Ever since I’ve been following Maria over at Big City Bookworm, I’ve been amazed at her skill to participate in multiple tag posts a week. I mean, I can hardly keep track of one (Thursday Movie Picks) let alone two/three per week! Anyway, Maria is awesome, which is one of the points I wanted to make, the other is that ever since I started reading her Top 10 Tuesdays, weekly tag created by The Broke and the Bookish, I’ve wanted to participate but I never really jumped for it… until today! Who knows if I’ll post for Top 10 Tuesday every week but I’ll try my best, especially since I’m clearly not writing any reviews lately.
Before I jump in to my very TV oriented list of fandoms, I just wanted to explain my choice of theme – fandoms from the past. You see, it’s very hard for me to think of my current state of fangirling as being part of the fandoms. I used to be much more hardcore and I think that ever since I’ve tried to focus less on watching shows and movies, I’ve lost track of the fandom-world. So here are my fandoms of the past, filled with nostalgia and great memories.
PS: I feel like being in a TV fandom is a lot more… rewarding because there is so much more to watch and that’s why majority of fandoms all of my picks in this list are shows.
This is the first fandom I remember joining and I don’t think I will ever leave. Friends is a live action comedy royalty, and they don’t make shows like that anymore. Why? Who knows. But the writing and the jokes, and the friendship of Friends is what made it amazing way back when while remaining timeless through its simplicity and honesty. I love it! I miss it! I think if I rewatched it again I’ll be sucked into its world but there are 10 seasons of it and I just can’t see myself giving it that much time as of now. So, even though it’s listed here as a fandom from my past, I’m still a fan and I remember watching Friends like it was yesterday… even though it’s been years.
2. ONE TREE HILL (SEASON 1-5)
One Tree Hill has a special place in my life because this is probably the show that started my TV addiction back in 2004. I tuned in a little before the second season premiered and then it was one episode per week for me, which seemed so ridiculous and yet, I was addicted. I had a notebook filled with various facts and song lists! At one point I thought I was Peyton! All that greatness lasted until the season 5 started, and ended completely with season 6. Oh well, you can’t have it all foreverbut for 4 years it was my favourite show on television and some of its quotes still hover around in my brain.
3. JOSS WHEDON
There are a few shows I need to mention that came all from the same guy and they shaped my teen years quite a lot. There is Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Dollhouse and the one I have not seen yet but I will because my flatmate loved it and she likes great things (Firefly). So I mean, I have been apart of most of those fandoms, and long before I really understood how clever Buffy is as a show! Honestly, I only realised its brilliance completely during my second watch-through which just means it deserves another rewatch but I just don’t have the time. And guys, it’s been 20 years since Buffy… man, I’m old!
4. SUPERNATURAL (SEASON 1-5)
This show is another special one for me because this is the show I started to watch from day 1! It was amazing, I was scared as hell during those few episodes in the first season, but I was addicted. For five seasons, with Eric Kripke running the show, Supernatural was the perfect entertainment. Then, it got a little not so good but I still watched it for a few seasons, I think I made it to season 8… there are way more seasons now and maybe someday I will catch up, for old time’s sake, but my Supernatural fandom years have passed. It was great for me until it lasted though, no doubt about that.
5. SHAMELESS (SEASON 1-5)
I think all my fandom shows have a curse or something because so many didn’t survive passed their 5th season. But honestly, no other show messed it up more than Shameless – a show that I loved to bits for 4 and a half seasons! I waited for it, I was reading casting news and I was eager to love it forever. But nothing lasts forever… not even my shameless addiction towards Shameless. Most of you probably know what the show did but for those who are not aware, let’s just say they decided to wreck a very important character development I was not happy about. Happy endings apparently aren’t a thing for Shameless but you could have given us at least one… whatever, you know what you did, Shameless, and I exited the fandom without a second glance.
6. TEEN WOLF
Alright, so MTV actually got me good when Teen Wolf premiered because they had Dylan O’Brien and for some reason it was exactly what I needed! I mean, I even ordered a Stilinski jumper from somewhere online and still own it as a proud fangirl I am. I’m not even watching the show anymore but I’m proud that I was apart of it for those first couple of years, and I even tuned in for other MTV shows because of Teen Wolf such as Awkward. and Faking It, and I don’t regret any of it.
7. ROOKIE BLUE
I thought long and hard what cop show I should include, and even though I know I was a long time fan of Criminal Minds, I think it didn’t get close enough to the emotional roller coaster Rookie Blue was. It had so many great moments and I loved it from start to finish, even though the end didn’t really do it for me as much as the first couple of seasons. But I was rooting for the characters from day one and I think I even counted down the days until it came back for season 2, which is something I rarely did back then because I had such a bad memory (still do).
8. GILMORE GIRLS (UP UNTIL THE REVIVAL)
I felt like a part of my love for Gilmore Girls died with the revival.. it’s a shame really because I LOVE Gilmore Girls even though it pains me to write it present tense. It’s like part of the charm was taken away from us with that horrible revival, that literally destroyed Rory Gilmore and all she stood for. Anyway, I still think it deserves a mention here because they had a chance to make everything right again and they didn’t, which is when I decided to be less fangirl about Gilmore Girls. Even though I think I will rewatch it again soon because I miss Lorelai’s coffee addiction.
9. VERONICA MARS
Now, this is a fandom that has sort of disappeared over the years, and frankly, for me it was partially because they made a very bad movie to tie up the loose ends. But, before that, we had two very good seasons with a very big mystery and then another mystery and then a shaky third season but it’s okay. Veronica Mars was one of those fandoms I was proud to be apart of and it will forever remain dear to my heart. I mean, it’s Veronica Mars, she’s a marshmallow!
10. PROJECT RUNWAY / SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE
I’m hereby discussing my very long love for two reality shows that I followed religiously way back when. Both are actually still running, though they have either changed their network or their format, or both, I’m not even sure anymore – which is when I sort of lost interest in them. I think change is good but it also means the show has run its course and that’s what happened to these two gems. Oh and I made a video clip of one of the Project Runway moments way back when which has over 800,000 notes on Tumblr – such a proud fan moment.
Are you any of these fandoms? What fandom would you never consider and which one of these could you see yourself participating in?