Okay honestly nobody is born a fangirl or fanboy, whatever anyone else might tell you.
If this was the case doctors would probably be getting heart attacks when babies sprout out reciting book quotes and squealing ‘DON’T DIE!’
There are certain stages which you have to go through during which you develop from oh-I-actually-might-like-reading to I-WILL-SHIP-EVERYTHING-IN-EVERY-BOOK. And it’s not overnight either though this transformation may occur at different ages for different people.
So let’s get into how you really become a fangirl or fanboy!
This is the time period where you begin to develop a liking for reading like hey I’ve got some free time so why not read? You no longer see reading books as boring or a burden and your friends are probably finding that weird. Trust me, it’s going to get a whole lot weirder!
Now your other priorities are getting side-lined because you HAVE to read books. That liking has quickly turned into massive love just as quickly as the pages of your book turn. Most people(including me) have no idea when exactly this happens. All they know is that BOOM!
They don’t want to go hang out with friends, binge-watch a Netflix show, play video games or just do about anything other than reading. It can be horrifying because you’ll find yourself short on time now
This is when you’re up all night because OH MY GOD YOU CANNOT STOP AT THAT PART.
The concept of ‘one more chapter’ or ‘just ten more pages’ is introduced which is just your way of saying I’m going to finish this book, all hell be damned.
This can be accompanied by symptoms like:
- second hand embarrassment when the characters do something mortifying
- increase in heart rate
- obscene disappointment when a book ends
- emotional attachments to the characters and a deep hollow feeling when they die
At this stage you’ve lost yourself and there is no chance of recovery from this because at this point of time you decide to join a fandom. Oh, you say. Fandoms seem fun! It’s a community where you discuss and debate your love and feelings over the book or series you read. What could go wrong?
*this comic strip is not mine, all due credits to the respective artist*
But don’t worry, you’re not really going to mind it in a while…
The symptoms include:
- screaming at the characters whenever they’re acting stupid
- sobbing over deaths of fictional characters
- cursing cliffhangers
- book hangovers
- squealing, cooing and intensely shipping fictional characters
- having otps
- sniffing books
- crushing on fictional characters because they’re hotter than homo sapiens duh
This is the ULTIMATE STAGE.
You’re already part of multiple fandoms, have collected posters and other merchandise, have multiple otps to the point you can’t even remember, secretly ship people in real life, have an ultimate dream of owning the library from Beauty and the Beast, have already sold your soul to books, have a knowledge of all the new books in the market or those that are about to be released and basically breathe, eat and live books.
It is now your personal mission to recruit every single human being on the planet to read the books you love and hiss at someone in disgust whenever they say you should do something other than read.
Reading is your life now.
And you know you’re in too deep when you start writing fanfictions, blogging about books, making fanarts and all that stuff.
Congratulations! You’re officially a Fangirl now!
Or Fanboy. (They’re precious species that are near extinction and must be preserved so if you see one send him my way).
I started reading when I was around 8 or maybe 10 years old. As I said, I used to ‘like’ reading and suddenly it developed into an intense love and addiction. Before I knew it I was swarming under books and had read almost all the fiction books in my library’s Children’s section.
I then discovered Wattpad, a site for writing and reading fanfiction and WHOA there was no coming back from that place. Soon enough I was writing fanfiction(way too cringey and crappy but then I was just 13), hoarding books and joining fandoms.
Percy Jackson was my first ever fandom and even though I’ve outgrown it I’m still very fond of it. I’m currently obsessed with everything Shadowhunters and Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda and a hundred more books. Things have got rather out of hand but I like my nerdy, not so peaceful life and wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.
Through reading I’ve stumbled upon some amazing and supportive communities and people that have turned out to be great friends along with being actual humans to turn to when I have to yell about a book.
So what’s your reading story? Which stage are you at? Something tells me most of the people here would be at the last stage… Which are your current favorite fandoms? Tell me in the comments down below!