Welcome to our first Fandom Friday! We will be talking to people about how they got involved in their chosen fandoms, and how it affected their lives. First up is our very own Emma!
When I was 12, I got a Beatles CD for my birthday. Now, this is important, because I had never really listened to music before. My mom kept our house quiet. But my step dad bought me Beatles 1.
Now I didn't know what a fandom was, but I knew I couldn't get enough fanfic, fanart, and videos. I would read any book about the Beatles I could find, I'd buy any DVD, CD, anything with the Beatles on it.
The next time I realized there were groups of people like me was when I got into Hogan's Heroes. Oh yes. There is a fandom for Hogan's Heroes. It was mostly populated by 40 something-60 something women that I was desperate on the yahoo forums/fanfic.net to get into. I was thirteen setting up a profile pretending to be a 46 year old woman with a love of old TV shows and gardening. I would take pictures of my mother's plants and claim that as my own.
Star Trek became my first Distraction. It was there only to serve the purpose of being amazing and wonderful and to escape from high school into Starfleet.
Back when they announced they were making a Hobbit movie (in what, 2005?) In highschool, that's what I had.
I read a story about a guy that wanted to jump off a bridge, and someone was trying to talk him down. The jumper said something along the lines of: and what is there to live for? and the talker said: the latest harry potter hasn't come out yet. And the jumper climber off the bridge because the talker was right.
The hobbit was my harry potter book.
Now, days after high school and after adulting, I take to Marvel and Dragon Age (and many others, those being the main at the moment). Fandom and geekery had brought me through all sorts of bullshit and made me some of my best friends.
Talk to me about Matt Fraction's Hawkeye, I beg you.