Hello all! Here I am, posting for the third week in a row, which I am incredibly proud of! How are you all doing?
Today, we’re going to be taking a look at some of my favourite fandoms. I’ve never really considered myself a fandom type of person, mainly because I’m not at all interested in the activity that makes up 95% of fandom interaction, ie shipping (and writing fanfiction about that ship). If that’s your thing, I don’t mind at all (I got my writing start by writing fanfiction, though not of the shipping kind, so I’m not biased against fanfic writers at all!) but its not my thing so I’ve never really interacted with a fandom before.
However, that does not mean at all that I don’t adore certain stories, so that’s what we’re going to be talking about today! My favourite fandoms, authors, characters and stories! What could be better?
01. What’s the first fandom you remember becoming a part of?
Narnia probably, or Black Beauty (does Black Beauty have a fandom?). Mum has been reading the Narnia books to us kids over and over again for years, and when I got old enough I started reading them myself and I’m just obsessed. I loved them as a kid and I still love them now. Black Beauty was the first novel I read by myself and I have always adored it. It’s a beautiful and moving story and it definitely ignited my passion for animals at a very young age. I have also never found a movie adaption that followed the book faithfully, or was anything other than some sentimental middle grade horse fantasy *insert derogatory word of your choice here* and I am mad. Give me some Victorian animal justice movies written by an awesome but chronically ill and disabled author please.
Also, I began listening to the How To Train Your Dragon audiobooks (read by David Tennant) when I was a wee lass and I absolutely freaking adored them, and I still do now. The movies are good, but the books are AMAZING. And there’s Cressida’s new series as well, which wasn’t published I until I was an adult, but they still feel like they were part of my childhood.
02. What’s the newest fandom you’ve come to enjoy?
I don’t know at all! Hunger Games? But I’ve enjoyed that for a few years now, have I truly joined no new fandoms since then? Harry Potter? But I wouldn’t really describe myself as in the HP fandom, I’m just obsessed with The Prisoner of Azkaban. Maybe Star Wars? I’m also not really in the fandom for that, but I really like talking about Star Wars things in an academic tone, which is pretty much my bar for entering a fandom.
03. What’s a fandom guaranteed to give you feels?
Lord of the Rings. Always and forever. I adore LOTR and it always gives me feels.
04. What’s a guilty pleasure fandom of yours?
The Flash. I loved this show when I watched it five or six years ago (I was about sixteen at the time, I think) but I eventually stopped watching it because it was becoming repetitive and bizarre. It’s still a guilty pleasure though, even though it’s got to be one of the worst shows in existence. I haven’t watched it in ages because our library no longer has it and I would be lying if I said that I didn’t want to do a rewatch.
05. What’s the weirdest fandom you’ve heard of/are a part of?
Sherlock/Superwholock. I was never a part of this fandom, because it fell to its melodramatic death (get the reference?) several years before I watched Sherlock (actually, now Sherlock is another guilty pleasure of mine. It’s not a great show plot wise, but its got Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, so…) However, if you don’t believe that this fandom is stark raving mad watch this one and a half hour long video by Sarah Z and see if it changes your mind:
06. Favorite popular/widely-known fandom?
LOTR? I guess. Most of my fandoms are pretty well known.
07. Favorite bookish fandom?
Can I choose LOTR again? Ok, I’ll choose a book thing that doesn’t have any adaptions as of yet…
Hmm…Naomi Novik’s books are amazing and I’m on a quest to read all of them? I don’t know if she really has a fandom per se. But if so, then that’s my answer. I can’t wait to read A Deadly Education (it looks like Harry Potter but grown up and without the problematic influence of Ms Rowling) and it looks like exactly my vibe. And I’ve finally tracked down the first in her Napoleon/Dragon series and I can’t wait to read that as well!
