Fandom quite literally is a shortened way of saying Kingdom of Fans…well, fanatics. And there has never been a more accurate term for the people who are part of fandoms. I, myself am in several, if that tells you anything. I’m sure you can guess at least two I’m in, I have mentioned them a few times. Anyway, a fandom is a group of fans who are fiercely dedicated to and in love with a certain book (usually a series), anime, manga (they are different), movie, author, company (i.e. Disney). You can literally have a fandom for anything. Usually if you are in a more widely known fandom there is a name for its fans, some you might have heard and not even realized it. In the fandom community it is the same as calling someone from New York a New Yorker…only a bit more creative, because, well…geeks 🙂 Below are a list of some T.V. fandoms and their people:
- Sherlockians – Obviously people who are apart of the Sherlock Holmes fandom. Now, Sherlockians are not necessarily fans of the original Sherlock Holmes novels, although they can be. They are also not the same as fans of the movies with RDJ. They are fans of the show that comes on BBC and stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. It’s very intense and so is its fan base. Unfortunately I do not know too much about the show as I have not watched it yet, but I look forward to seeing it and finding out just how amazing it is. They usually in fight over ships*(anything with an * is further explained in bold at the bottom).
- Hunters/SPN Family – Personally I prefer Hunters, and yes I am one. This is the Supernatural fandom. Supernatural is a show about two brothers and more recently an angel who hunt demons and all sorts of other monsters. They are very much anti-heroes and often find themselves doing things morally questionable. But they have the world’s best interests at heart and they are dedicated to their family, both blood and other hunters (though other hunters tend to be more trouble than they are worth). This fandom might be one of the largest I have ever known in America. It has a very loyal fan base though they, too, fight over ships.
- Whovians – This one should sound familiar to you all as I am a very big Whovian myself. This is the name given to members of the Doctor Who fandom. One of the oldest, if not THE oldest, fandom around. The Doctor, which is what he is called*, is very old though he sometimes does not look it. He is a Time Lord and for those of you who do not like time travel this show is not for you. He travels in a T.A.R.D.I.S. which is an acronym, though it is also acceptable for write it as Tardis, or even TARDIS. That stands for Time And Relative Dimension In Space. It is, in the most basic sense, The Doctor’s time machine. This is another fiercely loyal fan base, though most of the in fighting in this fandom has nothing to do with pairings as The Doctor is not known for romantic interests, but between NuWho fans and Classic Whovians. NuWho would be everything since 9*.
Now I did these three fandoms first because they are the three top fandoms to be found on Tumblr. They are also very much like a family as most of these fans would love to see a crossover featuring all of the fandoms together, this idea is known as SuperWhoLock…look it up, there will be an abundance of information.
- Oncers – Newer fandom for the show Once upon a Time. Now just because you watch this show does not mean you are a Oncer. You could easily just be a casual fan. Most people consider themselves in a fandom when they become very loyal to their fandom and find themselves talking about them often and even making inside jokes with other fans. There are levels to being a fan. Enjoying something alone is not enough to be considered a member of that fandom.
Cancelled shows and their fandoms:
- Browncoats – Fans of the widely believed to be cancelled before it’s time show, Firefly. This fandom has so much power and loyalty they managed to get a movie, Serenity, made after their show was cancelled. This fan base will also be very closely identified with the Joss Weadon fan base…now I can’t tell you know who Joss Weadon is because he is so huge in geek culture he actually gets his own section in H, so be patient. Firefly was like a sci-fi western. It had bandits, who were anti-heroes and some of the best ever created at that (can you tell I’m also a browncoat?), and they are on a spaceship called Serenity (hints the name of the movie).
- Merlinians (though some would try to go by Merlinites) – Fans of the show Merlin. I must confess this is another I do not know too much about, but it is another BBC show like Doctor Who and Sherlock. It follows the story of Merlin and Arthur in their younger years. Apparently is also has Morgana before she goes bad. I have heard great things about it, and though the fandom remains loyal, talk of the show has petered out since it’s cancellation.
