What fandom has taught me

As I pass another milestone on the road to turning 40, I’d like to share some of what I’ve learned from fandom over the past 20 years.

Am I Too Old For…Shipping?

That was really what I wanted from fandom at the time – just an opportunity to talk about the things I loved with people who loved them and knew them just as much as I did. That, for me, was ‘geeking out’, and I loved it.

Fandom joy

This is precisely what fandom is for me; appreciating the work, exploring it from all angles, sharing ideas and theories, and teasing out meanings. It’s like being given a puzzle with multiple solutions and a heap of new friends to help solve it.