The Difference Between Fans and Fangirls

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.

Doctor Who Whovian Fandom

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.

Divergent Fandom

It’s a lifestyle.


Are you a more of a fan or a fangirl?

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30 thoughts on “The Difference Between Fans and Fangirls

  1. I am both! I am a fan of many things, but I am devoted to Mistborn, Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, HTGAWM, The Walking Dead, and very recently The100. It’s not enough to just watch the episode, I go scouring the internet looking for articles and reviews of an episode to see what they thought of it. With books that are part of a series, it’s almost the same thing. There are so many angles to look at and so many theories to discuss, it’s all fun 😀

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    • Never too old to fangirl ;). I think it’s in my bones now and I can’t imagine it will go away over time. You’d have thought a house and a job might have been a “grow-up” trigger, but… nah, not yet :p.

      Thanks! I’m glad you liked it :).

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      • I know EXACTLY what you mean!! Sometimes I wonder when I’ll be more of an ‘adult’. I still call other people adults as though I’m not one!!

        I turned 30 last year and though I am responsible with my home and my job etc my actual ‘outlook’ and hobbies and the things I do with my friends…well I still feel like I’m in my early 20s put it that way lol.

        It was a fun post!

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      • I’m sure I’ll be the same. I think people with geeky streaks never quite grow up. We always have hobbies. I can imagine me and Matt will be 80, sat playing Pokemon or fangirling over the 90th season of Doctor Who ;).

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  2. Assuming the transistion from girl to guy applies, it does depend. I’m more on the fnaguy side of things. Althought i have to keep the waving of arms down and the dramatic shouts to minmum or I’m told: “shut up, it’s just a story!”

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  3. I’d say fangirl…I am very picky, and when I find something I really like, I become devoted to it for the duration of the show (movie, book series, too). Some things I can try and drop, which means either they aren’t very good or I’m just extremely picky…or really both. 😛
    Examples of my fandom: I have either cried like a baby or unabashedly yelled at the TV at the top of my lungs during several pivotal moments of Supernatural, Warehouse 13, and Grimm. As well as sobbing for hours after finishing HP and the Deathly Hallows (but in a good way); laughing out loud while reading Jackaby and Beastly Bones (while my family stares at me); so not caring that no one around me understands my need to use quotes from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy in everyday conversation.


    • I definitely imagined you’d fit more into the fangirl category! I’m a lot like you when it comes to being picky and I when I do find something I like I’ll completely engross myself in that fictional world :).

      I STILL haven’t read The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. I’ve been saying to myself I’ll read it for months now, but I keep buying new books and then getting distracted :p.


    • Hahaha!
      I started an argument at work once because someone said Doctor Who was stupid. How rude! 😮
      I loved Twilight. I listened to that bloody soundtrack on repeat once the film was released and just reread the books for months.. :p

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