I’m absolutely sure that you’ve clocked on to my streak of geek by now. If you haven’t then be prepared, because this could get geeky.
You can shove me in whatever category you like – whether that’s geek, nerd, fangirl or all of the above – because that simply means I have a huge amount of hobbies and interests that are held super close to my heart and enthused about at a level that many “normal” people don’t understand.
Being a fangirl, naturally, involves being a part of fandoms and (surprise, surprise) I’m in quite a few. I find it hard, and pretty pointless, to be a fan of something without wanting to discuss and enthuse over it with other fans. That’s what fandoms are for!
So, what’s the difference between a fan and a fangirl?
A regular fan will watch a new episode of a show, maybe whilst cooking tea or chatting with their partner on the side, and then when it’s over they’ll think to themselves “Yeah, that was good. I liked that episode” or at a push, if it was a really good episode they’ll tell someone how much they enjoyed it, or maybe tweet “Tonight’s episode was good”.
A fangirl will begin by singing, wholeheartedly and proudly, the opening theme tune. They will then watch that show without removing their gaze from the screen, and gasp (dramatically but they mean every single one) at each new revelation. If something major happens you better not be in arms reach, because there will be flailing. If something goes wrong, they will weep like that character is their child. When the episode ends, there will either be a gob-smacked silence or a 37-minite complete analysis of what it meant and how it could foreshadow that theory they just know will happen soon.
It’s a lifestyle.
Are you a more of a fan or a fangirl?
You can read my previous post here.