We Are The Fandoms United

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It all began one lazy Sunday afternoon, I was merely having a quite lunch at a cafe, and in came Matt Smith with his ancient tweed jacket, that oh so bright bowtie, and the inevitable suspenders. Well, of course it wasn’t really Matt, but a fan in a cosplay. Heart thudding, I approached her, and viola, the rest is history. 

Immediately I was sucked into (quite pleasantly, I assure you) this alternate reality that is the Doctor Who Group, India, and later the Fandoms United India, where everyone is just as much into various fandoms as I am. People take insults to their fandoms quite seriously, something for which I had been mocked for my entire life! Finally, a decade after having been hit by the magic wand that introduced me to Harry Potter, I had a found a place where I belong.

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Here, age is irrelevant, and so is your geographical location, so long as you are passionate about the things that automatically render you socially inept, you are more than welcome. Any and every fandom is offered equal face time (unless you are a fan of the Twilight series, then you will be dragged into a dark alley and be politely beaten up with words that will hurt more than sticks and stones ever will). The only requirements to be a part of the Fandoms United is to be fun, geeky, passionate, bat shit crazy, and of course intellect.

For the first time, you may have more friends than you can count on both your hands (WIN). We come off as normal, with our fancy professional degrees, and our calm demeanour, but dare you bad mouth the characters we worship, and the force shall be with you, and not in a good way. We know what it is like to stay up until late into the night and obsess over things that can so easily be trivialised, and wake up early the next morning only to continue where we left off the previous night even before we have had our first cup of coffee. 

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There are things about us that can be categorised as weird or borderline OCD. Like say for example, crying every time our Doctor regenerates or suffers a major loss, rejoicing at the possibility of a deadly and evil villain being alive, reading a book into the night just cos our favourite character is in a fix, or waiting out in a long queue at the doors of a bookstore braving all kinds of climatic conditions when a new book in the series is about to be released. We laugh reminiscing about something geeky at completely inappropriate times, and we are so, so not sorry about it *nudge, nudge, wink, wink*.

We urge you to come and join us, so long as you do not spam our timeline, bore us with nonsense, and are genuinely geeky, for there is finally a place for you to belong. Signing off, Allons-y, Mischief Managed, Geronimo, Live Long and Prosper, You Shall Pass!

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Being a Geek isn’t Embarrassing, its Liberating!

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Since the beginning of comic books and geeky stuff, since the time people began to love and marvel upon the vast possibilities that books and sic-fi shows bestowed upon us, ‘normal’ people have tagged this group of people as ‘geeks’. So when you hear the word ‘geek’ in reference to someone, you immediately tend to picture someone in thick, gigantic glasses that takes up most of his/her face, dressed in ill-fitting clothes, and obsessing over something fictional in an enclosed space, cut-off from the outside world.

Geeks are so wrongfully looked down upon. A geek isn’t someone who simply thinks up some crazy controversies, or obsesses over something lame and insignificant, a geek in all his/her glory is someone who believes in a world beyond the one we reside in. He/she is someone who is open-minded to various possibilities beyond our regular existence, and lives in multiple worlds, as they are constantly exploring books, shows and movies that take them places that are far beyond the imagination of a single human being. 

 

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Sure, geeks can get obsessive and sometimes their obsessions make no sense to ‘normal’ people, yet, somehow geeks are ‘free’ in the truest sense possible. Once you admit you are a geek, there is no turning back, and you can simply give up trying to appease people who simply don’t understand you, and are constantly pooping on your party. It is beyond impossible to reason with this category of people, to make them see what makes you tick, and so its best not to try.

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Being a geek liberates you from having to act all ‘cool’ all the time, and trying to fit in. Admitting that you are a geek gives you the freedom to enjoy what you like doing the most guilt-free. It takes a lot of courage admitting that you are a geek in this time and age, where being ‘cool’ is all that matters. You could end up being picked on constantly, and also left out from the ‘it’ crowd.

However, my question(s) is, if you enjoy something tremendously, if you are capable of creating a universe for yourself that revolves around books, TV shows, and even movies what’s wrong with that? Doesn’t that prove that you have the ability to see beyond the obvious and mundane existence that plagues us day in and day out, the ability to dedicate yourself to something?

