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[personal profile] dachelle
This goes back to some discussions about the nature of fandom that were going on a few weeks ago. I don't do meta much (well, at all), so if my thoughts aren't coherent I do apologize.

It strikes me that in discussions of "fandom" as an entity, it's kind of assumed that people are multi-fannish, flitting around from fandom to fandom, constantly distracted by the new and shiny, and that that's just how fans are. To me, this is odd, because I am staunchly monofannish. I was involved in Buffy fandom for several years, although I did not participate in traditional fannish creative activities like fic while in that fandom. Then, as the posting board I was on began to die down and people started to migrate to other services like LJ, my level of participation in the fandom decreased, but through fannish friends I found The Libertines in late 2005. I found the Libs fic fandom in 2006, wrote my first fic ever that fall, and have been happily ensconced in Libertines fandom ever since. I am a fan of other things, of course - as I type, I'm keeping an anxious eye on my Torchwood dl. But I wouldn't consider myself a member of Doctor Who fandom, per se. I don't write meta or reviews or fic. I just watch. Obsessively, mind you, but I just watch. I just don't feel the urge to get involved fannishly in anything besides the Libs. If and when I run out of fic ideas, I doubt I'll go looking for another fannish sandbox to play in. If I find something else, fine, but I won't actively seek it out. I'll still write, but it probably won't be fic.

I wonder if I'm a special snowflake, or if there actually are other people like me. People who have an OTP with their particular fandom, rather than fandom at large. I have the impression that a lot of meta is written by multi-fannish types, perhaps because of their interest in fandom as a whole. I also think that larger fandoms that attract the multi-fannish meta types work in a different way than smaller communities that may have more monofans in them. Certainly, what I know of the bandom RPS community from my friends who participate in it is that it has quite a different dynamic than Libertines RPS, and I wonder if that's because people who frequently migrate from fandom to fandom bring in ideas and ways of doing things from other fandoms which are then accepted and become part of "what fandom does." For instance, fic challenges are a big part of other slash communities, but have never taken off in Libs fic. I had to ask someone on my friends list who writes in bandom what a "Big Bang fic" was. I thought it was something to do with orgies!

Anyway, as I said, just wondering if there were other monofans out there, and whether you think of yourself as being part of "fandom" as a whole, or just your particular fandom.

wandering in from metafandom to say

Date: 2009-07-09 12:20 am (UTC)
tree: a figure clothed in or emerging from bark (Default)
From: [personal profile] tree
you are not alone. i'm interested in the social construct that is fandom in the wider context (as distinguished from a fandom) and i keep abreast of that via [community profile] metafandom, but i definitely don't feel that i'm a part of that. of my three fandoms, i was a fan of the things themselves before i entered the particular fandom. so i'm also mildly astonished to discover the sheer number of people who enter a fandom on the strength of fic or meta or the squee of other fans. it's a strange concept to me.

here from meta fandom

Date: 2009-07-12 12:12 am (UTC)
wishfulclicking: man in black and white pulling back a curtain to show moving sky (Default)
From: [personal profile] wishfulclicking
Though I've been reading fanfic for over nine years now, I didn't consider myself apart of fandom until I started commenting and created a livejournal in 2008.

I consider myself monofannish in the sense that I interact with the community around bandom; I write fic for it, do challenges, friend people, etc; but I do dabble in other fandoms sometimes too.

Picking up another fandom did cross my mind but the show was canceled and I'm hanging around Star Trek: 2009.

I definitely do think fans from other fandoms bring in traditions to new fandoms. This is bandom big bang's second year but spn and sga have been around before that. Now I see the big bang idea in many other fandoms too.

Spotted this on <lj user="metafandom">...

Date: 2009-07-12 08:28 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] bunney
I'm very much married to my fandom and faithful to it. I've been in Harry Potter fandom since 2003, with nary a single glance at another fandom. There was a brief flirtation with Battlestar Galactica, but nothing came of it but some speculation with other fans. Otherwise, my heart's remained true to HP. Before that, it was Buffy and before that, The X-Files. But I've always stayed in one fandom at a time.

