Welcome again to 5FF!
5 Fandom Friday is a weekly prompt that focuses on all things nerdy. Originally started by The Nerdy Girlie and Super Space Chick, the prompts help us lady bloggers keep on task with our weekly writing routines. Plus, it helps us discuss the things we love. This week’s prompt revolves around the fandoms we adore, but never expected to love. This prompt interested me so much that I had to jump on the bandwagon.
The Nightmare Before Christmas/Tim Burton films
As a kid, I was a little frightened by The Nightmare Before Christmas. All of my classmates loved it, and frequently requested to watch the movie during after-school services. By the time I got into middle school, I grew to like it. Then, without realizing it, I was deep into the fandom. I coveted Jack Skellington swag, I knew every lyric to every song, and I would draw Burtonesque swirls all over my binders and notebooks. From then on, I have adored The Nightmare Before Christmas, and Tim Burton’s other films.
Anime & Manga
I can’t remember how I got into anime and manga, but I fell deep into the fandom when I was in high school. As a kid, I enjoyed anime shows like Dragonball Z and Sailor Moon, but I didn’t know was anime was at that time. Later on, I knew all too well what anime and manga were. I was particularly hooked on Bleach, Samurai Champloo, Ghost in the Shell, and D. Grey Man. I don’t think I consciously knew that I enjoyed anime and manga, but it became a part of me without realizing it.
Trekkies, in the past, have had this stigma surrounding them. I think that clichéd stereotype clouded my judgement when I first encountered The Next Generation. I avoided it whenever it came on BBC America until I actually sat down and watched an episode. After that one episode, I couldn’t get enough. Star Trek was like potato chips to me. Potato chips are still like potato chips to me, but that’s not the point. Had I known earlier on in my life that I would be a Trekkie, I think I would have scoffed. Now, though, I don’t see how anyone can’t be a Trekkie.
Pretty much everything I said about the Star Trek fandom can be applied to my newfound love of comic books. Before I dove head first into the world of comics, I was deathly afraid of entering a comic book shop. I figured that any woman who did would be grilled endlessly just to prove she was truly a “comic geek.” Fortunately, that was not the case when I stepped into my local shop. Now I can’t get enough.
Believe it or not, I hated Harry Potter at first when I was a kid. The first book had just come out, and my mom was about to read it to me before bed, and I protested. My mom insisted, and decided to read a chapter out loud anyway. After that first chapter, I asked for another. Then one thing led to another, and I was sitting in a movie theater a few years later in my Hogwarts cloak at the midnight premiere of the first movie. Funny how things like that work out, huh? At that time, I never expected to love Harry Potter, but it changed my life—as it did for so many others.
That’s it for this week’s 5 Fandom Friday post! What fandom surprised you the most? Do you have a fandom that you didn’t think you’d like, but now you love? Lite me know in the comments below! And remember: sharing is caring, so if you like this post, send some love to your friends and family!
Life was meant to be lived nerdily, so what are you waiting for?