Do you ever wonder how your fandom stacks up to others, craziness-wise?
Like, say you’re a comic book guy. When it’s time to head for the Great Mental Institution In The Sky, are you and your friends going to be walking behind the Ren Faire people, or will the sound of lutes and fifes be filtering up from the rear as you set your Chuck T-clad foot upon the first great marble step? (Actually, you can probably feel pretty safe that it’ll be the former — for what that’s worth. Be ready to stare at a lot of fat butts in farthingales as you trudge past Normal People Heaven.)
(And yeah, once you pass the Pearly Gates, the Great Mental Institution In The Sky is actually farther back than Normal People Heaven. But that’s just because they built it first!)
Anyhoo, I now know without a doubt who the craziest fans are. It’s anime fangirls.
Li’l Tuffy has recently become addicted to certain obliquely homoerotic Japanese television shows. And I want to gab about them. But it’s impossible, because Every Single Anime Fan In America is a nerdy, high-strung 20-year-old college girl. Which means everyone on anime fan forums is, too. And yeesh, I never used to worry about the State Of America’s Youth, but I’m telling you … you would quail.
The latest example: In the Livejournal community devoted to my favorite show, I posted a topic saying, “I think the movie version sucks. Let’s talk about why.” So, natch, all these people post reasons why it doesn’t suck. Including one person who asks why I have to be “so negative.”
But one brave soul begs to differ! She starts her post with, “I don’t want to offend anyone, but I actually agree with Tuffy.”
She doesn’t want to OFFEND ANYONE …
By criticizing a MOVIE.
It gets better! I posted a reply saying something like, “I think your opinions are heresy and you should be tarred and feathered.” Some over-the-top joke like that. And…
She DELETED HER POST
So, yeah. There it is. When I die, I’m finding a way to bring along some magazines. ‘Cause there’s gonna be a hell of a bottleneck at that intake desk.