I would like to ask people why they’re in fandom, but I’m not sure it’s polite to ask, and I’m not sure anyone entirely knows the answer.
As far as I can tell people are usually in fandom for a reason: it fills some kind of gap. I don’t mean that in a condescending way. Every hobby fills a gap, it’s not a bad thing. You don’t need a reason to be in fandom, but I’m pretty sure everyone has one. Or twelve.
I want to ask, but then I remember that I have no idea how to honestly answer the question myself.
I love to write. I love experimenting with writing and learning about the process; I love the language of shared characters and divergent interpretation. I love fandom communities, and sussing out their economies. I’m fascinated by fanwork as labour and as learning. I love dissecting and interpreting things I enjoy. I absolutely love all the wonderful people I meet. But that’s probably not the whole story. I suspect there are other reasons of which I am only partially conscious.
There is a gap fandom fills. Sometimes I think it’s my replacement for graduate school, or an interactive creative outlet. Or a particular kind of social engagement. (I dont know: maybe I’m lonely.) Maybe it’s a desire for connection and commitment, or to escape into something. I don’t know, I’m not sure.
So I’d like to ask people, because I think the answers would be interesting and challenging, but how do you ask someone a question about themselves you’re not sure you could ever honestly and fully answer yourself?
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- moonflower75 said: I’ve been imagining stories based on TV shows ever since I was ten,to ‘see what happens next’,and finding fandoms and people who wanted the same thing and wanted to write about it was,I don’t know,like discovering that Wonderland actually existed :D
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- that-lunatic-slytherin said: You can always ask and then have a long discusssion about it? =3 That would be quite enjoyable
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- londoninjune said: I have an addictive personality and I think it’s better to be addicted to a fandom than alcohol or cigarettes or an actual person. It’s safer to be addicted to a fictional couple. I think I’m actually addicted to how that couple makes me feel.
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- soursheep said: there’re many scattered ideas in my head and fandom helps me organise them, it changes my viewpoint, shows me what i’ve missed. lets me evolve, go deeper. and it’s full of awesome people, too, but they’re means to an end, not an objective on its own.
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- longsnowsmoon said: The chemicals. It’s medicine. When I enter the fandom door, I smile, laugh, relax,wonder,explore. My life isn’t offering those options right now. Things change, and I may drift away from fandom. But its value and meaning to me at this moment is incalculable.
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