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A fandom manifesto. Snagged from [ profile] twisting_vine_x . Originally created by [ profile] hesychasm .

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"Fandom is focus. Fandom is obsession. Fandom is insatiable consumption. Fandom is sitting for hours in front of a TV screen a movie screen a computer screen with a comic book a novel on your lap. Fandom is eyestrain and carpal tunnel syndrome and not enough exercise and staying up way, way past your bedtime.

Fandom is people you don't tell your mother you're meeting. Fandom is people in the closet, people out and proud, people in costumes, people in T-shirts with slogans only fifty others would understand. Fandom is a loud dinner conversation scaring the waiter and every table nearby.

Fandom is you in Germany and me in the US and him in Australia and her in Japan. Fandom is a sofabed in New York, a roadtrip to Oxnard, a friend behind a face in London. Fandom talks past timezones and accents and backgrounds. Fandom is conversation. Communication. Contact.

Fandom is drama. Fandom is melodrama. Fandom is high school. Fandom is Snacky's law and Godwin's law and Murphy's law. Fandom is smarter than you. Fandom is stupider than you. Fandom is five arguments over and over and over again. Fandom is the first time you've ever had them.

Fandom is female. Fandom is male. Fandom lets female play at being male. Fandom bends gender, straight, gay, prude, promiscuous. Fandom is fantasy. Fandom doesn't care about norms or taboos or boundaries. Fandom cares too much about norms and taboos and boundaries.

Fandom is not real life. Fandom is closer than real life. Fandom knows what you're really like in the bedroom. Fandom is how you would never, could never be in the bedroom.

Fandom is shipping, never shipping, het, slash, gen, none of the above, more than the above. Fandom is love for characters you didn't create. Fandom is recreating the characters you didn't create. Fandom is appropriation, subversion, dissension. Fandom is adoration, extrapolation, imitation. Fandom is dissection, criticism, interpretation. Fandom is changing, experimenting, attempting.

Fandom is creating. Fandom is drawing, painting, vidding: nine seasons in four minutes of love. Fandom is words, language, authoring. Fandom is essays, stories, betas, parodies, filks, zines, usenet posts, blog posts, message board posts, emails, chats, petitions, wank, concrit, feedback, recs. Fandom is writing for the first time since you were twelve. Fandom is finally calling yourself a writer.

Fandom is signal and response. Fandom is a stranger moving you to tears, anger, laughter. Fandom is you moving a stranger to speak.

Fandom is distraction. Fandom is endangering your job, your grades, your relationships, your bank account. Fandom gets no work done. Fandom is too much work. Fandom was/is just a phase. Fandom could never be just a phase. Fandom is where you found a friend, a sister, a kindred spirit. Fandom is where you found a talent, a love, a reason.

Fandom is where you found yourself."

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Fandom is a stranger moving you to tears

So, like... right now?

Date: 2011-08-11 11:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I like this very, very much.

Date: 2011-08-11 11:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

Date: 2011-08-11 11:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I've actually had this saved to my hard drive for some years. It never, ever fails to make me cry because it is so true. I've been on that sofa bed in New York, quite literally. I've been a part of loud conversations that, if they didn't actually scare the waiter and other customers, certainly had them giving us the eye. I have found friends, sisters and kindred spirits. And myself. Thanks for posting this.

Date: 2011-08-12 02:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh my! It's just awesome! *hugs you*

Date: 2011-08-12 04:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Excellent and so true!

Date: 2011-08-12 06:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I miss fandom. Miss it, miss it, miss it.

Date: 2011-08-12 11:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
absolutley all true.

Date: 2011-08-12 11:47 am (UTC)

Date: 2011-08-12 04:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Damn, but I miss it :(

Date: 2011-08-12 05:09 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile]
Bang on!..
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