For all those out there who are deeply within a particular fandom, you should all understand the struggle of being in a 'new' fandom. Which results in you having to go through the whole process of diving deeply within it. It's a long hefty process, as you all know, but in the end its always worth it. Well, that's what has happened to me, as I have recently spent the past couple nights watching episodes of The Flash until 3 a.m. So I've decided to write a post where we all, fans mainly, can understand what its like to enter a whole new family.
1. The Long Road Ahead
I think its common with everyone when you realize that you are super determined to join a new fandom a.k.a start watching a new tv show, or a game sequence, movie series, comic books, and anything like that. It feels great to know that you're ready to embark on a new journey, but thinking about the endless hours you're going to need to catch up, well that doesn't sound so fun.
In my case, it was starting The Flash (since 2014) because everyone was telling me to watch it due to my obsession with Arrow (since 2012). Thankfully, it only has 2 seasons so far and I'm halfway through Season 1. But that still doesn't keep me from feeling bad when some of the kids at school ask if I watch it, and then they ask you something which you don't know yet. Even worst, they freakin spoil the next episode or the general plot of the tv show. All in all, it never is fun to think about how much you need to catch up when you've only just begun.
2. "Yeah, yeah I know what you mean."
You say as you try to immerse yourself into the conversation regarding Arrow's next episode on Season 4. Truth is, you actually don't have a clue what they're trying to lead up to, and you're only halfway through Season 2. Don't be ashamed of it, we all go through that. It may seem fake, or desperate, but its not. Its totally normal, in my opinion. Thing is, though you may feel lost, you find out what's bound to happen next.
Though this can be utterly horrendous at times, practically spoiling the show for you, it's also a heads up. Even a possible epiphany, if you want to put it that way. You'll be able to gain connections to whats happening, and won't feel so bad. Only thing is, now you have to suffer the wait and anxiety to see when that big reveal happens in the show. Oh the pain.
3. Merchandise, oh merchandise
There are 2 types of fans to every fandom. Okay, you can obviously classify them into more, but here are the basic and vague 2. Number 1 is the fan that keeps quiet about their favorite fandom. I mean, their ears may prick up when they hear someone mention "Stark" or the G Key on the piano (that's to you, MCR fans), but they won't completely freak out about it (maybe internal screaming, it's okay don't hold back). Particularly for merchandise, these fans will have a private shrine of their fandom, and maybe a couple t-shirts they never show off and wear under hoodies and sweaters. So these are the quiet fellows.
Then you get fan type number 2, who has no shame in their obsession whatsoever. This is the person you see that absolutely freaks out, I mean freaks out when there is anything said that relates to their hobby. And everyone knows about what they like, because they include it in their daily conversation, and more importantly, has merchandise that reigns over their lives. So this is the chic that has a t-shirt reference to every show she watches, or the boy that has that sick pair of Joker converse, and he has the Batman ones too. All in all, this person is not afraid to show off their pride.
So entering a new fandom, you're bound to become one of the two, or maybe a hybrid of them both. Regardless of which, brace yourself, all that cash you've saved up is going to Hot Topic (or any merchandise store, really).
Every fandom, and I mean every fandom has the feels. Whether it be the death of a character, or a particular ship doesn't work out, you're bound to encounter all those feels and you're heart won't be able to handle it! And if you don't, well you don't have a heart.
Going into a new fandom means that you're going, no, you are destined to deal with the feels. So brace yourself, you better get that heart prepared for all the weight its bound to carry.
5. Something to Add to the Long List of Obsessions
Speaking of lists, illustrated by the gif above, you're about to add to you're list of fandoms. In my opinion this is totally an achievement! It just means that you've got time to throw yourself into another universe, and it definitely adds multi-tasking points since you'll have to be able to keep up with all the story lines.
Not to mention geek points, you're going to gain so many geek points (which is a good thing, duh).
6. A life, what's that?
Now, this point goes to those who can't multitask. Once you're sucked into a new fandom, there's almost no way of getting out of it (for me its always the DC or Marvel things, tv shows in particular). In order to live through life in peace (just kidding thats not possible), you're going to have to learn to balance everything out. Yes, I mean the dreaded time management thing. If you have a huge exam the next day, but the new episode of The Flash is on, well you better chose wisely.
Its bound to happen when entering a new fandom, so enter with precaution!
7. Oh God He's So Cute!
Or she, doesn't matter. Every tv show, comic, movie has that one character that completely steals your heart and takes your breath away when you get a glimpse of them. Its either one character, or multiple, doesn't matter!
Entering a new fandom, you are condemned to have this happen to you. This individual will be the one you'll think about before you fall asleep, the one you wish that is real and is with you, and of course this character is bound to throw up your standards in dating other people. In fact, you may want a significant other just exactly like the character...or the character themselves.
8. This is My Shit!
Besides standards being changed, so many other things will too. These fandoms will become a source of inspiration, a place to call home, and a family that will always be there!
In other words, it'll be your shit! In my case, with The Flash and Arrow, I've become more inspired to work out, to become healthier, and stay truer to my morals. Hopefully joining a new fandom will do something good to you too!
9. Connections, ooh!
Now, this doesn't apply to all fandoms, but it does particularly to DC and Marvel. If you're lucky, your characters will meet one another (e.g. Avengers movies, Captain America: Civil War), and have what they call as a crossover!
Or your character will be effected by another character due to something they've done, or you can also get the subliminal reference to another character. If you're lucky, and this is something that is my favorite, your character will break the fourth wall. Let's all thank Mr. Pool for that.
10. Now what?
And in the end, you will always come to this conclusion, "Now what?" . Let's say you've finally caught up with The Flash, so now what do you do? You've spent so much time on the tv show, comic, movie, yada yada. What do you do now?
In the words of the mighty Thor, "Another!" There will forever be new fandoms to join, new tv shows to obsess over, new comics to read, and new characters to fall in love with! So go out there and fall into another family! But hey, just a heads up, it'll always be a struggle.