Seriously, guys, fangirling isn’t just kittens and unicorns shitting rainbows. Fangirling is hard. I mean, it takes away sleep, eats up all your energy
and sucks out your souls.
But there are some pretty awesome ways to be a fabulous fangirl, and today I’m going to share those tips with you.
1. Know the fandom inside out.
When you’re having an intense discussion about your Hunger Games analysis, you want to make sure you don’t accidentally tell people that Katniss is from District One. That would be em-ba-ras-sing. And it will probably degrade you from “fangirl” or a “fanboy” to simply a “fan.” We don’t want that, do we?
2. Be proud; be loud. GO CRAZY.
Obviously, we know that our fandoms are awesome. That’s why we became fans in the first place, yeah? So we have to let other people know about the awesomeness of these fandoms. We have to spread our love and excitement for them! But how do we do that, exactly? Here are some suggestions:
Someone asks for recommendations? Recommend your fandom. Remember, rave about them in detail. And do it with love, of course.
You hear someone mention your fandom? Subtly insert yourself into the conversation by screaming at the top of your lungs and possibly hurting that someone’s ear drums. Show your enthusiasm!
BAKE SOMEONE A FANDOM CAKE.
3. Buy all the fandom merchandise.
If the places you buy merch from are legal, then they’ll help the authors and publishers out–huzzah! Then they’ll be able to publish more books similar to the ones you’re currently obsessed with.
And if you have a low budget? You can always go ahead and CREATE your own fandom merch!
4. Follow the authors’ social media accounts.
Throw in official character accounts, too.
You MUST be updated with all the fandom’s latest happenings. And what better way to do that than to follow the fandom creators themselves? And if the CHARACTERS have social media accounts, follow those, too. You’ll never miss any important fandom news this way!
Plus you’ll get to know the author and the characters on a more personal level–BONUS POINTS.
4.2. Don’t become a creepy stalker.
Following the authors on social media is one thing… trying to weave yourself into their personal lives is an entirely different story. Please don’t be one of those scary people who try to discover where other people live and watch them while they sleep.
5. Turn fanfiction into your life.
Fanfiction is probably the best thing that’s ever been invented. *advertisement voice-over mode activate* With fanficition, you get to:
- Read about the worlds and characters you love so much (usually in ideal situations);
- Imagine that your ships are now canon and have a bajillion kids;
- Make your favorite characters come back from the dead;
- Force villains to cater to your every whim; and
- Discover some potentially fabulous new writers!
And that’s it!
If you follow all these steps, surely* you’ll become the best fangirl–or fanboy–out there on the interwebz**. If symptoms of non-amazingness persist, consult your favorite book blogger.
*Maybe just in your house.
Are YOU a fabulous fangirl? If not, did these tips help you out? ;)
Aimee loves being a little bookworm (okay–she doesn’t like being little). She also loves chocolates and sweets but is freaked out by the thought of possibly getting diabetes.