Thursday, October 2, 2014
Thursday Thoughts || Bookish Fandoms
When I hear the word fandom, I immediately think of myself. I've always had an obsessive personality and I've always loved books, TV shows and movies. In other words, I'm the ideal Tumblr user.. But, in all seriousness, I've always considered myself a crazy fangirl. Fandoms make me feel safe, connected and part of a community. I think that's an amazing thing. As far as TV show, movie, and music fandoms and such, I'm a Gleek (first and foremost), a Big Brother fanatic, a Oncer, a Teen Wolf fan (although I haven't watched this season), a Hunter (Supernatural Fan; but, I'm only up to season 7), a Disney fan, a little monster (Lady Gaga fan), a.. reluctant Directioner and a proud part of the 5SOS Fam. In other words, I'm a manic with little to no life.
So, when you take into account how many other fandoms I consider myself a part of, it's clear to assume that I'm also a part of bookish fandoms since books are such a large part of my life. Let's take a little glance at my Twitter profile and see what sort of insight that gives us, shall we? Now, I wouldn't necessarily consider myself a part of all the fandoms mentioned in my Twitter bio, but I'm definitely a big fan.
If you aren't completely clear on the books mentioned over there, let me run through them really quickly. I first say that I'm a "Reader. Blogger. BookTuber." Well, clearly those aren't fandoms. Those are just the bookish things I do. Next I say I'm a Slytherin and, unless you live under a rock, I'm sure you know what that means. I'm in Slytherin house in the Harry Potter universe. Here's where we get technical; I wouldn't consider myself a Potter-Head because, although I like Harry Potter, I don't obsess over it as much as a lot of people do. The next one says I'm peculiar. By this point in our relationship, I'm sure you know that Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is my favorite book. Although I do love and obsess over that book, I've never produced any sort of fan art or anything of that nature. In fact, I don't think I've ever really done that for any fandom I've been a part of. However, I still consider myself a part of the Miss Peregrine's fandom if there is one. Finally, I say that I'm in Candor. If you don't know, Candor is one of the factions in the Divergent trilogy and by far the one I belong the most in. But, again, I'm not a big enough fan of those books to really consider myself a part of the fandom.
I think my not wanting to truly say I'm a part of certain fandoms because I'm "not a big enough fan" stems from my Glee obsession. The Gleeks are my people and definitely the fandom I've been in the longest (followed by the Jonas Brothers fandom which died sometime last year). I've participated more in that fandom than any other. And for those reasons, I sometimes feel I have the right to judge whether people are "true Gleeks." That sounds mean, and I would never say it to their face, but you know what I mean. For example, someone who says "Oh my god, [inset character/actor here] is so annoying. They drive me nuts." is definitely not a true Gleek. Anyway, where this rambling was trying to go was to say that I think people have a right to be that way. I wouldn't want to impose on a fandom that I didn't think I could play a big enough roll in, so I keep my distance if I need to, It's the safest way to have a good time!
And, I think that is that for this week's very rambly Thursday Thoughts. I can't wait to hear what all of you guys have to say on this week's topic! Are you in any bookish fandoms? Do you agree with the things I've said here? What about fandom art or music?! I really want to hear what you all have to say this week, so make sure to make your own posts or comment below! Also, don't forget to come back next week where we'll be discussing "Reader Probs." See ya then!