This week is a really fun Top Ten Tuesday topic: Fandom Freebies! That can be interpreted so many ways so I can’t wait to check out other TTT posts. I decided to list the fandoms that I feel I’m most part of and active in. I love a lot of stuff, but I wouldn’t say I’m in the fandom at large, if that makes sense. I love the Star Trek 2009 movie but I’m not a Trekkie for example. I obsessively listen to Sam Hunt’s album, love Jane Austen, and the LOTR movies but an I in the fandom? IDK. The fandoms I’ve listed I consume pretty regularly or cyclically (i.e. when something happens to jog my fandom brain and I get obsessive for X amount of time until the next time it happens haha).
What is fandom to me? I don’t write much fanfic and I can’t draw (sobs) so I mainly look at fanart, read headcanons, read select fics, try to solve theories, purchase merch, and just heavily invest myself in the world. I consume more than I create and I’m grateful for those who do create. And it is So Much FUN to have inside jokes or little phrases that your ear automatically catches. It’s a quick way to make friends, or conversation at the very least!
I also don’t believe in gatekeeping. The great thing about being a fan of something is new fans can join anytime! Sure it’s fun being an original, but there’s no need to shame people for being late to the party (as long as they don’t jump from bandwagon to bandwagon with sports teams!!). Fandom unites so many different people and I think that’s awesome 🙂
Harry Potter: one of the earliest true fandoms I ever joined- I can’t even count the amount of hours I spent on Mugglenet, rereading the books, talking about them with friends at school. The HP fandom continues to thrive long after the books and movies have ended, which is incredible. The first fanfic I ever wrote was the day after I finished Deathly Hallows. I couldn’t let go.
A Song Of Ice And Fire: Ooh boy. My favorite thing about the ASOIAF fandom is definitely the elaborate, sometimes crackpot, theories that people come up with. Pretty sure I spent an entire day reading them once, and this is definitely how Jessie’s and my friendship really began 😀
Disney: I’ve no joke been a Disney fan my entire life (because my mom is a Disney fan too!). I love everything about it- the theme parks, the tv shows, the movies, the Little Mermaid chapter books, the memories. Disney magic is real. It was one of the first things Chris and I bonded over! I still watch Disney movies all the time; we all have a little Peter Pan in us when it comes to Disney I think 🙂
The Raven Cycle: Ahhh the amount of time I spent rereading, theorizing/freaking out with my friends, reading hilarious headcanons on tumblr, and just generally absorbing everything TRC online. It’s also the first time I wrote fanfic since Harry Potter. I can’t wait for the Ronan trilogy so I can begin again in earnest!
Captain America/MCU: I love the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Adore it, problems and all. It’s so cohesive and I just LOVE the easter eggs hidden from movie to movie! The casting is all spot on and it’s spawned some truly great movies. But most of all, I love Captain America. Cap is unique because it’s really spawned this fandom within a fandom more than any other MCU subset. And I’ve loved every moment I’ve been a part of it, every tumblr post and meme, every fanfic I’ve read (including the best of all time), and every piece of fanart. Plus Chris Evans is the best Steve Rogers they ever could have picked.
Star Wars: It’s true, all of it. SW was always my sister’s thing- she’d run around at recess as Luke Skywalker, watch the VHS’s constantly, and we saw Phantom Menace for her birthday. I liked all of the movies but that was that. I had a hard time telling apart the Rebel and Empire ships as a kid haha! Then Episode 7 happened. Oh my god. I fell headfirst into the Star Wars fandom. It’s one of my favorite movies, I love SO much about it and watch it a lot. And it reignited my love of the original trilogy too, which I loved even more as an adult (Princess Leia!). Star Wars Rebels continues to be one of the best shows on tv and one of the best parts of the SW Universe, and you all know I am tumblr deep in this fandom. The Kylo memes, the Rey lightsaber gifs, FINNPOE! It’s great fun to figure out who the last Jedi are (plurallll) and I can’t wait for the first trailer to release.
Sports: WWE, Lakers, Patriots: The original fandoms! Sports fandoms! They somehow feel the same but different from every other fandom on this list but I love them just as passionately, if not more so. I was known as the Laker Girl in middle school, high school, college, out at the bars… haha I am not shy about my Laker love! I even used to have my own blog and write for another. Basketball has been a passion of mine since I was a child. Football is another sport I love, could spend all day watching. I’m even in an all blogger/reader fantasy league! And WWE might be recent but the most prevalent in my current life. So much to love and fangirl over.
One Direction: Oh yes, I am a Directioner. I own every album, I saw their concert movie in theaters, and I’ve been to two of their concerts. I adore them- I think they are SO talented (they can really sing), I love their personalities, and they’ve honestly brought me a lot of joy. I’ve always loved pop music and boy bands and it’s fun to be part of the next evolution 🙂 And it’s always fun to find other book bloggers who love 1D too- fangirling is better with friends.
Hamilton: A-lex-an-der Ha-mil-ton… I waited awhile to listen to this stellar cast album; I wasn’t sure I saw the appeal in listening to a Broadway show I hadn’t seen but I am so glad to be proven wrong! Hamilton’s unique because it’s not just a musical, it’s a Musical. So you really get the full experience with the album. Two bus rides to work to finish and I’ve never looked back. I’m not sure I’ve even stopped listening to be honest- it is always, always in my head like a neverending earworm haha! Gotta learn those lyrics somehow. Plus LMM is the purest cinnamon roll this side of Sebastian Stan and there is never a bad time for a Hamilton reference, as twitter is quick to remind us.
Adventure Time: I’ve written extensively about my love of Adventure Time. It’s quirky, it’s funny, it’s got a lot of heart, and it’s one of the only shows my sister and I both watch so it’s fun to share that bond.
Honorable mentions: The Office (which I watch every night and quote every day), beagles (I follow a lot of adorable beagle IG accounts and go to beagle meet ups with Andy), Sebastian Stan (I am pretty heavily in the Seb fandom and follow way too many fan accounts haha).
Do you make similar distinctions or are you a part of every fandom of something you love? What fandoms are you a part of? Let me know!