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Fandom is

I just saw this on hils journal and I had to repost it. This was originally created by hesychasm. I haven't been around as much as I would like lately, but I promise a real post updating everyone on what I have been up to is coming soon. :) Despite my lack of activity lately, fandom still remains such a huge part of my life. I think the fandom manifesto below summarizes it nicely. A big thank you to everyone for being involved in this crazy world called fandom with me.


"Fandom is focus. Fandom is obsession. Fandom is insatiable consumption. Fandom is sitting for hours in front of a TV screen a movie screen a computer screen with a comic book a novel on your lap. Fandom is eyestrain and carpal tunnel syndrome and not enough exercise and staying up way, way past your bedtime.

Fandom is people you don't tell your mother you're meeting. Fandom is people in the closet, people out and proud, people in costumes, people in T-shirts with slogans only fifty others would understand. Fandom is a loud dinner conversation scaring the waiter and every table nearby.

Fandom is you in Germany and me in the US and him in Australia and her in Japan. Fandom is a sofabed in New York, a roadtrip to Oxnard, a friend behind a face in London. Fandom talks past timezones and accents and backgrounds. Fandom is conversation. Communication. Contact.

Fandom is drama. Fandom is melodrama. Fandom is high school. Fandom is Snacky's law and Godwin's law and Murphy's law. Fandom is smarter than you. Fandom is stupider than you. Fandom is five arguments over and over and over again. Fandom is the first time you've ever had them.

Fandom is female. Fandom is male. Fandom lets female play at being male. Fandom bends gender, straight, gay, prude, promiscuous. Fandom is fantasy. Fandom doesn't care about norms or taboos or boundaries. Fandom cares too much about norms and taboos and boundaries.

Fandom is not real life. Fandom is closer than real life. Fandom knows what you're really like in the bedroom. Fandom is how you would never, could never be in the bedroom.

Fandom is shipping, never shipping, het, slash, gen, none of the above, more than the above. Fandom is love for characters you didn't create. Fandom is recreating the characters you didn't create. Fandom is appropriation, subversion, dissension. Fandom is adoration, extrapolation, imitation. Fandom is dissection, criticism, interpretation. Fandom is changing, experimenting, attempting.

Fandom is creating. Fandom is drawing, painting, vidding: nine seasons in four minutes of love. Fandom is words, language, authoring. Fandom is essays, stories, betas, parodies, filks, zines, usenet posts, blog posts, message board posts, emails, chats, petitions, wank, concrit, feedback, recs. Fandom is writing for the first time since you were twelve. Fandom is finally calling yourself a writer.

Fandom is signal and response. Fandom is a stranger moving you to tears, anger, laughter. Fandom is you moving a stranger to speak.

Fandom is distraction. Fandom is endangering your job, your grades, your relationships, your bank account. Fandom gets no work done. Fandom is too much work. Fandom was/is just a phase. Fandom could never be just a phase. Fandom is where you found a friend, a sister, a kindred spirit. Fandom is where you found a talent, a love, a reason.

Fandom is where you found yourself."

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loracj
Sep. 1st, 2011 09:53 am (UTC)
*waving*

This is just lovely - and so perfect.
Looking forward to hearing about your life's adventure.
Thanks for sharing.
nightrider101
Sep. 1st, 2011 10:17 pm (UTC)
*waves back*

Hey you! I hope you're doing well!
aschicca
Sep. 1st, 2011 10:59 am (UTC)
Wow! I love this!!!! I might definitely steal and repost *nods*

Also, HI!!! *squishes*
nightrider101
Sep. 1st, 2011 10:19 pm (UTC)
As soon as I read this fandom meta, I knew I had to repost. I tend to collect things on my journal so I'll never forget them. :)

I know I've been MIA lately. We were on vacation in Alaska for over a week. More to follow on that later. Glad to be home, though!

*squishes back*
denorios
Sep. 1st, 2011 01:18 pm (UTC)
That's just lovely. And quite touching. I think we forget sometimes just how special fandom can be.
nightrider101
Sep. 1st, 2011 10:20 pm (UTC)
I've met so many amazing people through fandom. It means so much to me. Sometimes I lose sight of that in the stupid wank and drama, but that's all part of it. :)
vail_kagami
Sep. 1st, 2011 04:47 pm (UTC)
Fandom is you in Germany and me in the US

That's pretty much exactly what fandom is!


Also: I love this!
nightrider101
Sep. 1st, 2011 10:21 pm (UTC)
Dude, I know! As soon as I read the you in Germany and me in the US, I almost flailed right off my chair. That is fandom. Couldn't have said it any better myself!
60schic
Sep. 7th, 2011 06:28 pm (UTC)
Fandom is all that and more

*waves*
nightrider101
Sep. 7th, 2011 10:23 pm (UTC)
Amen!

*waves back*
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