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I’ve had so many people ask me that very question, that it’s not even funny. Most seem to think that a fangirl is a shallow, petty teenager, whose only purpose in life is to squeal about hot guys. For some, that is the case. They put a bad name on us real fangirls. I’ll start out with the 5 basics, like finding a fangirl, and caring for her once you find her.
1. Know what you’re looking for.
A fangirl is a female, usually between the ages of 13 and 19. Fangirls are simply normal teen girls that have an obsession with a certain TV show, celebrity, movie, or book.
2. Know the lingo.
Ship – To endorse a romantic relationship between two people. Example: I ship Peeta and Katniss so hard!
OTP – One True Pairing. Example: Amy and Rory are my OTP!
Fanfic – Short for fanfiction. A story about fictional characters written by a fan.
Headcanon – An idea of the story that is not specifically mentioned in the media itself, but is accepted by the fans. A headcanon becomes canon if it is confirmed by the author or director.
Squee – A high-pitched scream delivered by a fangirl, usually provoked by something fictional.
Fandom – A kingdom of fans is the best way to put it, I suppose.
Feels – Highly obsessive feelings so strong that you literally have a feeling siezure.
Fanart – Art relating to the fandom.
Fanvids – Videos about the characters made using original clips, usually set to music.
GIF – (Graphic Interface Format) A soundless animation played on a loop.
3. The “must” or “need” syndrome.
I must see that concert! I need that t-shirt! These sentences often pop up in fangirls’ conversations. Note: These words are taken out of context, and should not be taken literally.
4. Things you must never say to a fangirl. (If you value your life.)
Fangirls can become highly aggressive creatures, if provoked, so out of pure concern for my non-fangirl readers, I compiled a list of no-nos.
– You do know he’s not real, right?
– Do you ever stop talking about him?
– I think he’s ugly.
– (Insert name of fandom here) is boring!
5. Social Media.
Pinterest, Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr, Google +, the list could go on forever. These are how fangirls stay connected and informed, take away the media, and the fan and the girl will be separated, resulting in a normal, boring teenager.
So I guess i should tell you guys a little bit about myself, huh? I am an average teenage girl with waaaay too many fandoms. I am utterly obsessed with all things British. I literally live in the middle of nowhere. I have a pet hedgehog. I love to sketch and write. I am in the middle of writing four different novels. Someday I WILL go to London. I love old things, especially old books, actually, my oldest book is from 1876. I’m a hoarder. I collect odd things like stamps and coins and bottlecaps. I alternately love and hate Mark Gatiss, Steven Moffat and Joss Whedon. I despise bad spelling. I love, laugh and cry with my fictional characters. I have a very hard time finishing projects. I am extremely devoted to “ships”. I have shipped pretty much every fictional character I’ve ever encountered. I ship Gale/Katniss and Sherlolly (Sherlock/Molly). I’m in most of the fandoms, excluding: Harry Potter, Twilight, Merlin, Supernatural, and The X-Files, I am, however in: The Lord of the Rings, the Avengers, BBC Sherlock, BBC Doctor Who, BBC Robin Hood, The Hunger Games, Star Trek, and Stargate. (I think that’s all…) I am a huge supporter of the oxford comma. I am an introvert. I love books. Ya know, that could be considered the understatement of the century! I go to the library and pick out five 600-page novels and finish them in less than a week. My bedroom could pass for a library. I’m not a girly-girl. I honestly can’t decide whether I’m a geek, a nerd or a dork…probably all three! I love to listen to soundtracks and blog. I have self-diagnosed selective OCD (CDO?), which means I can live in a state of utter disaster (which I do half of the time), but HAVE to have my books lined up in perfect series order…and shoelaces, I really freak out when one is untied. I live on coffee and peanut butter. Seriously! I have insomnia…or a really, really good book and inadequate respect for tomorrow, whichever you like. I am a Christian, and proud to be one! I have a thing for Nutella. I think Loki is the coolest thing since sliced bread. My favorite color is green. I want to write for a living when I get a little older. Other than that, there’s not much to say…