I am sure that we have all been fans of a book, a T.V show or an actor at some point in our lives. Like Ed Sheeran is my favourite singer and Hermione Granger is my favourite fictional character, you probably have some people whether real or fictional that you like.
That photo is an accurate representation of how people join a fandom: hesitation, already through the door, just stepping in, tripped and accidentally fell into it, and then someone who runs through the door screaming excitedly….
Wait, I am that person.
Recently, I joined a fandom that is exploding and have observed a few problematic things. There are certain ways to behave if you are a fan and I am going to break it down for you.
1.Do not fight with each other.
A fandom is community where people who share the same interests interact! If there is no solidarity within a fandom you are defeating the purpose of being in it.
2. Do not start wars with other fandoms.
Yes, I know that you want your favourites to shine but not by raining on other equally talented people. They are loved by a fandom similar to yours. How far will you go to defend your favourite? If the celebrities are friends in real life, what is the point of fighting with their fans?
An example of creative co-existence is the Superwholock fandom which according to Urban Dictionary is “A fan-based idea of combining three shows, CW’s Supernatural, BBC’s Doctor Who, and Sherlock.” These fans have created crossovers between sci-fi, fantasy and mystery which is quite interesting. As a Sherlockian and a Whovian, I like reading all the headcanons and seeing all the cute fan art like the one above which features the Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith), Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Castiel (Misha Collins).
3. Do not stop someone from sharing their opinion.
A fandom consists of many people of different ages who live in different places so opinions are bound to differ. The Harry Potter series has been around for 20 years now! I enjoy reading all the fan content like the theories, fan art and memes which showcase the fandom’s imagination. All this is possible only because the fans are open to new thoughts and ideas. Encourage creativity and criticize constructively.
Mischief managed…Great, now I have feels.
4. Do not interfere with someone else’s joy.
Not everyone that I know listens to the same bands or has read the books that I love. I respect their interests and they do the same. We talk about our own interests even though they may not be mutual. I become aware of more incredible content or people out there that I could fangirl about one day. If you are going to hate on someone for being a fan, remember that you are a fan too.
5. Do not rant about relationships.
Your favourite celebrity can date whoever they want to. Your existence will not make a difference to their personal life. Hating their partners is just unrealistic and unnecessary. Let them live!
6. There is more talent out there.
Newsflash: Other celebrities and fictional universes do exist. Do not needlessly attack other fandoms. Everything is not always about your favourites and that does not justify insulting others. The way that you interact with other fans gets generalized to the whole fandom and speaks volumes about who you are as a person.
7. Get your facts right.
Educate yourself on the fictional universe that you have decided to live in. Trust me, it will prevent a lot of heated arguments and misunderstandings. Bullying someone just because their views are different is not right. Sitting there behind a screen and spewing horrible things at an unknown person is as messed up as it sounds.
8. There are different kinds of fans.
Fandoms exist to bring people together. We are all different people who are a part of a huge community. A fandom is incomplete without talented artists, hilarious meme makers, the shippers and brilliant theorists. All the fans may not be the same but their shared interest is what matters. Whether you’re a new fan, a secret fan, or a crazy fan, you are still a valuable part of the fandom!
And that is the end of my rant. This mutlifandom girl is out!
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