Date: 2009-07-12 08:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] why-me-why-not.livejournal.com
Here via metafandom on LJ. I am definitely multifandom, but I have a number of friends on my LJ flist who aren't. There are quite a few of them that are perfectly happy with one fandom, while they can and do watch other shows/whatever (usually obsessively, lol), there is only one "fandom" that the actively participate in, whether it's bandom, popslash, harry potter, supernatural, lord of the rings, whatever. I was actually surprised when Supernatural fandom started gaining popularity b/c a bunch of people dropped hp all together and went for SPN, and a lot of them are firmly entrenched in SPN and not planning on leaving. I think it's probably just the way I am that things don't necessarily hold my attention for a long time, and I like different things depending on my mood, so I like having multiple fandoms to play in.

Also, I think of "fandom" as a community as a whole. It's like... there's this unspoken bond between fandom members because even if you're not interested in the same things, you can still understand being that obsessed/interested in something. It's like fangirl karma or something. I'm thinking of two friends in specific that I met b/c of Supernatural fandom that offered their homes as a place for bandom fangirls that they didn't know to crash at their houses when they were out of town for concerts. It's just... idk, I guess maybe fandom as a whole is like the extended family of individual fandoms?

Date: 2009-07-12 08:48 pm (UTC)
gairid: Little girl reaching for book (VC - Lestat/Louis)
From: [personal profile] gairid
Mono-fannish as far as the bulk of my participation--this since 1998 in the verboten Vampire Chronicles fandom--I rarely write outside the fandom, though I read other fandoms and enjoy meta discussions about fandom.

Date: 2009-07-12 09:32 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] blktauna
I'm limited in my fannishness. I have a very few fandoms and I'm quite loyal to them. Honestly I don't get the jumping from fandom to fandom thing.

And quite honestly, after reading metafandom and seeing the scope of entitlement and the junior high school tactics used on anyone even slightly non conformist, I'm quite happy to not identify with "fandom" as a whole.

Date: 2009-07-12 10:10 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] rahirah
YES. I was in Elfquest fandom for 20+ years, and then I got involved in Buffy fandom, where I've been for almost ten years and expect to be for at least another ten. I watch and read lots of other things, and enjoy them, but I only write fic or meta in one fandom at a time.

Date: 2009-07-13 10:18 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] wembley
OMG, an ElfQuest fan! Hi hi hi! Why are there so few of us on LJ? :( Also, how awesome is it that it's all up online? Yay, I can read about Rayek being haughty whenever I want now. :D

Also here via Metafandom

Date: 2009-07-12 10:14 pm (UTC)
elleth: a ship sailing away from the Return of the King, with the text "To Sail Beyond the Sunset" (Default)
From: [personal profile] elleth
Another monofannish fan here, though not a lurker... I am active - sometimes - in the Tolkienfandom, with fic, art, icons, mixes, rping, reviewing and what else belongs to participation, but I find that I just don't have the energy to keep up with more than one fandom. True, I watched (somewhat obsessively) House, SPN, Avatar, Torchwood, Firefly, but fandom participation in those cases is zero, or very close to it. Meta is interesting to me less because of the multifandom approach, and I find myself skipping discussions that are targeted at a specific fandom audience (say, NuTrek, Bandom), tending rather towards the more general topics.

I did, however, do much fandom hopping back when I was in the X-Files fandom and similarly switched between LotR book fandom and LotR movie fandom when the LotR movies were coming out. And for me part of multifannishness is tied to a very limited availability of new texts, if you so want. There is only so much you can do with 45 minutes of your favourite series per week (don't get me wrong, there is a lot you can get even from that, just look at the mytharc reconstructions in the XF fandom!), but that idea of... let's call it immediate gratification, seeing what happens next, is over once the credits are rolling. I know I kept looking for other shows to match the awesomeness that was the X-Files once the weekly episode is over. Monofannish fans probably don't find those shows. Multifannish fans probably do.

(If this made no sense, please blame it on the late hour. Past midnight over here.)

