For The Love Of Fandoms
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For The Love Of Fandoms

Don't you dare even try to deny it.

For The Love Of Fandoms

So you say you don't have a fandom...?

Everyone belongs to at least one fandom (if not 20).

For starters, let's begin with what a "fandom" actually is:

Urban Dictionary describes it best as "an emotional drug. With other such hypnotized fans just as addicted as you or any other fan are, to a specific subject. A large group of unstable and emotional fans that devote half of their time in daily life, loving the thing they are so dedicated to. Whether its the writers, the shippers or the followers; they all emotionally go haywire over it as one."

This definition really hits the nail on the head in terms of fandoms. Whatever your fandom may be; you'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll fall in love, you'll scream at your laptop/TV/phone/book/etc, even want to throw the object out of the window at times. You'll want characters to die, some to be brought back and everything in between. Fandoms definitely get you more in touch with your feels.

There are hundreds and thousands, if not millions of different fandoms out there ranging from all sorts of different categories including, but not limited to: television series, movies, books, anime, video games and music. Everyone fits in to at least one.

The most popular fandoms fall into the category of television series. Examples include: "Supernatural," "Doctor Who," "Sherlock," "Degrassi," "Orange Is the New Black," "Lucifer," "Grey's Anatomy," "House," "Once Upon A Time," "Parks and Recreation," "Pretty Little Liars," "Game of Thrones," "American Horror Story," "Vampire Diaries," "Lost," "The Walking Dead," among many many others. Binge-watching Netflix? Oh yes...

Movie fandoms are another large portion of the fandom pie. These include: "Harry Potter," "Lord of the Rings," "The Nightmare Before Christmas," "Frozen," Disney Pixar in general, "The Hunger Games," "Avengers," "Deadpool," other Marvel/DC adaptations, "Star Wars," "Star Trek," "Divergent," and—dare I say it—"Twilight." Ugh.

Comic books and book fandoms are tailored for the more tangible, literary fan people. These are often novel/comics of the movie adaptations previously mentioned - John Green took the book fandom realm by storm with his novels "The Fault In Our Stars," "Paper Towns," "Looking For Alaska," and for our hipsters: "An Abundance of Katherines."

The next category is the weeaboo fandom for all things anime. There are so many anime series out there: Black Butler, Tokyo Ghoul, Fairy Tail, Naruto, Dragon Ball Z, One Piece, Attack On Titan, Sword Art Online, Pokemon, Hetalia, Full Metal Alchemist, and Death Note to name a few of the more popular ones. This fandom category is pretty broad, as there is so much anime to choose from and it's really fun to get into. This fandom, in my opinion, is ship (relationship) after ship after ship—especially in ongoing series. It's hard to have just one ship pairing. Also, this fandom has some pretty wicked cosplay opportunities: time to break out the different colored wigs and get ready for a con!

Maybe...just maybe. Getting addicted to an anime has that effect on people...

But they don't stop there, no, even video games have their own fandoms. Some examples of video game fandoms include: "Legend of Zelda," "Pokemon" (again), "Halo," "Alice: Madness Returns," "Animal Crossing," "Fallout," "Minecraft," "Mario," "Borderlands," "Skyrim," "Five Nights At Freddy's," "Kingdom Hearts," "The Sims," "League of Legends," "Dark Souls" and "Undertale," among many more. You may be saying, "Uou can't catch the feels while playing a video game!" Well, l'm here to testify that yes—you most certainly can catch the feels while playing games. Play any game that has a story mode—especially "The Last of Us." That game will tear at your heart strings.

Crap. Before we move on to the music fandom, there's one that I failed to mention—web-comic fandoms. Ugh. The example I'm going to use is the ever-popular and on-going (when will it just die?!) "Homestuck." The only thing I have to say about this is to beware. Look into it before you sell yourself to the troll that is "Homestuck." And if you are a reader of "Homestuck," I'm so sorry. I'm just going to leave this GIF here and walk away to the next paragraph...

Finally, we have the music fandom. While this fandom is mostly pertaining to bands, it also pertains to other musical artists and groups as well. But since, on Tumblr especially, it's tailored mostly to bands, here're some examples: All Time Low, Attila, Of Mice & Men, Panic! At The Disco, One Direction (are they even still a thing after what's-his-name quit?), Fall Out Boy, My Chemical Romance (despite being broken up for a while now), Crown The Empire, We Came As Romans, Metallica, Black Sabbath, AC/DC, La Dispute, Hotel Books, Modest Mouse, Sleeping With Sirens, Pierce The Veil, A Day To Remember, Skrillex, and—the most recent "bandom" that's blown up recently and becoming more and more popular in the mainstream world now—Twenty One Pilots. If you've ever been to a concert of any type, you've seen fangirls (super hardcore crazy insane fans) in their natural habitats. It gets insane. Believe me, I've been to Warped Tour several times, having to survive the crowd with fangirls shoving to get closer to the front so they can touch whatever lead singer happens to be on stage. They're pretty vicious creatures. But despite fan girl issues, bandoms are pretty awesome to be a part of.

So, everyone is a fan of something, and being in a fandom isn't a bad thing at all. In fact, it's pretty awesome—especially whenever you find someone else who enjoys the same show/movie/book/comic/game/band and—boom—instant friend! You have someone to talk to about your random fandom theories and ships and etc. with. How awesome is that?

While some fandoms' fan bases can be pretty wild, there are a couple of really amazing things that come out of them. These two things are fan fictions and fan art. I know what you're thinking, but not all fan fics are smutty—some are actually really well written. And fan art is just simply amazing in general. It's pretty fantastic to see all of the talent emerging from each fandom.

After all fandoms make the world go 'round! Without them, we'd all actually have to have a life.

And that's all I have to say about fandoms, Netflix is calling, soooo...

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