Oh, fandoms. It is well known in the internet community that the mention of this word can trigger one’s hidden primitive side which, in the worst case, leads to exaggerated and passionate reactions at the thought of their respective fandom, much to the displeasure and embarrassment of others.
A series of events regarding big, actual and various fandoms inspired me to write a little about this and also share with you my thoughts on a few fandoms I have encountered the most these past few days.
If the term fandom isn’t clear with you, think of it as an unrestricted club which revolves around a medium. The medium can vary from books, shows, TV celebrities, anime and the list is endless. I’ve said endless since the most unimaginable fandoms such as My Little Pony meets Evangelion exist in parts of the internet that you may not have seen yet. Would one be truly curious enough to imagine and see images of the entire cast of MLP taking the roles of Evangelion characters? Honestly, I don’t really want to know.
So far, I’ve had my share of stories concerning fandoms where a good number of people belonging to them have the tendency to be true fanatics. Thankfully over time, fandom fanatics have either lost interest in obsessing, or have moved to obscure corners of the World Wide Web that I should refrain from revealing for my own good.
The game everyone loves to hate: Kingdom Hearts
I’ll swallow up my pride of being a very old Kingdom Hearts fan and say this: the KH fandom is full of sick trolls, yours truly included. You love insulting Riku and calling the Keyblade stupid? We do too! Welcome to the fandom! Dragging the things we love into the dirt is as normal as breathing for us, since it’s our proof of love.
As much as fans adore Kingdom Hearts and their characters (the story, not so much), criticizing it won’t turn forums into bloodsheds; surprisingly, others will generally accept your opinion and life goes on. But, if you ever do complain about the many Yaoi pairings fans love to imagine, yeah. You’re in for hell and I won’t be saving you.
Video Game fandom (I just went there)
So this is cheating a little Similar to the anime, music, or any other large fandom, the video game fandom is a never-ending battlefield where certain people pretend to be the elite and insult everything you’ve ever loved while praising their favorites. It doesn’t matter if you have an open taste apropos video games; what counts is what you’ve played. Depending on where you stand, your favorite games can either anger more than one, or make you an accepted member of the fandom—as if you needed their approval to like something.
In this cursed fandom, I belong to the category of: “People Whose Opinions Do Not Matter Because They Suck Anyway”, which, if you think hard enough…can be a jab at my gender. Fully being aware of the fact that I am associated to this fandom which will never completely accept me for who I am and what I like, this irritates me to the point where I simply don’t care anymore and prefer to keep whatever I do with video games to myself. Or at least not on forums/online games.
The colorful world of Kpop
Kpop and I go way back, about six years ago if I remember correctly. While the music has never appealed to me one bit, my stubbornness to find out the secret behind its growing popularity has made me try out various songs from different artists countless times…which all ended up in failure. People will of course say otherwise, but Kpop for me was, and still is, copy-pasted American pop music, with the only difference having super trained plastic idols who lead secluded lives. However, my opinion on Kpop did not keep me from giving up and after a lot of searching last year, I found out about groups like BIG BANG and SHINee whose music finally sounded acceptable for my tastes.
And since last year, I’ve taken a glance at the Kpop fandom on the internet which, you could say, made me regret (just a little bit) ever getting involved with the genre. Fangirls declaring their marriages to K-idols, writing horrifying fanfiction on them, and let’s not talk about the positive racism. Oh, the racism.
While we’ve all seen this attitude somewhere and learned to ignore it, I’ve reached the point where I say, “I’m too old for this,” and decide to completely block the fandom, only to appear once every few weeks on news sites to check up on news regarding the groups I follow.
…Yes, I seriously dislike the Kpop fandom. Ahem.
I believe it’s too late to say it now, but this is one of those rare posts where I really had no idea what I was writing and simply went with the flow. The motivation to write was present for once, the rest didn’t come to the party. I truly hope that next time I talk about anything other than anime, I’ll write a more solid and complete post—one which has high chances of being about my first days in Japan, once I leave in less than two weeks. Until then, you can expect a Summer 2013 Impressions post coming soon near you.