First of all, let me say that I adore fanboys and fangirls everywhere, probably because I am one. I loved that MTV hosted the first ever mtvu Fandom Awards this week honoring the best in all of fandom!
When I was in college I was obsessed with this Southern writer named Jill McCorkle who wrote these amazing books like Ferris Beach, The Cheer Leader and July 7th. In one of my creative writing classes, I was given an assignment to write to an author whose work I admired and ask them for advice on becoming a writer. I went home that night and typed out a letter to Ms. McCorkle, explaining how I loved her work and was an avid fan of everything she had written. I told her that I was obsessed with her characters and asked her questions about where she got certain ideas, like why did she make Misty a baton twirler. I licked the stamp and sent it off to her publisher in North Carolina, never expecting a response.
Two weeks later, a hand written letter came in the mail. Jill McCorkle had written me a two page, hand written letter, signing it Jill. I could not believe it. I was in absolute awe. I read and reread the letter over and over again, memorizing the words. In class, later in the week, we talked about the responses we had received and my professor laughed as I “fanboyed” about Jill McCorkle, her characters and the letter I had received.
Several years ago, my husband and I started a website called raannt, which posts celebrity interviews and daily music and style posts. In the process, we have been able to interview some of our favorite stars, from writers Jackie Collins, Ellen Hopkins, Brent Hartinger, Jay Bell and Lauren Conrad, to YouTubers like Michael Buckley and Tyler Oakley, to DJ’s like Kaskade and Danny Avila to reality stars like RuPaul’s Drag Race contestants to the Real Housewives, etc. Every time we get a personal email or an interview, the feeling is the same and I am reminded of getting that letter in the mail from Jill McCorkle.
I will forever be a fan of my favorite celebrities. I fanboy like crazy and have been known to follow John Green around Whole Foods on one occasion just to say hi. Creepy? Maybe, but just seeing him the store sent my celebrity heart racing.
I know that some famous people are super busy and can’t respond with a Tweet or a like or whatever, but it breaks my heart when I see kids Tweet out to people to please be noticed, please just say hi or whatever and they get no response. Ever. But as soon as they do get a response, they take a picture of it, put it on Instagram, Facebook, Tweet it out, talk about it, etc. True fans, the real fangirls and fanboys out there, make the world go around.
The most important fandom is the one you are in love with because it’s important to you. I’ve known people to be fans of such specific books and characters that I’ve never even heard of them, but that’s why it makes it so special to them because they have their own relationship with that book, character, tv show, movie, game, etc.
I swear, if I ever get famous enough someday from my book The Before Now and After Then, I’ll write back every fan letter I get, respond to ever Tweet, and like every picture. How could I not…
Because at the end of the day, deep down inside, I’m just a fanboy, hoping to get noticed!
(Please go buy my book! You would make me forever grateful!! xo)
(Now go buy my book The Before Now and After Then! You’ll love it! I heard it’s one of the top ten best new young adult books of 2014!)