I normally do not do this. I don’ t like to complain about things that I enjoy. But recently things inside of me have reached a boiling point. This is a rant about fans and fandom in general. I realize that this rant may be seen as hypocritical by some of my followers, as I am a avid fan of many things including, but not limited to: Harry Potter, Teen Wolf, Sherlock, Community, Orphan Black, etc. When you are a part of fandom, you have to realize that not everyone in the fandom will have the same ideas that you do about certain characters or plot developments or even the general theme of the show itself. This is okay and actually a very good thing in terms of the slow and steday development of a positive and accepting community, which is what fandom should be.
However, I have in recent days observed that there is a distinct difference with both major and minor fandoms in ‘true’ fans and ‘Ship-Only’ Fans. ‘True’ fans are faithful to the show and its fandom and will participate in fan-related activities and construct their own pairings or adhere strictly to the canon pairings that exist within the shows’ universe. They will not stop watching/reading the show/movie/book over, in my opinion, petty reasons. These reasons can include major/minor character death, plot changes that they do not like/support, change of tone in the show, altering of relationships and relationship triangles, the list goes on… ‘Ship-Only’ fans are either faithful to a certain ship that is either canon or fanon, while they are faithful to the show/book/movie, they may or may not stop watching/reading the material if the director/actor/author does something they do not like.
This pulls at my heart strings and my mind strings. It is my belief that if you get vested in something you shouldn’t quit being vested in it over a small thing. This is not to say that the loss of a character or a plot change will not/ does not have an effect on the viewers and readers, because it should. My bigger issue with this is that some fans will view their pairing or issue within the material as existing above the source material when without the source material the pairing/issue would not have existed in the first place.
I may have angered some of you, but that was not my intent with this post. My reason behind was to get all of you to think if you are damaging others enjoyment of the fandoms you consider yourself a part of with this balkanization of ideas between you and your fellow *insert fandom-related member title here* It is apparent that fandoms have come to have various degree of meaning to many of the fans that are members of them and it is important to remember that the quintessential components of a fandoms relationship with its fans are: mutual enjoyment of the source material , community building between fans, and the acceptance of the inherent difference of opinion between two human beings when they are discussing something that they care deeply about.
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