This week’s prompt gave me pause for thought. I have so many fandoms that I enjoy, but how many of them am I thankful for? Hmmmm. Once I put my mind to it I realised that there have been some wonderful things that fandom has brought into my life, and once I noticed those things it was easy to put together this week’s list.
Friends was one of my earliest fandoms. I really got into it once the show had been running for quite a while, and ended up watching the first few seasons as reruns. When I moved away to university, my boyfriend surprised me with a box-set of all ten seasons of Friends. That box of DVDs became my lifeline over the coming year. I would watch episodes when I got stressed or homesick and I invited my new college friends to my room for Friends nights. That show got me through my first year at uni, and kept me afloat during some other tough times.
2. Harry Potter
Harry Potter provided me with some common ground when bonding with some of my now-good friends. People like Natalie, Nina and so many others. I have loads of friends who are into Harry Potter, and who are also socially awkward geeks. Harry brought us all together and gave us something to chat about when we were feeling shy and weird.
3. Tank Girl
Tank Girl has given me many reasons to be thankful. Not only did she give me a kick-ass role model to look up to in my teens, but she also provided a talking point when I met my ex-partner, Ross. He and I were both big Tank Girl fans which was super exciting to me because until that point I’d never met another person who had even heard of Tank Girl. In addition to that, Tank Girl was my very first cosplay, and I’ve made loads of friends while wearing my Tank Girl costume. So I’m very grateful indeed to that fandom for opening so many doors for me.
4. The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Rocky Horror has brought me so much joy, whether it’s in the form of cosplaying as Columbia or having epic Rocky Horror parties with my friends. The tagline for the film, “Don’t Dream it, Be it” has become something of a personal motto for me. I like to do my best to make dreams a reality, to live the life that makes me happy and to embody those things that mean a lot to me. And I’m grateful to Rocky Horror for bringing that motto into my life.
5. Game of Thrones
Game of Thrones holds a special place in my heart because it’s a fandom that has brought my Dad and I closer together. He is a huge GoT fan and we can spend ages rehashing our favourite moments, talking about character interactions and imagining what’s coming next. It’s awesome to be able to have those moments with Dad.
Which fandoms are you grateful for? I’d love to hear your answers to this week’s prompt, because it is such an inventive one.