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Lets face it, reality sucks. I have said this a million times, and I will say it again. There is nothing extremely magnificent in our existence most of the time, so why not escape to a better place? A place where there are platforms numbered 9 ¾; a place where there is a mad man in a blue box who travels the universe, helping numerous species as and when they face an issue; a world where a highly functioning psychopath lives at 221b Baker Street and is willing to help out with police investigation so long as it isn’t ‘boring’?

Oh yeah, and that is one of the most important things- never having to be bored ever again. Being a geek keeps you constantly entertained, and there can be nothing better than that, can it? Everyday there is so much to do, so much to keep up with in the Geekverse, that there is no time for even a moment of boredom to seep into our lives. Simon Pegg has summed up being a geek to perfection:

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I Never Choose the Fandom Life

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I never choose the fandom life,

The fandom life gripped me tight and didn’t let go like a Whomping Willow.

I never choose the fandom life,

The fandom life broke me free from my mundane existence and ordered, “Don’t wander off!”.

I never choose the fandom life,

The fandom life taught me to shoot holes into a wall when bored.

I never choose the fandom life,

The fandom life pulled me aboard the Knight Bus in the middle of the night.

I never choose the fandom life,

The fandom life promised me all of time and space that I couldn’t resist.

I never choose the fandom life,

The fandom life caught hold of me and said, “Allons-y!”.

I never choose the fandom life,

The fandom life took me for a joyride in a TARDIS.

I never choose the fandom life,

The fandom life kept me up at midnight on my birthdays awaiting the friendly Giant.

I never choose the fandom life,

The fandom life opened the Pandorica showing me a better version of myself.

I never choose the fandom life,

The fandom life dragged me to 221b Baker Street, and I simply could never leave.

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My Safe Place: Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry

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If you were about to be hypnotised, and you were asked you to retreat into your ‘safe place’ what place would that be? When I pondered upon this question, it didn’t take me long to figure out that for me that place would unfailingly be Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Its not just the magic, and the amazing game of Quidditch that attracts me towards it, it is so much more than that.

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I maybe all grown up now, but since I was a kid, Hogwarts has always been the place where I would retreat into when the going got tough. Even though it was only in my imagination, it was still the best place to be. When everything around fell apart, the best and the most calming thing to do was to pick up a Harry Potter book and step into Hogwarts, where nothing was impossible.

Hogwarts is so much more than just the Victorian passages and the antique looks, it is home for so many people, when reality gets a little too much to handle. Its a place where you make the best of friends, and also learn to help your enemies out when required. You didn’t have to receive your letter of enrolment to be a part of it.

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Even today, when reality pricks, and people around are being complete jerks, all you have to do is pick up any one of the seven amazing books and dive into the world of Harry Potter. ­Even today, sometimes I wait by my window, straining my eyes to see if an owl is coming my way with a letter from Hogwarts, even though I know that I am a little too old to get in there. I like to think that I would probably be in Griffindor, given that I am a Leo and everything.

No matter how many fandoms I join, or how many books I read, my heart always goes back to Harry Potter and my alter-ego enrols itself into Hogwarts.

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Daniel Radcliffe in ‘Horns’

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Yes, you read that right, Daniel Radcliffe of the Harry Potter fame is going to appear in a whole new avatar in the movie ‘Horns’ directed by Alexandre Aja, which is also a novel by the same name by Joe Hills.

Here are some of the pictures that I found from the movie, take a look at how spectacular and different Daniel looks. The once cute and adorable looking young boy aboard the Hogwarts Express has truly arrived!

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The movie is set to release in mid-October. Man, living life on the slow track is so not fun! Wish I could hop onto a TARDIS and move on to the later bit of this year as all the amazing things are scheduled for then. Yes, I am referring to the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special, and also the possibility of Sherlock season 3 premiering in November. Although, I am not getting my hopes high on Sherlock, it could just be one of Moffat’s cruel jokes!

Haters Be Hating The Doctor

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Yeah, I have gone all Ghetto here and frankly, I don’t care what you haters make of it. Every day I read posts and blogs that keep trolling Doctor Who. Initially, I was outraged, but now I smile in amusement, cos you never know how great you have become until a ton of people start bitchin about you. Then you know that you have made it.

