Basically the best occupation EVER An obsessive female fan (usually of movies, comic books, or science fiction)
If you are an avid readers, there is a high chance that you are a fangirl. Not only that, fangirl can ranges from movies, actors, bands, to comics and basically anything out there.
I’ve never had problems of admit being a fangirl, partly because my family is super supportive for the things I love (thank you ❤ ). I’m always found with a book. I binge-watching Supernatural and any other TV shows like it’s nothing. I read fanfiction like crazy, obsess over fanarts, and spent more money and time to browse books more than I should have. Being a fangirl is one of the best things I’ve done, and I love every single minute of it. Meeting amazing people I would probably never met otherwise, discussing my hobbies with others around the globe… Those are absolutely precious.
However, it doesn’t mean I haven’t heard many terrible stereotypes when it comes to fandoms. Fangirls are often seen as “a female who has overstepped the line between healthy fandom and indecent obsession”, an emotional, shallow and unintelligent teenage girls; “obsessed with something (or someone) to a frightening or sickening degree”. All which I found through social media, or even online definitions. And everyone needs to know that being a fangirl has absolutely nothing to do with “shallow” or “unhealthy”.
HERE IS A SHORT LIST OF THINGS YOU SHOULDN’T SAY TO A FANGIRL (partly because they are quite rude)
1. “Fangirling is a wasteful, unhealthy hobby”
Joining a fandom is an amazing thing. Not only you can enjoy what you love to its fullness, it’s a super friendly and supportive community. For some people, it’s even a way to balance their stressful daily life, watching and discussing the things they found engaging. Many fandoms are the roots for social campaigns, for example Tumblr’s heartthrob Benedict Cumberbatch’s “This is what a feminist looks like”. Fangirling is an awesome hobby. Don’t let anyone’s opinion get to you.
2. “It’s not real. You should know that.”
Ouch, that hurts…
Isn’t wrong to be creative? Isn’t wrong to let yourself go with your imagination? Absolutely NOT. We fangirls are perfectly capable of distinguish reality and fiction. However, stop believing in Santa doesn’t mean you stop leaving presents under the tree or staying up with your little sister, waiting for the Polar Express. It’s an incredibly enjoyable thing to do, so there is nothing wrong with fangirls falling in love with a fictional character.
3. “Fangirls are just a bunch of naive teenagers who can’t get a hold of themselves.”
Female of approximately 12-17 years old, whose obsession can be often considered ditzy, annoying and shallow.
NOPE. Nopity nope nope. While I’ve been known for overly excited when a new Percy Jackson’s book is out, or crying over the death of a certain fictional character, fangirls are definitely not shallow or unintelligent. There are many people in which I know are super talented and amazing, and they are self-proclaimed fangirls.
Don’t believe me? Anne Hathaway is a huge star herself, but that doesn’t stop her from completely freaking out at the possibility of meeting Mariah Carey. In an interview, she shared about how crazy it is to be “two arms length” away from Mariah Carey. She basically reacted the same way anyone of us would do when we have the chance to encounter the things we love. And last time I checked, Anne Hathaway is a 34-year-old talented award winning actress.
4. “You are not a real fan unless you know the on-sale date of Batman: Time and The Batman”
It’s Feb 8, 2012. In case you were wondering (and no, I looked it up).
Have you ever seen a girl getting all hype up about comics and superheroes and think, “Well, she probably did it for her boyfriends”. It’s hard for fangirl to be taken serious, even sometimes in their own fandoms. So every fandom out there, let’s not judge the book by its cover. (Except when that person said Percy Jackson’s books are terrible and love the movies, that’s a sad no no XD )
- Did any of these catch your attention? Do you agree with them?
- What’s a stereotype about fangirl/fandom that you find upsetting? Or funny?
- How would you react if a person tell you these things?
Have a great day! As always, thanks for reading, everyone. 😀