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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

The trouble of the geeks fans vs fandom

This is a topic that has plagued geeks for generations . Can one simply being a fan without being in a fandom. I decided to write this article because a friend of mine is contemplating quitting being a fan of something that he loves because of the actions of other people .
Some people will say you cant love something unless your in the fandom of it . but for me and many others it can't be true. so this is some tips for people who just want to love their interest in their own way

  1. Watch the show ,read your book and enjoy it - this is simple as it seems enjoy what you like as some people think its strange geeky or childish just go on with your own life . why care about other people's opinions . just like football or sports you can express interest in a show or movie or franchise you can like something being in a fandom can be crazy lots of in house bickering over theories and concepts and weird and disturbing topics over characters . But they arent you dont just run with the pack be yourself 
  2. Being of fan of something isn't just your life live it . This again is simple but in practice its harder than it seems . Being a anime fan such as myself can be hard especially when your 24 . the majority of fans will enjoy shows like naruto , fairy tail and what ever the shonnen jump throws up. but we never grew into that we had dragonball which was good but we enjoy it more now as a nostalgia feeling of being 10 again . Not the same thing as naruto being endless . So there is no chance of people expanding tastes and developing interest in other shows. but i digress . these are shows properties . We all live lives outside our interests whether it be college , work , sports friends and family . just live it try developing other interests outside the geek sphere you may learn to appreciate things differently . As for example I work in social media and go to college on part time basis and have friends that don't like anime but can appreciate and respect my own interest.
     3.Sometimes fandom can hurt a franchise - When a show or property gains a huge following it can hurt       the property . It is like too many cooks spoil the broth . For example Star Wars and Harry potter and Star Trek . These things can be enjoyed individually but the fans can hurt it being making extend the stay like any good story .There needs to be a beginning , a middle and a end  . Star Wars and Star Trek now have prequels, books , games ,fanfics that rip apart the continuum of the story . I don't want to now about jar jar binks political duties or how dumbledore gay relationship with harry potter went beyond that one section in the books . Its just wrong . How would you like it if i were make naruto or goku inbred because of a line they could of said out of context.      

It be worse if affect the property writers run out of ideas and rehash old properties and steal ideas and for animation it can go downhill to cut costs (see naruto shippuden in later arcs). Bleach is a example when they started using psp abilities it got cancelled why because he ran out of ideas without a proper ending

so to end Enjoy your intrests but live aswell you just might enjoy it just as much