I’ve never been a big fan of anything. Or, rather, the things I’ve been a fan of haven’t had the kind of cult following to generate the honour of having a specific name for fans. There are no Black-Bookies, Dark-Angelites or Degrassi Junior Highers. And despite being known to play the occasional* game of D&D I’ve never been much of a roleplayer.
I’ve never been a Trekkie and I’m not that into Star Wars, I’ve actually never made it through the first Star Wars movie without falling asleep, and couldn’t tell you what happens in the second. I don’t even mean Episode 1, I actually liked Episode 1 quite a lot, which demonstrates how little of a Star Wars fan I actually am, despite being born on Star Wars Day and enjoying the universe enough (I love Chewie) to have thoroughly enjoyed Star Wars Burlesque: The Empire Strips Back.
Yet, lately, I’ve found myself sucked in to the world of a few big fandoms, and I’m kind of loving it. I can finally identify as some kind of a fanatic, I can finally say: I am a Whovian.
I’m not a very good one, admittedly, as I think the Tom Baker years were about as interesting as a sack full of laundry powder and I hate 70s and 80s Sci-Fi with a passion (can’t even logically explain why), but when it comes to the new stuff I can’t get enough.
One of my biggest excitements about going back to work after my 2 week holiday was knowing my friend Mitch would have 3 episodes of Doctor Who on his tablet to show me. Every Monday morning he has the latest episode and it’s one of the things that gets me out of bed on time rather than succumbing to the knowledge I could sleep in for another hour and still be early for work.
I think I’ve also become a bit of Swifty, humming Shake It Off whenever no one can hear me. Humming (ha!) more like singing at the top of my lungs. Shake It Off really just being the clincher after singing along with all her songs for years.
I’m a big fan of Game of Thrones, and getting into American Horror Story (although I have to say, this whole psychiatric institution season may get the best of me as that’s one of my biggest fears).
I feel like, finally, I’ve caught up the pop culture. Even if it is a season or two behind.
Are you a fanatic? What are you a fan of?
*More than occasional for years, but primarily because the Viking enjoys it.