Today’s topic is a fandom freebie. We are allowed to talk about anything related to fandoms. The whole meme is organized by the Broke and the Bookish and you can see the whole list here. I am very new to fandom and the whole business of it. So let me describe just how lost and confused I was. ALSO GIVEAWAY Remindeer enter here and here to win a book of your choice and/or a subscription to Bookcase Club
Being a fandom newbie
At the beginning of my book career I was too young to ‘ship’ (to admire two things as a relationship) anything. I did not have a favorite couple (OTP) and I didn’t have a TBR (to read list). I only even started tuning into this world about two years ago. Still it was confusing and while I got the terms, thanks to help, I didn’t do it still.
I wish I could turn around and say, “HA I am now a fandom book pro!”, but that would be a flat out lie. I am nothing near to that. I still do not have a OTP, that’s like asking me my favorite book. How do people even do that? I don’t have any wild or unconventional ‘ships’. And while I love, and I mean really love, many books, I never participated in any of the fandoms.
But what does that mean? How do I participate? Well, from my limited knowledge, it means to enjoy and love a book, series, author, etc so much that you are more or less an expert. You know the plots backwards and forwards, you enjoy book themed merchandise, you follow them on twitter. All sorts of stuff like that. Am I part of any fandoms? Well I love the Lord of the Rings films, but haven’t made my way through the books yet (I am partly through). I never read the Chronicles of Narnia and I am not a mega fan of Harry Potter (please don’t hate me).
The TLDR (too long didn’t read) of this is that I don’t think I am part of any fandoms. I will say though, I enjoy book merchandise in general, so can I be part of the book fandom?
I greatly admire those who are. Those who are team so and so, or have organized their life around them. That dedication and love is very admirable to me. But it is so hard for me to pick a favorite book or top five, so please don’t dislike me that I haven’t gotten on board yet. I hope to do so! One day… If it makes you feel better I don’t have any other fandoms in other parts of my life either. Above all, I am a die hard book fan.
Please help me: What are your favorite fandoms? How did you get involved? I want to be a better fandom participant!
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