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so perhaps i like the idea of a blind cliff and a long jump

There's a part of me that's just--I guess is both irritated and resigned about the pseudo-intellectual snobbery that is anti-pop culture and anti-popularity. But it's also this.

I like the Lemming Method. I am a fan of the Lemming Method. If I could somehow acquire my own personal charisma machine and pimp everyone by sheer strength of personality into whatever fandom I'm in? I would be doing that for every damn fandom I have. I mean, sure, if you want, let divine intervention lead you to that very special text, but you know what? I found a much faster way to discover what I love.

I don't need fandom to tell me about a text I already love, though that's nice as well. I need fandom to show me what I'm missing. Did I miss spies or space cowboys or King Arthur, did I miss magical schoolboys or Superman redux or Wolverine in a cage (thank God for Diebin)? I've done both; I have dragged friends into fandoms they weren't interested in and watched them fall in love, and I've followed people where they went because I wanted to see what was so damn shiny in the other side of the hill. It's not everyone's way, but it's a lot of mine. I loved Diebin before I saw X-Men; I adored astolat before I fell on top of Stargate; I was all about cesperanza before I went near Due South.

Being apologetic because the authors interested you first? Because the fandom interested you before the source? Are you kidding? Apologize because I found a group of people so awesome and want to join in? Because the sheer rush of creativity is so overwhelming I want to be a part of it? Because there's one person that's worth watching one to three seasons of a show I wasn't too sure of so I'd get her fic?

That's what I celebrate.

Fandom cannot be done wrong, per se, but in a lot of ways, following each other around to see where they go, check out the other side of the mountain, looking in blank astonishment at a text or source you are pretty sure you are going to hate, but what the hell, brown_betty loves it, so okay--this exemplifies what attracted me to fandom in the first place. Beyond the source itself, it forces me to do what I wouldn't do on my own, makes me think outside what I'm comfortable with, and gives me nice rewards if I do those things.

Sure, I can't claim to be edgy, independent, intellectual, or special. I can claim, however, that unlike outside of fandom, if the source fails me, if the show/book/comic/medium fails me, the fandom around it never does.

Be a lemming. Jump blind over the cliff because your friends are doing it. Sure, the jump is scary, and you can't work out why the hell they thought this was a good idea, but the rush is unbelievable. You'll love what you find on the other side.

ETA: Current guild rules require me to mention svmadelyn, chopchica, and amireal as the primary lead lemmings leading me over whatever cliff they find.

ETA 2: I forgot to use my lemming icon. Lemming pride, my friends. Lemming pride.

I'm bad at tv, so quite honestly, I wouldn't know what the hell to watch if other people weren't squeeing about things. Plus? Then we get to all squee together, which is exponentially *more* fun.

Pretty much this. I have *done* the surfing channels thing. If I don't have to do it again? Hell yes.

I was a fan of Lord of the Rings first--that's how I found fandom on LJ. Every fandom since? Pimped in, and I can name everyone responsible--including your Sleep While I Drive for Smallville, where I still don't watch the source. :D

*dies laughing* SV is better with as little canon as possible. Trust me on this one.

People lemminged after me into reality TV fandom.

It was the proudest moment of my life to realize that.

*nods soberly* There really should be t-shirts.

I'd never have found Stargate if it weren't for the lemming effect. I'd loved the film and then didn't have cable... a friend told me she thought I'd love it, and when, in the Christmas season of 2007, Costco had the complete 10 season set on sale, I bought it.

After I'd watched the whole thing, I realized... wow, I'd only seen a grand total of 3 episodes out of all ten seasons prior to buying the entire thing. Three. And I love it like a loving thing. ♥ the lemming effect!!

I'm glad I'm a lemming, man where would I BE if i wasn't? I don't know, still stuck in QAF fandom and doing ANYTHING else. Then people are like, OH, SGA or Harry Potter or Due South. Where the fic i read made me fall in love with the characters and watching the show after? ALL THE BETTER. It was like I fell in love ALL OVER AGAIN. Cheesy yes, BUT GOD TRUE D:

My world is a bigger place because I didn't question the new places I was going to explore. You leave the questioning for once you get there.

yes! You get like, two first times that way!

Will it increase your lemming street cred if I point out that A Handfull of Dust is what shoved me off of the Smallville cliff before I'd ever seen an episode?


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I know the feeling. Before cable? It was a dark time for my tv fandomness.

I read HL because I loved the source, followed Bone and Aristide to dS where I (re)watched the source after finding the fandom awesome and fell in love, followed bits of my flist to SGA and fell in love with the characters I read about - and came full circle to fall in love with Merlin all on my own again.

Lemmings of the world unite!

WE NEED A GUILD! And maybe matching bracelets.

Hell yes! It's all about taking a chance on something because so many people are into it. If it works for you, awesomeness and if it doesn't, stop watching and who cares?

Wait, does this mean I have successfully sucked you into Merlin?

*grins* And yours was the very first Merlin I read!

there is nothing wrong with being a lemming, repeat after me

It could be a song. It could.

Lemming pride! I don't actually have a television, so if it weren't for fandom informing me of various tv shows' existance and getting me interested enough via fic or meta to netflix or rent (or download) episodes, I'd never be exposed to any new television shows at all.

Without fandom, I'd never have seen dueSouth, SGA, Lost, Smallville (okay, I quit watching that one at the end of season one, but I love the fandom for giving me the Clark/Lex fic I've wanted since the first time I saw Superman: TAS and Justice League), SPN, QaF, Buffy, Firefly, and a host of other things.

Ooh Smallville. *has flashbacks* That was--special times. *reminiscent*

Pretty much, yeah. Now if only I had the fandom presence to pull people into stuff I like that nobody else seems to give a whit about right now. *sigh*

I am trying to build a subtle mind-control ray.

(via metafandom)

This is pretty much how I ended up in all the fandoms I've been in, bar my first one. It's why I'm only now cancelling out the sleep deficit that occurred when my Thing with SGA went from "the flist are talking about it again, also the AUs I've read make me heart like a hearty thing" to MUST READ MORE OMG a few weeks ago. I think I reached critical mass, or something (and I suspect that the next show due for critical mass is Merlin, because I found myself in a viewing chat last week and the concentrated squee was kinda awesome and convincing).

My flist, for the record, are absolute rockstars of pimping (although, let's be honest; who's isn't?) And I'm not just talking about exclusively fannish things.

Flists rock. They bring the best drugs to the yard.

Now I think I'm sad I've only ever successfully pimped one person into one fandom.



ONE IS HOW IT STARTS! Others will come!