As a nerdy fellow, I am a part of multiple fandoms. So naturally, I must rank them.
Wait, “nerdy fellow,” what is a fandom? Well, un-hip person, Merriam Webster defines a fandom first as a “state or condition of being a fan of something.” Boring. Secondly, they describe it as “the fans of a particular person, team, fictional series, etc. regarded collectively as a community or subculture.” Better.
For the individual, fandom is important. It is something that almost never matters in the grand scheme of life, but it brings you happiness and involvement. It can be a shared experience or something that you indulge in alone.
Below is a ranked sampling of my top-5 personal fandoms:
- Star Wars
- Kansas City Chiefs
- The Bachelor/Bachelorette
I have already discussed why I love Star Wars on this site. What helps it take top billing is how deeply you can dive in once you love it. There are of course movies, but the TV shows, books, video games, and lore make it easy to maintain as an obsession.
My love for the NBA is also spelled out on here. Though I claim the OKC Thunder if I must pick a favorite, I really just enjoy the league as a whole, which means I get to enjoy so much content. Every team plays 82 games, then there is the postseason, All-Star events, trades, drama… it is easy to get sucked in.
I haven’t been waiting 50 years for the Kansas City Chiefs to win a Superbowl. My Dad always liked them, but we didn’t watch as a family growing up. I got sucked into football around probably 2007 or so since my wife’s (girlfriend at the time) family liked it. Fantasy hooked me as much as anything, but the Chiefs have easily been my favorite sports team. How ’bout them?
The next two highlight how varied fandoms can be for a person. Video games in general is too vague, but Halo easily works here. Aside from pre-ordering every game that comes out, I’ve read about half a dozen Halo books and own all video snippets that have ever happened on Blu-Ray. I suppose Xbox in general could work somewhere in here as well.
The Bachelor/Bachelorette is definitely a unique fandom for me. I am part of #BachelorNation because it is a guilty pleasure that my wife and I share. Some people dread Mondays, but snuggling your wife while you drink a Sam’s Club-sized bottle of wine and watch people humiliate themselves on TV? Don’t miss out on this, people.
The above five are certainly not the only fandoms I am a part of. Pokemon, Blake Griffin, Lord of the Rings, Nintendo, Missouri State University, Postseason STL Cardinals (yes, I’m a fair-weather fan), Dragon Ball Z, video game series I will pre-order no matter what (Elder Scrolls, Borderlands, Soul Caliber, Fable, Red Dead, and more), Marvel… and that is just off the top of my head.
It is a bit of a blessing and a curse to be into so many things. There is always something to watch, play, or read about, which is awesome. On the other hand, there is always something to watch, play, or read about, so I have to be careful how I spend my time.
For example, I played a phone game called Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes for a couple of years. It was a fun way to always have some Star Wars in my pocket. I realized though that it became more of an addiction than an occasional distraction and I did not want to be on my phone too much with my son watching my every action and learning accordingly.
I am on a hiatus from the game and it feels good. There are always ways to get my Star Wars fix through books, TV shows, and more. The game was a bit excessive. Balance is important and I hope to teach my son that lesson too!
So that is a quick rundown of my fandoms. If I am silly for any of them, I REFUSE TO APOLOGIZE. Everyone is different, everyone deserves to pursue what makes them happy, and everyone whose list doesn’t exactly match mine is wrong.