One of the things that everyone tells you when you start writing (or at the very least when you first publish) is that you should have a ‘writer’s blog’ and on that blog ‘fandom’ is strictly forbidden. I understand why. We shouldn’t let our ‘fan fiction’ flag fly. Publishers just don’t take to writers of fan fiction (or at least they say they don’t) but the question is:
What should, or shouldn’t be in this blog?
I love several television shows, and I even have participated in fan communities. And, yes, there is fan fiction. I have been at the edges of fan communities based on books as well and there is a bit of fan fiction there as well.
But my question is, what makes a fandom a fandom?
I love hockey. All but one of my published pieces involve hockey. I love the Bruins most of all and then the other 29 teams are in my mind in a sort of matrix of teams.
And, believe it or not there is NHL fan fiction. Not that I’ve participated in that. I’ve made my own league, with my own teams and I write my fiction about them.
So the question is; Is being the fan of a sports team being part of a fandom?
What do you think?
And what is your fandom?