And while some people who know me may chalk it up to my dream of a finished Midnight Sun finally crushed* (why, SM, whyyyyyyyy?), I think the reality of yet another fandom slowly coming to a close is giving me the blues. I recently bought my ticket to the midnight, aka, 7pm showing of Mockingjay Part II and the reality of saying goodbye to another fandom hit me hard. My investment in the Hunger Games fandom, albeit, seemingly half-assed compared to my level of Twidom, helped filled the hole left from one dazzling sparkly vampire (that means Edward, because apparently now I will need to clarify ::deadpans::.) We shall leave it to my therapist to interpret what sort of hole Twilight was temporarily filling, but man do I enjoy the escapism that fandom provides. Fear not, needing my next fix, I have a plan.
The Best Three Ways to Avoid the Fandom Blues
Dabble in a few Different Fandoms
If you are into epic YA book to screen series, look no further. The Mortal Instruments is getting a second life with a TV series on
ABC Family Freeform. This fictional universe is home to several series and is currently being continued in a spin-off book series. While it is impossible to predict the life of the TV series, it appears the books are still coming. You can wrap yourself in this fictional reality for at least a couple more years.
My current obsession is the Throne of Glass series which has recently been optioned to be a TV show. This series somehow gets better with each book and we still have more books to come. This fandom will not be ending any time soon. And hey, get in while it is still young. You could be the next Throne of Glass lexicon!
Read and then read some more (as if I need to tell you), the next Twilight/Hunger Games/Harry Potter is out there.
Go back to the classics
This has been part of my current approach to my fandom itch. I have completely immersed myself back into Star Wars. I’m reading everything that is the current canon and I’m completely invested in the latest cartoon, Star Wars Rebels. With the next movie around the corner and other movies line up, the fandom will be fresh for several years. Shed no more tears here, this one is going to last.
Introduce friends to fandom
Sometimes the best way to feel the fandom joy again is experiencing it vicariously through fresh eyes. This is why I’m a pusher. Please let me use you while you experience the joy and pain of [insert various fandom here]. Just be careful, not all friends will love what you love, how you love it. The key is to not overwhelm them all at once. Read their cues! Don’t let them see your freak flag flying all at once. Don’t forget your fandom friends, they tend to do obsession a little better.
Which fandoms are currently doing it for you? Which are you hoping to get into? Which ones are your mourning?
*Actually, I cared not for Midnight Sun, but was hoping for a future oneshot (we are talking in Fan Fic terms, are we not?) where Reneesmee finds Jacob to be the creeper that he is (remember that time you really wanted to bone my mom?) and calls him out for his creepy, creepy ways.**
**I can still love Twilight and pretend many, many things did not happen in Breaking Dawn. Just like my memories of High School, repression is the best way to go