on being a fan
December 29, 2011
Being a fan of something is great, because when you’re geeking out over your thing, you’re happy. Because all you have to do is stick that DVD in the player, read that book, watch that game, or listen to that song and you’re happy. You’re part of a community that understands why that thing makes you happy and doesn’t make fun of you for it.
Being a fan is a little like being in love. You’re full of joy and euphoria, and everything is beautiful. But being a fan can make you vulnerable, because you’re not in control of the thing you love. If the thing you love changes too much or does something horrible, you might feel like your heart is breaking. Fortunately, the stakes are low, and you can always go back to the books and DVDs and music or whatever that you fell in love with in the first place (which you can’t do when the person you love breaks your heart).
Being a fan of something can get you through the day when you feel like everything else in your life is falling apart. And that’s why being a fan of something — Buffy, Harry Potter, football, curling, miniature horses, anything — is important.