This post was originally published on my old blog on 6/20/14.
You and your tiger companion when you read the title of this post:
I know, right? Who do I think I am? I blog about books for a lot of my posts and yet I dare to say that I’m not much of a fangirl? Is that, like, possible? Ummmmmm…well, yea, it kind of is.
Fangirls are female (or sometimes male, I guess) fans of movies, TV shows, books, actors, you name it. Fangirls own fandom swag. Fangirls can’t stop talking about their fandom. Fangirls fangirl with other fangirls over their fandom. To put it bluntly, fangirls are obsessive. I, on the other hand, am not.
Now, please do not get me wrong. I have no problems with fangirls. Let them fangirl all they want. I also am not saying that I do not love any books or movies or TV shows or actors. Actually, yeah, I do not love any actors because I barely know the names of the actors in the movies/TV shows that I watch. The only two I actually know are Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hiddleston and Julie Andrews because I hear about them all the time. Oh, and Martin Freeman, because The Hobbit is awesome. As I was saying, I still really like some books/movies/TV shows. For example, I love The Hobbit, Doctor Who, The Lord of the Rings and The Lunar Chronicles. The main difference is that I do not insanely obsess over these things.
Some fangirls I know bring up their fandoms every five seconds. I mean, they live for their fandoms. Not me. I like to talk about the books/movies/TV shows that I like, but my fandoms are not my life. Instead of obsessing over fictional realms, I like to take up other activities to fill my time. Fandoms do not take up my time like my hobbies do.
Finally, I’m kind of glad that I’m not much of a fangirl because some fangirls can be scary. Seriously. There are so many reasons for a fangirl to jump on another fangirl by saying that they are not a true fan. For example:
- You don’t watch the episodes in order!
- You don’t read the books in order!
- You have know idea who (insert obscure insignificant character here) is!
- You don’t get (insert obscure insignificant fandom reference here)!
- You don’t own any (insert fandom) t-shirts!
I’m sorry, but these remarks kind of scare me. Okay, okay, I get it. I’m not a true fangirl. I’m sorry. Please don’t throw those tomatoes at me. Oh, that’s better. Actually, I’m not sorry. I can like things, but I do not feel the need to fangirl over them obsessively. Just because I like something, doesn’t mean that people should expect me to fangirl madly over it. Moderation, people, moderation.
I hope you enjoyed the story of Ana Ideline, the not fangirl. Are you a fangirl, or do you prefer to enjoy your favorite books/movies/TV shows non-obsessively and with moderation? I’d love to hear your comments loud and proud, no matter which side you’re on.
Iris 6/23/14 8:20pm
Watch Sherlock.I think I am a fangirl… I’m pretty sure I am?