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Haters Gonna Hate

I can’t believe that anyone thinks it is actually necessary to have this conversation, one that suggests that fans are life-avoiding losers. This statement in particular is utterly wrong: “And yet, it [fandom] is, by definition, a bit different from hobbies like cooking or learning an instrument in that fandom is in the service of someone else’s creativity rather than one’s own.” Aside from the fact that fandom is inherently creative within its own ranks, have you ever known of a creative success who did not start out as a fan? If everyone who disparages fan culture would just read Tolkien’s “On Fairy-stories,” perhaps they would understand the error of their ways and begin to grasp the life-affirming gift that is Escape.

I am speaking to you now, Harry Potter generation. Become the greatest generation. Show the world what fandom can do! The weapon we have is love. 

 

“I have claimed that Escape is one of the main functions of fairy-stories, and since I do not disapprove of them, it is plain that I do not accept the tone of scorn or pity with which ‘Escape’ is now so often used. Why should a man be scorned if, finding himself in prison, he tries to get out and go home? Or if he cannot do so, he thinks and talks about other topics than jailers and prison-walls?”

-J.R.R. Tolkien 

 

If, in spite of its defense of fandom, the article in Slate left a sour taste in your mouth, watch this and wash all the unpleasantness away. 

 

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3 thoughts on “Haters Gonna Hate

  1. Interesting, psychologists who claim that if you feel passionately about something, to the point that you get emotionally invested, you should stop engaging. Quite a concept for a world without art, I would say.

    Love the video!

  2. Brava! We all have to keep fighting the good fight 😉
    This is nothing more than the continued misunderstanding by the supposed literary/cultural “intelligentsia” of the true nature of escape and fantasy in general. It also shows a complete lack of knowledge of the great wealth of creativity to be found in sub-creation….which if you ask me is what fandom (and ultimately all Art) is all about!

    (And now my random inspirational thought…Tolkien espoused sub-creation as our God-given duty and inclination based on our nature as being in His image and likeness…so…Is Tolkien just a God fanatic? …the thought made me smile, thought I’d share!)

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