Re: Also here via Metafandom

Date: 2009-07-13 03:37 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] robling_t
but I find that I just don't have the energy to keep up with more than one fandom

I was about to say something along these lines so I'll put in a "this"; back in the mid-'90s I was actively involved in online Highlander fandom, passively followed Babylon-5, and completely missed out on getting into Buffy because by that point there simply weren't enough hours in the day. ATM, I managed to catch BSG in the overlaps from revived Who (DW actually being my original ur-fandom going all the way back to age 3), and now find my active fandom energies going mostly to Torchwood because it happens to be bringing the better crazy so far as Doin' Stuff Online goes for me, but since it happens to be a special case with its relation to its parent show it's kind of like dating twins or something. ;) (Although, interestingly, I simply can't gin up the interest to follow SJA. Then again, this is probably a good thing overall 'cos I'm far enough outside its target demographic I think I'd kind of worry if I did...)

Here via Metafandom

Date: 2009-07-12 11:38 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kayjayuu
I think I finally figured out I'm monofannish, of a sort. Star Trek has been with me for 30 years; Enterprise is the only fandom in which I've written fanfic and RP'd. I did Doctor Who before the reboot, and while I adore the new stuff and follow it ad nauseum, I'm not "in fandom" per se. I watch and follow other shows and fandoms, but as for being active and participating, no, not really.

So you aren't alone. Thanks for letting me know I'm not.

Date: 2009-07-12 11:56 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] independence1776
Here via Metafandom.

I'm serially monofandom. My first fandom, long before I knew there was such a thing, was Star Wars. In high school, when I found out about fanfic, it was Mutant X. Then I moved to LotR (generally preferring bookverse over movieverse), and then I tried leaving fandom. Lasted maybe a week. And moved to Star Wars. Now, I'm firmly entrenched in Tolkien again, specifically the Silmarillion subsection. 90% of my fic reading is that, with the other 10% being Lord of the Rings based and the occasional rec from my sister or a HP fic that's been incredibly slow updating but love too much to stop reading. I can't see myself leaving this subsection for years-- I've found my "family." (And I have a ton of ideas to boot.)

All through my fandom "career," I've written fic, more for some fandoms than others. (Star Wars I only posted one story and generally just reviewed, Silmarillion I have an entire universe and ideas outside of it.) Only recently have I begun making icons, but I don't have a good graphics programs, so don't post them. I'm also a costumer.

This doesn't mean I don't watch or read other things. (For instance, I'm watching Merlin now that it's on American TV, but have no interest in fandom activities.) But I am a one-fandom-at-a-time person, and suspect I always will be.

I do see myself as part of fandom in that there's a large community of people who read and write fics and understand the general fannish drive. But anything more specific-- every fandom has a different culture, and every archive (at least in Tolkien) has that to a limited extent, too-- no, I don't consider myself as part of fandom as a whole. I do lurk on metafandom, just to see what other fandoms are doing, but I'd say 80% of the time, the posts are practically speaking a different language.

via metafandom

Date: 2009-07-13 03:42 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] h4hahn
I was so happy to see this post. I've been wondering if I was the only person out there who is monofannish. But, I take it even to a further extreme and go all monocharacter. However, it's an interesting dynamic to interact with members of my fandom who move in and out of different communities. (is it weird that I feel like they're cheating a bit? *smirk*) And I think you're right that the size of the comm fundamentally affects the way it functions. Does smaller equate to more intimacy between members? Does larger equal more creative opportunities? There are pros and cons with both.

But, I also agree with why-me-why-not.livejournal.com, even though I don't participate in any other fandoms, I feel a true sense of community with all the other fangirls/fanboys. We've stumbled upon a shared obsession that manifests itself in a myriad of interesting ways that allows us to discuss and trade thinky thoughts and inform the way I think about my own fandom and fic.

So yay for multi-fanners. But, I'll stick to my little insulated corner.
Edited Date: 2009-07-13 03:44 am (UTC)

Date: 2009-07-13 07:18 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] msilverstar
I'm a monofan, fell into love (and/or addiction) with LOTR RPS at an incredibly exciting time (just after The Two Towers came out), and I've never fallen out. I have a giant friends-and-access-subscription-acquaintances list, most of whom have moved on to other fandoms. I can't seem to let them go, I like them so much, but I miss the communal squee, a lot.

