I miss posting for Five Fandom Friday! The host seems to have abandoned it, but that doesn’t mean *I* have to, right?
I’m resurrecting her older posts and adding my own prompts and basically using this excuse to overshare personal information with y’all. Because my blog needs to be more than just book reviews and makeup.
This week it’s: Five Gateway Fandoms!
Here are fandoms that I recommend using as a gateway to rope loved ones into geekdom. Resistance is futile.
Doctor Who covers every genre from science fiction, to fantasy, to contemporary. There are episodes that are like a police procedural. There are episodes that are like a period costume drama. Some are silly and for kids, some are poignant and for adults, some are scary, some are romantic- it covers SUCH a breadth of everything. Even people who hate science fiction enjoy Doctor Who, because of this diversity.
You might not become an instance Wholigan (or Whovian, or whatever term you prefer), but it makes a great gateway into geekery.
Firefly is another great genre-breaker. Sure, it’s science fiction. But it’s also post-Civil War (with the MCs being on the losing side of that battle). Also, Firefly has a fantastically welcoming, kind fandom base. In the years I was involved with Browncoats organizations, I never once had to defend my ‘geek cred’, or my opinions. If you want to be in the social side of a fandom, it’s a great place to start.
No matter your age, there’s something to relate to within the Harry Potter stories. And even if you don’t like fantasy, the fandom of Harry Potter includes fun stuff, like the personality test of being sorted into a house. It’s pretty ubiquitous, even 20 years after publication- that may turn folks off to checking it out, but you can also use someone’s kids (or young relatives) as a leverage to this fandom. And once they’re hooked, there’s an entire world of fantasy and coming of age magicians to roll into.
This is probably THE gateway fandom for three generations. And it’s becoming one again, with the new films. It’s science fiction, but it’s space opera drama and that has a wide appeal. I cut my baby teeth on the original trilogy, am ‘meh’ about episodes 1 and 2, absolutely hate episode 3 (Stace loves it- one of those “we will never agree on this” things in our marriage), really enjoyed Rogue One, and absolutely loved The Force Awakens. This series really makes science fiction soft enough to be palatable to folks who think all science fiction is physics and math.
If you weren’t already a fan of cheesy pseudo-historic sword and sorcery (mostly sword) adventure, this would be a great introduction. It clearly doesn’t take itself too seriously. But like popcorn and potato chips, it’s difficult to stop watching after one Xena episode. They’re filled with beautiful people and gorgeous filming locations. And there’s a lot to play with in the fandom itself (hello, fanfiction!)
What do you think? What fandoms would you use as the gateway drug to nerdery?