fan – an enthusiastic devotee, usually as a spectator; an ardent admirer or enthusiast (Merriam-Webster Dictionary)
I am a wife. A mother. A knitter. A writer. A geek. And a fangirl. I freely admit to having an addictive personality. When I find a new interest, I am all in (read obsessive). That obsession is what has brought me here.
I am a fan of many things. I think we all are, whether it’s a sports team, a movie, book or a TV show. We all have those things that we enjoy.
My first memory of truly being a fan occurred at the age of ten. My father took me to see Superman: The Movie. Christopher Reeve as Superman flew across that huge screen and I was hooked. Unfortunately, at that time there was no internet. I wasn’t into comic books. I had to wait until Superman II and then Superman III were released to really feed my interest. (We don’t acknowledge the existence of Superman IV in our house, for obvious reasons.)
My fangirl tendencies didn’t really take hold until 1987 when Star Trek: The Next Generation premiered. I was all in. I rented the older Star Trek movies, saw the new ones as they were released. I watched each new Star Trek series as much as possible, but with small children, it was difficult. Over the years, I’ve become enthusiastic about other shows, movies and books – Firefly, Harry Potter, Chuck, X-Men, Alias and too many others to name.
Fast forward to the Netflix age, which makes binge watching a complete season over a weekend more than just possible. It’s my reality. Watching this episode or that, just to pick up on some minutiae that I missed during my first, fifth or tenth watch is my normal.
Funny thing about watching over and over again. I have developed my own interpretations and theories about each of my obsessions. One of the great things about being part of a fandom is the opportunity to share those ideas and discuss them. The downside of being in a fandom is the negativity that sometimes seeps in. Some days I just need to be a fandom of one.
That brings me to the purpose of this blog. Sometimes the thoughts in my head just need a platform upon which they can see the light of day. This is my platform.
More thoughts, theories and interpretations to come…