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super fans!
they're people too
by katherine l (aka clevertitania) (@CleverTitania)
pop culture

It all started with a tweet.

Well, technically it started with a conversation over dinner. But that conversation wouldn't have occurred if not for Twitter, since it was at a Tweet Up of local Twitter-folk.

CK, in the above mentioned tweet, is the actor/musician Christian Kane. Now my sister and my mother know just how much regard I have for Mr. Kane. But I'm guessing most people don't know, because I don't gush about my crushes, either in person or on Twitter. Don't get me wrong; I'm more than willing to mention the sexiness of a good looking man, or the glimmer in the eyes of someone with serious charm. I've talked before about how a little objectification can be healthy. But the few actors/writers/musicians/etc that I am particularly attracted to, well I generally don't like to go on about them at length.

@andrewtshaffer - one of the folks at our Tweet Up - would probably disagree about the gushing, but then again, he probably thinks I have a crush on Joss Whedon. Not true. What I have is undying adoration of the man's creative capabilities and his amazing imagination. As a writer, a genre fan, a lover of great television, he's one of a few contemporaries I would truly love to emulate. I believe he's a truly prolific writer, and considering how much writing I absorb on a daily basis, I believe I know where-of I speak. Which is not to say I wouldn't have dated Joss if I'd met him when he was single. But that's like saying I wouldn't have turned down a date with a guy as funny and articulate as Kevin Smith (again, when he was single) just because he's sporting some extra pounds. I'm not one to get too bogged down in appearance.

But - through this tweet - and the conversation with Andrew, I realized how I view fandom, both mine and others. It bothered me, the idea that anyone would think I'd memorize the birthday of... let's go with "an artist" to simplify it. Just like it bugged me just a little that I might be perceived as a "super fan" by someone whom I like well enough (we might have different tastes but he's an amusing and interesting guy), but don't have any reason to care about his opinion of me.

So what do I think "super fans" are? Well, for one thing they're the girls who remember every detail of Ian Somerhaulder's life, at least every detail that's on the Internet to find. They're the people who show up to Conventions not just in costume, but in prosthetics and body paint. They're the people who ask Angie Harmon for prayer-retweets because their uncle has cancer or their cat died. And bless-her-heart she does it. They're the people (men included) who @ Eric Balfour just to comment on his "hotness." They're the kinda creepy guy from the first Evening with Kevin Smith DVD who was practically panting at the thought of getting it on with Jason Mewes.

I admit it; I've always worked hard to avoid any suggestion that I resemble one of those fans. To me, there's a line, a point at which you're not just admiring but obsessing. There's also a line when it comes to personal space. Again, I don't mind tweeting that Eric Balfour is incredibly sexy when he says "martinis," but I'm not going to @ him when I do it. That's akin to seeing him on the street, screaming and chasing him, then begging him for a picture while squealing about how amazing he is. That's not just creepy, it's intrusive.

But the more time I spend on Twitter, and the more I see how some artists react to their fans, the more I wonder if I should be less judgmental of fans who have different personal guidelines. After all, Angie does do the RTs. Obviously, many of the artists don't mind this level of fandom. I'm guessing that it's because we all have different lines in the sand, and if you can't accept the lines of others (at least to some degree) being a celebrity really would be hell. People have different ways of expressing their appreciation, just like people have different ways of communicating or expressing affection. It's part of the tapestry of human nature. And if there's one thing this world needs less of, it's judging others by our own compass.

So I will maintain my personal boundaries when it comes to the artists I admire, but I will also endeavor to respect the personal boundaries of others. And I encourage others to follow suit, especially in the geek community. If we can't prove people can interact without judgment, who can?

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When I grow up, I want to be; whoever Joss Whedon wants to be, when he grows up. I am a writer because it's the first thing I want to do when I wake up in the morning; aside from eating and using the lavatory of course. My work includes screenplays, short stories, film/TV/music reviews and socio-political commentary. The last one is a fancy way of saying I like to shoot my mouth off on many topics. I excel at using $1.50 words. They gone up, thanks to inflation. Isn't our economy awesome?

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