Do You Suffer from Fandom?
Are you fan? Do you suffer from FANDOM?
Fandom is defined as: “1. All the fans (as of sports) 2. The state or attitude of being a fan.”
To answer my own question, yes. Yes, I am a fan. I’m a fan of Bilbo and Frodo, of Sailor Moon and Tuxedo Mask, of Darth Vader and Yoda, and of Cats, the fury lap layers and the musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber.
My friend is a fan of The Office. Another friend is a fan of the original Tomb Raider video game (she watches videos of people playing it now). Why? What makes me a fan or you fan of whatever we find that hits some special spot inside us? I’ve asked myself that question what is it about Vader and Yoda I like… I’ll have to re-watch everything in the cannon to figure that out. I think the answer has something to do with Life Day.
But the truth is my truest passion is music and performance. Sparked in no small part by the grand musical the Phantom of the Opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber. I think I nearly wore the CD set out when I was in high school. My family can attest to this. It made cleaning my room more bearable it made everything more bearable. To this day, I can still sing every word to every song in the score.
It inspired me. To be a better musician and performer. It fed the drive to study music and achieve that degree while working in the music library at my college. Ultimately, it led me to where I am today. It’s funny the twists and turns life can take when passion, a “fandom” directs you on a life course. You study music while working in a library and working in a library becomes a career and I still get to be musical.
So, let your fandom inspire you too. Indulge it at Librari*Con. Check the shelves for that book you read love and haven’t read in years. Check out those episodes of The Office or Friends and re-watch those episodes you love. The Library has them…
Written by Kevin Isaacs, superfan and Youth Services Specialist at the Miami Township Branch Library.