What is it that they detest about the show, I do not understand. Is it because it is so successful? How does it matter if the show is a little over the top, it is pure entertainment. Some people have a problem with it being a children’s show; well, the Harry Potter series started off as a children’s book, and look what a phenomenon that was.

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Others keep comparing it to Sherlock. Bitch please! These two shows couldn’t be more different when you take into consideration the fact that Sherlock cannot be caught dead with knowledge of the solar system, and the whole premise of Doctor Who revolves around the whole of the universe! There are millions of people out there who simple adore the show, and for good reason. All of them cannot be delusional now, can they?

I have read so many people say things like the show helped them when they were trying to get clean, helped them through the loss of a loved one, proved to be a companion to the loneliest of people, and yet so many people have a problem with Doctor Who. The show gives you infinite hope; hope that one day you may just prove to be as brave as Martha Jones who travelled all over the world spreading the Doctor’s word all by herself, that one day you may have a best friend like Donna Nobel who will save you from yourself, that one day Amy and Rory’s story of infinite patience and immovable love will be yours.

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Everyone is entitled to their opinions, but make sure that you have earned them. I am not saying that every person who watches the show has to be absolutely mental about it, that is simply not possible, but when there is no valid reason to hate it then why despise something that means so much to someone? Agreed, some people fall in love with the love stories in the show, but come on, its not like it is along the lines of Twilight, which is by God the parameter against which all the garbage on this planet is measured. I mean, the Daleks falling in love with the Cybermen will be a better love story than the Twilight horse shit. So be reasonable, be kind, and don’t judge.

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PS: Just had to add this picture of David Tennant’s, cos he is ADORABLE!

Why Choose Books & TV Shows Over People

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Ever since I learnt how to read and discovered the world of books, I haven’t stopped one bit. I have devoured one book after the other, and have loved every second of it. I discovered TV shows, great TV shows that is, a little later, in my late teens, and blimey, what a ride it has been. Never one for small talk or random conversations, I was always content with a book, holed up in my room.

However, there were times when I wished that sometimes I would experience a great friendship, a unique bond, like the ones described in so many books. Come on, who wouldn’t want friends like Harry, Ron and Hermione? And I found friends, not like I didn’t, not that socially inapt I am mind you, but it was never quite the same. Its human nature to expect; and it is the same very human nature to move on to the next best shiny thing that life throws at you. So people left, yeah, and there I was clutching my books and my external drive with lots of TV shows in it, and a thought struck me: why am I running after people, when I have all the company and support that I need right here, in the palm of my very hands?

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That is the day I realised that there isn’t a single human being that is better than a good book and a mind numbing TV show, cos if you pay attention closely, they have the most marvellous things to teach you. Where else would you find someone like Dumbledore, who is the greatest of great men and yet is so humble, where else would you find someone like the Doctor who would make other people’s problems his own?

Any good book is like a teleport that can take you to a whole new world, and so is a great TV show. I know this for a fact, because whenever I watch Doctor Who or Sherlock or read harry Potter, I am instantly in a whole new world, and when I finish the episode or a chapter and return to reality, it takes me a few moments to get my bearings. Are there people on this planet who can make you feel this way? Nope!

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Books and TV shows do not judge. No matter whether you have shaved your legs or are sitting about in your bathrobe without a care in the world, it will not matter to them. Also, books and TV shows won’t leave. They will be there for you at even 2 in the night, and will see you through your tough times. There is no drama involved, no fights, no arguments, you simply pick a book up, or watch an episode if you feel like and you are all sorted out.

They are both great conversation starters, and will not embarrass you in front of other people. Say if you talk of being a Doctor Who fan, your ‘cool’ proportion increases by a million folds; whereas if you are in the company of person who eats with his mouth open and burps in public, you will wish that the floor beneath you parts and swallows you up. 

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Fandoms unite, they do not discriminate, and this very blog and the number of amazing people I have come to know through it is living proof of what I am blabbering about. I could go on and on, round and round the merry go round, but the bottom line is that there is not a single being on this planet that is better than your favourite book and TV show, unless it is a 903 year old alien in a suit. Very specific, I know, its not like I woke up one fine morning and had a craving! Allons-y Alonso! 

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