A couple days ago I was talking books with someone and they really put down Cassandra Clare.
And the thing is…Cassandra Clare has a back story. She’s had issues with plagiarism and transferring her fan fictions to general fictions. These are things that I’m aware of and honestly I moved on because I enjoy her books. They have done so much for me, and maybe if I would have read them and found this out about her at a different time, I would feel differently but that’s not the way it happened and I don’t. Those books mean a LOT to me.
Then my dear Shaina from The Urge to Write wrote a guest post for this blog about guilty pleasures, you know, books and tv shows or whatnot that aren’t great but we love them anyway.
I mean…I watch great shows, shows that have been acclaimed and recognized as great shows. But I also like to throw on some Gossip Girl or Vampire Diaries or Degrassi because its just fun and addicting.
And I think we all judge each other based on the things we like, myself included. I try to be better at it, I do and I know that I slip a lot.
And I notice it a lot more now that I get it back as well. We spend so much time judging each other on what we enjoy and what we like to do.
And I’m going to be honest. There are fandoms that just baffle me. Adventure Time? I have no idea. I’ve tried watching it and I don’t get it. I don’t understand the obsessions with the video games like Halo, Call of Duty or Minecraft. The obsession with the show, Supernatural, baffles me, I couldn’t get past season two.
But then I know people who are baffled at my Doctor Who obsession or my obsession with Cassandra Clare’s books. I know people beat the crap out of the Twilight, and while I know that Twilight isn’t the best written books around, but I have friends that are deep in the fandom and they explained why. I may not 100% understand that but I respect it.
And I hope that I can start respecting it more and more. I mean, so many of the books and comic books and movies and tv shows and all that teach us of acceptance and tolerance and respect. So we need to better at that. How can I sit here and claim to be a big fan of something that preaches it and I don’t even follow it.
So here’s my idea: I want to find people of fandoms that are different than mine…fandoms that I may not like or enjoy or fandoms that I don’t know. And I’d really like if you guys in these fandoms could write a short piece for the blog on why you like it and what you get out of it, so that way I can maybe start to understand these other fandoms.
Fandoms like Star Trek, 50 Shades of Grey, Adventure Time, Halo, Call of Duty, Minecraft, True Blood (well most vampire stuff), Final Fantasy, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Teen Wolf, Magic the Gathering, Dungeons and Dragons, Yu Gi Oh, World of Warcraft, Naruto, My Little Pony, etc.
I will say: I do dislike all of these! Majority of these, I just don’t simply understand them, or know much about them and I want to learn.
So let me know in the comments if you’re interested in writing a short little piece on your particular fandom.
And of course if its something that’s not above, let me know! I am so curious to learn more about other fandoms and to broaden my horizons.
Can’t wait to hear from all of you!