The Purpose of this Blog
What does it mean to be in a fandom? How has the Internet shaped the role of fandom in our daily lives? What does it mean to be a nerd or a geek?
As someone who has grown up in the online communities of fandoms, these are questions I’ve been asking myself a lot lately. Even though I’ve grown up reading and writing fan fiction, lurking on fansites, and rewatching/reading the objects of my geeky obsession to the level that it literally changes how I think and talk for weeks, I know I am barely scratching the surface when it comes to true fandom.
This blog will explore my learning curve as a participant in fandom, and the ways the Internet has shaped that journey.
What do you do with a BA in English? What is my life going to be? Four years of college and plenty of knowledge have earned me this useless degree.
While I’ve always had a tendency to…dwell…on subjects that interested me (Lion King, Robin Hood, The Chronicles of Narnia), my first real introduction to the subculture of fandom didn’t happen until I had finally become somewhat comfortable with the Internet, just in time for Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring to be released in theaters. Through the influence of a severe pre-teen crush on Orlando Bloom, I was not only introduced to Tolkien’s amazing work, but I was also introduced to the online world of fandom.
Since then, I’ve dipped my toe in several different fandoms. In some cases, such as with Avatar: The Last Airbender I was a bit more exuberant than in others. My level of involvement in fandom communities online waxes and wanes, but I’m always there in some way.
In my far less interesting, real-world life, I’ve decided to become an academic, because that’s where all the money and respect are. So far, I’ve managed to pull in a BA in English: Literature and am now working on my MA. Why? Because what else was I supposed to do with a BA in English? That, and people seem to think you’re either way more intelligent or way more of an elitist snob when you tell them you’re in grad school and everyone knows elitist snobs are the most desirable of future companions.