Cloud9Shopper February 14 Share February 14 I’m not good at coming up with catchy thread titles, and also, feel free to move this if it’s not in the right place. I know we have a stan culture thread for celebrity fans but I’m curious about other people’s experiences in fandoms, the good, bad, and the ugly. Or the “just fine.” I’ve been in the world for about two years myself, starting when I started writing fanfiction again in 2021. (I wrote it once when I was a teenager and I always hope it’s not anywhere to be found online anymore.) Without naming fandoms, here’s what I’ve encountered: The good: I have made a few friends from sharing our like (or dislike/hate watches) of shows or characters. I also have enjoyed being a part of some general fanfiction communities where people of all fandoms and writing abilities come together and discuss writing and life, and the fandom discussion just comes on the side. I look forward to different fic writing events and figuring out how I can interpret the prompts. The bad: Like anything else, fandom can be very cliquey and closed off. I have struggled to fit in or feel accepted and I find it’s hard to keep track of all the unwritten rules and terms. If I had never started writing fic again, I wouldn’t know what an “anti” was or what a “pro shipper” was and I don’t even really care to this day what they mean. Sometimes being out of the loop is nice. 🤣 The ugly: How much it’s affected my mental health at times thanks to the insults people hurl if they don’t like my opinions. Seeing how serious and personal fictional shows and characters are to some people has been eye opening. I’ve been kicked out of a space for “violating principles of a server in other fandom spaces.” I’ve had people check my post history and follow me around Reddit to be nasty on my posts because they don’t like my fandom opinions. I’ve also been disappointed when people don’t seem to like my writing instead of being happy I put it out there whether one person or 100 people read it. People can be bullies and really behave in an unhealthy way but preach acceptance and kindness in their next breath. Overall, I tend to lean towards fandom being harmful if you’re not careful, but the positive experiences give me hope at the same time. It’s good to see there are people who enjoy a show or a character or a ship but don’t center their lives on it. And honestly, my experiences in spaces more focused on writing and other forms of creativity have been better than some fandom spaces. 4 Link to comment
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