading their posts because I want to read more and they’re just generally great human beings. I probably shouldn’t, but hey, I’m a flawed human being. But.
I’ve seen a few friends/people on Tumblr/internet in general where they become biased. And I’m not implying all of us are like that , the percentage is minute.
We’re a great community.
But sometimes, I just want us to know this.
How big a fan you are, is not defined by whether you binged a season of your TV series in one night, or whether you took a month to do it.
Whether you draw gorgeous fanart, whether you write fanfics, whether you manage to have a conversation with the author on Twitter. Or whether you’re the person who reads those fanfics, and supports the artist.
You don’t have to write a blog on character analyzing to deduce whether the MC really has feelings for his best friend. You don’t need to recite trivia about characters from the wiki to be deduced as a fan.
You don’t need to know that Sherlock wrote a blog on 240 different kinds of tobacco ash, or research the life of Benedict Cumberbatch to be deduced as a “true fan” of the series.
Some very lucky little beans were lucky to be born when JKR released her first book and were a fan for aaaages, and have basically done your waiting, TWELVE YEARS OF IT (In Azkaban!1!!) whereas others joined the fandom recently (#potterheads2k15).
Your dedication in both cases
, is perfect and admirable. Bonus tip: Never say, “I was into this way before you were and this gives me superior fan rights.” Or anything that closely resembles that statement. It’s perfectly okay to write a status up flailing over that. But maybe it’s just me, but the fact when a person starts to get cocky over the fact, or if one tries to have a conversation with them, they keep bringing that up over and over? Not cool.
Sure, the I Liked It Before it Got Popular syndrome is real, and it is painful.
(Grrr, BBC Sherlock) And people don’t seem to acknowledge it. But honestly, we’re all in it for the same thing here. We’re all here together, so why don’t we just be happy and enjoy the time we have spent enthusing said object of your affections.
Nothing gives you elite fan status.
Sure, some of us may be more active than others, some of us may be those quiet lurkers on online forums, and we rock (…ourselves in the shower drowning in our tears…). Or you might write a thousand word, all cap raving on a blog. We’re all different. And the fandom community should embrace that. Whoever you are, whatever you do.
We can be quiet and introverted, or we can own a vlogging channel. Sometimes a person just won’t click with you, other time’s it will be like; “WHERE WERE YOU ALL THIS TIME??”
But in the end we’re all in the same place because we’re here for the same reasons.
If the thing that’s all the rage now is a fond memory of you being enthusiastic about it two years ago, whatever.
So let’s embrace that. And wait for that last book of the series together.
You’re not a true fan. You can never be a true fan. Unless your arm can rotate 360 degrees multiple times in a minute, and you prefer to inhibit ceilings.