14 Fandoms You Can Find at the Library
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What’s your house? Almost anyone who hears that phrase thinks immediately of Harry Potter (or possibly, Game of Thrones). Even people who haven’t touched the fandom (and I know some people haven’t) know what house they’re in. It’s ingrained in popular and library culture, spreading far and wide in our hearts.
Game of Thrones
Even if you might not agree with how season 8 ended, Game of Thrones is something nerds, and TV and book enthusiast know about, talk about and fight about. With characters to love and hate and feel unsure about, the series has a lot to offer. And hopefully a better ending. GET ON IT, GEORGE RR MARTIN!
Thirteen Doctors, 26 hearts. Fifty-one companions and 851 episodes, there is more than enough of Doctor Who to go around. The Doctor has not only captured the heart of our Library Director but also of millions around the world! TV shows, movies, specials and comics - the fandom has many mediums to explore.
n my opinion, this is the best fandom. The world building is incredible, the fandom spreads generations and becomes more inclusive with each new release. Movies, books, comics, podcasts, short stories, video games and now its own theme park, there’s a lot to explore and more to sink our money into.
It’s not just movies and books that get fandoms, people do too. Leader in a visual arts movement, Andy Warhol shaped pop art with his prints of people and soup cans, along with photography, some film and other works. His work is emulated, loved, copied and mimicked.
Lord of the Rings
“THEY’RE TAKING THE HOBBITS TO ISENGARD. The hobbits the hobbits the hobbits the hobbits, TO ISENGARD TO ISENGARD.” People who complained about the 3-hour endgame time have never gone to see Lord of the Rings and the dedication for all the movies time wise. The fandom for LOTR runs long, deep and immersive, with languages to learn, art, poetry and more.
One of the most recent blow-ups in fandom has been the musical Hamilton, which lets people learn history and how to rap at the same time. Lin Manuel Miranda has given this generation the musical of their time. For some of us it was Cats, Phantom or maybe even Les Misérables, but from toddlers to elders, this musical has swept a nation, and don’t throw away your shot if you get a chance to see it. Otherwise pick up the music at the library and rock out in the car, maybe grab the book too if you need to learn the lyrics.
Welcome to Night Vale
This quiet fandom is a wonderful one. Welcome to Nightvale is a podcast that’s community radio show about the fake town of Nightvale, where weird and wonderful things happen. Cecil is your host and he’ll tell you everything, from the weather, to the dangers of street cleaning day, and also about wonderful Carlos the scientist. There’s also lovely words of wisdom: “Believe in yourself. You are an ancient, absent god, discussed only rarely by literary scholars. So if you don’t believe, no one will.” They’ve put out books with their scripts and two novels about the world itself. I highly recommend it.
Does anything really need to be said here? No? Well I’m going to just write a few things. The Disney fandom is probably one of the largest fandoms out there! (Especially since they are absorbing some of the other ones, Avatar, Star Wars, Marvel, etc.) They take our money and we enjoy it, and we love the characters, the movies, the parks and the people we meet through it.
Okay, I haven’t seen or read this one, but I know many have and really, really enjoy it. The book series by Diana Gabaldon, turned TV show has 4 season and 55 episodes that involves time travel, Scottish men and of course romance!
Do you like high tea, drama, and Dame Maggie Smith’s witty commentary? Then let Downton Abbey suck you in and take you away in its dramatic and fun arms. I heard the queen is going to show up soon!
When graffiti turns into art, though most graffiti is art. Banksy holds a very special activist place in many people’s hearts. His street art combines dark humor with graffiti in a distinctive stenciling technique. You might have recently seen him on the news when of one of his pieces was selling for a high amount and then it shredded itself out of its frame.
An epic fight over which is better (Marvel) but all can agree, these two comic titans dominate the fandom for most comics. With household names like Superman, Hulk, Ironman, Thor, Batman Wonder Woman and more, this fandom is as large and rivals Disney.
I mean, come on. Of course music has its fandoms, and what better example than local Parrotheads? Come on down and grab some tunes to take home and enjoy with friends. If you find my lost shaker of salt, please return it to the library.