Why Fandoms Matter

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It’s all around you.

The internet, clubs, social groups. They dedicate themselves to TV shows, books, movies, anything they love. Sometimes they may become a little insane, but they make up a part of the internet, including Tumblr, Pinterest, and other social sites.

Before I go on, here’s what a ‘fandom’ is according to Wikipedia:

Fandom (a portmanteau consisting of fan [fanatic] plus the suffix -dom, as in kingdom) is a term used to refer to a subculture composed of fans characterized by a feeling of empathy and camaraderie with others who share a common interest. Fans typically are interested in even minor details of the object(s) of their fandom and spend a significant portion of their time and energy involved with their interest, often as a part of a social network with particular practices (a fandom); this is what differentiates “fannish” (fandom-affiliated) fans from those with only a casual interest.

A fandom can grow up centered on any area of human interest or activity. The subject of fan interest can be narrowly defined, focused on something like an individual celebrity, or more widely defined, encompassing entire hobbies. genres, or fashions. While it is now used to apply to groups of people fascinated with any subject, the term has its roots in those with an enthusiastic appreciation for sports. Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary traces the usage of the term back as far as 1903.

Fandom as a term can also be used in a broad sense to refer to the interconnected social networks of individual fandoms, many of which overlap.

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They may sound a bit too obsessive and crazy, but everyone has at least once in their lifetime been like that. I don’t go as far as that definition (I don’t think.), but I am a part of some fandoms such as Doctor Who, Sherlock, The Hunger Games, and The Hobbit.

So why exactly do these fandoms matter?

Reality can be quite harsh sometimes. We often need a break from it, so what better way than to turn to a favorite book! They helps us heal, they point out morals, they help create us. Everything we watch and read develops our character from what we see, whether good or bad. A fandom is a group of people who enjoy the same show or book and come together to discuss what they truly love. We can learn so much from fiction just as much as nonfiction.  Almost every story has a lesson behind it, something we can try to apply to ourselves.

The best part of this is proof that people do actually care for others. So no matter what anybody says, enjoying something that inspires you should be appreciated.

Because we all deserve hope.

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Have a great week!

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