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08 May 2018 @ 04:38 pm
Fandom Snowflake Challenge: Day 15  
In your own space, write a love letter to Fandom in general, to a particular fandom, to a trope, a relationship, a character, or to your flist/circle/followers. Share your love and squee as loud as you want to.

Fandom, for me, has always been about escapism. It was about finding a community of like-minded individuals who also love the same things as I do and sharing that excitement with each other where I couldn't easily have done so in real life since, well, there was never really an appropriate space for doing so. While yes, there will be the rotten apples in the fandom community who make the experience less pleasant in whatever form, the good far outweighs the bad since I still enjoy fandom as a whole. I joined LiveJournal because of that fannish community, of connecting with other people and befriending so many of you from conversations we've had, of getting to know each other through shared obsessions, of exchanging thoughts (whether it was agreeing or of opposing opinions) of something we enjoyed.

Fandom has been an amazing learning experience in multiple ways. It's taught me how to interact with others, how to engage in conversations and participate in debates. It's taught me how to pick my own battles, avoid certain situations, and when to use my voice. It's also educated me on subjects that I wouldn't have learned elsewhere, just from reading different sides and opinions on various topics via metas and essays and open discussions among the community, and I've gained perspectives on things I had never considered before. I've befriended people of all ages throughout the years who have had different experiences in life and have also taught me a great deal, as well. Also, because of fandom, I discovered the convention circuit, which has given me another outlet where I can share my fannish excitement with other fannish people in real life as I do online.

To me, fandom has never been only one thing where you either participate or you don't, it's so much more than that. It's been a huge chunk of my life. I entered the online fandom in high school (and had lurked a little before then), and I've not only learned so much and been involved with so many different fandoms over the years, I've also grown into myself as a person. Much of my fandom experience has shaped me into who I am today, and I will forever be grateful.

So thank you, fandom, for existing, for letting me know that I'm not alone in being an absolute fangirl and that there's no shame in being one, either, and that I have a place among your community. You were an important part of my formative years, and continue to be so even today, and I don't know where I would be without you.

And thank you, my beloved flist, for being there for me as well throughout the years. No matter whether you're new to my journal, been here a while, or those online friends now long gone, these friendships mean the world to me and I also don't know where I would be without you guys. You're all amazing, and even if you're not that involved with fandom as I am I'm happy that you're still here, that we still talk about the things we love and connect with. ❤

This challenge took a bit to finish, and I didn't answer every single one of the challenge days, but it was fun nonetheless. I really want to do more challenges like this in the future, or other writing/prompt memes in general.
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Profiterole: Nightrunner - Seregil and Alec_profiterole_ on May 9th, 2018 12:27 pm (UTC)
Beautiful letter! <3
Renée: Kahlan. Smile.rogueslayer452 on May 9th, 2018 04:38 pm (UTC)
Thank you. :) ❤
Galadriel.: ASOIAF ✽ Growing Strongsixphanel on May 9th, 2018 04:12 pm (UTC)
♥ Thank you for still being around, it's always a pleasure to read your thoughts about fandom things and rl as well :)

*raises glass* for more years to come!
Renée: Inara Serra. Smile.rogueslayer452 on May 9th, 2018 04:39 pm (UTC)
Awww, thank you sweetie! ❤ ❤ ❤

*raises glass with you* Definitely more years to come, for sure. :)
Sylvia: heart greenrheasilvia on May 9th, 2018 04:24 pm (UTC)
It's wonderful that fandom has been - and continues to be! - such a force for good in your life! It has such potential to bring people together, share excitement and broaden and open people's minds and perspectives, just as you say. Of course there are also far less pleasant aspects of fandom, because it is filled with people and they are the same everywhere, but I am so glad your experience has been so overwhelmingly positive!

Thank you for sharing this. I am also very very happy that you are still here! :-)
Renée: Elementary. Joan Watson.rogueslayer452 on May 9th, 2018 09:42 pm (UTC)
Yeah, fandom as an outlet has been pretty fundamental to my own mental health in a way because, otherwise, where could I go with everything? How could I discover who I am without all these people who share the similar interests as I do? The online fandom community is one that shouldn't be discredited because you may never know how it is helping someone else who is figuring themselves out like me. And I'm still going through that process, even now.

Also, thank you for reading and for your comment. :)
noybusiness: never seen an elephant flynoybusiness on May 9th, 2018 04:39 pm (UTC)
A lovely letter; that's what fandom is for.

Edited at 2018-05-09 04:40 pm (UTC)
Renée: Inara Serra. Smile.rogueslayer452 on May 9th, 2018 09:15 pm (UTC)
I never realized just how important fandom, as a whole, would be for me until much later. But I'm glad I discovered it nonetheless. :)
Ery-chan: pic#105558586erychan86 on May 11th, 2018 11:19 am (UTC)
❤️
Renée: Kaylee. Giddy.rogueslayer452 on May 11th, 2018 05:22 pm (UTC)
❤ ❤ ❤
haebin: mutter der drachenhaebin on May 11th, 2018 03:42 pm (UTC)
This is beautifully written! ♥
Renée: Claire. No ordinary girl.rogueslayer452 on May 11th, 2018 05:23 pm (UTC)
Thank you. :) ❤