- Twihards – I will say very little about the fans of Twilight because anyone who has read my blog before will know I do not like Twilight and I don’t understand what it’s fans see in it. Twihards are pretty much to fandoms what Beliebers are to music lovers. They just don’t seem to be good for anyone, but they stand by the things they love despite the overwhelming hatred that greets them and that is the nicest thing I can say.
- Demigods – These are fans of the Percy Jackson books, and I hear there are a lot of them. Once again, do not personally know much about how things happened in the books. I did see the movies, and I know that Demigods will hate me for saying this but I thought they were decent. “True” Demigods will hate the movies. Apparently they butchered the books, which is always unfortunate to here, as a fellow fan of a butchered book I know how much it hurts to hear that something you loved was murdered in the movie adaptation. These fans apparently lost a lot of good characters as the books went on, so you will often find them depressed when they talk of their fandom.
- Tributes – Hunger Games fandom…though I find this name funny because when you really think about it, nobody actually wants to be a tribute unless you would be from one of the career districts. I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t be though. This is one I am a fan of, but would not consider myself a member of the fandom…yet. I am getting to the point of full-fledged tribute, but right now I am basically living in a district and watching the games on television. If you don’t know the premise of this one you must have been living under a rock. This is one that the movies have actually done okay with. Not LOTR good*, but not Ella Enchanted bad*.
- Potterheads – If you don’t know what a Potterhead is you have not be alive the last decade. Harry Potter is one of the largest fandoms worldwide! And, of course, yours truly is a huge member of this fandom. I have been a Potterhead since book one, I literally grew up with this fandom, however I will not turn the entire rest of this post into me fangirling (if you don’t know what that means…wow, just wow) over my number 1 fandom. These fans are as diehard as the Tumblr top three (see SuperWhoLock above) and they are very passionate. In fighting, because of the abundance of knowledge provided by Queen Rowling (as Potterheads have taken to calling her), ranges from ships, to houses, to schools, to Order vs. Death Eaters. But at the end of the day, Potterheads will always defend each other, and Potterheads, Hunters, Whovians, and Sherlockians will always stand together against anyone who might threaten any of those fandoms.
Classics that require little explanation:
- Star Wars fans– As an older generation of fandom they do not have a widely used name like the above fandoms do. Though some might call themselves Jedi or Sith, titles which are used to explain which side of the war they would be on. This fandom should need little explanation besides stating that it is a widely held belief that most “true” fans would hate the prequels which messed up much of the stories told by the original movies.
- Trekker – A newer term for the fandom formally know as Trekkies. Nowadays to call a Star Trek fan a Trekkie is considered rude in the fandom, at least that is my knowledge from Trekkers I have run into. I, myself have not ever been a fan of Star Trek, which is often the case if you are a fan of Star Wars. These two fandoms tend to butt heads when they collide. However, I did enjoy the movie that came out, though I have heard from “true” fans that the new movies were not good.
- Comic book nerds – Though the term should really be geeks since nerd is NOT synonymous with geek ( I will get farther into that when we reach N). People who are apart of any comic book fandom. This fandom can be broken down into sub-fandoms, the main three of which are Marvel, DC, and Indie comics. From those three main sub-fandoms we break this fandom down further into individual series fandoms such as Spiderman, Batman, Spawn,The Walking Dead series …you get the picture.
Alright, that should cover some of the most popular fandoms you will come across. I hope this has proved helpful and below you will find, in order, slightly longer explanations for the areas I have placed an asterisk.
*Shipping will be explained at S, though if you already know what it is good for you.
*Doctor Who, the show’s title, is a question not his name. Whovians get mad when it is used in that context, i.e. So Doctor Who was trying to save Amy…No!… The Doctor was trying to save Amy…Yes!
*The Doctor’s faces are known by the number regeneration he is, there were originally 12 though he has been granted more recently so the show might survive another 50 years.
*Lord of the Rings is pretty much the gold standard of book to film adaptations.
*Ella Enchanted is my personal standard for the worst book to film adaptation ever. As in, so bad they only took character names and the most basic plot line and turned it into a movie. Every book lover who has had a book turned into a movie has this standard, and it depends on the readers taste in books, I’m not kidding, ask one you know the answer will very, but the distaste is the same.