Powers of fandoms.

Since the advent of social networking sites like Twitter and Tumblr, being a fan of an artist has never been the same. Gone are the days where you could simply put on a Metallica t-shirt to show your loyalty to the band. Nowadays you have to change your cover photo, retweet everything they post and update gifs on your Tumblr every hour. At least that’s what some people do. And while they might believe that they’re being “true fans,” some of their handiwork might even be detrimental to the artist and other fans. Here are some things that most bad fans do:

Twitter Wars
It’s a well-publicised fact that celebrities sometimes act like children and argue over the internet, sometimes going as far as encouraging their fanbases to attack each other. But what is clearly wrong with Twitter is when fans get into absolutely heated arguments over who they think is “better.” They might believe spewing insults and swearing at anonymous people shows support, but in reality it’s just showing what hateful fans the artist has.

Over saturation
So you’ve recently fallen in love with Supernatural and now all you want to do is tell everyone how much you love it. Coming out of your room after binge-watching 6 seasons in 4 days, you start recommending it to every single person for every situation possible. Action show? Supernatural.
Comedy? Supernatural is funny sometimes. Period-Drama? Well Supernatural had time travelling once. Now every time a person shows an interest in the show, they get treated with the bad memory of you flooding their News Feed with pictures of shirtless Jensen Ackles every day and decide against watching it.

Refusing Change
Most super-fans have their own ideal image of their favourite artist and they cling onto it so tightly that even a minor alteration causes them to go absolutely hysterical. Granted that major change is sometimes hard to digest, but fans need to remember that artists are people themselves and not corporate robots (at least most of them aren’t). Who’d want to be stuck doing the same thing for the rest of their lives? They could want to broaden their horizons as artists and it would be seriously discouraging if their fans reject every step they make outside their comfort zone.

Blind Fandom 
It takes a big man to admit that his favourite artist might not be the best artist ever. However awesome the artist/team of your choice is, they have all had a couple of stinkers and off-seasons. And while any sane person recognises their shortcomings, some fans blatantly ignore the bad things or even worse, try to explain it away as genius beyond comprehension of others. A dud’s a dud, man. Get over it.

Being an Elitist
There’s nothing worse than a smug know-it-all. Imagine that you like listening to a band’s music and have heard most of their more popular songs, so much so that you’d call yourself a big fan. Now you meet a person who likes the same band and right in the middle of the conversation he says “Dude, you’ve never heard the top-secret unplugged session the band did in their friend’s basement twenty years ago? How do you even call yourself a fan?” Never be that guy. Seriously. Don’t.

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9 thoughts on “Powers of fandoms.

  1. I love it! It is like talking some sense into people. Firstly,may I just take this chance to appreciate your good vocabulary?! Gotta learn some. This is not an unexpected topic from you but certainly it blew my mind away how cleanly you addressed it. I mean it’s neat and precise and not offers topic. I love how you held onto the topic strong and made it your origin,instead of wandering around. It was amazing to see how much you have improved in your writing and I loved how you concluded with an earnest and sincere advice. You did it girl! I loved it. Moreover,the idea of adding sub titles and then separating yet connecting it to the main idea was incredible. It was more like a family tree: talking about roots and hanging to its branches ! I loved it. Nice..

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  2. Tumblr in a nutshell, basically. Well, I say that, but things were really no different on LJ. There were just fewer gifs there.

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