I love being a part of fandoms, like The Avengers, Doctor Who, Sherlock, Supernatural and Merlin fandoms. I love a lot of the people who join these fandoms and together love on the characters, the plots, the twist and turns, the character development, the wit, the sets and costumes, the hidden themes and cameos. There is so much to love and share with these shows and films that it makes it’s very exciting when they get a huge following.
The only thing I don’t like about fandoms are some of it’s “fans” and their behavior. I’m talking about different girls and their “OH MY GOSH HE IS SO HOT” fandom part. They are one of my biggest pet peeves. If you’ve been a part of a fandom on the Internet for any short amount of time, you know exactly what I mean. They’re usually a part of the fandom that is more popular (aka become mainstream) and come off as rather fake–probably because they are.
Is it really necessary or appropriate for girls–especially girls as young as twelve and thirteen!–to be gasping and proclaiming how much they think certain male leads are stunning? Are they actual fans of a show when all their watching it for is because it’s popular and because the male leads are hot? I lean towards the no with that. I don’t think this behavior is appropriate or necessary behavior to throw out into the fandom at all.
Mind you, I’m not saying you should never share which actors you think are attractive, ect. I think a little gushing every once and while is perfectly fine! We should acknowledge it if we think God did a great job creating certain people’s jawlines or hair or smirk. Have you seen Tom Hiddelston, for gosh sakes? A moderate spazz every once and awhile is great fun and is just as much part of the fandom experience as loving those period costumes that were so accurate or how much you love that part of the soundtrack.
But I find it very annoying when girls join fandoms and then only talk about the male leads looks, never balancing it out by discussing anything else about the show or film. I’ve been on fandom side of Tumblr for almost three years and I’ve seen this behavior very, very frequently, so I know what I’m talking about. It’s very hard to miss. It’s annoying when they respond to the question “Why do you watch Doctor Who?” with “Because Matt Smith is hot.” When all they can say about Supernatural is how cute and steamingly gorgeous Dean Winchester is. When all they talk about is Thor’s abs or Captain America’s handsome features or Loki’s hair.
Taking time to watch a entire TV show just because you find the main character attractive seems like a waste of time when you’re not thinking, articulating and appreciating the rest of what the show is offering you to enjoy!
This is why I was so happy when it was announced Peter Capaldi was going to be the new Doctor and I saw his grey hair. I was extremely happy they did not cast another young ‘hottie’ in the role because I know a lot of the raving “fan”girls joined the fandom when Matt Smith was The Doctor. Nothing against Matt but at one point it was almost overwhelming. It was after the Capaldi announcement that it was easy to pick out the fakes because of the complaints on Tumblr that went “What? He’s not hot!” and “Eww, he’s SOooo old!” I am very excited for Peter to take on the role of The Doctor; hopefully the fakes get weeded out of the population somewhat.
But to wrap this up; I think it’s important to look beyond the superficial beauty in media, just like in real life! And it’s sad that a lot of girls don’t seem understand this and I wish they did!
I love a great-looking guy in my TV shows and films. But it’s not what I consider important. Peter Capaldi will put a brand new spin on The Doctor and I’m so looking forward to what he will bring to the table with his upcoming performances in the role. It’s great that he’s not heartthrob material right now. I love The Doctor for the being who’s been hurt a thousand times and is still there for the human race. I don’t love Loki just for his incredible looks but for the fantastic character development and acting. Sherlock has amazing black curls and a mysterious attractiveness but what I love best about him is how his flawed character grows throughout those six episodes.
However, no matter how many times we share about the importance of looking beyond outward beauty, there is always going to be the fake fangirls who will latch like barnacles onto your favorite fandoms if there’s Dean Winchester-like handsomeness being featured there. This will always be one of my pet peeves, but what’s important to remember that not all fans are like this. Thank heavens there are real fangirls out there! And thankfully they’re not all that hard to find.
As real fangirls or fanboys of a fandom, fakes shouldn’t scare you away. It’s okay to be annoyed at them, like I am right now, but a real love for something will make all the fakeness around you worth it. I wouldn’t trade the love shared between real fan-friends for anything. I hope you feel the same!