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In your own space, talk about what surprises you about fandom. It could be a pairing or fandom you never thought you'd like. A fanwork type you never knew existed. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.
I have some complicated and non-complicated feelings about Fandom. I feel like "Fandom" has become the blanket term for any group of people/community who come together around something they love. Especially as the idea of 'what a fandom is' and 'what a fan can be a fan of' keeps evolving to incorporate more and more things.
Fandom for me has been a really beautiful and amazing experience for the most part. Though I do, also, spend a lot of time avoiding/ignoring anyone who tries to currate "how I should be a fan" on pretty much every platform I'm a part of -- from DW/LJ to Tumblr to A03. I don't let people tell me what I can't write, say, do, though I do make sure that whatever I am writing, saying, doing is being done with professional amounts of respect no matter what (and especially, deeply if it's ever in conflict with other people's passions/opinions, because I never want another fan to think I'm disrespecting their love/belief in something even if I don't agree with it/see it.)
I've very attached to my authenticity, and I'm just as attached to people being able to express their own. I will very quickly jump to the defense of other people being attacked or being told they can't do a thing they love. I love taking part in discussions and debates with people, and on subjects, I don't agree with (or know enough about) because I love listening to people be passionate about things, and listening to them talk about it helps expand my own knowledge base and understanding.
I don't always get involved with fandom. From the moment I fell in love with Edward Cullen (after reading all four books in less than 35 hours the weekend after I finished my 160 page thesis for my English Masters), I avoided that fandom like the plague. I had a lot I wanted to do and say with the Cullens, but I didn't really want to be part of most of the group attached to it. I did relent for something like 5-15 people over the next two years, but I was deeply selective of who I let in during that time.
Getting involved with the Hawaii Five-0 fandom has been a massively bumpy ride. From getting brave enough to write my meta where people could see it and discuss it with me, even request that I write meta on certain subjects. To being harassed, stalked and threatened by one of the actresses on the show (which was crazy, but so much of fandom on tumblr, and the other people who had the same things happen to them, came together so strongly and unanimously against her actions).
Yuletide fandom owns me, but usually only for about a month and half every year. I love taking part in all the swaps (books/drinks/candy), trying to fit my fic into as many extra categories as possible, helping out in betas, treats, and generally plotting behind the scenes with people who know what I'm doing (or who only match up with me on rare fandom discussions during that time). It's always syuch an amazing, positive influx during the last few months of the year.
I was surprised at just how much I loved/love the cross-fandom experiences of Fandom_Snowflake, Fandom_Appreciation, Fandom_Stocking each. I love getting to share love across the lines, with both people we know and lots of people we don't know. Loving on them, supporting them, talking about truly amazing communities that do great works for all of them. They've all brought so much into my life, and they keep me attached to some of the people I've fallen out of being in immediate touch or fandoms with.
I usually sort of exist in a fishbowl. Content to write with friends and whomever gloms into my world. The state of having people continue to know more and more who I am in tumblr, and flood with me with questions, or have squee fits if I like something they say, is a new sort of experience. And I retreat to my fishbowl with a very limited number of people in it, or even only one a lot of the time, but it's definitely an interesting one.
Being in the fishbowl thought usually means it takes quite a lot to get me first, out of the fishbowl, and then second, involved in something to be surprised. I'm constantly surprised by things I learn in Snowflake and Appreciation (and Yuletide). About fandoms, about fandom wide things (like fandom calendar), more and more ways to use A03 to archive everything fandom related ever, and all the different types of Transformative Works out there.
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