Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and this week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is fandom related. It doesn’t matter what you want to write about as long as it’s connected to the idea of fandom in some way. Since I’ve been a part of many fandoms in my time, I decided to list “My To Ten Fandoms.” These fandoms can be based on film, television, or books. In some cases, maybe even both.
My first taste of fandom began when I was a little girl. Everyone was gathered at my mom’s friend’s house to watch a movie. Except for me, whom my mother thought would have nightmares. After catching me watching from the stairs, she finally relented and let me watch alongside everyone else. That film was Alien, and since then I’ve been hooked on the franchise. In fact, there was one year when I watched the film every day. No lie!
2.) The X-Files
After getting sucked into the Alien fandom, I pretty much didn’t get into any others until a little-known series about a couple of FBI agents who investigate the paranormal premiered. The X-Files began as a show I watched on Friday nights when I didn’t have any plans, and later became must-see television. Though the show lost a bit of steam in later seasons, it’s still a classic that’ll never go out of style.
3.) Buffy the Vampire Slayer / Angel
Not too long after I became invested in The X-Files did I also get sucked into the phenomenon that was Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its spin-off series, Angel. When it first premiered I had no interest in watching a series about a film I’d seen years earlier. Then the summer after the first season I started watching re-runs, and immediately was hooked. This show is the epitome of girl power, and the show I compare with every female-driven show to date.
Another show that sucked me in immediately was Supernatural. In all honestly, I originally tuned in for Jensen Ackles, who I’ve been a fan of since Days of Our Lives and Dark Angel. I figured I’d check it out, and give it a try. If it wasn’t any good, then no harm was done. By the end of the first episode, I knew this show would become one of my all-time favorites.
5.) Harry Potter
I became a part of this fandom with the books. I didn’t start reading them until the release of the fifth novel, but Harry Potter will forever be one of my favorite book series. Not only was I captivated by the world Harry and his friends inhabited, but I loved how J.K. Rowling gradually made each book darker than its predecessor. As the characters aged, their problems became larger and more dangerous. While this love transferred to the films, I still prefer the magic of the books.
6.) Doctor Who
Though Doctor Who is one of the longest running television series, I didn’t begin watching it until it returned with Christopher Eccleston. This zany show was just weird enough to interest me and turn me into a fan. I’ve fallen off a bit over the last few seasons, which I blame on still grieving the loss of David Tennant, but I still count DW as one of my fandoms.
7.) The Vampire Diaries
Speaking of shows that I put down towards the last few seasons, The Vampire Diaries (TVD) will always be in my heart for introducing me to some of the coolest people I’ve ever met. Whenever anyone asks me how long I’ve been on Twitter, I ask them, “How many years has The Vampire Diaries been on? That’s how long I’ve had an account.” TVD was created and written by some of my favorite writers, and that alone guaranteed me as a fan. Add in a great cast, phenomenal acting, and special effects, and you have one great show. Even though I fell off, I’ll still remember all of the great times from the first several seasons, the people I’ve met, and all of the great times we’ve had.
8.) The Walking Dead
I’ve been a comic fan all my life, just not a hardcore one. I go through periods where I spend all my cash on comics, and others when I won’t even think about them. Suffice it to say, I didn’t begin reading The Walking Dead comics until after I began watching the series. There are several shows I discuss with friends at work, and The Walking Dead is one of them.
9.) Game of Thrones
I may not have become a fan of Game of Thrones / A Song of Ice and Fire until after the first episode premiered on HBO, but I can honestly say I became a fan of the books first. You see when the show premiered, I didn’t have HBO. Yet, thanks to a free preview weekend, I was able to watch the first episode. The ending left me speechless, and I ran out the next day to buy the first novel just to find out what happened next. I then proceeded to devour the entire series (to date) and then convinced my roommate to go in with me for an HBO subscription. This series and the novels is the first series I’ll pimp to anyone I talk to. It’s the first series I’ve made everyone I know watch just to shut me up. Then did, and now like me, they’re hooked.
Another book series adapted for the small screen, Outlander sucked me in one summer after I returned home from Comic-Con. A friend and I went to the bookstore to buy books to read at the beach, and before I knew it I had read the entire first book and found myself back at the store to buy the next two books the next day. Though I love some of the books more than others, this series is one of my all-time favorites, and the cable series is as well.
In a league of its own…LOST
This show can’t be forgotten. I rewatch it basically every year, and every time I do I find something I’ve never noticed before. This show still has me thinking. I still talk about it with people. I even debate the merits of the series finale with people. While I happened to love it, many didn’t, and I love to discuss why. This series had everything you could want: horror, drama, romance, suspense, science fiction, fantasy… the list goes on and on.