1. The name of my friend's cat
2. The collective name of a group of fans for a particular show, such as The Vampire Diaries fandom or the Game of Thrones fandom. Fandoms have tended to thrive online on Facebook, Twitter and Tumbler and are mainly people who
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One of my other fandoms, that I am SO happy with right now, is Veronica Mars. I started watching this because Buffy had finished, I wanted something to fill that hole and also some bloke named Joss Whedon had said in an interview that he too loved the show and that Buffy fans should watch it. And as a good fan, I did.
And I'm so glad I did. WHAT A SHOW!!
The sassy lead character (played to perfection by Kristen Bell), her (male!) best friend, the cases each week as well as the arc of who killed her BFF, Lilly Kane, LOGAN, the music, the setting, her Dad, LOGAN!! etc, etc.
And the writing? Sublime. So clever and witty but emotional and tender.
I have heard criticisms of this - Why should fans fund a studio movie? The studio will sit back and make the money from it?
And do you know what I say to those people? Fuck off!!
This is a story about a TV show that was so loved by its creators, cast and fans, that we wouldn't give up. By funding the film we are opening the door for a new way of making entertainment (hopefully) and proving the studios wrong at the same time! So often these nebulous people make decisions in my name, about what shows will be continued and so many times they've cancelled the great ones to leave us with the mediocre ones and the reality shows. By funding this, we are showing that we still have some say (If you haven't donated yet and would like to, you can here, but hurry up as it finishes on April 12th).
You can see from my list of fandoms at the start of this
I had ME for a long time and we couldn't afford to have a computer or the internet so it has only been over the last 4 years that I have been on the internet with any regularity. Through it, I have met many amazing people, discussed many difficult topics and now taken part in my first podcast with the Rogue Demon Hunters, which I loved (linky).
However, I have noticed, and it has increasingly PISSED ME OFF, that I only have to mention certain things and it causes certain "FANS" to become extremely rude, to the point of aggressive. In fact, it was only on Saturday I was called 'delusional' because I said I liked a certain character.
"Tis a mere flesh wound!" I hear you say!
But I'm a 37 year old, strong woman. I'm not a young girl.
That didn't seem to stop a group of "fans" at a screening of Once More With Feeling a few years ago. A young lady, who didn't like the crowd's incessant bullying of Dawn, was shouted at and told to "toughen up"!!!!! BY ADULTS!!! (original post here and follow-up post here)
At what point is it OK to do this??
Don't get me wrong, I LOVE a good debate and thoroughly enjoy discussing the nuances of characters and plots. But it is not OK to be rude or nasty or BULLY other people because they disagree with your opinion!
If you read the original blog posts in the links above, it is VERY interesting to read the comments. It baffles me just how many of them seem to think that this was OK because the character is annoying!!! And miss the point of it that a young girl was bullied!!
So next time you claim to be a fan or part of fandom, consider which you want to be.
I know where I fall and it would be in front of the young girl at the Once More With Feeling screening - protecting her.