Here from metafandom

Date: 2009-07-13 06:29 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] turlough
I'm totally monofannish and have always been. I usually call myself a fandom serial monogamist and my one attempt a couple of years ago at being a fandom bigamist failed spectacularly :-) It was the same when I was a lurker, but back then I never stayed in a fandom longer than, at most, six months. When I found popslash in the autumn of 2004 I became active in fandom again and also started to stay longer in the same fandom. My love affair with popslash lasted for almost four years and my current obsession with bandom has been going strong for two and I still haven't felt any urges to move elsewhere.

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Date: 2009-07-13 10:16 pm (UTC)
wembley: Revamped version of my very first LJ icon. It's of Wembley Fraggle. (Default)
From: [personal profile] wembley
You're not alone at all. I feel like we all have our own personal rubric regarding what makes us part of a fandom; for me, it's a certain intensity of fannish love -- obsession, really -- that pushes me to write fanfic and share it. So for me, that means I haven't felt like I've truly been part of a fandom since 1999. At the same time, seeing as I read (and sometimes write) meta and watch fandom_wank and have dabbled in or read fic in other fandoms, and just because I've hung out in fandom for so long, I definitely feel like I'm part of fandom as a whole, even though it's been a decade since I found a fandom (or character) I love so intensely that I'm moved to write and share fic.

ETA: Also, I think a great number of fans definitely practice "serial monogamy" -- most of the fans on my flist are heavily into one fandom for 2-3 years, give or take, then move on to something else, stay there for 2-3 years, rinse and repeat. Which is also how it worked with me in the past.

Date: 2009-07-14 05:22 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] martasfic
FWIW... I'm pretty seriously just one fandom. I will gladly write fics as gifts in other fandoms where I know the canon, and I will read fic from writers I know from my OTF (one true fandom)... but I pretty much just think about Tolkien. That's where I devote my time running a fandom contest (the Middle-earth Fanfiction Awards), and that's where I write at least 95% of my fiction (and 100% of my non-gift fic). Back in high school I wrote DS9 fic, but that was before I even knew there was such a thing as fandom.

In both cases, I fell in love with the canon material and felt the need to interact with it, play with it and tease it out. That is why I write fanfic. I have friendships that have developed through my fanfic-writing and reading and adminning, and am glad to have them, but those friendships are quite separate from fandom. I don't come to fandom for the social scene, I come to share my art and to read tales that expand on the world I fell in love with.

Because of this it's very rare that I talk about fandom in general. I will occasionally see a motif in my OTF and talk about parallels I see with other fandoms I'm familiar with (mostly HP or DS9), but that's literary criticism and interpretation, not some sort of social science-esque study of fandom as a social entity. I just don't care about that. I am in fandom because of the source material, and so I am more prone to write interpretive essays than sort of fan cultural analyses. I wonder if other people who are single-fandom sweethearts might have the same tendency? If so, it's not surprising that we don't show up on MF. Why would anyone not in Tolkien fandom care about whether Faramir was right to accept Aragorn's claim to Gondor's kingship, after all? :-)

Here from metafandom

Date: 2009-07-14 08:43 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] magic_at_mungos
I have my main fandom but I have other fandoms where I paddle. SO I will read fic and meta that catch my eye via my flist but won't necessarily seek it out.

Here via metafandom on LJ

Date: 2009-08-06 05:40 am (UTC)
fangirlism: (Default)
From: [personal profile] fangirlism
(And wayyyyyy late to the party too!)

For the most part, I'm monofannish too, though I've tried to branch out, with varied success.

For me, it's Backstreet Boys/popslash. Always has been, probably always will be.

here via <user name="dee">

Date: 2009-08-15 08:29 am (UTC)
thene: petals flying away in the breeze. (flying away)
From: [personal profile] thene
I'm socially monofannish, but I'm up for writing fic about things outside my main fandom from time to time. I had a few years of not being in a fandom at all before joining the one I'm in now, so I'm not sure whether that's just the way I am or whether my current fandom is unusually compelling.
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