Fandom is a tricky phenomenon. Every single one of us is basically a huge nerd about something, and understandably we want to share our interests with those around us. But fandom has a way of taking a legitimate love in our interests and twisting it into a horrible, conversation devouring monster, ready to pounce at a moment’s notice and begin making everyone feel awkward as all small talk dies. The monster is ravenous. It must feed.
I’m sure most people have come across this problem at some point in their lives: You love something so very much that it almost hurts. It could be a story, a movie, a book series, a sports team or your cats, your significant other, a comic strip, a TV series or your family. You want to tell the world about it. You want them to recognize that what you have found is special and amazingly wonderful, to have them see it the way that you do. But… the more you talk, the less interested they seem. By the end of the conversation, you’re being ignored entirely. You have no idea why. Can’t they see how great everything is?? Maybe you had better go over the best part again.
“No, listen… my cat tried to jump and fell off the table and he thinks he’s a person. Don’t you see?!”