On July 17th 2016 my first (Book) Struggle Sunday article went online. This article started out as an article in which I could rant about popular discussed subjects within a book community. An article of which I hoped would be an interactive article, in which readers/fellow bloggers would like to participate in.
I love ranting about specific subjects regarding books – or other things for that matter, and I love to hear other people’s thoughts on those subjects as well. I can be a bit ‘spicy’ when being in a discussion about something, because I’m just extremely passionate when I’m talking about things I love. I’ll be talking about subjects within the book community, but also outside of it, that can be a struggle for me sometimes. I’m sure some things will be recognizable to you guys as well and I’d love to hear what you think on the subjects I’ll write about in this (Book) Struggle Sunday.
TODAY’S DISCUSSION SUBJECT:
FEELING ALONE IN A FANDOM
Well, most of the time there are some fandom related stuff to find online after finishing a new released book or an fairly unknown book, but often it’s really difficult to find anything and I’m really sad about that. At the moment for example I experience this with; Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray, Shadow Run by Adrianne Strickland and I could keep going for a while,lol. I haven’t come across a reader who’s read them so I have to ‘suffer’ alone for the time being. Another perfect example is Illuminae (#1 in the Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff). It’s one of the best reads I’ve ever had. And then there’s that moment when you finish a book like that.. and then there’s no one around you that has read it and it’s just you and all your fangirl feels you can’t share! *the horror* I read Illuminae last year for the first time and when I read it no one I knew back then read it yet, so that was reaaaally horrible since Illuminae was one of the most intense and emotional reads ever and I needed to talk about the book with someone. Fortunately I convinced several book buddies to read the book at last and they loved it as well. And it’s sooo nice to finally be able to talk about a book you’ve fangirl-crushed on for so long haha.
Especially with my Dutch reading book buddies I’m experiencing this a lot, since I read a lot of English and in comparison not many books get translated to Dutch since we’re just a small country and there are soooo many English books out there. But among my English reading bookbuddies I experience it as well because not all of them always read the same stuff I read or have less time for reading so it takes longer for them to read a lot of the same books I’ve read. So yeah, I’m definitely experienced in feeling alone within a fandom, lol. Have you experienced this?
I’M A FANGIRL, WE DON’T DO ‘CALM’.
Again, I’m fairly certain a lot of you know what it’s like to have a fangirl-rant and what it feels like to undergo feelings that involve fangirling; Wanting to talk with others about certain happenings and romances and characters from a story and sharing your thoughts and Feeels and then end up being confronted with the knowledge that nobody has read the book yet. So there’s just no-one to talk with.. And you’re just there with all the feels and are about to ‘explode’, lol. That’s just hell for me. On top of that there’s often not much fanart and such online yet, which is such a shame because I looooove fan-art, memes and such. I’m a Pinterest addict and most of my boards on Pinterest are about books. Enough struggles involving ‘being alone in fandom’, right? Have you experienced this yet? And which book(s) did you experience this with? How did you deal with it? With me it shows itself in being frustrated. Because I secretly want to ‘SCREAM’ all day long to my bookbuddies about my favorite books and that they MUST READ IT, NOWWWWW.. buahaha yeah, that’s me. I kind of like to ‘push’ people when I found a favorite book and people around me still need to read it. So if you ever find yourself in a position like this, when I’m pushing you to read something; SorryNOTsorry, lol hahahaha That’s the life of a fangirl, right ;)?
DEALING WITH THE STRUGGLES.
Well, to be honest: you don’t have many choices. You just have to ‘deal with it and keep on living’ haha. What may be of assistance, and it’s something I often – most of the time do; recommend your favorite books to other readers and convince them to buy and read the book as well. *wiggles her eyebrows* It’s something I’m known for and definitely something I’ll keep continue doing, lol. I love nothing more than to succeed by seeing someone buy a book I’ve recommended, see them reading it and loving it in the end – most of the time. And convincing others to read your favorites is a perfect solution to you not being alone in the fandom anymore, so win-win for sure! They’re happy to have found a new favorite book and I don’t need to suffer alone anymore with my fangirl-feels hahaha
TOGETHER WE’RE STRONG.
No matter what kind of reader you are; English or Dutch, no matter which preference of genre you have.. FANDOMS unite all of us and gives each of us a ‘home’. There’s nothing better than to be able to fangirl with each other. Talking/ranting about a specific moment in a book that ripped your heart into a million pieces or that FIRST KISS finally happening, what you were waiting for for soooo long. Knowing that there are other readers out there who feel the same way I do while reading a book, gives me an instant feeling of belonging, you know? That’s one of the many things I just love about the book community worldwide; there’s always something to talk about when you’re talking to a fellow-reader, because there’s so much to talk about when it comes to talking about books. And when it comes to FANDOMS; you can totally lose control when talking to a fellow fandom-fangirl, lol, because they’re all just as insane as you are and I love it! No matter what, there’s always someone there for you!! FANDOMS are heaven for fangirls and I love seeking my refugee there.
So, I’d love to hear how you feel about fandoms. What your experiences with them are. Which fandoms do you love most?