There comes a point in your life where you settle on fandoms that will always get 250% of your time. It’s not that you aren’t curious about others, or that the list will change over time. One day, you’ll just suddenly realize you stopped looking for more. Something about a particular fandom changed your life, the community provides you with excellent support, etc. These are those fandoms for me.
The earliest fandom I joined at the young age of 13. I was expanding my interest from Shakespeare and I loved the rhythm of Tolkien’s writing. It wasn’t always perfect. There were plot point I wished had a larger arc. But it was the first time I was presented with the idea of creating your own universe, language and all. This was allowed in writing? You could extend beyond a few related books?
Now, I’m sharing a few stories related to this in just a few weeks, so I’ll continue to expand on the fandom then.
I was 11 when the first Harry Potter book came out. I think that explains almost everything. Unlike my normal method of reading the book first, I saw the film and then jumped into the books. I had spoken with my speed reading teacher (the circumstance that got me into Tolkien to begin with) and she asked if I heard about the Lord of the Rings films coming out. “Of course!“, I had exclaimed.
“Well“, she continued. “Have you also heard about the Harry Potter franchise? Based on the aspects of Lord of the Rings you’ve mentioned enjoying, I think it would also be worth your time.”
The gift she gave me that day…I hadn’t heard about the film yet (or knew anything about the series). With a quick search on the DSL, I found out there was suddenly a world of magic being presented from my perspective. An awkward pre-teen about to start at a new school, with a complicated home life, who just wants a chance to make friends and be happy.
Over the years, I attended every Borders midnight release. As an early birthday present, I went to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter just two weeks after it opened (need to go back and experience the expansion still). I was a Pottermore beta tester (August 2, 2011 and yes it’s marked on every calendar I own to this day). Although I’m still unsure of what to expect, you can bet your butt I’ll be going to the midnight release of Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them.
I like to say that music is what keeps my blood churning red. That passion I can feel from my head to my toes and every nerve ends between. When I can’t find the words to express myself, I can always find a song to channel my emotions and act as an outlet of comfort.
The cartoons I grew up on. Being on color guard in high school and working through sets with the marching band. Promoting rock bands. Falling asleep to techno music in junior high and working on data entry to instrumental New Age. I will always be a music fan, regardless of the depth of my every day experience.
What “fandoms” shape your world and why?