August 6, 2016
About the author : Project manager by day, crazy cat lady by night. Emily's first love is J.R.R. Tolkien. She's also into Walking Dead, video games, Doctor Who, and anime. When she isn't knee-deep in her latest fandom, she's usually sleeping.
Back in May, Devin Faraci published a fascinating essay entitled Fandom is Broken. He highlights how fans have grown increasingly self-entitled and demand that creators do what they, the fans, want with stories. While I don’t agree with every point he makes, this problem is exactly the reason why Amelia and I started this blog.
Fandom has become increasingly negative and belligerent. Not only do fans demand that stories follow their whims, but they make their demands in the worst ways possible. The essay references the hate-filled reaction to a revelation about Captain America (if you don’t want it spoiled, be careful when you read the essay), the outcry against an all-female Ghostbusters, and Twitter demanding a girlfriend for Elsa in Frozen 2 as examples of fans’ entitlement.
While I don’t agree with everything Faraci says, I do agree that there’s a major problem in fandom. What it really boils down to is negativity and dissatisfaction. A celebrity is always saying something atrocious, one set of fans is upsetting another set of fans, some sub-culture or other (no matter how marginal) is being offended or misrepresented or underrepresented, etc. In short, nothing is ever good enough.
Hey, guess what! Welcome to life. You’ll never be satisfied.
Does that mean I believe we should accept mediocrity in our entertainment (and in our lives)? Certainly not. But there are better ways to approach mediocrity–and greatness.
That’s our goal with fangirlism. We want to react to entertainment the way a foodie enjoys a meal, not the way someone with the flu sees lukewarm pork. We plan to do this in two ways:
These are lofty goals, perhaps, but we do it out of love. We are, after all, fangirls.
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