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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.

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I have a lemming icon! I NEED TO FIND IT NOW.

And you know, calm down before I break something. *g*

*And check my spelling, geez.

Edited at 2009-01-08 05:53 am (UTC)

Honestly, I can't even count the number of times I've watched a show (or read a book) because of something fannish. I was way into SGA before I'd even had a chance to even watch the show, for example. I watched and adored all of Veronica Mars on a friend's recommendation, I finally caved and watched Moonlight (and loved it) because my *mom* bludgeoned me into it, and I'm working my way through John Doe and planning to watch Life, all on the word of people I trust. Isn't that how it's supposed to work? If you and someone else share an enjoyment of one thing, it makes it more likely that you will share the enjoyment of another separate thing. That's the whole *point* of recommendations.

Yes, I was one of the Merlin lemmings. And the show isn't the best thing ever but the fandom totally is. I don't think I've enjoyed a fandom so much since my first forays into SGA, which made that post particularly irritating for me.

I think I was pimped into Merlin by the anti-Merlin rhetoric.

That's just the kind of contrariness that I can appreciate. Like, "if there is such a fuss about it then there must be something worthwhile?"

God, pretty much. I mean, Arthurian legend anything and eventually Id' wander over, but now it's like a statement. I love making statements.

Heh, I know what you mean. If I hadn't already been watching Merlin, I probably would start for exactly the same reason.

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