Inspiring book about Fandom: “Fangasm: Supernatural Fangirls”?

As many of you know I’m a Supernatural Fan. I just recently got the attitude of “I don’t care, I like what I like and if you don’t than you don’t, just don’t judge me for it”. I am a fan of Bon Jovi’s music and a major fan of the Supernatural family, this includes the show, the actors and the whole fandom (which is called SPN Family). Oh and I also love Country Music (as a Dutchie that might be weird as well), Taylor Swift, ’80’s music, action movies and what not. A great part of me not caring any longer is because of the book I just finished. The book is about fandom and it spoke to me from the first page. It is called Fangasm: Supernatural Fangirls and it’s amazing 😀 It is about fandom and especially the SPN Family.

I don’t get what the big deal is about fandom and why we “should” feel shame. Is it because all the “crazy” fans are all the fans we ever see, the yelling/ screaming, “ohmygodiloveyou” girls on television or in news reports. Headlines like “Stalker fan jumps ….” with pictures and horrible stories? I think that’s just the media wanting to create chaos and probably fear. Fear of loving what you love just because it’s this cult show, under appreciated by many.

But isn’t being a fan of a show the same as being part of/ or fan of a football team. You feel you belong in a group with a mutual interest. So why be ashamed?? Don’t get me wrong I feel I have to explain myself why I love this family so much all the time, and I don’t like it. However I also feel that everyone should love what they love and just get on with it.

I think the main issue with people, when talking about fandom, is that they don’t understand. When I talk to some of my friends about my “obsession” with Supernatural they look at me funny and call me an addict. I laugh it off, agree, but it doesn’t feel great. When I try to explain what it is that gets me most of them think “Oh you’re just hooked, cause of these actors” but actually it’s about the story. It’s not about the hunting evil, but about the brotherly bond they have. For me it’s about the bond on and off screen. The bond between the cast/ crew/ fans etcetera.

Maybe it’s because other people I talk to are embarrassed themselves for being a fan of something/ someone and they don’t know how to tell other people so they look funny at the people who are “brave” enough to tell everyone who or what they are a fan off. Or maybe it is because I am a new fan and can’t really understand how a show (or people) can grab me by the throat and don’t let go.

I’m not a fan that reads and writes fan fiction. I do however signed up to the LiveJournal community of Supernatural, just to see what’s out there. I’m also very connected with fans all over the world and that makes me feel great. There’s so many people who love this show that it makes me smile. I love the way people discus story lines and episodes on Twitter and Facebook and disagree about things. The way they always share convention videos/ photo’s/ stories/ Q&A’s makes me melt. Just to see how much love this show is getting from all across the globe with all different back grounds and education, some young some older.

I’ve been reading Fangasm: When Academics go to Hollywood which is a blog about the SPN fandom. It’s a blog written by the same writers as the book and it’s such an easy read.

Couple of days ago I was online (again) reading things about Supernatural, and stumbled on that book I wanted to read. I wanted to read it before but didn’t buy it yet. Until last Saturday, when I just though: what the hell, I’m just gonna buy the ebook and start reading, which I did.

I finished it in 4 days so that must be some kind of record 😉 I’ve read some articles and interviews from the writers and was interested in the book. They blog their interviews, thoughts about episodes e.d. In the book they write how much The Powers That Be (TPTB) don’t know the fans, show or important things the cast and crew want. They have their own vision of what they want and don’t listen even when they are told they are not correct. That must be because they don’t get the show, cast, crew, fans well the whole family actually 🙂 The moment I start reading the book I got sucked in, just like Supernatural, I got hooked and couldn’t put the book down. It is so well written, just like someone is talking to you. It doesn’t feel like a read, it feels like a listen. I mostly read while commuting (by bus) to work and I laughed so hard at experiences they had and how they reacted to situations. I could see it in front of me and probably would have a lot of those same reactions as them.

SO thank you Lynn and Kathy for allowing us to be a fan and not be ashamed. To tell us it’s okay to love what you love and get lost in something that interest you. To go online and write you’re own thoughts about and to talk to other people, discus what you like and also what you don’t like. And for most of all: THANK you for letting us be PROUD to be a fan and be proud of this amazing community a.k.a. The SPNFamily. I felt welcome the moment I saw an interview with Jared and Jensen at a convention (november 2012). I never watched the show before but when I saw that panel I knew I was going to get hooked to the show. So for me it wasn’t the show that introduced me to J2, but they introduced me to the show. I started when season 8 came out, so I am a late fan. Doesn’t mean I love it any less.

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6 thoughts on “Inspiring book about Fandom: “Fangasm: Supernatural Fangirls”?

  1. Kimmie says:

    I totally agree with you. I am four years in and I have watched all the seasons more then once and I have also read Supernatural Fangirls. I love to be able to hear that I’m not the only one. I have never been so attached to a show before.

    • ilseklijn says:

      Me neither. I feel so relieved for finally being able to drop the fear and shame of loving something so much ans being part of this amazing community.
      I think everybody should be able to share what they love and not feel guilty or shame about it. It’s what you love so love it. The people who make it (whether its music, art, sports, tv etc) create it for people and to share it with people alike, so what’s the shame in that? And if there’s no shame in creating why is/ or should there be shame in liking/ loving? That’s just my opinion 😉

  2. DutchSPN fan says:

    I love your view on the book, I’m also a huge Supernatural fan and from the Netherlands. Most of my friends didn’t even know the show until I started talking about it. I also recently decided to just stop feeling guitly about the fact that I’m in a fandom. I just love it!

    • ilseklijn says:

      Thank you. I know its hard to love something so much when other people don’t understand, but I’ve found loads of family online who I can share all my thoughts with. I also don’t care anymore that other people don’t understand. It takes up to much of nu energy which I gladly put into the fandom/ family. I know this family is something special and there is no other fandom like ours, and I’m proud to be a part of it 😀

  3. amdwriter91 says:

    “I started when season 8 came out, so I am a late fan. Doesn’t mean I love it any less.”
    And I know you posted this awhile ago, but I just gotta say I think no matter where you are in this Fandom, you LOVE this show so much. I’ve always thought that “being late to the game” was a bad thing, but you know what?! Late or not [as in I did not start watching in 2005], I STILL FREAKIN’ LOVE THIS SHOW! :}

    • ilseklijn says:

      I have found out that it’s not a matter of when you were hooked or started watching. This fandom is amazing and it accepts everyone. I haven’t been into any other fandoms, but I’m pretty sure it isn’t anything like this 🙂

      You’re right saying: I still freaking love this show, cause you know what? I DO TOO 😀

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