5 Gateway Fandoms That Made Me Who I Am Today [5 Fandom Friday]

5 Fandom Friday - Fandoms that made me who I am



It’s been a while since I’ve blogged and posted a Fandom 5. I was away on a personal break for 3 weeks and then I’ve been sick since coming back. Sadly Fandom 5 hit a slump as it’s not been updated for new topics, but some of us over at Geek Girls Bloggers have been heading back to some old topics because we love Fandom 5! This is technically last weeks topic as neither of this weeks appealed to me and this one kept sneaking back in my thoughts.



I can’t remember the exact age I was when I saw my first Star Wars movie, I was about 7-10 and it was Return of the Jedi. It stuck with me for years until I got my dad the movie boxset for fathers day when I was about 12/13… my dad never actually saw them, they began to live permanently in my room and I became obsessed with them. It was my first fandom, and I started reading the EU books then as well.




Buffy came a few years after my Star Wars love affair began, when I was about 14-15 and again it became a huge fandom in my life at that point. It is still one of my most watched tv show, and I still love it. It’s my go to show when I feel crap and need a pick me up, or need to be reminded that even when it’s dark there is a light at the end of the tunnel. This fandom got me into writing fanfic, roleplaying and so much more.





Around the same time I started reading the Night World series by LJSmith, and this was my first book fandom. It really opened my eyes into world building, leading onto more roleplaying and fanfic and just how much was out there in the world of urban fantasy and young adult fiction.



Tamora Pierce was my first foray into fantasy, again opening paths into so much more fandoms and fantasy worlds that I’ve read since. I became involved with the Sheroes forum, as well as new roleplay adventures, and this one generally got me more into the whole fandom community thing rather than being something personal to me.



World of Warcraft came so much later than the others, but with it came my love for video games which was a gateway into a whole new world of fandoms. Dragon Age, Bioshock, Guild Wars, Diablo.. and so many more.




5 Fandoms I LOVE But Didn’t Think I Would! [5 Fandom Friday]

5 Fandom Friday - fandoms I didn't think I'd love


It has been a crazy week so a slightly later than planned Fandom 5 this week and I apologise that it’s also going to be a bit on the short side. I’m getting to the end of assignment deadlines so my brain is completely focused on library cataloguing, my placements and our group website project.



Harry Potter

The hype that was Harry Potter came out when I was in Sixth Form College and everyone, and I mean everyone, was obsessed. When one of the new books came out people were going crazy if someone spoiled it for them. I was a bookworm back then, but the fact that everyone was so obsessed – even the ‘popular’ in crowd, made me avoid it like the plague for a long time. Gradually around 2006/2007 I caught a few of the movies on TV, and then when I met my fiancé I found out he was a Harry Potter fan and had the whole set of books. So when he moved to live with me, he bought them too and fell in love with them 😀


sg1Stargate SG-1

I remember watching the original Stargate movie with my dad when it was first released on video, and over the years I’d caught a few episodes of SG-1 and I have to be honest; I wasn’t that impressed. As I got older I heard massively good things about it, and after a quick chat with Chris we both decided it was something we’d been meaning to check out. We loved it 😀 We’re currently on the first season of Atlantis now. I’m not sure what put me off it when I was younger, maybe I just hadn’t matured to a stage where I could actually appreciate the show for what it was. I am, however, really glad we decided to watch it 🙂


doctorwhoDoctor Who

I’d never seen any of the old Doctor Who (and still haven’t, I’m not a big fan of some things made in that era because the technology was crap, but that’s another story) and when the hype came about for the new one I was like… meh not really my thing. I then went to London Comic Con with an online friend who was a Whovian and so I accompanied her and her friend to John Barrowman’s talk. First of all, if you haven’t seen or met John Barrowman he is absolutely hilarious and down to earth. Seeing him, hearing about Torchwood (this was just before Torchwood started I believe) and Captain Jack… well of course I had to check it out. I started with Torchwood and then moved onto Doctor Who and been a Whovian ever since.


