The Fandom Blog.
Today is Christmas Eve Eve, and as I am reflecting on the year. I can’t help but reflect on the fandom things that happened this year. It was a big year, and a lot of things happened. Ok, so if you are feeling like I am speaking a different language, fandom is what us fangirls or fanboys call the community that we belong too.
2019 was a big year for fandom.
Stories ended, characters fell in love, some got married, some broke up, characters died, characters came back to life, ships became canon, others got obliterated, stories began, hopes with smashed and finally tears were cried. I loved every minute of it.
Don’t worry, I won’t spoil anything. 2019 was a big year.
Sagas that I have followed came to an end, which caused me to wonder what would be the next thing. The thing that I spend my money spent hours thinking about and devoted my time to. Characters that I consider family fought horrific battles and had devastating loses. They rose up from the rubble and took a step forward. Continuing to fight on.
Characters that I loved whom I thought died came back alive, while others died, and their sacrifice saved the world. That moment was the first time I’ve cried at a superhero movie.
I flew with dragons, fought bad guys, solved murders, flew starships, time traveled, saved the world, unleashed genies, sang old tunes, and fell in love as the characters fell in love.
And fandom became my escape when I was upset because my hubby and I haven’t gotten pregnant yet. Fandom became my escape after a hard day of work, and I was feeling angry. Fandom became my escape when I was haunted by the fact that I am a cancer survivor. There are days of anger, whys, and wishing my life had been different. Fandom became my escape when words are like grenades, and I’m left when holes in my heart. Fandom leads to great conversations about difficult subjects such as love, acceptance, avoidance, sacrifice, and what does the meaning of life means.
Fandom leads to conversations about how people without faith and to survive without God. The world is hopeless without faith. The world is lost without a superhero who zooms in and saves the day. The world seems dark and dismal without life.
Many times my lens for fandom comes to form my Christian background. I see heroes who are like Jesus. Characters who are flawed like Paul. Characters who struggle with unspoken demons like David, Characters who stand amidst grave prejudice like Esther and continue to do what is right. These characters lead me to examine my faith and determine what my faith looks like and how it works for me. And what God expects from me.
God is the only one who will save the world. God is the only one who will provide hope during a time of chaos. God is the single who can calm the storm and bring peace that passes understanding. God is the only one to be that light in the darkness. And God is the only person who will save me from my darkest days.
Fandom is just an escape, a port in the storm when things go wrong. However, when things got really crazy, I put all my faith in my anchor, My Redeemer, and my Lord to provide help during times of crisis.
The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.” Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others-the armies of heaven—praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.”
Merry Christmas. TTFN and God Bless and Keep You!