According to Wikipedia, “Fandom is a term used to refer to a subculture composed of fans characterized by a feeling of empathy and camaraderie with others who share a common interest.”
For a fan’s definition in Urban Dictionary,
“Fandom means family. And family means no one sits alone in mental institute. Because there are so many days when it looks like we are all going to end up in one.”
Or it could be, “An innocent word used for describing a cult of sleep-deprived people who obsess over one or multiple comics, books, tv shows, movies, video games, etc. ”
I am in several fandoms myself, for different genres and forms. Anime, Books, Shows, Kpop and Jpop (recently :p). As a fan, your companion would be your fandom. Through thick and thin, joys and pains.
Simply, it’s a community of understanding.
But why make or break?
Because having the same interest doesn’t mean being on the same wavelength. Liking the same artist or character doesn’t guarantee mutual views and opinions for everyone. Some sees an entirely different picture, and some aren’t as understanding to these differences.
Fangirling made me interact to different types of fangirls/ fanboys that’s why I could say these words. Fandoms are either a collective mayhem or harmony of fans.
Fandoms could either make or break an extent of my interests into something. Fangirling is more fun with a companion, but if your companion is indifferent to your differences it would be an entirely different story.
For example in Kpop, you can never expect me to be fan of a group whose fans (fandom) are… (mostly) bashers. I mean, we can all spazz without dragging each other down. What’s the point?
“Spread what you love, instead of bashing what you hate.”
It all boils down to respect.
Respecting differences in preferences. No need to point it all out, and act almighty negative; judging and discriminating.
Your opinions are your own, express it if you want but never try to push it in other people’s throat.
Fangirling won’t be as fun without the people who shares the same love as you, and that would be your fandom.
PS. I had no intention of low-key ranting. LOL