08. What do you consider your ‘homebase’, a fandom you can always come back to?
Narnia and Lord of the Rings, and also Rosemary Sutcliff’s books. All these books have been my constant companions since I was a little kid and I find so much comfort and wisdom in them. I’ve already reread The Eagle of the Ninth twice this year, which tells you a lot about my mental health recently. Narnia and Middle Earth are so beautiful and the characters are so amazing, and Rosemary Sutcliff’s books (Eagle of the Ninth and The Silver Branch in particular) are just indescribably good. Yes, I am Rosemary’s biggest fan. For those of you who don’t know, Rosemary had Still’s Disease (a severe and rare type of arthritis) and despite the obvious setback that this had on her (imagine handwriting or typing on a typewriter with arthritis! DragonSpeak hadn’t been invented yet!) she still wrote so many beautiful and lovely books. As someone struggling with health that has been rapidly declining over the last two years and is worried that it’s only going to get worse…well, that means a lot to me.
Anyway, enough sentimental rambling. Moving on.
09. What’s a fandom you know all about…but aren’t actually into it?
Marvel? I used to adore Marvel, but I think I grew out of it a bit. Most of Marvel’s new movies seem like cash grabs to me and the ones I’m genuinely interested in I’m scared I won’t like (Black Widow for instance. Nat’s my favourite character, next to Wanda and Peggy, and I’m scared they’ll ruin her legacy. Also, my sister informed this is not an origin story movie? and that was the only thing I was interested in–how Clint and Nat met and what happened in Budapest).
I still know all about it though, and I still genuinely love some of the older movies, Captain America, Black Panther and The Avengers for example, but I don’t keep up to date with anything post-Infinity War, which was the last good movie in my opinion. Come on, fight me. I hated Endgame).
10. Which fandom has the best characters?
I legitimately could answer almost every question here with “LoTR”, but I’m not going to. Instead, let’s have a list.
The Lord of the Rings (awesome characters, the hobbits are obviously my favourite and I adore Frodo, but if I had to pick a favourite it would be Merry)
The Chronicles of Narnia (the Pevensies are overrated, give me Jill, Eustace, Diggory and Polly any day. There’s also the Narnians, who are amazing)
Howl’s Moving Castle (not been mentioned yet, but amazing characters with such distinct personalities. Old Sophie is my favourite, closely followed by Howl himself)
How To Train Your Dragon (Hiccup, Fishlegs and Camicaze are the ultimate boy/boy/girl trio in MG fiction. You cannot convince me otherwise)
Broadchurch (a deep dive into the life of a town after the murder of a teenaged boy, a lot of character development and its so good)
Marvel (Marvel has it’s flaws, but if there’s one thing they did right it was character development)
Star Wars (Star Wars also has some good character development)
11. Name your all-time favorite ship.
All time favourite ship?? Well, I’m not really into shipping (can some characters stay single, please and thank you?) But occasionally the romance gets to me and so here follows a list of a few favourite ships:
Flynn and Rapunzel (If I had to choose a ship, it might be this one?)
Howl and Sophie (literally the perfect couple. Dysfunctional without being abusive, and also hilarious)
Eowyn and Faramir (the roughened had-to-be-tough-all-her-life warrior princess with the soft, abused garden-loving boy? I ship it)
Cress and Thorne (the best pairing in the Lunar Chronicles)
Winter and Jacin (also the best pairing in the Lunar Chronicles. I adore Jacin)
Peeta and Katniss (I know some people hate this pairing, but I think they’re perfect for one another).
12. What’s a fandom you’re curious about joining?
The Grishaverse! I read Shadow and Bone a few years ago and absolutely despised it (the toxic combination of the not-like-other-girls trope, the Darkling being sexy for some reason, and complete boredom and lack of interest in the plot killed it for me) and because of that I haven’t read any of the other books, though I did have Six of Crows personally recommended to me by Miranda. The new TV series has made me so curious about joining the fandom though, and its 100% because of Kaz. Kaz looks like the best male character I have ever encountered, so I’m going to read Six of Crows and hopefully one day I’ll be able to see the show and swoon over him some more (Please Netflix, I’m begging you, put it out on DVD for the rural Australian folks who just want to see a disabled boy hit people with his cane).
So, how’s thing? What’s your favourite fandom? Which fandom has the best characters? And what’s the strangest thing ever to have happened in a fandom? If you’re Australian, how did you spend your long weekend? I went to a flyball competition Saturday and Sunday, and then spent Monday with a headache and aching body, so I went mushroom hunting and read a book about mushrooms, and then ordered another book about mushrooms from the library. No prizes for guessing my current hyperfixation.