Top Ten Tuesday | The Fangirl Fandom (and the Reasons it’s a Fabulous, Flailing, Frustrating Fandom)
No matter what we like or where our loyalties settle, there is one thing we can all circle around. The fandom. This is a very “dangerous” topic, but one that the Broke and Bookish ladies ask us to explore today. And when they ask (lead), we must answer (follow).
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Whether we love contemporary fiction, romance or fantasy, no matter the outlet (books, TV, movies, merchandise) the fandoms that surround any genre/ship or author’s works is alive and well. I mean, there are hashtags that support this. It’s no theory guys. Let’s do a quick recap as proof.
#ACOTAR (yes, Sarah J. Maas’ A Court of Thorns and Roses has its own abbreviated hashtag)
#Olicity (CW’s Arrow and its powerhouse couple has its own adoring fanbase, and a matching hashtag to prove it)
#BabyGroot (Yes, the Guardians of the Galaxy character has his own hashtag)
That’s just a quick look at the power a fandom can have. The fandom hashtag game is alive and well. With so many things to ship, root for, swoon over and rant until we’re blue in the face, my statement that today’s topic is “dangerous” should, perhaps make perfect sense. It sure does to me anyway.
Putting this topic together is next to impossible because we have to ask ourselves, “How do I feature one – or even ten, fandoms?” Furthermore how does one chose which fandoms (even if we do get ten) to spotlight? I mean, if you all are anything like me, you have a boatload of them, especially if you take into account TV addictions. Which I do.
Today I’m just talking general fangirl-y things. So watch out: excessive gushing ahead. You’ve been warned.
1. The Collection aka a Bookshelf Hoarder | Let’s face facts, when we love a fandom, we want to collect all the things. My kryptonite? Currently, it’s Funko Pops! When I first saw them all over the Internet, a conversation I had with myself went something like this:
- Aww, aren’t they cute?
- You won’t be collecting them, but can admire them
*sees them at store*
- Ok, maybe just one or two – because having Olly without Felicity?! Impossible!
- Oh, look, there are Avenger Funkos!
- But these are cute too!
*buys more Funkos*
Yep, and that is a copy and repeat scenario.
2. The Community aka Fellow Fangirls | This in and of itself is an incredible fangirl experience. Why is this? Because without a community, there is no point to fangirl-y things.
3. The Experience aka Knowing We Understand the FEELS | Despite the angst, I love the whole fangirl experience. I’ll confess, I used to get a lot more “invested” in the experience in the sense that I worried over the break ups, the heartbreaks and the lead ins. Now, I’m pretty much like, “Whatever.” I mean, much as I detest some of the OTP issues (aka the break up of #Olicity. Still bitter, guys), the fact that you cannot trust the writers mean there’s always a good chance the plot change will reverse itself at some point. It’s annoying. It’s fun. It’s the Fangirl Experience.
4. The #Hashtag Game (Because it’s FUN!) | Who doesn’t love using hashtags? Especially when they're so popular they have a built in emoji.
5. The Read Alongs | I’ve only joined in a couple of read-alongs, but in my opinion they’ve been the best. Especially when they’re with amazing writers and bloggers, Cassie and Courtney.
6. The Stories | No matter the ways we wail over storyteller’s breaking our hearts, it’s because of the stories that we are able to enjoy these experiences.
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Speaking of today’s topic, TALK all about your favorite fandoms. I want to know: what are some of your favorites? Why are they favorites? What did you feature today? Comment down below with your Top Ten Tuesday thoughts, links and all that fun stuff. I’d love to swing by your bookish homes on the interwebs.
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