Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Buffy is easily the fandom I am most thankful for because it saved my life. Many times over. That isn’t me being dramatic. My teenage years were difficult, I was bullied a lot, and started suffering from depression without even realising. It was a dark time, and the many lessons of Buffy not only got me through it but helped me be stronger. Later during an emotionally abusive relationship I picked up the self help book What would Buffy do? and despite the cheesy name it is a very good read. This is still my go to show when I feel absolutely miserable and like the world is ending because I’m thankful that Buffy taught me that even when the world is ending, you can still fight and win.
My number 1 fandom, and this is the one that started it all. I don’t think I would be into as many fandoms, or into the sci fi and fantasy genre if I hadn’t fallen in love with Star Wars. It has given me so much joy (and tears) over the years and continues to do so. It also taught me just how far our imagination can go, so I’m thankful for Star Wars teaching me that our imagination is endless.
These novels by Jacqueline Carey helped me to recognise a side of myself as genuine and right, not wrong and something to be afraid or ashamed of. There is so much strength in the protagonist, Phedre, and it is beautiful and incomparable. I’m thankful for having my eyes open to new possibilities and being taught to love as thou wilt.
It was hard to pick the 5th fandom for this list, and in the end I chose Doctor Who because it has opened so many doors for me. It has broadened my horizons, and led me to find the wonderful talents of so many actors and authors. Without it I’d have never gotten to know the work of the amazing John Barrowman, and the lovely Elizabeth Saden who sadly passed away in 2011. I’m thankful for Doctor Who introducing me to many wonderful individuals and characters.
World of Warcraft
Gods, how do I explain how much this game has done for me in my life? It has been a bumping road, with many breaks and issues and yet it has given me so much in return. It has helped me learn that even if I’m sick, I can still do something productive and not feel entirely useless. It was the first video game that I could actually play, and led to me becoming a gamer and a youtuber. It has given me so many friends and some crazy guild meets, and of course, my amazing and loving fiancé of 9 years. I’m thankful for World of Warcraft bringing light, friendship, healing and love into my life.