tvdThe Vampire Diaries

When I heard about the Vampire Diaries being made into a TV show I was so happy and also unhappy. I love LJSmiths books but out of all her novels, the Vampire Diaries was the one I really didn’t like. Way back when I was a part of the LJS fandom, everyone loooved TVD. So when it came out as a show I of course HAD to check it out, it was based on one of my favourite authors books, and I wasn’t all too sure if I liked it. In the end it turned out that this is one of the few times when the TV/Movie adaptation is much much better than the original novels. I’m really behind on it, simply because I’ve been on a crime binge for ages, but I still love the show and will catch up one day.


dragonVideo Games

Until 2004 I wasn’t a gamer. I’d tried playing games when I was a kid, namely Sonic on my mega drive, and had played on my cousin’s various consoles. Being mocked for ‘button smashing’ I had grown up thinking I could never play video games, and honestly, even until earlier this year when I completed Half Life 2 for myself, I believed that there were games out there I still would never be able to play. Now? The world is my oyster! I’m never going to be a console girl, I just can’t play that way. But PC games? I love em. You can check out my game library and gaming habits on raptr!




5 Fandom Guilty Pleasures [5 Fandom Friday]

5 Fandom Friday - Guilty pleasures


This was a really difficult post for me because I don’t really have any guilty pleasures. I don’t feel guilty about what I enjoy any more. Maybe it comes with age, because when I was younger I was very concerned about what people thought and now I’m just like.. pft, not your business :p

So how did I manage to come up with this list? I thought of more complex reasons for why I might feel guilty about these, or elements of them.

anitaAnita Blake series

This is one of my favourite book series, so why is it even on this list? There have been a huge amount of rants from fans regarding the way these books changed, however, that isn’t what put them on this list. It’s the fact that there’s a a 5 book section of the series which I still don’t even know what happened. Everything else I remember, but from Blood Noir to Hit List things got a bit mixed up, a massive amount of new characters came in and frankly it was just a bit of a mess. Thankfully with the next two books, Affliction and Dead Ice, things have gotten back on track. But that messy section makes this a bit of a guilty pleasure because while I love the author’s work, I can’t for the life of me say that period of her writing is something I’m proud to be a fan of.


twilightTwilight series

Yes, I have not only read this series but also enjoyed it. I was a big fan of it several years ago, and while my enthusiasm has diminished over time, I still don’t hate these books. I actually thought many parts of the books mythos was ingenious, including the sparkly vampires. Sure, it’s totally NOT what vampires are supposed to be – but being a writer is about exploring new ideas, making them your own and daring to go there. Take away the notion of vampires sparkling, the idea of vampires being unable to go out in bright sunshine because it makes their skin change into something obviously supernatural is pretty damn clever. People freaked out over the idea that vampires could go out in the daylight, but for those of us who had been reading vampire fiction for decades this was nothing new. It had been done before. I also appreciated a protagonist who was actually clumsy, and realistically so – I’m very clumsy and I have to say Meyer’s accounts of Bella’s clumsiness were on point as was Kristin Stewart’s acting in the movie. I remember in the first movie she gets tangled in her backpack when trying to take it off and I have done that exact thing so many times.

However, all that being said the series has some massive flaws. Namely, her writing is not the best ever and there are some major issues with the character of Bella and her relationship, especially Edward and his obsessiveness. Those are what make this a guilty pleasure for me.




Mortal Kombat TV & Movie

I absolutely love the Mortal Kombat movies and the TV series, Mortal Kombat: Conquest. However, I do have to admit that they are cheesy and aren’t the best movies ever. Yet they still fascinate me and I can watch them over and over again.



famous5Enid Blyton Books

I love Enid Blyton’s books. When I was younger I gobbled up her Famous Five series, Secret Seven and Adventure series. I also watched the TV series (the one featuring the actors in the image above). However, now as an adult and especially after studying them in English Literature last year I have to admit there are some massive issues with the books. Blyton wrote with the stereotypes of her time, and while on a moral stance I completely disagree with many aspects of her books, I can’t help but love them still.


nwNight World series

The Night World series by L. J Smith and many of her other books remain some of my favourite books. While I love the stories, mythos and characters, I do have to admit that her writing is very poor. When the Vampire Diaries came out as a TV show several years ago I decided to re-read the books and I couldn’t even finish the first one, it was just so awful.