As a fan, remember to have fun

Warpcordova at Mad Genius Club has a really interesting article on the nature of fandom and what is important, how good it is to have fans and some of the interesting aspects of fandom.

One of the coolest things about becoming a published author is the fans.

Having fans is, by far, the greatest thing in the world. They devour your worlds, they have their own favorite characters, and they simply “get it”. There is nothing more awesome (awesomer?) than overhearing two fans of your series arguing about who was cooler, Character A or Character B. It’s almost like a giant neon sign emerges above your head proclaiming that you’ve “Made It”. It’s liberating. It’s even justification for all those wasted hours when you sat staring at the monitor, willing the book to come forth (and eventually finding your way over to YouTube because someone posted a clip of a kitten discovering iguanas) and fighting the urge to put your fist through the screen (or is that only me?). It gets even better when they form a fan club, and begin to cosplay different characters from your series (which helps promote your book around cons as well, a big bonus). There is something awesome when that happens.

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Oh yeah. there’s something awesome indeed.
The downside (and yes, there is always a downside) to all this? Occasionally you get a fan (or fans) who are a little… uh… robust. And trust me, they are out there. They are the die-hards, the ones who will literally defend your characters with their lives while making an utter ass of themselves and forcing you to awkwardly stand there as they alternate between singing your praises and telling everyone else that they don’t understand your greatness.

That’s not right, and let me explain to you in detailed form why.
That’s not right, and let me explain to you in detailed form why those buttons on your uniform are incorrect.
You know, like mom did in the second grade when she insisted that you were a “good boy” even after you got in trouble for the tenth time in a month.

A lot of crap comes down on Trekkies, since they were the first true “fan club” of the digital and media age (I’m ignoring the howls of protest for all those fans of Sherlock Holmes and the Marquis de Sade because, well, they were before computers and really, you’re a fan of de Sade? Really??). Some of it is unfair, and some of it is well earned. Trekkies have a reputation of being “robust” in their beliefs, and they are even more militant when it comes to their uniforms. Not as bad as other unnamed fan organizations out there, but they have strict guidelines that, if a fan is going to dress up in something similar to Kirk, then it better damn well have been in a movie.

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