Although there’s a world of positivity among Internet fans, sometimes it really is tiresome to see the same drama over and over again.
The fandom experience has been a near-constant part of my life for almost 20 years, but at the same time, fan spaces have changed so much. Here’s a glimpse into the mind of an elder fan who has seen a lot of changes.
Simple answer: yes.
Long answer: still yes, but keep reading.
My love of fanfiction hasn’t changed much in 20 years, but the way I read it definitely has.
We get fooled into thinking that certain shows are the pinnacle of the anime industry, that they must be masterpieces in order to be so long-running and popular.
I sat down at my desk this evening to do some research for a fic. But as sometimes tends to happen, I got briefly distracted by Twitter, and ended up falling down the perpetual rabbit hole that is the ‘older fans in fandom’ debate.
Fandom feels like a complete cluster-fudge at the minute, but it also has the power to bring joy and happiness.