I’m in many fandoms. If a book or movie or TV show is quality stuff and has great characters, I can become obsessed very quickly – sometimes, I even track my life by the fandom I was in at a given point in time. First it was Jane Austen. Then Les Miserables. Then BBC Robin Hood and period dramas in general. And so on and so on.
Anyway, I’ve noticed a sort of pattern in my fandom life. It’s like ‘the cycle of fandom’ or something and it goes something like this:
- Become mildly interested in book/movie/TV show.
- Become madly obsessed and learn everything there is to know about said fandom.
- Rewatch/reread book/movie/TV show to death.
- Get sick of book/movie/TV show.
- Continue to revisit it from time to time in the future because some of the warm, fuzzy feelings are still there – but a much more pallid version.
- Get a new fandom.
(The above also applies to actors I like/have liked in the past.)
So, basically, I have this obsessive love for a fandom and then it just sort of…fades. Really weird and highly annoying most of the time. I’ll revisit whatever the fandom is a few months later and it’ll be like “this is so booooring now” when just a short while before it was all I could think about. Does this mean I’m fickle? Weird? Unable to form a lasting attachment to anything? WHO CAN TELL?
There are a few fandoms that have stood the test of time, that I still love and adore. BBC Robin Hood is the main one that comes to mind. Also Jane Austen. But those sort of permanent fandoms are few and far between. I can still fangirl over the ones I’ve fallen out of love with, but it’s like the magic is gone, y’know?
I think the problem is overexposure to the material – I watch/read it so much that it becomes tired and boring and dull. (Whyyyyy do I do that to myself??? Even now, when I know what will eventually happen, I can’t stop immersing myself in my current fandom.)
I’m not sure why I’m even writing this blog post, except that it would be interesting to know if any of you guys have experienced something similar. So do let me know in the comments!