Bookish Topic Tuesday
These days there are fandoms for every TV Show, Book series, Anime, Manga, Music, you name it! If you don’t know what a fandom is, it’s basically just a group of fans that join together online, and usually post a million things on tumblr! There are fandoms for Doctor Who, Harry Potter, Sherlock, Avatar the Last Airbender, even My Little Pony (yes, I’m serious). They’re all out there, and it doesn’t take much to find them. They’re all over the internet, on Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, Youtube, even Wikipedia, and most of them have fansites, or wikis for themselves too! Though sometimes, it might be best to avoid them altogether, some aren’t too well behaved…
Fandoms are great, they get together a group of people with the same passion, and provide a place for ‘squeeing’, ‘fangirling/boying’, for writing fanfic (fanfiction, so writing a story in the world/with characters of their favourite world) and for creating fanart. The internet has allowed these people to get together and share their passion, and get excited over their favourite show/whatever, and theorise and obsess over every little thing to do with that show/whatever. Before the internet, you wouldn’t really be able to do that, unless you went to a convention or had friends who also watched/read the same things. So this has just meant people can come together.
But, things aren’t exactly all calm in the realm of fandoms. There’s an ugly side. Some fandoms take it too far, and if you express an opinion against their ‘thing’, you better watch out. And that’s a really bad thing, because, hey, if you haven’t realised people have different opinions on things, and are allowed to like things that you don’t like, and are allowed to hate things you love. And when people express different opinions, they aren’t attacking you, they are just expressing their opinion, but, you’re allowed to have a different opinion. Which can really ostracise people, and can create divisions within fans, because, they didn’t like this character/episode, but those are extremely vocal, attack them. I think that just makes most fans painted in a bad light, and really shouldn’t be welcomed in any fandom.
Another dark realm you probably don’t want to enter is Slash Fic, where fans write fanfic about their favourite characters and, usually, pair together two people who aren’t together in the canon. Which is alright, shipping (the pairing of two characters) isn’t a bad thing, you are allowed to want two characters to get together, but, there is a limit. And when people write stories about incest and rape, and terrible things, especially when the books/show itself is largely innocent, it isn’t really a good thing. It’s just taken too far sometimes, and for those who aren’t into that, it’s a thing you should avoid (though a caveat, there are some really good regular fanfics out there, so don’t discount the whole genre). If you really are interested there’s a whole site full of the stuff: Fanfiction.net
I have to say that I’m only really actively apart of one fandom, the Obernewtyn Chronicles fandom. I mean I adore Harry Potter, the Hunger Games, Rick Riordan’s works, Avatar the Lastairbender, Legend of Korra, Lord of the Rings, Sherlock, The Stargate Franchise, and a lot more, but as far as actively online, I’m not too engaged with the fandoms, I usually just ‘lurk’ (read things/look at things without commenting/discussing) and find out the news on new movies/Pottermore/next book/series and sometimes read theories and reviews and things.
With the Obernewtyn Chronicles, because it doesn’t quite have such a large group of fans, it’s more intimate, and the community is a lot more welcoming. The Chronicles even has it’s own fansite which has been running since 1999, so it’s been around for a long time, and it’s run by a great team of volunteers! You can find the site here: Obernewtyn.net – The Official Isobelle Carmody Fansite. If you’re a budding writer, there’s a great group of people who will happily read and edit your work, and gently encourage you to finish your next story!
If you want to find some fandoms here’s one site with links to various fandoms: http://www.thefandom.net/fandoms/
Tumblr is home to plenty of fandoms, there are plenty of fanart and fanfictions posted, and lost of discussion, so if you’re
brave interested go and check it out.
Some other posts on Fandoms:
- Oh, Tumblr by Rachel on The Procrastination Station
- The Science of ‘Fandoms’ by Toby Leveson
- My Feels on Fandoms by lulu1342