Fandoms mean a lot to me, I think that’s starting to become obvious. I’m part of many fandoms, I’m a Oncer, Stark, DisneyKid, Lost Girl, Potterhead. Now all of these fandoms are to do with films and TV but obviously fandoms are so broad….is that the right word?? Anyway fandoms can extend through music, art and practically anything.
Fandoms are like another family. But this family you can relate to on another personal level because you all have the same thing in common – you enjoy whatever TV show, film etc, And you can get to know so many amazing people just through talking about music, film etc.
Throughout 2016 my friend (R) and I have grown closer and I love her to pieces. We have always been friends but we were not incredibly close – whilst we were in school we connected more because she discovered a new interest and love for Harry Potter and I was known as the HP girl so she was able to express her interest and freak out with me and not feel weird about it because I understood her reaction. We then discovered we both enjoyed YouTube videos and liked the same YouTubers so we could happily fangirl to each other about this as well. She introduced me to anime and im still getting into it. I’m starting of slow with English dubbed films. I have loved every anime film she has shown me so far. (R) also told me to watch Game of Thrones and give it a chance. It was GoT or the Walking Dead and I don’t do zombies. I know I’m late to the party but I absolutely love it! At times I’m a bit confused, it kind of like ONCE in the sense that you have to pay attention to everything that is going on because if miss a small detail, it will throw you off track and you will be super confused. But, its okay I have (R) to explain everything to me if I get confused.
So with that information, what I’m trying to say is, fandoms can bring people together – specifically best mates as well as family. My sister and I have always been close, however there was a phase where we became distant toward each other because she was growing up and being a moody teenager (sorry Bess!) and I was a little kid, She’s four years older than me, and through her teenage years she became more obsessed with horror, fantasy, vampires and all that stuff, which at the time, I considered really scary. Actually to some extent, I still find scary now, I can deal with some horrors but I can’t be doing with paranormal and psychological horrors – they terrify me!! As well as zombies – I can’t deal with those either, when I was 14/15 I had an experience which developed those fear further. Anywayyyyy I’m getting off topic!!
What was I saying?? oh yeah….
My sister and I rekindled our bond through Harry Potter after I finally started reading the books and she also introduced me to Starkid. For those who don’t know, Starkid is a musical theatre production company who create parody musicals and upload them to YouTube. So through films, musicals and basically becoming apart of the same fandom, it has brought my sister and I close together.
So what have we learnt from this post:
- You meet strangers online who become you friends and “other family” who understand and accept your craziness
- Fandoms bring you and your friends closer together
- As well as family members
I will go into more detail about my different fandoms in multiple posts.
Thanks for reading