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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 am a lemming *holds up small furry paw*. I've found every fandom except my first, because I'm a lemming and have followed favourite writers from one fandom to another and THEN gone and sought out source. I started writing because I am a lemming, and I'm only on LJ, because I am a lemming. Phew! *slumps back on the lemming couch*.

Here via metafandom (see, SEE! A Lemming!!), and I have friended you, just now, because... yeah, kinda obvious. ;)

*grins* I would still be poking at usenet without lemmingness.

Also, welcome!

Heh, thank you, happy to be here. ;)

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This. God knows I'd never have even *looked* at some shows without fandom squee telling me to try it already, just one hit.

*raises little lemming hand*

undermistletoe authors can take credit for my cross into the land of McShep. Once I tried a few, I had to read everything I could get my hands on without having watched a single episode, much like I started with CLex. Fanfic writers should get kudos from the show's producers because reading their fic resulted in the purchase of the full set of DVD's, just as it did with SV (and SG-1 for Xmas!).

Heck, I can even point to a few of my CLex readers that I dragged into the fandom along with me. *buffs nails*

Of course, I'm always behind the curve, so Merlin is probably a year or two away for me. :-D

here via metafandom

Lemming pride!

I'm extremely amused by the supposition there's something wrong with following your friends into a new fandom, or dragging them (sometimes kicking and screaming) along with you. Granted, in my personal fannish experience, it hasn't been so much a case of following the fan creators, so much as someone whose taste I trust telling me 'you must check this out: it's shiny'. Of course that makes me more amenable to watching a new show: what it doesn't do is magically eradicate my own preferences or critical thinking. Sometimes the pimping doesn't take: I've never been able to get into Supernatural or Heroes, even though I watch them casually. Other times though-well, it's instant love, and there's no feeling quite like discovering a new fandom.

To say nothing of the joy of introducing a friend to a favourite new playground. Or introducing a formerly monofandom person to the joys of multifandom whoring. If that's wrong, I don't want to be right! :D

*follows you over cliffs regularly*


I'm confused. What is fandom but a bunch of us banding together and forming a community based around sharing what we like, and what's the point of a community if we don't have influence over one another? If we don't share more of what we like, if we don't tell our friends that if you like X then get a load of Y, and eagerly listen when told the same? If all fans were only ever doing their own thing, without any input from another...how is that a fandom at all?

I haven't seen any of the posts which sparked this, but the anti-lemming view just doesn't make sense to me. Maybe it's because if it weren't for pimping and following friends, I wouldn't have practically any fandoms at all; I'm awful wary of trying a new text, more often than not, someone whose taste I trust has to assure me that it's worth the time.

And likewise, some of the greatest compliments I've ever received in fandom is those occasions when I've been accused of dragging someone into a new series...

Wuv, Twu Wuv, is what dwives us all...

Hello I am from metafandom and I am contrary. I have this weird double reaction to your post and this sort of idea: on the one hand I have been lemming like for lots of fandoms myself, but on the other I have sometimes been very annoyed at perceived lemmingness in other people.

Poking at this I think the issue is partly a pretentious anti-popularity streak, though in my case that draws largely on a fear of being drawn into something by peer pressure then having my heart broken when I realise it's crap. But also I think it's just a different expression of the usual disproportionately-passionate fannish love that drives ship wars etc. It's like, I have this long term committed relationship with canon based on it's inner self, and then new people blow in because it's the flavour of the month and will blow out again without ever understanding it's True Wonderfulness.

Having realised that's where I'm coming from I'm more able to let go and remind myself it's just a story(*), and won't be hurt if other people enjoy it for "the wrong" reasons. But I think this difference in attitude can cause some of the perennial fannish frictions. A more extreme attitude (which I am thankfully not prone to) is all the people who bristle at any criticism of canon for bad writing/sexism etc, because True Love Sees No Flaws.

(*)Though I am annoyed at the possibility that all the fans who watch Dr Who for David Tennant's hotness were responsible for the latest casting choice.