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July 18, 2017 5:58 pm  #1


The dark side of fandoms

Just to have it said, this thread was not inspired by the Sherlock fandom (although I've seen the phenomenon here as well), it was actually inspiried by a gaming community. And I deliberatly put it at "Other", because this is about fandom in general, not Sherlock in particular.

There is one part about fandom that fascinates me. It's the side that can't wait to tell you how horrible their game/movie/series is. The most blatant example was one guy (or girl) who wrote a long rant concering a particular game, and how horrible it was. I remember he/she saying that it was so bad that a bunch of monkeys could have come up with the same code. As I continued reading the rant, it turns out that this person has spent over 500 hours playing this game.

And that is where you lost me. If you really hated this game so much, why spend 500 hours playing it? 

There is this other game that just got a huge update. I just got back into it, delving into the update, and honestly enjoying myself thouroughly. This was awesome, oodles of fun! After having played hours and hours I log off and go to visit a fan forum...

And I am met with threads like "The game for imbecils!" - and I'm shocked. It turns out the game is broken, useless, for imbecils - and I hadn't even noticed, having too much fun enjoying myself.

And of course we have Sherlock. Where some fans feel an entitlement that goes way beyond whatever the creators delivered. 

Don't get me wrong. This is not for those who love their series/books/games, but are critical to X or Y. I'm talking about those going "THIS IS HORRIBLE, THE CREATORS SUCK!" 

This has happend to every fandom I've been a part of. In my naivity, I've watched a series/movie or played a game, thoroughly enjoying myself, thinking it awesome. Then I go online to visit a fan form and I'm met with "THIS SUCKS!" and I understand nothing. It was the same with Sherlock. I was enjoying myself immensly with S4, until I caught up with the fandom and realised that perhaps I shouldn't?

Now, I do understand about shows disappointing you. I remember watching the first season of "American Horror Story", and I loved it to bits. Loved the second and third season too. Fourth season bored me to tears. Yes, I was disappointed. No, it didn't live up to my personal expectations. But never once did I even consider going to a fan forum or to the writers and ranting about how disappointed I was. 

And we have the latest one. Ed Sheeran playing a cameo role in the latest Game of Thrones series (a series I love to death). And now he has deleted his Twitter account. 

It reminds me of the old saying "I'm the biggest fan there is - no one hates this as much as me!"

Do you guys have any thoughts about this phenomenon?

Last edited by Vhanja (July 18, 2017 6:14 pm)


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July 18, 2017 7:06 pm  #2


Re: The dark side of fandoms

I agree with your not understanding the hate.
It's one thing to have discussions about why you don't enjoy something but to just spew hatred full time? 
Feel free to explain to me why you don't enjoy something, but don't try to make me feel like I am wrong for liking it.
I'd much rather spend my time discussing things I enjoy.  And I have the right to enjoy whatever the hell I want to regardless of what anyone else thinks of it. 


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July 18, 2017 7:22 pm  #3


Re: The dark side of fandoms

I agree, tonnaree, I don't get it. If  I actively dislike something, I will just stay away from and read/watch/play something I do enjoy. I don't get it. But seeing as I've encoutered it in every fandom I've been a part of, it seems to be something of a phenomenon.


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July 18, 2017 9:02 pm  #4


Re: The dark side of fandoms

There's always going to be people who complain, whether it's about a piece of art and entertainment or politics or anything. I don't understand why people bother wasting their time doing that. I like the way you put it, tonnaree. I don't think it's right for someone to made to feel bad or told something is wrong with them for liking a thing just because someone else doesn't like it. As long as we don't take what those people say to heart, then we can survive that. It makes me sad to hear that someone has decided to delete their online account because of the fury of some negative people. I don't watch Game of Thrones, but I thought Ed Sheeran's appearance was a fun idea. If someone thinks it's stupid, it doesn't justify attacking him.


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