Most of you reading this have probably been exposed to the fandom universe at some point, whether it’s been on Pinterest, the mall, or in your own living room. If by some chance you’ve miraculously escaped an encounter, then let me explain what a fandom is: “the fans of a particular person, team, fictional series, etc., regarded collectively as a community or subculture.”
Now that you’re informed, I’d like to share what I think about fandoms, and I’m not going to mince words.
I think fandoms are for lonely people.
I think that when folks get on tumblr and blog about their favorite show, they’re looking for friends. Maybe they feel left out in their school or family and have nothing in common with anyone. But then they watch a show or read a popular book and that all changes. Online, they can find thousands of people just like them to discuss, pick apart, and predict their faves.
Maybe that’s why I can’t consider myself part of a fandom, even if I do highly enjoy the occasional Doctor Who marathon. I love talking about my favorite shows and books; but I also have a job, enjoy playing piano, have four siblings, go to church...basically, I’m not lonely, and I don’t need a fictional character to be my friend. Am I saying fandoms are bad? Not necessarily, but honestly I think these lonely people would do better to get out into the real world than wasting their time on tumblr chatting about the weather on Gallifrey.
I’ve done it, I’ll admit it. I’ve scrolled through Pinterest when I’m bored and looked at all the nerdy crap that’s on there. I’ve come up with some pretty weird theories for how my favorite shows will end up. I’ve sat and wondered about how Sherlock didn’t die in that fall!
But beneath it all, I know that it’s all fictional, and I sometimes wonder if people in fandoms realize that, or if they’ve somehow convinced themselves that the Doctor is going to show up on their doorstep, Sonic in hand.
I guess my advice for you, if you’re in a fandom, is just that the real world (and God) is much, much better than anything the BBC can give you.
As the title said, I’m sharing my thoughts on Doctor Who and Sherlock here as well. I’ll give a quick list of my most prominent thoughts for each show.
Well….well, well, well. Where to start?
So there you have it. Please comment! I’d love to hear your takes on fandoms, Doctor Who, Sherlock, or anything you feel like commenting about!