Whether we like to admit it or not we are all a part of one fandom or another. Some like to take to Tumblr to express their feelings and opinions with fellow (enter fandom name here) fans, while others prefer the solitude and satisfaction of writing what is known as FanFiction, which I for one am unashamed to admit I've written quite a few of in my spare time.
Here is the actual definition of the word:
"The state or condition of being a fan of someone or something."
"The fans of a particular person, team, fictional series, etc., regarded collectively as a community or subculture."
Don't you feel smarter already?
Okay, back to the fun stuff! While I could go on and on about everything fandom related, I think I'll just show you the top 10 Fandoms as of 2015.
10. Downton Abbey
Ever fascinated with all things British, the airing of Downton Abbey caught on quickly in the US. This popular British period drama chronicles the life of one well-to-do family, the Crawleys, in a fictional village in the early 1900s. Each series includes different events that took place during that period in history and shows the effect they had on the family and society. Appreciated for its clever wit and Austen-esque flair, the series has also been criticized for being too much like a soap opera. Whether that’s true or not is for you to decide. One thing is clear: the clash between characters of different mindsets, and the ever-present goal of marrying-off the women have propelled this show into its fifth season.
9. Mad Men
This American period drama is set in the 1960s and centers around the elusive head of an advertising agency, Don Draper. Begun in 2007, the show plays on the personal and social upheaval of America in the '60s to provide a rather accurate historical drama. As such, it lends itself to a deep, complicated analysis, which the elite group of fans revel in. The show is credited with a surging national interest in the fashions and norms of the period.
With the rising success of Benedict Cumberbatch, who stars not only in this TV series (based off the classic character of the Sherlock Holmes books), but makes appearances in such movies as The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug and Star Trek into Darkness, this fandom encompasses both an obsession with the detective character, as well as an enthusiasm for Cumberbatch himself. Though he doesn’t strike you as someone who would garner so much attention, one fan said “he grows on you,” and his superb acting abilities are unmistakable. Fans are said to be “Sherlocked” when they become hooked on the show.
7. One Direction (I'm sorry! This is what the internet says and we all know the internet doesn't lie!)
We’ve all seen it before — young girls getting hooked on a teenage boy band and going crazy for them. If there’s one demographic that gets the whole “fandom” thing, it’s this one. Between the t-shirts, selfies, youtube videos, and their whole product line, these guys are hard to miss. Fan culture revolves around social media sites, where images of the band members are captioned with phrases like “Imagine if Niall woke up next to you every day” and the like. Their albums “Up All Night,” “Take Me Home,” and “Midnight Memories” have all been wildly successful, and most pre-teens could tell you which band member is their favorite.
6. Star Trek
One of the most pervasive and long-standing fandoms out there, Trekkies are a devoted base who take part in many of the aspects of fan culture: costuming, fan fiction, watching the plethora of spin-offs from the original series, and even learning the language, Klingon. Inside jokes and references abound, and the iconic split-finger greeting has almost become mainstream. This cult phenomenon has been around for decades and is even credited with inspiring the invention of the cell phone. The show follows the adventures of humans and aliens aboard a sci-fi spaceship as they navigate through difficult situations.
5. Dr. Who
This series has been on TV since 1963 and takes the cake for longest running sci-fi TV show on record. Produced by the BBC, this show tracks the travels of a Doctor a.k.a. Time-Lord through time in his blue police box (TARDIS). A lot of the fan culture revolves around discussing the way actors have represented the Doctor, who has been played by eleven different actors over the years. There was a lot of hype surrounding the Christmas special, the 50th anniversary, and the transition from Matt Smith to Peter Capaldi, the newest doctor this past year. Oh, and there’s something about a screwdriver. Personally, I preferred the 10th Doctor, but that's just me.
4. Lord of the Rings or LOTR
The Lord of the Rings series is another deeply rooted fandom, with the groups divided between the older version of the film and the newer versions. Fans debate over the decisions made by the producers of the films, and how closely they resemble the book series. The most extreme fans dress up like characters, learn Elvish (J.R.R. Tolkien created the language, which is extremely intricate), and even visit New Zealand where the movies were filmed.
3. Harry Potter (my personal favorite!)
Potterites, Potterheads, or Muggles are all terms for the fan base for this book and movie series that has gripped young people almost since the first book’s publication in 1997. Consisting of seven novels, the storyline follows the main character, Harry, and his friends, who are students of wizardry at Hogwarts. Fans identify themselves as members of one of the four Houses of Hogwarts (Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, or Slytherin), play a real-world version of Quidditch (played with brooms), and write intense amounts of fanfiction.
2. Hunger Games and Jennifer Lawrance
Following in the wake of the Twilight books, The Hunger Games was poised to be the next big young adult series. It proved to be much more than that. Although the majority of the fan base is comprised of teenage girls, people of all ages have gotten involved with the series, especially in watching the movies. The 2012 movie was wildly successful and starred the much-loved Jennifer Lawrence. Though her selection was debated at first, she has her own loyal fan base, who is attracted to her down-to-earth style and realistic body image. Fans call themselves Tributes and definitely have an opinion on the Gale vs. Peeta controversy.
1. Game of Thrones or GoT
Based off a bestselling fantasy series by George R.R. Martin, A Song of Fire and Ice, this fandom possesses enthusiasm and verve because of its immediacy – the story is still unfolding. The series currently spans 5 books, and the TV show is in its fourth season. The plot revolves around nine families who vie for power in the land of Westeros. It is filled with murder, intrigue, and scandal galore. Fans enjoy cooking food that is served on the show, learning to speak the Dothraki language, and waiting in anticipation for the release of the next book.
Well there ya have it folks, our top 10 fandoms of 2015! If you think I made a mistake or believe YOUR fandom should be on this list comment below! I'd love to hear your responses!