02178: Fandom Is Love

With the big premiere of the new Star Wars movie, there's a lot of focus on fan culture and geeks in general. Some of the interest is good. Some of it leaves much to be desired. It comes with the territory.

I always try to remind people that being a geek or celebrating a fandom is all about loving something a lot. It might be a comic book character or it might be a romantically-slanted TV show. People are free to love what they want to love and celebrate it accordingly and we shouldn't try to set "rules" in terms of how people should love something. There is no right or wrong way to be a fan apart from when you try to impose your particular view of the fandom on others.

Similar to the LGBT community, a good fandom celebrates diversity and welcomes difference of opinions. People fall in love with a franchise or some other thing for personal reasons. Something about that cultural artifact piqued the interest of the person and that's a good thing. You don't want to dissuade them from feeling that way, especially if you share similar interests in a particular fandom.

Celebrate the love. Be happy that other people like the same things you do. But don't go out of your way to impose complications on other people. That's being a douche.