10 months. 296 days sire fly by quick. The 100 book year challenge has been attempted and left behind, which new ventures and interest has seemed to have taken over – namely fanfiction, anime, kpop and MCU movies.
There are certain emotions that are linked with reading fanfiction. To me personally, they are like any other literature I pick up, where the only difference is that I tend to already know the characters already so I’m already emotionally invested in them, and quality differs because these are amateur writers who clearly are just writing for pleasure.
To the rest of the world and other parts of the internet, it is viewed as nerdy to the most uncool degree and almost synonymous with R rated homosexual erotica. This is certainly a large community of the fanfic world, but the other parts of this are so welcoming. Everyone that’s involved are all there are a common interest, being in a common fandom with so many people around the world is a continuing lovely feeling, and that’s the beauty of the internet I guess, even if that wasn’t the intended use.
Watching japanese anime shows and listening kpop again are very niche interest, just because something are in a different language and presented in a different format, should they be seen as lesser of a form of entertainment outside their mother country? The internet again is what brings it altogether. Just like when globalisation originally initiated and global trade became the norm, we are now used to eating food grown in other climates and clothes made in other countries. If actual manual labour and days and months of ferry travel doesn’t put people off from purchasing these merchandises, why do people still find foreign music and tv programmes as weird?
There are many people like me that don’t have any friends that have the same interest and may feel shame to enjoy different interest than the norm, and while yes, this can make it a sad a lonely experience, it doesn’t make me enjoy what I like less. The fact that I can continue an ended story in more unending stories is absolutely wonderful, the amount of story arcs and emotions anime can give me in 20 minute episodes amaze me (as well as the beautiful art that goes alongside), and the quality entertainment and performances that kpop really energises my days.
It’s really sad that that I can’t share my joy with anyone at the moment, but I’m also really sad because so many people are missing such a variation in their entertainment consumption. So many stories and cultures out there that’s not just Game of Thrones, Walking Dead, Marvels Comic Universe. All wonderful, but so are Harry Potter fanfics, Psycho Pass, and GFriend.
So no, I shouldn’t be ashamed of liking reading fanfics. I shouldn’t be thought of as immature to like watching anime and watching shows with subtitles. I shouldn’t be looked at weirdly when I tell others I listen to Kpop.
The question, really is why haven’t you tried it too?