When Did I Become A Fanatic?

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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.Β 

  • http://johnanthonyjames.com/ John James

    I’ve always been a bit of a Whovian… but, like you, not to a “fanboy” level…

    Re the Tom Baker Years – I think you really only need to watch two of them:

    – Genesis of the Daleks (because of Davros…)
    – The Talons of Weng-Chiang (which is, without a doubt, the best of the original series in my opinion)

    I enjoyed the first three series of AHS – but the latest (Freak Show) just isn’t doing it for me… I think you’ll like series three the best…

    And hands off Taylor – she was my imaginary friend before yours! πŸ˜‰

    • http://kikiandtea.com/ Tamsin Howse

      Apart from Devon Sawa and Julia Roberts, I’ve never been to fanboy level about anything really. Certainly never a universe or a fictional world. But I do love the recent Doctor Who!

      I find AHS is really quite hard to watch and I’m not sure if I want to persevere or not.

      • http://johnanthonyjames.com/ John James

        Yeah – AHS Asylum gets MUCH better in the 2nd half, as did the original series…

        American Horror Story: Coven is the best, but I’d skip Freak Show…

        Oh – I should mention my hidden secret pleasure – Nashville! A show, surprisingly set in Nashville about C&W singers – The Rhonnifer and I are addicted to that show! :)

  • Kris

    I’m a modern Whovian – Tom Baker freaked the crap out of me when I was little (when he was The Doctor) so I never got into it. LOVE the new ones though. And Torchwood. Oh My God, Torchwood. But I think that kind of still counts as a Whovian.

    • http://kikiandtea.com/ Tamsin Howse

      I’m yet to start on Torchwood but I think I’m going to.

      • Kris

        We got the syfy channel added on Foxtel, and Torchwood is on DAILY. It’s awesome.

  • Monique Fischle

    I LOVE Harry Potter. My bunny rabbit is called Albus Dumbledore. When I have trouble sleeping sometimes, I listen to Stephen Fry reading the Harry Potter books on my iPad.

    I know that a lot of people don’t get it and think it’s juvenile for an adult to be in love with Harry Potter but I love the wonder and the magic and the brilliant one-liners that run through my head. I like escaping into the magical world which has been a source of comfort over the years when life inevitably gets hard.

    Sigh. I just love it.

    • 26 Years & Counting

      Hey, I used to write HP Fan fic so I totally get it.

      • Monique Fischle

        That is awesome, I love it :)

    • http://kikiandtea.com/ Tamsin Howse

      Escapism! It’s the same reason I was working my way through Dawson’s Creek (until Netflix took it away from me *shakes fist*). It’s okay to want to escape into a different world sometimes.

      • Monique Fischle

        Escapism is something I do a lot. It’s why I love a lot of trashy/amazing TV shows, because I love to escape. I have Dawson’s if you’d like to borrow!

    • Kris

      I LOVE Harry Potter too. They’re comfort reads/movies for me. And I *started* reading them just before Goblet of Fire came out, so I was 25/26 when I started reading them. I still think they’re bloody wonderful and recommend them to anyone. No shame at all here. Heh, when I was at sea and Deathly Hallows came out, those of us on duty who had to stay onboard the ship sent buddies who were able to go into Darwin with keycards and PINs to get the book for us as soon as possible. It was awesome – never heard the ship so quiet as that week when the whole joint was reading Harry Potter!

      • Monique Fischle

        They’re comfort reads/movies for me to! There was nothing quite like the excitement of a new book/movie coming out! Love your story!

  • http://iamevilcupcake.com/ iamevilcupcake

    Am I a fanatic … BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA … Ok here goes …

    I love Star Wars, Star Trek, Game of Thrones, Batman, Doctor Who, Gotham.

    Then there is the Marvel Universe. Oh my god I love Marvel.

    I don’t know where or who I would be without my fandoms. I have been a Star Wars fan since I was a kid. I remember going to see Return of the Jedi at the cinemas. Star Trek I’ve been a fan for over 20 years. It’s such a massive part of my life and I love it :)

    • http://johnanthonyjames.com/ John James

      I was eleven when Star Wars came out – ELEVEN!!

      That film was MADE FOR ME! πŸ˜‰

      • http://iamevilcupcake.com/ iamevilcupcake

        Old fart πŸ˜‰

    • http://kikiandtea.com/ Tamsin Howse

      That question clearly wasn’t meant for you πŸ˜‰

      I just don’t get Star Trek. It’s so… I don’t know… I can’t quite put my finger on what I hate about 70s/80s Sci Fi I just hate it. The new movie I liked, and I’m sure if there were a reboot I would like it, but I don’t like the original.

      • http://iamevilcupcake.com/ iamevilcupcake

        I didn’t get into Star Trek until Next Gen. The original Star Trek movies are pretty good, the TV series was pretty naff.

  • 26 Years & Counting

    I’m a Stargate SG-1 & Stargate Atlantis fanatic. But not SGU. Ick. Couldn’t even make it through the first episode of that! A few months ago a friend of mine realised I hadn’t ever seen Firefly and so we watched it over a couple of #FireflyFridays and then a #SerenitySaturday (because what else do nerds do but hashtag things?) and I can now add that to my fanatic list :)
    Despite that, and the years of SG conventions, I’m actually not a huge sci-fi fan.

    • http://johnanthonyjames.com/ John James

      It took about 5 episodes for SGU to take off – then it became VERY good… :)

    • http://kikiandtea.com/ Tamsin Howse

      I love firefly! It took a bit for me to get into it, but by the end I loved it. My favourite has to be Serenity. It’s still such a shame they cancelled it.

  • Kris

    Is anyone into Warehouse 13? I’ve caught bits of it as it’s on before Torchwood. It looks pretty good, I think. Oh, I have also been a TNG fan and Buffy. And Harry Potter.